Cactus League’s beginnings

In addition to my postings for, I will be contributing this week to the Author’s Blog at Powell’s Books. I write first about the Cactus League’s two beginnings, taken mostly from a talk I gave last week at Arizona State University. Read the posting here at Powell’s Books.

Published in: on March 10, 2009 at 5:11 pm  Leave a Comment  

Caught between the Grapefruit and Cactus leagues

I got stranded in Florida yesterday because of a flight cancellation and spent the waiting time ruminating on the differences between spring training in Florida and Arizona. Read the posting here at

Published in: on March 4, 2009 at 9:33 am  Comments Off on Caught between the Grapefruit and Cactus leagues  

Governor’s baseball dinner evokes St. Petersburg’s glorious spring training history


It was an evening of great optimism and celebration as Florida Gov. Charlie Crist marked the start of Grapefruit League games with the governor’s baseball dinner on Tuesday evening. It’s a tradition that dates back to the 1920s and it was fittingly held in St. Petersburg, the most historic of all spring training cities. Read the posting here at

Published in: on February 28, 2009 at 8:19 am  Leave a Comment  

Dodgertown sits eerily quiet

dscn0397_1Throughout spring training I will be writing a blog for, the website ofThe Boston Globe. My first posting is on the empty fields at Dodgertown. Read the article here.

Published in: on February 25, 2009 at 8:06 am  Comments Off on Dodgertown sits eerily quiet  


Published in: on January 22, 2009 at 3:56 pm  Leave a Comment