Archive for January 2014

Leading off our first author event of 2014, the country's preeminent sports economist...

The Sabermetric Revolution with Andrew Zimbalist

From the front office to the family room, sabermetrics has dramatically changed the way baseball players are assessed and valued.  Rocketed to popularity by the 2003 bestseller Moneyball and the film of the same name, the use of sabermetrics to analyze player performance has appeared to be a David to the Goliath of systemically advantaged richer teams who could only be toppled by creative statistical analysis.  The story has been so compelling that, over the past decade, team after team has integrated statistical analysis into their front offices.  But how accurately can crunching numbers quantify a player's ability?  Do sabermetrics truly level the playing field for financially disadvantaged teams?  How much of the baseball analytic trend is fad and how much fact?

The Sabermetric Revolution sets the record straight on the role of analytics in baseball, correcting common misinterpretations and developing new methods to assess the effectiveness of sabermetrics on team performance.  While the conclusion is optimistic, there is also caution that sabermetric insights will be more difficult to come by in the future.

Spend an hour with the country's preeminent sports economist.  Listen in to our fascinating Clubhouse discussion with Andrew Zimbalist...

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On Wednesday, January 8th -- the evening of the Hall of Fame announcement -- baseball columnist Ken Davidoff joined the New York Giants Preservation Society winter meeting for a fascinating discussion/Q&A at the Bergino Baseball Clubhouse.

Pull up a seat and listen in...

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Before we closed the book on another year of extraordinary events in the Clubhouse, we had one more for the fans...

The Groundbreaking History of WFAN with author Tim Sullivan and special guest Rich Ackerman

A behind-the-scenes look at the most powerful voices on New York’s AM dial, this is the all-encompassing history of WFAN.  Created in 1987, WFAN was the nation’s first 24-hour, all-sports radio station and this work recounts how, a quarter-century later, it is the highest-rated station in New York and the home to many unforgettable radio personalities. 

On December 18th, seasoned journalist Tim Sullivan -- along with special guest Rich Ackerman -- took us through the history, impact, egos, fans, and stories of WFAN.  For your listening pleasure...

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On December 12th, three noted Major League Baseball Scouts returned to the Bergino Baseball Clubhouse for a fascinating insider's conversation/Q&A...

Billy Blitzer - Pro Scout, Chicago Cubs

Joe Rigoli - Pro Scout, St. Louis Cardinals

Dennis Sheehan - Northeast Area Supervisor, Atlanta Braves

Panel Moderator: Lee Lowenfish

It was, once again, an enchanting evening.  Listen in...

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“A beautiful compilation of the finest work of a uniquely talented artist.” -Bob Costas

Willard Mullin’s Golden Age of Baseball: Drawings 1934-1972 collects for the first time Mullin’s best drawings devoted to baseball.  From Babe Ruth to the Baby Mets, Willard Mullin, “Sports Cartoonist of the 20th Century,” was there.  Beautiful, tearful, insightful, morally charged, and outrageously hilarious cartoons.  Gehrig, DiMaggio, Musial, Berra, Mantle, Mays, the Brooklyn Bum, and hundreds more make history anew in this astounding collection.

Join Hal Bock from his December appearance in the Clubhouse and learn why millions of baseball fans from the ‘30s to the ‘70s looked forward to Willard Mullin’s cartoons in their daily paper.

Hal Bock, an Associated Press sportswriter for over 40 years, specialized in baseball.  He covered more World Series than any AP sportswriter in history.  A New York City native, Hal’s passion for sportswriting was cultivated by boyhood trips to the ballpark with his father, a postal worker and sports enthusiast who sometimes wrote poetry.

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