Jonas Altman-Kurosaki Assistant Sports Editor
The Cutoff Man: Almost the real thing
Spring training games began this past weekend, giving fans a teaser of events come April.
Some games were even broadcast by teams’ local stations, making them feel even more real.
As a Mets fan, it was nice to hear Gary Cohen, Keith Hernandez, and Ron Darling — the best broadcast team in baseball (as agreed upon by ESPN.com) — getting back to narrating games again.Sports | February 28, 2011
The Cutoff Man: Hope springs eternal
While many people will be celebrating a Hallmark holiday with their loved ones this Valentine's Day, baseball fans worldwide are also celebrating the official start to spring training. Today is the reporting date for most teams' pitchers and catchers, and by the end of the week, spring training will officially be underway. While we at Carnegie Mellon certainly don't have the time to be traveling f...Sports | February 14, 2011
The Cutoff Man: Is it All-Star voting time?
Last year, I wrote a “Modest Proposal” parodying Major League Baseball’s “This Time it Counts” initiative for the All-Star Game and, more importantly, the fact that All-Star voting seems to begin earlier and earlier each year. So, a week before pitchers and catchers report to spring training, here are my predictions for this year’s All-Star team. After all, it’s all about who fans like rather than...Sports | February 7, 2011
The Cutoff Man: Walk the walk, don’t just talk the talk - back up your words
Whether a person is liked or disliked will often come down to the words that come out of his or her mouth. Ballplayers can usually get away with mouthing off as long as they can back it up on the field. Executives, agents, and the like have a little tougher time with that; they have to hope that the players they represent will back up their words for them.Sports | January 31, 2011
The Cutoff Man: New look, same great player
As the off-season quickly becomes the preseason, there are still some proven veterans on the market. A few of them, such as Manny Ramirez and Johnny Damon, found new homes last week, while other players who already had homes found themselves new ones. Now that most teams — most, not all — have gotten the basic architecture of their rosters built, the last few weeks of the off-season are for shorin...Sports | January 24, 2011