Major League Baseball

Stop Burdening LGBT Athletes By Demanding Greatness
August 17, 2015

An ESPN panelist says Brewers minor leaguer David Denson, who came out on Saturday, "better be great" if he wants to make a difference.

The Future of Binge TV Belongs to America's Oldest Sport
April 21, 2015

How the boys of summer are making sure you know winter is coming.

A Film Critic Ponders Baseball's Instant-Replay Cameras
August 25, 2013

With the scale of foul play mounting in every sport, it is apparently time to add a spurious note of fairness: Instant replay has come to Major League Baseball.

Why Is the NFL’s Trade Deadline So Boring?
November 13, 2012

The game of football and the NFL conspire to limit midseason trades, denying fans excitement and players autonomy.

Will We Miss David Stern’s Heavy Hands?
October 26, 2012

David Stern represented the contradictions of a liberal in power. A look at his legacy.

Why the Nationals’ Playoff Loss Was the Best Thing That Could Have Happened to Washington Sports
October 15, 2012

The Washington Nationals' heartbreaking loss Friday night could end up solidifying its fanbase.

Opening Day 2012: Why We Love Beanballs
April 05, 2012

Today marks the official start to baseball season! Well, that’s not quite true. The Oakland Athletics and Seattle Mariners played a pair of untelevised games in Japan last week, the results of which remain unclear. And last night, the St. Louis Cardinals faced off against an unrecognizable team dressed in orange uniforms that has apparently been in the NL East for 20 years. In any event, many first pitches will be thrown today, and if we’re lucky, a few first retaliatory beanballs.

Why Baseball is the Best—And Least Exploitative—American Sport
March 31, 2012

Since the 1960s, professional football has supplanted baseball as our nation’s favorite sport—generating higher revenue and better television ratings. And, as the past few weeks have demonstrated, college basketball has captured the attention and diminished the productivity of the American workforce in ways baseball does not. But let’s not confuse popularity with superiority. Major League Baseball (MLB), the oldest spectator team sport in the nation, has become the most affordable and least exploitative one—and its labor relations are remarkably harmonious, too.

Trust The Medicare Trustees
August 06, 2010

Conservatives are charging the Medicare Trustees report, which says that the Affordable Care Act has extended the life of the Medicare Trust Fund, with double counting. Jim Horney shoots this objection down: The National League’s home run leader, Washington Nationals slugger Adam Dunn, hit two homers on Wednesday in the Nats’ 7-2 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks.  What would you do if a disgruntled Diamondback suggested that Major League Baseball should not count those homers toward his individual home run total and toward the Nats’ run total in their 7-2 win because, somehow, this amount

The Voice Of The Senate Institutionalist
August 05, 2010

One frustrating problem with the dysfunction of the Senate is that Senate institutionalists have no capacity to grasp the structural forces causing the current mess. Here is a perfect example. David Broder, the voice of institutional Washington, reads George Packer's long article on Senate dysfunction and comments: Packer does as good a job as I have ever read of tracing the forces that have brought the Senate to its low estate.