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Today is a sad day for many of us as it marks the three-year anniversary of Doug Pappas' untimely passing. For those that do not know who Doug Pappas was, pick up Moneyball and you'll quickly find out. He was the founder of SABR's Business of Baseball committee and an author for Baseball Prospectus.
For those that do remember Doug, he was by nearly every accounting extraordinary. He churned out volumes of research, much to the chagrin of Bud Selig, who Doug often took to task.
He is missed by many, and myself and others know that we are not Doug as he was an original. Our talents are different, but that does not mean we should forget his.
Baseball Prospectus has made the article free for viewing (no subscription required). I hope you will take some time to read:
In the wake of Josh Hancock's tragic fatality accident in which he was found to have a blood alcohol level of 0.157, clubhouse policies about alcohol are shifting.
With that, The Biz of Baseball has created a Clubhouse Alcohol Policy page, which shows the current state of alcohol accessibility from club to club, and Home and Visiting Clubhouses at a particular ballpark across all 30 clubs in Major League Baseball.
Maury Brown, the founder and president of The Biz of Baseball was on the CBS Evening News tonight regarding Josh Hancock's death, and how alcohol relates to MLB. Hancock was tragically killed in an accident early Sunday morning.
Brown's on-air input to the segment will deal with MLB's relationship to the beer industry and naming rights.
Author David Halberstam was killed early today in a car accident in Menlo Park, CA a coroner said. Halberstam, the Pulitzer-prize winning author of such baseball-themed books as The Summer of '49, October of '64 and more recently, The Teammates, was 73. Halberstam was a passenger in a car that was broadsided by another vehicle in Menlo Park, just outside San Francisco. It appears that Halberstam died of internal injuries.
Born in 1934 in New York City, Halberstam covered the Civil Rights movement for The Tennessean in Nashville. Shortly thereafter, he covered the Vietnam War for the NY Times in the '60s and won a Pulitzer for his reporting on the conflict. He wrote extensively about Robert Kennedy and Vietnam in both The Best and the Brightest, and The Making of a Quagmire: America and Vietnam.
Halberstam also showed his love for other sports beyond baseball including The Breaks of the Game, an inside look at Bill Walton and the 1978 Portland Trailblazers, and covered Michael Jordan in 1999 in Playing for Keeps.
I was fortunate enough to meet Halberstam shortly after the release of The Teammates. He spent very little time talking of himself, but rather heaped praise on Johnny Pesky, Dominic DiMaggio, and most notably, Bobby Doerr, who was in attendance at the event. He seemed to optimize what a true journalist and author encompassed, and America loses one of its best scribes. A truly tragic bit of news.
Who's been caught using drugs in MLB and the minors? We'll tell you.
The Biz of Baseball has been updated with new content. Starting today, and updating retroactive data as we filter back through last year, we're covering all instances of players that have been found to be in violation of the Major League Drug Prevention and Treatment Programand theMinor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.
Today sees Hector Made in the Phillies organization receive a 50 game suspension for violating the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.
To view this information, select the Drug Violations link here. In the future, the information can be accessed at anytime by simply selecting the link in the navigation tier to the left from any page on The Biz of Baseball.
UPDATE: ALL DRUG VIOLATIONS FOR 2006 HAVE BEEN ADDED TO THE PAGE.
In The Biz of Baseball's continuation of interviews with those that work in the baseball business, we are pleased to announce the forthcoming interview with the co-owner and managing partner of the Oakland A's, Lewis Wolff.
Wolff has been key in the effort of the A's to land a new stadium, and has tentatively selected Fremont, CA as the new home for the Athletics. Many of the questions in the interview will center around Cisco Field, the proposed design by the Athletics that can be viewed in detail here on our Ballpark Renderings section of Biz of Baseball, as well as other topics key to the A's.
The interview is slated to be conducted on Monday, and we'll be looking to publish shortly thereafter. Registering on The Biz of Baseball gets you email notification as soon as interviews, such as Wolff's, and original content is published.