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Baseball's Big Three

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by PhilaYank36, May 25, 2007.

  1. PhilaYank36

    PhilaYank36 Guest

    And I'm not talking about A-Rod, Bonds and Pujols. I'm talking about Gammons, Verducci and Olney. For a split-second, I thought about turning this into a "who's better" poll, but that would an injustice to all three of them. Each of them are who each and every baseball writer would like to emulate and become, and all three of them do one particular thing better than anyone else. I ask all you SportsJournalists.com'ers, what is each scribe's specialty, IYO?
  2. BYH

    BYH Active Member

    Good question.

    If I want the breaking story, I'll go to Gammons.

    If I want a really good analysis of the day's news, I'll go to Olney.

    And if I want a richly detailed feature story, I'll go to Verducci.

    But they're all incredibly versatile.
  3. buckweaver

    buckweaver Active Member

    For Game 6 7 of the World Series ...

    Verducci writes my feature advance.
    Gammons writes my gamer on deadline.
    Olney writes my folo column.

    Murderers' Row.
  4. buckweaver

    buckweaver Active Member

    And a link to a classic: http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/gammons/story?id=2118859

    "And all of a sudden the ball was there, like the Mystic River Bridge, suspended out in the black of the morning."
  5. Smasher_Sloan

    Smasher_Sloan Active Member

    Gammons' specialty is the Red Sox and whatever team Jim Bowden is running.
  6. DanOregon

    DanOregon Well-Known Member

    Verducci writes like a guy who is on the bench. He knows the numbers (though I sometimes get lost in them) and I get the feeling he writes about what the players talk about, who's jaking it, who is killing it but not getting pub and who is on the decline. His feature on Sizemore was top-shelf. I'd love him to write more about inside the baseline stuff (unwritten rules etc.) Gammons has the GMs covered, player movement etc., Olney for the breaking stuff.
  7. SoSueMe

    SoSueMe Active Member

    Both Buck's and BYH's assessments are bang on. I don't think anyone can disagree.
  8. PhilaYank36

    PhilaYank36 Guest

    Can anyone imagine if they collaborated on a baseball book together? Would it be any good, or would it be a case of too many cooks in the kitchen?
  9. Oz

    Oz Well-Known Member

    I certainly can't. They summed it up for me.
  10. PHINJ

    PHINJ Active Member

    Gammons' comeback has been pretty remarkable.
  11. keef spoon

    keef spoon Member

    WHAT?!?!?!? No mention of Amalie Benjamin!?!?

    (Please detect sarcasm)
  12. fishwrapper

    fishwrapper Active Member

    Thing is, Tim Brown could do all three.
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