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Today in The Journal News

Posted By Peter Abraham On July 17, 2008 @ 3:52 am In Misc | 265 Comments

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The Yankees haven’t been good, they haven’t been bad. Now they need to figure out a way to make the playoffs. [2] The Journal News also lists five keys to success.

Johnny Damon will test his shoulder tomorrow. This notebook [3] also has updates on George Steinbrenner, Hideki Matsui and Phil Hughes.

The All-Star Game was certainly a memorable one. [4] Brian Heyman reports on what did happen and what might have happened had it kept going.

It was a long night for the clubhouse chef, [5] too. But Gary Fosina enjoyed it.

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If you have read The New York Times (and of course you have), you likely have read the baseball stories of Murray Chass.

Mr. Chass left the paper this year and recently started his own blog [6]

Here is his introduction:

This is a site for baseball columns, not for baseball blogs. The proprietor of the site is not a fan of blogs. He made that abundantly clear on a radio show with Charlie Steiner when Steiner asked him what he thought of blogs and he replied, “I hate blogs.” He later heartily applauded Buzz Bissinger when the best-selling author denounced bloggers on a Bob Costas HBO show.

Bloggers, however, are welcome to visit this site; so are stats freaks, fantasy leaguers and Red Sox fans. How else will they know what is being said about them by a columnist they love to hate?

Otherwise, this site will most likely appeal primarily to older fans whose interest in good old baseball is largely ignored in this day of young bloggers who know it all, and new-fangled statistics (VORP, for one excuse-me example), which are drowning the game in numbers and making people forget that human beings, not numbers, play the games.

Other than that, welcome aboard! It’s unclear what the world is coming to when Murray Chass starts a blog. But start hoarding canned goods in the basement just in case.

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[6] started his own blog: http://www.murraychass.com/