Howard Megdal
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article October 21, 2014

Kidd Still Has a Lot to Prove

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A little more than a year ago, Jason Kidd was an aging point guard going through a terrible shooting slump for the 2012-13 Knicks. Shortly thereafter, Kidd made a leap to head coach and we still don't what kind of leader the former All-Star is going to be. More»
induction article August 19, 2014

The Cardinals Way

There was no game attached to the first Hall of Fame induction at Ballpark Village, no giveaway item. Just a Cardinals team honoring its history, and fans who remember so much of it, coming together. This is how it works in St. Louis. More»
Mets-Pins article August 12, 2014

Mets Hopes Pinned to Future

For this columnist and his young daughter, the future of the New York Mets doesn't seem quite as bleak this summer, especially with the young talent coming through the system. Is this false hope or a sign of good things to come in Flushing? More»
ausmus_tigers article August 8, 2014

Can This Man Win It All?

Brad Ausmus spent 18 years as a big league catcher, three coming in Detroit. Now, he's the first-year manager of the Tigers, who are pushing towards yet another playoff run, and he's learning what it takes to run a team and get by away from his family. More»
Taveras article August 1, 2014

Riding The Prospect Wave

How it's worked for the Cardinals lately is this: they draft well. A wave of talent crests onto the scene, major league-ready. And then the Cardinals make use of that talent, trading some excess when necessary, but knowing that there's another wave coming. More»
murray_brothers article July 29, 2014

Strength Through Baseball

Years ago, Michael Murray and his two sons went to a Cape Cod League game on a family trip. Now, after the unfortunate passing of Michael Sr., sons A.J. and Michael Jr. have used baseball and the Cape league to help their grieving family heal. More»
Mario article July 24, 2014

You Had to Be There

What happens when you drop Mario Balotelli and AC Milan in the middle of Long Island on a Wednesday afternoon, to play with the New York Cosmos? Not much, apparently. Milan ultimately decided not to scrimmage with the Cosmos and Balotelli made only a brief appearance to public. More»
JumboDiaz article July 19, 2014

Kind of a Big Deal

Cincinnati Reds reliever Jumbo Diaz has been getting minor leaguers out with filthy stuff since 2002. So why hasn't he had a real major league opportunity until now? The likely culprit is body perception, more than anything else. More»
nba_d_league article July 16, 2014

The Future of Basketball's Future

For years, basketball players with professional dreams who weren't ready to make the leap right out of high school have gone to college, largely due to a lack of other options. As the NCAA makes itself less appealing, the NBA D-League is stepping up as an alternative. More»
lin1980x1100 article July 14, 2014

From Bad To Worse

The narrative of Jeremy Lin is pervasive, consistent and wrong. The idea is that Lin's 35 games with the Knicks were some kind of fluke. But other than those games, Lin has never been in full control of an offense -- and that won't happen in L.A., either. More»
483,222,893 article July 12, 2014

My Kid's First Game At Fenway

On our first trip to Fenway Park, I wanted to give my four-year-old a sense of both the passion of Red Sox fans and the incredible history of the place. Still, I wasn't willing to let my desire to make Fenway a teachable moment overwhelm her ability to have fun. More»
hot_dog article July 3, 2014

In Defense of the Hot Dog

I love a hot dog. So does my wife. So does America. Ideally, the appropriate condiment -- mustard, not ketchup, you communist -- is nearby. The best hot dogs, though, don't even need it. Nowadays, though, the hot dog is under attack by alternative ballpark foods. More»
FrankCashen article July 1, 2014

An Amazin' Architect

Frank Cashen, the former Orioles and Mets executive who passed away Monday at the age of 88, went about his business in a manner that would have fit comfortably in nearly any era in baseball history. But few have built a team as well as he did. More»
jason_kidd article June 29, 2014

Court Vision

Jason Kidd's been in the public eye for two decades and always forces things to break his way, but has he thought this move through? As a player, Kidd never had to worry about burning bridges -- his game was transcendent. He may not be not that kind of coach and executive. More»
450,609,670 article June 26, 2014

Anatomy Of A Slump

Expecting David Wright to sit still in the face of a slump is probably silly. He's just not the patient sort, and it's fair to assume that at age 31, he never will be. It's worked out pretty well for him so far. More»
NY-Cosmos article June 26, 2014

Cosmic Events

Ever since Major League Soccer began play in 1996, the path to soccer legitimacy has been slow, inexorably moving along patiently. The New York Cosmos had a different plan. And heading into Tuesday night, it seemed they might just pull it off. More»
carlos_martinez article June 17, 2014

The Young Gun

I maintain that none of the endless parade of young pitchers in the Cardinals' organization is as much fun to watch as Carlos Martinez. He might just end up the best of all of them. So it was a big deal when Martinez started against the New York Mets on Monday night. I More»
venditte article June 13, 2014

Blazing A Trail

How can you appropriately measure Yankees switch-pitcher Pat Venditte, when so few have come before him? As he continues to pad his minor league resume while waiting for his shot, Venditte is easy to root for, if only because of what a promotion would mean to the sport. More»
hessman article June 12, 2014

A Life Of Baseball

What exactly does it mean to hit 400 minor league home runs? The career of Mike Hessman, 36-year-old slugger for the Toledo Mud Hens, forces us to consider this for the first time. Though those 400 long balls came in Triple-A, Hessman's feat should not be overlooked. More»
fisher jackson article June 11, 2014

The New Guy

Derek Fisher has plenty of experience with winning, but zero experience with coaching. But don't count him out. This is the perfect year for the Knicks to rebuild, and if they're successful, Fisher -- and his close relationship with Phil Jackson -- could draw some bigger names to the Knicks in the next year or two. More»

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