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Crunch time in Hartford

In preparation for my in-depth review of Hartford’s brand-new Dunkin’ Donuts Park, which is scheduled to open May 31, I interviewed its lead designer, Jonathan Cole, principal at Pendulum.

Yes, it’s over-budget and it’s opening a month and a half later than planned — and that assumes it will actually open on the 31st.  And the media in Hartford has been critical of just about every aspect of the project.  But that hasn’t dampened Cole’s enthusiasm about the park.

Calling right now “crunch time,” he is spending every weekday in Hartford.  “All of the bricks are in place. Read More

2015 MLB Attendance Analysis now available

For years, I’ve relied on the statistical expertise of the brilliant David Kronheim. He is an absolute wizard with numbers and analysis, and luckily for baseball fans, he loves the National Pastime. Therefore, I greatly anticipate the arrival each spring of his detailed analysis of the previous year’s MLB attendance results. Done through David’s firm called Number Tamer, the report for 2015 just became available.

Whenever I’ve written an article where attendance figures are involved, I’ve turned to his analysis to shed a brilliant spotlight on the subject. Time and time again, his assessments have provided my pieces with great insight.

And his annual reports are anything but a dull recitation of how many fans attended a team’s games the previous year. Read More

Zika nixes Puerto Rico games

The Marlins and Pirates were scheduled to play two games at Hiram Bithorn Stadium in San Juan, Puerto Rico on May 30 and 31. Not any more. After the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) consulted with players from the two teams about the danger of contracting the Zika virus, the players union and MLB jointly announced Friday that the two games would be played at Marlins Park in Miami instead. Read More

Wow, everything looks different!

Welcome to the brand-new!  As our site was approaching its 20th year (and how many other websites can say that?), we felt that another set of renovations was in order.  We hired Altair Technology (the company that has expertly hosted our site since 2001) to change e-v-e-r-y-t-h-i-n-g about the format and look of the site.  And that’s exactly what they did.

I wanted the new look to emphasize two things … Read More