If The '90s Braves Were Doctoring The Ball, More Power To Them

Where does the credit go for the dominant Braves pitching staffs of the 1990s? Smoltz, Glavine and Maddux themselves? A front office that got them, kept them, and found nearly-as-dominant fourth starters seemingly every year? A goodly amount of praise has been heaped on Leo Mazzone, the pitching coach who shepherded… » 9/22/11 11:30am 9/22/11 11:30am

Back When Men Were Men, And The Prose Was Purple

Slate's Robert Weintraub, like many of us, loves the old purple prose of early 1900s sportswriting, the Red Smiths, the Grantland Rices, the men who painted epic tales of warriors, grizzled combatants and lardywarks too manly to wear gloves. In an occasional series, Weintraub writes about the week's best baseball game… » 4/08/08 5:01pm 4/08/08 5:01pm