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National Pastime Archive: September 2008


  • My Five - Ways to make MLB better

    There has been a lot of media talk dissing this big league season. There is no dominant team to gun for and no compelling storyline, the pundits say. Open your eyes, I say, and enjoy a brand of baseball that would make guys like Ted Williams, Willie Mays and my pops, Big T, proud. It's all about the fundamentals, as good pitching, defense, intensity and confidence have taken some unheralded teams a long way in 2008. This is not to say the league is perfect, however. Here are my five ways to improve MLB. By Sean Raposa. Published September 2 2008

  • KILL - My Five - Ways to make MLB better

    There has been a lot of media talk dissing this big league season. There is no dominant team to gun for and no compelling storyline, the pundits say. Open your eyes, I say, and enjoy a brand of baseball that would make guys like Ted Williams, Willie Mays and my pops, Big T, proud. It's all about the fundamentals, as good pitching, defense, intensity and confidence have taken some unheralded teams a long way in 2008. This is not to say the league is perfect, however. Here are my five ways to improve MLB. By Sean Raposa. Published September 1 2008

  • KILL - Prospect Q&A - Brian Matusz, Orioles

    University of San Diego lefty Brian Matusz was the consensus top pitcher available in this year's draft, but Tampa Bay, Pittsburgh and Kansas City all passed, in part because of signability concerns. Unwilling to pass up the chance to land a potential staff ace, the Orioles took Matusz with the fourth overall pick and signed him to a major league deal including a $3.2 million bonus just hours before the deadline. With his projectable frame, collegiate experience, four-pitch arsenal and impeccable control, Matusz has all the makings of a future star. By Jay LeBlanc. Published September 1 2008

  • Prospect Q&A - George Kontos, Yankees

    George Kontos has long impressed scouts with his live arm and good stuff and shown flashes of brilliance, but command issues have prevented him from achieving consistency in his results and reaching his full potential. 2008 was an important year for Kontos - who entered the season ranked by Baseball America as the No. 17 prospect in the Yankees organization - and the 23-year-old righty has responded with an impressive campaign with the double-A Trenton Thunder. By Jay LeBlanc. Published September 1 2008