’Broad City’s Abbi Jacobson Is Reviving ‘A League of Their Own’

The All-American Girls Professional Baseball League are back to score a few more home runs.
— Read on www.out.com/television/2019/11/08/broad-citys-abbi-jacobson-reviving-league-their-own

Nike to investigate Mary Cain’s allegations – The Washington Post

One-time phenom Mary Cain alleged in a New York Times video that training under Alberto Salazar led her to suicidal thoughts.
— Read on www.washingtonpost.com/sports/2019/11/08/nike-vows-investigation-following-mary-cains-allegations-abuse-oregon-project/

‘We’re All in This Together’: Playing a Game of Catch Along US-Mexico Border | NBC 7 San Diego

Joel Tauber is walking seven miles, every day for 40 days, along the U.S.-Mexico border playing catch with anyone who wants to play and have a conversation.
— Read on www.nbcsandiego.com/news/local/Playing-a-Game-of-Catch-Along-US-Mexico-Border-564639221.html

Local sports short from Thursday | Sports | qconline.com

Midwest League baseball

Bandits’ McNeil receives honor: Julia McNeil, the box office manager for the Quad Cities River Bandits, was named Thursday by Minor League Baseball as one of four recipients of Women in Baseball Leadership Scholarships.
— Read on qconline.com/content/tncms/live/


From the writer and director of the Off-Broadway hit play Black Angels Over Tuskegee, playwright Layon Gray explores women in baseball with his latest work Girl Gone: Or Before A League Of Their Own. ‘Set in 1945, before there was ‘ A League Of Their Own,’ a group of girls were placed together to see if such a league could work. Two weeks before this team was to make its exhibition, the coach is mysteriously found dead leaving the girls to face this big event alone. Lies, and deceit come to light as this powerful drama unveils. This suspenseful drama captures an era in American history when women were called upon to keep baseball alive as the men went off to fight in World War II.
— Read on www.broadwayworld.com/off-broadway/article/GIRL-GONE-OR-BEFORE-A-LEAGUE-OF-THEIR-OWN-Opens-Off-broadway-This-Month-20191107

D’Arcy Carden Joins Cast of Amazon’s ‘A League of Their Own’ | TVLine

‘The Good Place’ star D’Arcy Carden is joining Abbi Jacobson in the starting lineup of Amazon’s ‘A League of Their Own’ adaptation.
— Read on tvline.com/2019/11/07/darcy-carden-a-league-of-their-own-amazon/

The Offseason MaiLLbag, Part I – Lookout Landing

How long til we get to see women playing in the MLB?
— Read on www.lookoutlanding.com/2019/11/7/20954338/seattle-mariners-the-offseason-maillbag-part-i

City girl to represent country in baseball | Ludhiana News – Times of India

Ludhiana: City-based baseball player, Parminder Kaur will be representing the country for the forthcoming women’s baseball Asia Cup, scheduled to be h.
— Read on m.timesofindia.com/city/ludhiana/city-girl-to-represent-country-in-baseball/articleshow/71962993.cms

MiLB Unveils Recipients of 2019 Women in Baseball Leadership Scholarships | Ballpark Digest

Minor League Baseball, along with the Women in Baseball Leadership Committee, has announced 2019 Women in Baseball Leadership Scholarships.
— Read on ballparkdigest.com/2019/11/07/milb-unveils-recipients-of-2019-women-in-baseball-leadership-scholarships/

Australian Women and Men’s Soccer Teams Reach Deal to Close Pay Gap – The New York Times

The Westfield Matildas and the Caltex Socceroos will receive equal shares of team revenue as part of the four-year deal.
— Read on www.nytimes.com/2019/11/06/sports/soccer/australia-soccer-matildas-equal-pay.html

Opinion | I Was the Fastest Girl in America, Until I Joined Nike – The New York Times

Mary Cain’s male coaches were convinced she had to get “thinner, and thinner, and thinner.” Then her body started breaking down.
— Read on www.nytimes.com/2019/11/07/opinion/nike-running-mary-cain.html

– The Lima News

MARIA STEIN, Ohio (November 6, 2019) – On Sunday, November 3rd, the Maria Stein Shrine hosted Baseball & Blessings. The event, which included fou
— Read on www.limaohio.com/news/382228/382228

Women’s baseball team eyes podium finish in Asian Cup » Manila Bulletin Sports

The national women’s baseball team is setting its sights on a podium finish in the Women’s Baseball Asian Cup set Nov. 9 to 15 in Zhongshan, China.
— Read on sports.mb.com.ph/2019/11/05/womens-baseball-team-eyes-podium-finish-in-asian-cup/

Women’s baseball team set for Asian Championship – Newspaper – DAWN.COM

Women’s baseball team set for Asian Championship – Newspaper – DAWN.COM
— Read on www.dawn.com/news/1515328

Pakistan women’s baseball team leaves for China

LAHORE      –      Pakistan women’s baseball team has left for China to participate in the 2nd Asian
— Read on nation.com.pk/07-Nov-2019/pakistan-women-s-baseball-team-leaves-for-china

Mike Bohn to be named USC athletic director – Los Angeles Times

Mike Bohn will be introduced as USC’s athletic director on Thursday, replacing Lynn Swann, who resigned in September.
— Read on www.latimes.com/sports/usc/story/2019-11-06/mike-bohn-to-be-named-usc-athletic-director

Growing Their Legacy – Augusta Magazine

Growing Their Legacy – Augusta Magazine
— Read on www.augustamagazine.com/2019/11/05/growing-their-legacy/

Women’s Sports Museum Preview Center To Celebrate Launch Party and Phase II – SRQ Daily Nov 5, 2019

Women’s Sports Museum Preview Center To Celebrate Launch Party and Phase II – SRQ Daily Nov 5, 2019
— Read on www.srqmagazine.com/srq-daily/2019-11-05/11882_Women’s-Sports-Museum-Preview-Center-To-Celebrate-Launch-Party-and-Phase-II

Langlais Named Female Player of the Year – Steinbachonline.com

Steinbachonline.com is Steinbach’s only source for community news and information such as weather and classifieds.
— Read on steinbachonline.com/local-sports/langlais-named-female-player-of-the-year

The HOVG Podcast: Perry Barber | The Sports Daily

This week, Shawn Anderson and Lou Olsen are joined by Perry Barber. The longtime umpire (and onetime Jeopardy! champ) talks to the boys about how she went from opening up for Billy Joel and Bruce Springsteen to umpiring games across the country and gives her insight on why it is important that …
— Read on thesportsdaily.com/2019/11/05/the-hovg-podcast-perry-barber-hovg11/

Despite the obstacles, women continue to build a home in baseball

Women have been involved in baseball for decades, but they have had to, and continue to, fight obstacles to make a name for themselves in the game.
— Read on cronkitenews.azpbs.org/2019/11/04/theres-no-denying-in-baseball-remembering-the-women-who-played-the-game/

Athol Daily News – Author Ackmann to speak about Mercury 13,  female astronauts who trained for first spaceflight

ATHOL — Martha Ackmann, author of “The Mercury 13: The True Story of Thirteen Women and the Dream of Space Flight,” will speak at the Athol Public Library on Wednesday, Nov. 13 at 6 p.m.Learn about the Mercury 13, a group of women who trained to…
— Read on www.atholdailynews.com/

Historical Grand Slam with baseball exhibit at Sonoma’s Depot Mark Museum

New exhibit at Sonoma’s Depot Park Museum showcases baseball in the valley
— Read on www.pressdemocrat.com/news/10243275-181/historical-grand-slam-with-baseball

WorldWideWomen Girls’ Festival

Join us at our 4th annual Girls’ Festival on November 9th at the enormous and iconic Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco. We are expecting over 7,000 girls and their families to attend from the greater SF Bay Area and, this year, from around the country.
— Read on worldwidewomengirlsfestival.org/

Hollywood assistants are in open revolt. Here’s why – Los Angeles Times

After years of low wages and abuse, Hollywood assistants are in open revolt over their treatment.
— Read on www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/business/story/2019-11-02/la-et-ct-hollywood-assistants-revolt

What Do Young People Really Think? – The New York Times

A year before the election, we asked teens and 20-somethings about the issues on their minds.
— Read on www.nytimes.com/interactive/2019/10/28/style/youth-in-america.html

Suburban cricket boom: First-generation Americans embrace the sport – The Washington Post

Meet the 13-year-old cricket star from Virginia who dreams of playing on the national stage — for India.
— Read on www.washingtonpost.com/local/virginia-politics/these-american-gen-zers-fell-in-love-with-the-sport-of-their-immigrant-parents/2019/10/31/85390c84-e9d6-11e9-9c6d-436a0df4f31d_story.html

Former MLB star slugger charged with hitting daughter | News | thesouthern.com

Former All-Star slugger Josh Hamilton has been charged with injury to a child after his 14-year-old daughter told his ex-wife that he had struck her.
— Read on thesouthern.com/content/tncms/live/

On Work and Being Found Wanting | FanGraphs Baseball

Daily baseball statistical analysis and commentary.
— Read on blogs.fangraphs.com/on-work-and-being-found-wanting/

Astronauts aboard the International Space Station share video of them playing baseball on the ship | Daily Mail Online

NASA astronauts on the ISS played their own baseball game in honor of the World Series back at home. Jessica Meir pitched, Christina Koch was the catcher and Drew Morgan was up to bat.
— Read on www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-7632013/Astronauts-aboard-International-Space-Station-share-video-playing-baseball-ship.html

All-girls team, the Bandits PONY up | The Acorn

All-girls team, the Bandits PONY up | The Acorn
— Read on www.theacorn.com/articles/all-girls-team-the-bandits-pony-up/

Giants: The Astros, Gabe Kapler, and building the right culture

The Houston Astros rightfully fired Brandon Taubman for his conduct, but he is emblematic of a culture that the San Francisco Giants must be weary of.
— Read on aroundthefoghorn.com/2019/10/30/giants-houston-astros-gabe-kapler-building-culture/

‘Hardball’ documentary showcases baseball’s women athletes – Outsports

A new baseball documentary focuses on the past, present and future of women playing the national pastime.
— Read on www.outsports.com/2019/10/30/20937871/baseball-documentary-film-women-hardball-team-usa

“Men and women, boys and girls, can all play baseball at any time. There are no plays or formations or sets to learn. Any kid can play baseball, practice hard and become an all-star…” | Letters to the editor | Local Editorials and Opinion | tucson.com

America’s best sport
— Read on tucson.com/content/tncms/live/

Kim Parker Named 2019 Rawlings Woman Executive of the Year | Ballpark Digest

Burlington Bees General Manager Kim Parker has won the 43rd Rawlings Woman Executive of the Year Award, with Minor League Baseball announcing the honor.
— Read on ballparkdigest.com/2019/10/29/kim-parker-named-2019-rawlings-woman-executive-of-the-year/

Murray Chass criticized baseball analytics. His grandson, Zach Kram, relies on them. – The Washington Post

Zach Kram, 25, writes for the website The Ringer, often covering baseball in a style similar to the one derided by his grandfather, Hall of Fame writer Murray Chass.
— Read on www.washingtonpost.com/sports/2019/10/26/family-baseball-writers-war/

Yankees broadcaster Suzyn Waldman hasn’t watched the World Series because of the Astros’ lies – Hartford Courant

Yankees broadcaster Suzyn Waldman is so disgusted by the behavior of the Astros’ front office over the last week that she hasn’t “watched one second of this World Series.”
— Read on www.courant.com/sports/baseball/hc-sp-suzyn-waldman-astros-boycott-20191028-20191027-erlq25mfq5eihnvu2rlgsmm7ve-story.html

Baseball Has a Credibility Problem With Women – Viva El Birdos

Baseball Has a Credibility Problem With Women – Viva El Birdos


Historic Basketball League offers pay AND college education – Los Angeles Times

Historic Basketball League wants to offer salaries to top national and international prep players while setting them up with a clear path to higher education.
— Read on www.latimes.com/sports/story/2019-10-26/historical-basketball-league-prep-athletes-pay-salary-hbcu-college-education-ncaa

Curveball | Barry Zito

Curveball | Barry Zito
— Read on barryzitomusic.com/curveball/

Astros GM Jeff Luhnow won’t commit to retracting Sports Illustrated statement – The Washington Post

Commissioner Rob Manfred said MLB is still looking into the incident and its aftermath.
— Read on www.washingtonpost.com/sports/2019/10/25/astros-general-manager-wont-commit-retracting-statement-regarding-sports-illustrated-report/

Mike White: Rule needs to be changed when girls play golf against boys | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

[The narrative is similar to Baseball and Softball discussions. Also, when girls are a year more mature; when a 12 year old all girl baseball team plays against an all boys team of same age in tournament, a similar narrative may be dispatched.]

Girls are allowed to play tees closer to the hole when they compete in WPIAL and PIAA boys tournaments and matches.
— Read on www.post-gazette.com/sports/highschool/2019/10/24/Mike-White-PIAA-WPIAL-golf-rules-girls-boys-womens-tees-Remmey-Lohr/stories/201910230020

L.A. Monarchs girls’ baseball club set to hold free local camp in Temecula this November | Valley News

L.A. Monarchs girls’ baseball club set to hold free local camp in Temecula this November | Valley News
— Read on www.myvalleynews.com/l-a-monarchs-girls-baseball-club-set-to-hold-free-local-camp-in-temecula-this-november/

Astros GM discusses dismissal of Taubman – MLB.com

Scroll down to reach the specific section then “keep reading”:

Astros GM discusses dismissal of Taubman
— Read on http://www.mlb.com/news/2019-mlb-postseason-schedule

Australia One-Step Closer To A Professional Women’s Baseball League – Ministry of Sport

Australia One-Step Closer To A Professional Women’s Baseball League – Ministry of Sport
— Read on ministryofsport.com.au/australia-one-step-closer-to-a-professional-womens-baseball-league/

MLB commissioner ‘tremendously concerned’ over outburst from Astros exec, Cornell alum – syracuse.com

MLB commissioner ‘tremendously concerned’ over outburst from Astros exec, Cornell alum – syracuse.com
— Read on www.syracuse.com/sports/2019/10/mlb-commissioner-tremendously-concerned-over-outburst-from-astros-exec-cornell-alum.html

AMLO, the World Series-watching president, wants to Make Mexican Baseball Great Again – The Washington Post

López Obrador is entertaining the country with game recaps — and spending millions of dollars in hopes of restoring Mexican baseball to its glorious past.
— Read on www.washingtonpost.com/world/the_americas/amlo-the-world-series-watching-president-wants-to-make-mexican-baseball-great-again/2019/10/24/ccb752aa-f5c0-11e9-b2d2-1f37c9d82dbb_story.html

Brandon Taubman fired by Astros in wake of incident with female reporters – The Washington Post

The incident, detailed in a Sports Illustrated report, involved comments the assistant general manager made about Astros closer Roberto Osuna, who had been acquired by the team after being arrested on domestic violence charges.
— Read on www.washingtonpost.com/sports/2019/10/24/brandon-taubman-fired-by-astros-wake-incident-with-female-reporters/

Girls Baseball Games & Opportunities | Baseball For All

BFA x Miami Marlins 
Marlins Park, Sunday, October 27, 2019. 9-12pm
Email BFA to Register

We’re excited to partner with the Miami Marlins Youth Baseball and Softball Program to give girls, ages 10–12, a unique, one-day opportunity to play at Marlins Park. Players will get to step out and play at this Major League ballpark,
receive coaching from professional coaches and hear from speakers like Team USA Manager, Veronica Alvarez and Baseball For All founder, Justine Siegal. Space is extremely limited. Lunch is provided. 

Host: Baseball For All
— Read on www.baseballforall.com/events

It is all about getting entire families into the MLB stadium seats…

Almost 20 years ago, the commissioner of baseball had an insight sharing it publicly: if we focus on a girl’s interest in baseball families may be more inclined to attend as an entire family a MLB game.

The strategy then was to invest in softball as the engagement vehicle. It no doubt had traction, considering Women’s Softball – not Women’s Baseball – will be featured in the next International Olympics in Japan next year.

Recent media releases, including a report on HBO, highlight a girl’s determination to play baseball, focusing on the irrational drive to prevent girls and women from play.

Yet, MLB, through its USA Baseball wing, truly supports women play at the international level.

Every effort is now being made to include girls and women in the dialog, the narrative.

A Chevrolet commercial airing during the 2019 World Series includes (at least) a single girl player.

Daily, the guidance through global media, as linked on this blog site provides, is clear:

Girls and women continue to rise in participation efforts and opportunities.

We can debate whether or not women can grit it out into a successful silo in professional baseball at the MLB level; whether girls should have equal access to otherwise mostly if not entirely boys’ teams in an equitable and fully distributed – imposed – manner; girls should have their own independent leagues across the board to play on same-gender teams, competing with both conventional baseball and softball for limited field access and time; girls should have the option of choosing between baseball and softball at all levels, while depleting the ranks of the Softball Industrial Complex…

The bottom line for today’s post:

If the news of these days is about Kate Upton highlighting the daughter of Justin Verlander as the female moment this week in coverage of the MLB World Series; the Houston Astros hire an accused domestic violence offender while on a 75 game suspension as the League’s internal penalty for the charge; the Astros’s Assistant General Manager allegedly seemingly intentionally disrespects three official, professional women members of the free press by enthusiastically presenting the position of The Astros in hiring the accused domestic abuse offender; and all Justin Verlander has to say when asked about what he thinks about the public relations nightmare for MLB and The Astros that it ‘doesn’t affect us in here’:

Houston, we have a problem…