Hamels Suffers Setback

This convinces me that the Phillies will be lucky to end up in 3rd place in 2014.

The Zo Zone

Ryne Sandberg, A.J. Burnett, Cole Hamels This is not good news.

Cole Hamels suffered a setback in his recovery from inflammation in his left shoulder, which makes his chances of pitching in April seem remote. He said he feels no pain in his shoulder, but his arm is “fatigued out.” He said no MRI or cortisone injections are scheduled, and he hopes to throw off a mound again sometime within the next week.

“I know nothing has gone wrong,” Hamels said this morning about his shoulder. “Trying to get in the best possible shape that I can in sort of a rushed, competitive atmosphere, something’s going to not want to push it a little more so it prevents the injury. Ultimately my body is telling me, ‘Hey, slow it down a little bit and start over in a certain way so that you can prevent injury but build up for the long haul.’”

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A Pitch for Justice


A Pitch for Justice


My name is John Cowan, a baseball writer, but in the summer and fall of 2015 I had to reinvent myself as a half-assed lawyer to do my job. I spent more time attending press conferences and interviewing attorneys than I did analyzing baseball box scores. It was not something I ever imagined would happen, but then who could have foreseen the cascading events that unfolded that year.

I got to know some of the participants in a drama that began on a baseball diamond and ended in a legal debate. As I write the story that I hope you will read, maybe you will find the answers that still evade me.

I was doing a story about the stellar crop of rookie prospects that year and I found myself in Philadelphia to watch a young pitcher for the Phillies by the name of Tim Charles. It was the…

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A Pitch for Justice

A Pitch for Justice.

What if a major league manager ordered his pitcher to retaliate and throw a bean ball pitch? What if the pitch led to a batter’s death? Is someone criminally responsible for the death? Would a prosecutor investigate an bring a charge? What effect would that have on the game of baseball?

What would a grand jury do? Would they indict? What would a jury do? Would they convict for murder or decide it was a risk of the game?   http://www.amazon.com/Pitch-Justice-Harold-Kasselman-ebook/dp/B007AIQO0A/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1393014242&sr=1-1&keywords=kasselman