Articles by Kirby Barber

Baseball

National League 2010 at a glance

When the calendar flips to March, not only is it time for spring training, but the baseball world is inundated with the nauseating clich that players are in the best shape of their lives. Each year, dozens of players make this statement. Interestingly they’re usually well past their prime, or look like Tony Gwynn post retirement. Nonetheless, spring training is a difficult time for baseball fans to gauge how their teams are looking with so…

Baseball

American League 2010 at a glance

When the calendar flips to March, not only is it time for spring training, but the baseball world is inundated with the nauseating clich that players are in the best shape of their lives. Each year, dozens of players make this statement. Interestingly they’re usually well past their prime, or look like Tony Gwynn post retirement. Nonetheless, spring training is a difficult time for baseball fans to gauge how their teams are looking with so…

Baseball

Mutiny cries premature in Blue Jays clubhouse

The Toronto Blue Jays entered the 2009 campaign with a bang, but finished with a near mutiny. Through the first 41 games of the season, the Jays owned the best record in the American League (27-14), while showcasing some brilliant young talent in Travis Snider, Adam Lind and Ricky Romero. Manager Cito Gaston once again looked like the wise skipper that guided the club to its only two World Series Championships. By season’s end, Toronto…