Author Archives: JT
You, my friend, have not taken the easy way out. You’re almost there. Now cross that finish line, even if you have to crawl!
Starting January 1, you will start seeing these bad boys popping up at TWJ cards on tumblr, but I wanted to give my reader(s) a preview of the 2015 TWJ pre-season baseball cards. This virtual set of baseball cards will feature legends and personal favorites (such as Buddy Bell, above) from each MLB team, and maybe more. New cards will be posted through Opening Day, when a new design will be unvieled featuring only current players (for the most part, at least). If you have suggestions for players you would like to see included in the pre-season set, let me know!
The obvious and beautiful truth about writing is that you make it up as you go along. No land is out of reach to you, no world impossible.
There are three rules to writing, and nobody knows what they are.
If my doctor told me I had only six minutes to live, I wouldn’t brood. I’d type a little faster.
There are only five days left. And yes, Thanksgiving Day is among those days. But you and I can do it. We can type a little faster.
All great writing is an act of rebellion against what exists, a need to say something unsaid, an impossible attempt to heal what is broken, to make a mark.
If there’s a book you really want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.
I just write what I wanted to write. I write what amuses me. It’s totally for myself.
That’s the rumor. Jay Bruce is reportedly on the trading block, and the San Diego Padres are one of the teams showing interest. I will not be happy if #32 is playing anywhere other than Cincinnati next year, and creating another hole in the outfield just doesn’t make sense. I can’t help but wonder how Mick the Jay Bruce Fan feels about this.
(P.S. – I can’t believe I beat Joe Shlabotnik to this one either.)
A good story takes readers where they haven’t been before in the company of interesting people they learn to care about who are forced to deal with adversity.
National Baseball Hall of Fame 2015 Daily Calendar
The Cooperstown Collection
Sellers Publishing, 2014
If you haven’t looked at a calendar lately, you may not be aware that there are only 35 days left until Christmas. Don’t worry, though, Sellers Publishing has the perfect gift for the baseball fan on your list: the National Baseball Hall of Fame 2015 Daily Calendar. Each day of the year provides information and trivia for die-hard baseball fans, beginning with a collage of 19th century memorabilia on January 1 (Hank Greenberg‘s birthday) through December 31, with the somber remembrance of Roberto Clemente‘s fatal mission to Nicaragua.
Trivia questions are scattered through the pages; member plaques, baseball cards, uniforms and other memorabilia are displayed throughout the year. This calendar, officially licensed by Major League Baseball and the Hall of Fame, is sure to delight fans young and old who hunger for historical knowledge and who miss the game terribly during the off-season.
Writers end up writing about their obsessions. Things that haunt them; things they can’t forget; stoies they carry in their bodes waiting to be released.
If you get stuck, get away from your desk. Take a walk, take a bath, go to sleep, make a pie, draw, listen to music, meditate, exercise; whatever you do, don’t just stick there scowling at the problem.
You can’t put a limit on anything. The more you dream, the farther you get. I want to be able to look back and say, “I’ve done everything I can, and I was successful.” I don’t want to look back and say I should have done this or that.
All of us harbor secret hopes that a magnificent novel will tumble out of the sky and appear on our screens, but almost universally, writing is hard, slow, and totally unglamorous. So why finish what you’ve started? Because in two weeks, when you are done, you will be grateful for the experience.
Read the full pep talk at this link. Or, skip the pep talk and get back to writing. Because that’s what it’s all about.
Barring unforeseen circumstances, the final nine 2014 TWJ baseball cards are in the books (the last two were uploaded this morning). The virtual set consists of 260 base cards, twenty-eight highlights, and an eighteen-card All-Star subset. The final nine were highlights, featuring each league’s Most Valuable Player (Mike Trout and Clayton Kershaw), Cy Young (Corey Kluber and Kershaw), Manager of the Year (Matt Williams and Buck Showalter), and Rookie of the Year (Jacob deGrom and Jose Abreu) Award winners, and a special World Champions card for the San Francisco Giants featuring Series MVP Madison Bumgarner and his catcher Buster Posey.
I liked the 2014 TWJ set, and enjoyed producing these cards. I’m still tinkering with a design for 2015 and some possible subsets for the off-season. I hope you enjoyed it as well.
The full set (as well as previous years’ sets and subsets) can be viewed at TWJ cards on tumblr.
The BBWAA finally got it right in the American League, unanimously crowning Mike Trout as the Most Valuable Player in 2014. In addition to his BBWAA hardware, the slugging outfielder takes home his second virtual trophy from the blogging community in 2014; he was named Rookie of the Year in 2012. He may have won an award in 2013 as well, had the chairman of the BBBWARAOAAE remembered to send out the ballots. Trout is only the tenth player ever to be listed first on all BBWAA ballots for the MVP; Albert Pujols was the last unanimous winner in 2009 for the St. Louis Cardinals. He was one vote away from unanimity from the BBBWARAOAAE as well; one voter listed Chicago rookie Jose Abreu above Trout.
In the National League, the debate whether a pitcher should win MVP raged on, but in the end both the BBWAA and the BBBWARAOAAE selected Clayton Kershaw as the Most Valuable Player. Hotly contested until the very end of the season, Giancarlo Stanton‘s injuries may have cost him the award. Of course, the early season front-runner was Troy Tulowitzki; no BBBWARAOAAE listed the shortstop on their ballot, but one kind BBWAA member recognized Tulo and listed him in last place.
AMERICAN LEAGUE MOST VALUABLE PLAYER
|1. Mike Trout||18||94||420 (1)|
|2. Victor Martinez||-||36||229 (2)|
|3. Jose Abreu||1||24||145 (4)|
|4. Robinson Cano||-||16||124 (6)|
|5. Michael Brantley||-||13||185 (3)|
|6. Nelson Cruz||-||12||102 (7)|
|7. Josh Donaldson||-||11||96 (8)|
|8. Felix Hernandez||-||10||48 (10)|
|9. Miguel Cabrera||-||7||82 (9)|
|10. Jose Altuve||-||6||41 (13)|
|11t. Corey Kluber||-||4||45 (11)|
|11t. Jose Bautista||-||4||128 (5)|
|13t. Alex Gordon||-||2||44 (12)|
|13t. Adam Jones||-||2||34 (14)|
|15t. Steve Pearce||-||1||n/a|
|15t. Kyle Seager||-||1||1 (20)|
|15t. Adrian Beltre||-||1||22 (15)|
|x. Greg Holland||-||n/a||13 (16)|
|x. Albert Pujols||-||n/a||5 (17)|
|x. Howie Kendrick||-||n/a||3 (18t)|
|x. James Shields||-||n/a||3 (18t)|
NATIONAL LEAGUE MOST VALUABLE PLAYER
|1. Clayton Kershaw||12||77||355 (1)|
|2. Giancarlo Stanton||5||56||298 (2)|
|3. Andrew McCutchen||1||53||271 (3)|
|4. Jonathan Lucroy||-||13||167 (4)|
|5. Anthony Rendon||-||7||155 (5)|
|6t. Johnny Cueto||-||3||22 (12)|
|6t. Anthony Rizzo||-||3||37 (10)|
|6t. Buster Posey||-||3||152 (6)|
|9t. Yasiel Puig||-||2||8 (19t)|
|9t. Justin Morneau||-||2||2 (23t)|
|9t. Carlos Gomez||-||2||13 (16)|
|12t. Devin Mesoraco||-||1||5 (21)|
|12t. Ben Revere||-||1||n/a|
|x. Adrian Gonzalez||-||n/a||57 (7)|
|x. Adam Wainwright||-||n/a||53 (8)|
|x. Josh Harrison||-||n/a||52 (9)|
|x. Hunter Pence||-||n/a||34 (11)|
|x. Russell Martin||-||n/a||21 (13)|
|x. Matt Holliday||-||n/a||17 (14t)|
|x. Jhonny Peralta||-||n/a||17 (14t)|
|x. Justin Upton||-||n/a||10 (17)|
|x. Jayson Werth||-||n/a||9 (18)|
|x. Denard Span||-||n/a||8 (19t)|
|x. Lucas Duda||-||n/a||3 (22)|
|x. Freddie Freeman||-||n/a||2 (23t)|
|x. Dee Gordon||-||n/a||1 (25t)|
|x. Troy Tulowitzki||-||n/a||1 (25t)|