CTE, football and genetics

This article originally appeared in FanSided.com in 2019. If you’re a football fan, you can’t help but get excited. The headlines are tantalizing. “Are there genetic markers for concussions?”– The Huffington Post, 2013 “Finding a link between genes and brain injury: Are some people predisposed to trauma?”– The Washington Post, 2014 “Why do some people get … Continue reading CTE, football and genetics

My dad and sports

This article originally appeared in Baltimore Sports & Life in May of 2020. Cancer is an odd thing. Even when you think you’ve got it beat, you can never really be sure. I know people who have fought it off for years, going through round after round of chemo, beating the nasty thing back time … Continue reading My dad and sports

For Jimmy Rollins, leadership has been in knowing when to step aside

This article originally appeared in Sports Illustrated in 2015. "I’m not gonna get down, I’m not gonna get defeated. I’m not gonna get depressed and ‘oh, woe is me.’ I have a job to do."-- Jimmy Rollins The quote was delivered with the bluntness of an aging warrior at peace with his fate.His turn in … Continue reading For Jimmy Rollins, leadership has been in knowing when to step aside

LA DODGERS ORGANIST DIETER RUEHLE TALKS MUSIC, HOCKEY AND POKÉMON

This article originally appeared on Nerdist.com in 2016, but has since disappeared from their site. I'm glad I saved it! “Hey Dieter, do you know ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’?” The question was directed to Los Angeles Dodgers organist Dieter Ruehle by a member of the media seated near his perch in the press box. Ruehle smiled and … Continue reading LA DODGERS ORGANIST DIETER RUEHLE TALKS MUSIC, HOCKEY AND POKÉMON

A tough life, but one a cowboy can’t resist

This article originally appeared on MSNBC.com in 2010 and was part of an in-depth series I produced on the life of rodeo cowboys, most of which has disappeared from the site. LAS VEGAS — There are plenty of good reasons not to be a rodeo cowboy. The travel is relentless, requiring countless days away from home and … Continue reading A tough life, but one a cowboy can’t resist

Found in translation

I wrote a piece for Dodger Insider, the team's in-house magazine, on how the team is working to help its international players transition to the United States. Pick up a copy of the mag if you're heading to the stadium the week of Sept. 2, or check it out here.  

Stan Conte

The last competitive advantage in baseball

“People ask me all the time, ‘Is pitching natural?’ I would say that excessive pitching, throwing 100 full-effort pitches every fifth day, is not natural.” -- Dr. Glenn Fleisig, Research Director at American Sports Medicine Institute, in an interview with Grantland.com, published March 10, 2015 LOS ANGELES – Good pitchers are hard to come by and … Continue reading The last competitive advantage in baseball

Jimmy Rollins

The tricks of the leadership trade

Justin Turner charges as the bunt rolls down the third baseline. Collecting the ball, he wheels and fires a dart to shortstop Jimmy Rollins, who is covering third base. If this were a game, it surely would have been an out. But since this is infield practice during spring training, it’s all about learning fundamentals, … Continue reading The tricks of the leadership trade

Josh Ravin

Long bus rides, extreme pressure & playing through pain — welcome to life in the minor leagues

Josh Ravin won’t forget that night in 2012 when he was called into his manager’s office. It was good news – the Cincinnati Reds were going to promote him to Double-A. But his manager had one question for him: “Have you got any (health) issues?” The truth was his groin was bothering him. He’d tweaked … Continue reading Long bus rides, extreme pressure & playing through pain — welcome to life in the minor leagues

Corey Seager

Dodgers’ top prospects face big league pressure

Yasmani Grandal knows what it’s like to be a top minor league prospect, and he knows all about the pressure that comes with it. The Cincinnati Reds’ first-round pick in 2010, Grandal signed a major league contract in August of that year and was placed on the 40-man roster, a rarity for a draft pick. … Continue reading Dodgers’ top prospects face big league pressure