köpa Dipyridamole nätet köpa Motilium snabb leverans köpa Metformin egypten pris hyra container Prometrium Cefixime kapslar pris skaffa recept Toprol köpa Xeloda på internet Floxin hög dos Yasmin i sverige utan recept kan man köpa Seroquel på ica Atorlip-20 pris sverige köpa jord Lopid beställa container Inderal köpa Cardura danmark köpa Famvir i norge Celebrex duo leverans sänkt pris Gasex köpa Nolvadex tallinn beställa Liponexol pulver Ginseng strömbrytare pris våga köpa Triamcinolone på nätet köpa Terramycin malmö beställa Benfotiamine sverige köpa Decadron på cypern köpa Geriforte apotek kan man köpa V-gel thailand bra ställe o köpa Cardizem köpa Himcocid i grekland kan man köpa Yasmin på gran canaria eljo Clomid uttag pris köpa Dramamine lagligt på nätet eljo Albendazole pris säkert att köpa Roxithromycin på nätet pris hyra container Requip beställa blå Xalatan är det lagligt köpa Desyrel på nätet köpa Tadapox i estland hur stor dos Lioresal ska man ta lagligt beställa Neurontin köpa Nimotop i lettland Colchicine på apoteket pris köpa Lady era i eu Menosan shampoo köpa dosering FML Forte till hund bra ställe o köpa Claritin Tadacip utan recept spanien kan man köpa Anacin på teneriffa köpa Viagra oral jelly köpa Aldara mot postförskott kan man köpa Cefadroxil på apoteket i spanien köpa Xalatan inrikes är det farligt att köpa Advair på nätet Benemid dosering halsfluss Ditropan dosering vuxna köpa Sarafem kroatien beställa Methotrexate på faktura köpa Beconase AQ i sverige flashback köpa Triamterene i barcelona köpa Feldene internet köpa Yougara säkert online köpa Sominex online billigt Actoplus pris gatan beställa container Proscar göteborg Serophene recept sverige att köpa Tadapox i sverige köpa Zithromax turkiet kan man köpa Anacin i frankrike eljo Tenormin uttag pris Advair köpa jord pris Nizoral turkiet köpa blå Big Appeal funkar generisk Serophene apoteket hjärtat Doxazosin pris var köpa äkta Zoloft köpa Diflucan rhodos beställa Urispas på faktura Finax köpa på nätet Prinivil dosering sömn köpa Zithromax snabbt Decadron usa köpa köpa Slimex spanien lagligt att beställa Rizact på nätet Lioresal eljo pris lagligt att beställa Evista på nätet köpa Provera säkert på nätet köpa Chloramphenicol över disk lagligt att beställa Keflex recept för Terramycin köpa Roxithromycin i eu köpa Vasodilan i helsingborg köpa Topamax grekland Desyrel kräm köpa köpa Artane online sverige vem vill köpa Inderal köpa Keftab i grekland hur beställa Fincar att köpa Slim Tea kan man köpa Betnovate spanien Himcolin dosering rampfeber köpa Bupron SR usa var kan man beställa Naltrexone bra ställe o köpa Celexa köpa Lisinopril i kroatien beställa Celadrin köpa Beconase AQ på faktura jag vill köpa Aspirin snabb leverans på Unisom köpa Viramune i tallinn Temovate snabb leverans sverige lagligt att köpa Cabgolin köpa Amitriptyline i prag billig Celebrex sverige köpa Mobic inom sverige Methotrexate flytande dosering Tretinoin pris sverige skaffa recept Arava köpa Estrace online lagligt köpa Actos på gran canaria köpa Lipotrexate tjeckien var ska man köpa Ralista NPXL dosering första gången Trental recept kan man köpa Gasex i england hur ska man köpa Cytoxan köpa Dilantin på apoteket i vilka länder kan man köpa Clindamycin receptfritt beställa Uroxatral jelly köpa Bonnispaz i barcelona pris Voltaren sverige hur får man Xalatan på recept Keflex kräm köpa var kan man köpa Epivir-HBV duo Innopran att köpa köpa generisk Voltaren köpa Aceon nätet köpa Aldactone kräm köpa Buspar apotek köpa Apcalis apotek Diovan dosering till katt Bupron SR vilken dos köpa Alesse sverige flashback köpa Allegra utan recept vart kan man köpa Omnicef köpa Lanoxin tallinn Renagel på nätet utan recept Antabuse shampoo köpa köpa Norvasc på faktura Sominex plåster pris svårt att få recept på Kytril köpa Combivent spanien köpa Arava polen köpa Atorlip-5 på postförskott vad kostar Prometrium med recept köpa Rogaine 2 i phuket köpa Cardura spanien Sarafem pris i sverige vilka länder kan man köpa Eulexin receptfritt beställa Micronase utomlands köpa Moduretic oslo bästa pris på Duetact köpa Zanaflex seriöst Rocaltrol strömbrytare pris generisk Slimex biverkningar köpa Benzac 10 mg köpa Rizact i norge var ska man köpa Xalatan köpa Bupron SR i ryssland köpa Naprosyn i sverige forum Tamoxifen migrän dos var ska man köpa Zantac köpa generisk Terramycin online köpa Shatavari på rhodos skillnad mellan generisk Prograf Rumalaya lägre pris Femara k dosering köpa Lioresal säkert köp Clomid utan recept köpa Trazodone i bulgarien Abana dosering till katt vilka länder kan man köpa Amaryl receptfritt köpa Micronase på nätet beställa billig Flexisyn köpa Aygestin billigt köpa Zofran billig var köpa Vasodilan flashback vart kan man köpa Ashwagandha online Rogaine 2 kräm köpa Himcocid rekommenderad dos kan man köpa Motrin på apoteket utan recept köpa Voveran snabb leverans köpa Actoplus köpa Toprol stockholm eljo Avapro bästa pris kan man köpa Femara på apoteket tips köpa Compazine köpa Lopid på nätet olagligt Betapace dosering ångest Wellbutrin gel på recept snabb leverans på Claritin köpa Proscar estland köpa Gyne-lotrimin på kreta billig Fluoxetine sverige Bupropion dos urinvägsinfektion beställa Diabecon inrikes Cardizem i sverige utan recept Colospa pris på apoteket köpa Exelon original köpa Citalopram tjeckien lagligt beställa Nexium köpa Prazosin i butik beställa Ponstel för kvinnor i vilka länder kan man köpa Urispas receptfritt Myambutol på recept köpa jord Levitra kan man köpa Rocaltrol på ica köpa Chloroquine på nätet flashback Wellbutrin dosering vuxen köpa Cardizem forum lägsta pris på Promethazine Trial Erection packs vägguttag pris skaffa recept Differin vart kan man köpa Betnovate kan man köpa Haldol i tyskland säkra sidor att köpa Exelon recept för Serophene vad kostar Deltasone med recept Olanzapine låg dos beställa Aldactone lagligt är det olagligt att beställa Evista kan man köpa Hydrea på apoteket köpa Duphalac i sverige forum köpa Suprax i italien Fertomid beställa container köpa Nexium polen köpa Slimex thailand Lipothin gel recept Aceon med snabb leverans kan man köpa Coumadin på ica Urispas oral lösning dosering köpa Lynoral lagligt på nätet säker sida att köpa Nicotinell köpa Stromectol patong Anafranil köpa sverige Sinemet eljo pris beställa Cabgolin till sverige köpa Orlistat flashback 2013 kan man köpa Lopid receptfritt i spanien olagligt att beställa Aygestin bästa sidan att köpa Bestina Phexin tabletter pris sverige beställa blå Arimidex Acivir utan recept spanien var kan man köpa Prednisolone receptfritt kan man köpa Brahmi på apoteket utan recept köpa Cardura säkert köpa Cabgolin på kanarieöarna köpa Serevent amsterdam Rogaine 5 bästa pris lagligt att beställa Neurontin beställa Urispas utomlands köpa Paxil i prag att köpa Flexisyn köpa generisk Noroxin apotekets pris på Wellbutrin köpa Nolvadex 50mg Zanaflex nervositet dosering köpa Celexa inom sverige Pariet generisk Pariet skillnad funkar generisk Zantac Terramycin oral lösning dosering köpa Cardizem polen Omnicef för kvinnor pris köpa Menosan på kreta Seroquel köpa sverige Torsemide dosering halsfluss pris på Ventolin sverige Eldepryl köpa sverige Zanaflex 10 mg köpa köpa Rocaltrol på ica Styplon beställa container köpa Bactrim amsterdam vart ska man köpa Phexin köpa Plavix för kvinnor Himcocid i sverige utan recept är det lagligt köpa Buspar på nätet köpa Tetracycline i sverige Prilosec pris i sverige apotekets pris på Rogaine 2 Rizact online utan recept Trental liniment pris var beställa Omnicef hur stor dos Topamax ska man ta beställa Coreg sverige flytande Allegra dosering köpa Celadrin jelly säkert ställe att köpa Furosemide Silagra nervositet dosering Unisom kräm köpa var köper man Motrin utan recept hur ska man köpa Nasonex Paroxetine var köpa köpa Diarex i london var kan man köpa Lexapro säkert Endep på recept försäljning av Malegra beställa Haldol utan recept pris Isoptin apotek hjärtat kan man köpa FML Forte thailand Moduretic pris apotek sverige är det farligt att köpa Tamoxifen på nätet är det lagligt köpa Depakote på nätet kan man köpa NPXL receptfritt köpa Emsam sverige 2012 beställa Zoloft från thailand Clarinex köpa jord köpa Reminyl prag eljo Prevacid uttag pris köpa Mobic från england pris på Pletal apoteket köpa Lynoral flashback 2013 köpa Nitrofurantoin prag hur får man recept på Lariam Ciplox dosering sömn Tretinoin utan recept försäljning av Myambutol dosering Eldepryl till hund köpa Grifulvin V egypten köpa Maxalt i malmö Calcium Carbonate i sverige utan recept Cytoxan kräm pris för hög dos Seroflo dosering Cymbalta k köpa Levlen sverige var köper man billig Sinequan kan man köpa Diovan i prag hur får man Medrol på recept Aspirin tabletter pris sverige pris Diovan sverige köpa Pariet i england beställa Pariet utomlands kan man köpa Benadryl i spanien köpa Eulexin inrikes hur kan jag köpa Fosamax köpa Anafranil mot faktura köpa Aspirin usa köpa Evecare 10mg beställa Cystone på nätet flashback dosering Femcare k köpa Colchicine göteborg försäljning Elavil Prograf köpa flashback Omnicef dosering rampfeber vart ska man köpa Keftab Cymbalta köpa på nätet pris på Zaditor sverige pris Terramycin på apoteket kan man köpa Bestina i sverige kan man köpa Diakof receptfritt kan man köpa Peni Large spanien beställa Geriforte utomlands pris på Moduretic på apoteket köpa Benzac forum köpa Levlen på postförskott Renagel dosering till katt köpa Lamisil gran canaria beställa Aciphex på internet bra sida att köpa Carafate köpa Ralista på nätet olagligt köpa Benicar köpenhamn köpa Sinemet i sverige Colchicine hexal köpa köpa kvinnlig Lamictal kan man köpa Bentyl spanien köpa Mycelex-g i kroatien pris på Brahmi apoteket Minocin dos urinvägsinfektion tips köpa Trandate köpa Bactrim gel köpa Ralista i malmö är det recept på Trental köpa Uroxatral i indien att köpa Terramycin i sverige köpa Epivir-HBV amsterdam Dramamine plåster pris kan man köpa Florinef i frankrike kan man köpa Aygestin på mallorca köpa Noroxin inom sverige Chloramphenicol k dosering Oxytrol köpa på nätet köpa Flexisyn internet är det olagligt att beställa Bupropion beställa hem Allopurinol köpa Aciphex i tallin köp Duphalac utan recept beställa Brahmi till sverige köpa Ceftin flashback bra ställe att köpa Maxalt snabb leverans Rumalaya köpa Arava i filippinerna var kan man köpa äkta Prinivil beställa Yougara på nätet flashback köpa concerta Panmycin pris på Ethionamide på apoteket köpa Atarax på mallorca var köpa Ashwagandha Femcare att köpa köp generisk Methotrexate Evista dosering ångest lägsta pris på Cymbalta kan man köpa Singulair på apoteket i spanien Altace tabletter pris sverige Diflucan snabbast leverans köpa Diabecon nätet generisk Zyloprim biverkningar för hög dos Trimox köpa Lipitor på faktura köpa Himcolin i eu Sumycin duo leverans köpa Silagra kina pris Himplasia sverige beställa Pilex pulver dödlig dos Bactrim snabb leverans på Himcocid Nicotinell kapslar pris kan man köpa Cardura i danmark lagligt att köpa Serophene på nätet olagligt att beställa Erexin-V på nätet köpa Tulasi utan recept beställa Avapro till sverige Cleocin första dos snabb leverans Lincocin köpa Motrin i kina köpa Clindamycin i riga lagligt att beställa Grifulvin V vågar man köpa Beconase AQ på nätet beställa Lotrisone på nätet 2014 köpa Arava internet köpa Amitriptyline i thailand köpa Sinemet på gatan köpa Tulasi för tjejer Imitrex utan recept spanien bästa stället att köpa Copegus köpa Astelin på nätet sverige Zyvox i sverige utan recept fungerar generisk Compazine dödlig dos Xalatan är det recept på Innopran Requip dosering föredrag Astelin pfizer köpa olagligt att beställa Atorlip-20 på nätet funkar generisk Kamagra köpa blå Cefixime kan man köpa Atorlip-5 i usa köpa Plaquenil på nätet billigt Minocin med snabb leverans köpa billigt Endep köpa billigt Furosemide vart beställa Trial Erection packs Lincocin dosering vuxen köpa Digoxin kräm köpa Ayurslim i grekland kan man köpa 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Written by Maury Brown   
Tuesday, 10 June 2008 09:00

Tim MarchmanWhether it’s music or television, novels or art, newspapers or alternative media, you have your favorites. It’s a subjective matter, of course; one man’s trash is another man’s treasure. Somewhere, there’s still a fan of Ugly Kid Joe and Urkel.

But, you’d be hard pressed to say that the Beatles, or Led Zeppelin suck, any more than you could say that a Picasso or Monet are on the same plane as Thomas Kinkade. One of those artists doesn’t belong here.

Baseball writers are much the same. Some are just plain better than others.

Roger Kahn? Check. David Halberstam. Ditto. For current day media, your taste may run towards Rob Neyer, or King Kaufman, or Nate Silver, or Tim Marchman.

As for Marchman, if he isn’t on your radar, he’s an addictive elixir for your baseball soul.

Here’s a small sample of some of his baseball work from the New York Sun:

“Looking back, we now know that the biggest threat to the sport's well-being was a bottle of androstenedione lurking in Mark McGwire's locker, waiting only for an honest Associated Press reporter named Steve Wilstein to ask about it. At the time, though, the threat seemed to be that Mammon, in his various guises, would devour the game whole.”

You have to admit, referencing “Mammon, in his various guises,” is worth taking the time to read Marchman more than once.

In this interview with Marchman we cover how he wound up at the New York Sun; his thoughts on the lackluster start for the Yankees and Mets; his thoughts on those GMs and owners – both current and historical –  that just seem to be worse than others; which owners and GMs would be the most interesting to spend a couple of hours with; his thoughts on Bud Selig, Bill Heinz, and much, much more. – Maury Brown

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Maury Brown for the Business of Sports Network: Let’s start with some background… Who is Tim Marchman, and how did he wind up covering baseball for the New York Sun?

Tim Marchman: I’m 29, from New York, attended Allegheny College, and got into writing after working as a door-to-door salesman, used bookstore manager, landscaper, waiter and so on. I signed on at the Sun as a fiction critic in 2002 after having placed a few pieces here and there, freelanced for a while, writing about urban issues, history, and music while writing a regular fiction column for the Sun, and started writing about baseball for the paper just because no one else was and because I like the game. I was an editor at New York Press for a time, but other than that I’ve been writing exclusively for the Sun for several years, and it’s been a great experience, especially as the sports section has gone from being nonexistent aside from occasional pieces by a book critic to being what I think is, pound for pound, one of the better and more interesting at any paper in the country.

Bizball: We’re through the first quarter of the 2008 season. The Yankees are tied for last, and the Mets, who many saw as running away with the NL East sit in forth. How do you view Randolph and Girardi; Minaya and Cashman; Wilpon and the Steinbrenners with the lackluster start?

Marchman on the Yankees and MetsMarchman: That’s a really broad question and I could go on for a while. Basically the Mets seem to be stuck in a recurring pattern where they develop some good young talent, invest well in veterans, verge on becoming a really elite team, and then blow it because they tilt a little too heavily toward older players. This has gone on under so many general managers and so many managers, and for so long, that it really seems to be a systemic problem, and the one common thread for a long time now has been the Wilpon family, who really don’t get enough blame for presiding over the same story being told over and over again with a slightly different cast each time. I have thought, and continue to think, that Randolph should go, but that’s mainly because he doesn’t seem a good fit stylistically for this team, which needs more of a Weaver/Valentine type improviser in my opinion.

The Yankees are entertaining as usual; this is a transition year for them and I’m mainly surprised that they seem to be sticking with the idea of developing the young talent while trying to squeeze a last run out of the older players, rather than visibly panicking. I do have the sense that Hank Steinbrenner could become a really serious problem for them, just because you never want an owner expressing opinions on which players should be in the rotation or the lineup, especially when those opinions are different from those of people with actual professional qualifications, but for right now he’s a harmless diversion. The Yankees may not be good, but there’s never any sense of abject hopelessness about them, and that puts them up on the Mets.

Bizball: Recently, you penned a story asking Where Have All the Bad GMs Gone? Who are some of the bad GMs of yesteryear, and who is bad now?

Calvin GriffthMarchman: The all time champion probably has to be Calvin Griffith. He came into his franchise by raw nepotism, insisted on personally running it, usually ran it badly, turned down a free ballpark in Washington because it was in a black neighborhood, compared owners who wanted to settle a labor dispute to Nazi appeasers, and said in public that he’d moved the team to Minnesota because "we found out you only had 15,000 blacks here… we came here because you've got good, hardworking white people here." And he ran a team for decades, which would give him a significant leg up on an average lousy GM like Cam Bonifay or even those bland guys who ran the Cubs for a decade or so at a time and managed to do nothing at all.

It’s really impressive how few outright bad GMs there are today. Bill Bavasi may be pretty bad, but there’s no way he would have stood out as anything exceptional ten or fifteen years ago. Brian Sabean of course is in a league of his own, but what’s notable about him isn’t that he’s bad but that he’s so bad in contrast to the rest of the league, and that has less to do with him than with the league getting better around him while he hasn’t evolved.

Bizball: How about owners? Who do you see as owners that were bad, and are there any now?

Marchman: Griffith obviously, but the worst I know of was William Baker, who owned the Phillies from 1913 to 1930 and was something like the Charlie Comiskey of Eight Men Out on heavy steroids. I think his best move had to be adding a screen to right field in the Baker Bowl so that Chuck Klein couldn’t break the home run record, which would have given him an advantage in salary negotiations, and Baker was also known for using the press for really heavy character assassination before getting rid of anyone he didn’t want to pay, to the point that Kenesaw Mountain Landis actually had to investigate and pronounce that various people had not been on the take despite what Baker had all but claimed. A really rotten character, and hilariously a former New York police commissioner.

More or less like the general managers, the worst owners of today just can’t compete with this kind of thing. David Glass might not be the king of baseball operators, but he didn’t run Carlos Beltran out of town while groundlessly claiming that he was throwing games.

Bizball: You’re throwing a party…Which owners and GMs do you ask to come, both past and present?

Bill VeeckMarchman: The first one would be Bill Veeck because he is the only executive in baseball history I consider a personal hero and a friend of mankind. I’d also like to have George Bush over, because I couldn’t pass up the chance to be discourteous to a president. Other than those two, maybe Louis Armstrong, who sponsored a team; Frank Lane, who was a GM everywhere in the 1950s and made something ridiculous like 40 trades a year; Ernest Barnard, who tried to set up a farm system for Cleveland in 1910 and failed because of a cheap owner; Charlie Finley and Ted Turner, just to have them in the same room together; Jerry Reinsdorf, just because he’s an interesting old school backslapping type, and Dave Dombrowski, because I suspect he’d really appreciate the company.

I would not invite Branch Rickey because the man was by all accounts insufferable and a complete wet blanket. But I would like to have lunch with him.

Bizball: We’re about to see the end of two very different stadiums in New York in Yankee Stadium and Shea Stadium. As they get ready to dance off into the sunset, what are your thoughts on the two?

Marchman on Yankee StadiumMarchman: I’m utterly appalled by both of them. Yankee Stadium is on the merits one of the worst places in the country to watch a ballgame, and there’s really little that’s more hilarious in baseball than the pretense that this giant concrete bowl is some magnificent cathedral and monument to the glories of the game. It just drips with pompousness and fake old-timiness, and I won’t miss it at all. Shea Stadium has immense sentimental value to me, but while I consider the giant neon ballplayer on the side, the apple in the hat, the swamp gas rising from the field and so on to be really charming, in essence it’s the physical representation of the whole failed idea of Queens as the locus of the future and as such is somewhat depressing. Mainly I think it’s too bad that the new Yankees park is displacing public parks, that the Mets park is displacing the really vibrant chop shop district at Willets Point, and that both seem to be simultaneously titanic monuments to a really bombastic idea of New York and utterly divorced from the life of the city. At least one of them should have been built in Brooklyn.

Bizball: In The Corporate Invasion That Never Came, you talk about the wave 10-years-ago when the likes of FOX, Disney, Tribune, and Nintendo became, for many reporting on the game, the boogeyman – large corporations buying up teams. With the Braves being bought by Liberty Media, and the Cubs about to be sold by the Tribune Co., how do you see corporate ownership of baseball teams?

Marchman: Over the last ten years we’ve seen many fewer corporations buying teams and many more independently wealthy plutocrats and gadflies doing so, which is an immensely good thing for baseball. I don’t think that corporations make inherently bad owners, but the kind of benefits that a multimedia empire can bring to a team are increasingly irrelevant with teams creating their own broadcast networks and MLB’s online presence, while some of the rigid requirements of being a subdivision of GloboCorp aren’t necessarily good for a team. Also, baseball is just quirky—not only isn’t it a good idea to just pour money into a team in hopes of making it instantly more valuable and salable, which is something we’ve seen corporations do, but doing so often actively harms the team, which generally isn’t the case with most businesses.

Marchman on the Knicks and GiantsBizball: We just saw Peter Magowan leave the Giants, although he said it will be at the end of the season. His departure  comes amid the Mitchell Report controversy. Which team is more dysfunctional these days, the Knicks or the Giants?

Marchman: The Knicks allegedly bug their locker room. The Giants are pretty embarrassing, but the Dolans are comic book villains.

Bizball: If Sabean dodges the bullet and doesn’t get fired, does it change your outlook?

Marchman: No, but this has nothing to do with the Giants and everything to do with the Knicks setting a standard for sheer, unbelievable idiocy that really ranks there with baseball owners from 80 years ago. Barry Zito’s contract might be pretty bad, and so might the contracts for guys like Dave Roberts and Ray Durham, but to even get in the Knicks’ league they’d have to have all those guys signed to $200 million contracts while dealing with sexual harassment lawsuits, Zito threatening to blackmail Bruce Bochy, etc.

Bizball: Bud Selig… Hall of Fame, or Hall of Shame?

Marchman: Hall of Fame, for sure. I think Selig is one of the three or so most significant off-field figures in baseball history at this point. While yielding to no man in my contempt for a lot of his sleazier antics, from the rigged Red Sox sale to the production of the Mitchell Report to the contraction tour to his claims that baseball teams weren’t profitable; while nursing my burning, visceral hatred of the wild card and interleague play, and while detesting his role in the strike, I have to give Selig immense credit for what he’s done.

Marchman on SeligFirst, he redefined the commissionership. Up until Fay Vincent, commissioners promoted an image as genial patriarchs, insisting on pretending that they were presidents of baseball, rather than creatures of ownership. Selig did away with that pretense, which was much to the good and in the long run a very important thing for the game.

Second, he is the only commissioner ever to negotiate a collective bargaining agreement without provoking a strike or a lockout, and he’s done it twice. It’s easy to take peace for granted.

Third, he oversaw the replacement of nearly every park in the country, which whatever you think of it as public policy, was a stunning success for the game.

Fourth, and probably most important, by overseeing the creation of MLB.com as a central entity with an equal revenue split, he laid the groundwork for something near fiscal parity among teams—eventually.

Those are immense achievements. No commissioner comes close, and I think there’s a good case to be made that he’s there with Marvin Miller and A.G. Spalding in terms of basic, fundamental impact on the game.

Bizball: Finally, when Tim Marchman isn’t writing, who is he reading in the mainstream and alternate press when it comes to baseball?

Marchman: Alan Schwarz, Howard Bryant, Ben McGrath and Nate Silver are the guys who most frequently make me curl up in a ball—they all have really broad, comprehensive views of the game, and terrific chops. I devoutly admire the New York Post’s sports section, I think Dave Cameron is one of the best baseball writers in the country, I think Baseball America is a national treasure that ought to be permanently funded at arm’s length by central baseball to ensure it never goes the way of The Sporting News, and I admire Jay Mariotti the way some people admire Bill O’Reilly. The thought of Baseball Prospectus, Baseball Think Factory, FanGraphs, or The Hardball Times closing up shop gives me hives. Jeff Passan is terrific and it’s a scary thing for newspapers that someone like that is working exclusively online. I’m reading an astoundingly good book on scouting and Venezuelan baseball by Milton Jamail called “Venezuelan Bust, Baseball Boom” that everyone reading this should go out and get. I could go on for a while. 

Marchman on today's writingBaseball writing is so vastly better than it ever has been that the mind just reels. I loved it when Buzz Bissinger brought some attention to Bill Heinz, whom I interviewed for one of my first published pieces, because it brought some attention to a giant, but the funniest thing about that to me was that Heinz was being held up as some representative figure. What was wonderful about him was just that he wasn’t; he really learned to write in World War II, and brought this immense focus and discipline to his work that made him embarrassingly better than his peers and even most of the purportedly good writers who came before him. Anyone who thinks that blogs are ruining baseball writing should go actually read some Damon Runyon or Grantland Rice, let alone some random game writeups from 100 years ago—mainly you get stilted, mawkish, embarrassingly purple prose and shockingly little feel for the color, rhythm, or contours of the game.


Interview conducted by Maury Brown

 
 
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