The second article is actually part 1 of a larger article, which will also discuss Felix Rodriguez (another successful "converted" pitcher), and Rick Ankiel (a former star pitcher who had quite a journey before finding a rebirth of sorts as a power-hitting outfielder). And yes, Ankiel still has quite an arm.
Part 2, discussing Rodriguez and Ankiel, is scheduled to be published next Wednesday.
I always welcome your comments, suggestions, feedback, etc. Thanks!
My newest installment...reflections on meeting a childhood hero, one of the most familiar voices in my home in the 80's and 90's...Ralph Kiner. And a few experiences on the "East Coast National" show that took place in White Plains, NY a few weeks ago.
Due to my current job's work schedule (6pm to 5:30am -- Monday-Thursday/Friday/Saturday/whenever), I've had to resign my position as a writer with BD. But I did write a final piece, and I think it's pretty decent (not to toot my own horn).
The most recent article discusses how special the first vintage card can be to a collector, regardless of condition. My first vintage card was a 1958 Topps Bob Shaw rookie. He passed away recently at the age of 77. The article is a loving tribute to both the off-grade vintage card, and to Bob Shaw, the unsung hero and ace of the 1959 “Go Go Sox.” So far, it's gotten a couple of tweets and has been shared on Facebook by a few people. http://www.baseballdigest.com/2010/...eball-banter-condition-does-not-always-count/
Hope you enjoy reading, and thanks to everyone for your support!