Posts Tagged ‘MLB’

Commie Ball

Sunday, June 1st, 2008

Vanity Fair (July 2008)

Some of the greatest baseball players the world has never seen are in Cuba, where their talent is government property, and their only chance of turning pro is the risky boat ride to Florida. Gus Dominguez, an L.A. sports agent, has done more than anyone to help escaped players join major-league U.S. teams, but now he sits in a California jail, convicted of smuggling athletes. The author flies to Havana for an unprecedented scouting of the island’s stars as he reports on the twisted dynamics behind the Dominguez case.

via Commie Ball: A Journey to the End of a Revolution – Vanity Fair

Baseball’s Losing Formula

Saturday, November 3rd, 2007

New York Times (November 3, 2007)

The Colorado Rockies’ appearance in the World Series last month may have looked like evidence of success for revenue-sharing. Like the Oakland Athletics, the Minnesota Twins, the Detroit Tigers and the San Diego Padres last year, a small-market team proved competitive enough to reach the playoffs. But revenue sharing, as it is now structured, actually makes lasting success less likely for all five of these teams.

via Baseball’s Losing Formula – New York Times