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  1. jungleboy

    Joe Posnanski's top 100 Baseball Players of All Time

    The big finish for those without a subscription:
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    The Athletic - Sports content with an actual budget

    Tennis is what I really want to see. I remember liking Brian Phillips' stuff on Grantland years back. One or two good tennis writers like that would be enough, wouldn't it?
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    2020 Summer Olympics

    Congrats! I am going to Tokyo for OIS - which is now under the OBS umbrella - but we don't have sport assignments yet (and possibly won't get them and will instead be 'roving' each day). But in any case let's find a way to meet up.
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    Joe Posnanski's top 100 Baseball Players of All Time

    As someone said in the comments at The Athletic, Griffey is probably slotted in at 48 because it's double the No. 24 he wore in Seattle. And to recap, from Joe's newsletter:
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    Roger Kahn dies at 92

    AP: Roger Kahn, elegant 'Boys of Summer' author, dies at 92. Joe Posnanski has written a beautiful remembrance on The Athletic, which is unlocked for all.
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    Joe Posnanski's top 100 Baseball Players of All Time

    Enjoy! My favorite ones so far have been Phil Niekro, Brooks Robinson, the Negro Leagues players, and basically all the rest.
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    The Athletic - Sports content with an actual budget

    I don't think you'll regret it, there's a lot of great stuff on there. A few baseball things I've enjoyed recently: Realignment, robots and the universal DH — how baseball will change during this decade (Jayson Stark) ‘So leave a like, subscribe, all that good stuff’: Phil Hughes on going from...
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    Here comes the three-batter minimum...

    Well-researched article on The Athletic suggesting, among other things, that the three-batter minimum might lengthen games rather than shortening them. The new 3-batter-minimum rule won’t speed up games — but will have negative, unintended consequences Some key parts:
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    Joe Posnanski's top 100 Baseball Players of All Time

    I loved the Brooks story today. That one and Niekro are my favorites so far.
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    MLB’s sign-stealing controversy broadens: Sources say the Red Sox used video replay room illegally in 2018

    Unlike in the Astros' case, what the Red Sox are being accused of does not appear to be limited to being able to do it at home. From the Athletic article:
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    Tennis 2019: Plus ça change...

    The more I think about it, the more I feel that Rafa might somehow end up as the third-best men’s player of his era when it’s all said and done, which is just mind-boggling. His dominance on clay is other-worldly, and his early-career success at Wimbledon is incredibly impressive for someone of...
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    Tennis 2019: Plus ça change...

    The other 11, for fun. Combination of memory and Wiki, hopefully it’s right. It starts with Federer’s first Slam, 2003 Wimbledon. Roddick 2003 US Gaudio 2004 French Safin 2005 AO Del Potro 2009 US Murray 2012 US Murray 2013 Wimbledon Wawrinka 2014 AO Cilic 2014 US Wawrinka 2015 French Murray...
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    Tennis 2019: Plus ça change...

    Right you are. Either the stat was wrong or I misread/misremembered it or maybe it was specifically SF-F. Anyway, Thiem is not joining that group today.
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    Tennis 2019: Plus ça change...

    Nadal responds by winning 12 of the first 13 points of the third set to break twice. He is just relentless.
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    Tennis 2019: Plus ça change...

    Read a stat earlier in the week that only three players have won a Slam by beating two of the big three en route - and two of the three to have done it were big three themselves (Nadal and Djokovic). Del Potro (US Open ‘09, defeated Nadal in the semifinals and Federer in the final) is the only...
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    Tennis 2019: Plus ça change...

    Nadal recovers from a break down to break Thiem in two consecutive service games and take the first set 6-3. Even when Thiem looked on top midway through the set, it’s amazing what you have to do to win a point against Nadal on this stuff. Even if you’re on top in the rally, you have to be...
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    Tennis 2019: Plus ça change...

    Consensus among the Eurosport commentators seems to be that Thiem’s scheduling over the last few days won’t be much of a factor, as he only played partial matches on those days and is young. They are more concerned about whether Rafa can go five sets given his injuries this year and the fact...
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    Report: This is Don Orsillo's last season

    One of the highlights that gets played during the ad breaks on MLB.tv is Orsillo calling Fernando Tatis Jr's first MLB home run, so I get the occasional dose of Don. Plus, I think it's a great call.
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    Diary of a commentator

    Congratulations! I know a few people who do Games-time work for OBS, though in their case it’s mixed zone interviews and not commentary. I’m hoping to get some work for OIS (Olympic Information Service - my usual reporting role) or possibly OBS (in a broadcast mixed zone manager type role) for...
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    Tennis 2019: Plus ça change...

    And no sooner do I say Roger looks on top, he plays tentatively from 40-0 up and loses five straight points to concede the break...