Tuesday, March 5, 2019

We're Glad We Knew You

The last time I saw him, it was only for a brief moment – less than a minute. Had I known it would be our last conversation, I would have made it last longer. But at that moment, I was busy, he was busy, and we had about thirty seconds to say, "Hey, how you doing?" And then we were both on to other things.

A week later, he died.

Sunday, February 24, 2019

The Green Jacket

This is my green jacket. I wear it most winter days, and now and then, I think about how I got it. My wife's cousin Shawn gave it to me about ten years ago. Then he died. 

Shawn was a young guy, about 30, trying to make his way in the world. He had a succession of jobs, and he came to town one day to look for work. He stayed with his and my wife's grandmother for a few days while applying for work. 

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Jonathan Stephens Is Just A Kid

My latest book is, 'Jonathan Stephens Is Just A Kid.' This book is now available in ebook on Amazon (paperback soon.)

This is my sixth book, and my first attempt at kid lit. 

"Jonathan Stephens is, as he says, "just a kid." He loves baseball, having friends, video games, books, riding his bike, birthday parties, presents – pretty much like every other kid. He doesn't like green rice, tests, getting into trouble, getting lost, having to answer questions in class, and one big thing that will happen in fourth grade. That thing is… well, it's kind of a secret right now!"

Larry Manch is an author, teacher, guitar player, freelance writer, and columnist. His books include: 'Twisted Logic: 50 Edgy Flash Fiction Stories''The Toughest Hundred Dollars & Other Rock & Roll Stories','A Sports Junkie''The Avery Appointment''Between the Fuzzy Parts', and 'Jonathan Stephens Is Just A Kid'. His books are available in paperback and e-book.
He writes about sports for Season Tickets, food and travel on Miles & Meals, and music/guitars on The Backbeat.

Sunday, October 21, 2018

Trevor Bauer's Sour Grapes

Trevor Bauer of the Cleveland Indians convinced himself that his team did not compete in or win the 2017 World Series, and the Houston Astros did, because he believes that Astros pitchers cheat. He first made this bizarre claim in May 2018, and he continues to push his conspiracy theory. The more likely scenario is that he suffers from a case of sour grapes.

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

A Sports Forum & More

I've seen many sports forums, but nothing that fit what I wanted to join. I want to participate in real discussions about baseball and a variety of sports; conversations that went beyond the standard 'who's the best player,' or 'which team is the best' kind of thing.

I belong to several forums centered on music, guitars, books, and writing, but wouldn't it be nice to have those topics in one online place?

Monday, September 10, 2018

A Pain in the Elbow

A UCL tear or strain requiring surgery is a devastating injury that can put a player out of action for a year or more. Most often associated with baseball pitchers, it involves damage to the ulnar collateral ligament, and can mend itself through rest, but is most often addressed through surgery. 
Reconstruction of the UCL doesn't make a pitcher better, and there is no guarantee that with surgery, one will ever pitch again. If the procedure is successful, the recipient will at least be able to continue to pursue baseball as a profession, but if it isn't, it means the end of a pitching career. This problem has been all too frequent of late, and many recent pitchers have gone under the knife for the operation, better known as Tommy John surgery.

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Smith, Baird, & Pearson - Three Promising Pitchers

Jaylen Smith, Cam Baird, and Braden Pearson are minor league players who caught my attention this season for various reasons. While none of the three are listed on their respective Top 30 team prospect lists or came in as highly touted players, all showed potential.

Major League Baseball may be the focus of attention for most fans, but following minor league players gives you a look at the future of the sport. The top prospects get a lot of attention, and for good reason, but many young players are working their way through the system who are worth watching, including these three.