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Lincoln Mitchell

Lincoln Mitchell is a lifelong baseball fan who spent much of his youth freezing at Candlestick Park. He played baseball, albeit poorly, through high school but opted not to play in college on the grounds that he did not want to play for any team that would have him. He now coaches in Manhattan’s West Side Little League and continues to spend more time thinking about baseball than any of his friends or family realize. Lincoln is also grateful that his mother never threw away any of his old baseball cards. When not writing, coaching, playing or thinking about baseball, Lincoln teaches international politics at Columbia University.

Lincoln Mitchell Articles
Lincoln Mitchell |
11.02.2012

The Hall of Fame and these Giants

The San Francisco Giants World Series win was different this year than in 2010. In 2010, it brought tears to my eyes as my friends, brother and I, spoke to each other over the phone and Skype. We were all men in our 40s who had waited about 35

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Lincoln Mitchell |
10.23.2012

A New Identity for the Giants and their Fans

In 1987, the San Francisco Giants won the NL West and secured their first post-season berth in 16 seasons. It was also the first time the Giants had made it to the playoffs since I had become a fan of the team in the mid-1970s. During the years between

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Lincoln Mitchell |
10.16.2012

Don Larsen, Manny Mota and the 1962 Giants

As the New York Yankees are trailing the Detroit Tigers 2-0 in the ALCS it is unlikely that the Yankees will meet the San Francisco Giants in the World Series. As a lifelong fan of both teams, as strange as that may sound, this possibility become less likely makes means

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Lincoln Mitchell |
09.06.2012

Farewell to ‘Up and In’

A couple of years ago shortly after receiving an iPad for my birthday in early December I decided I was going to figure out what this podcast thing was all about. I naturally began exploring baseball related podcasts, but few of them could hold my interest. Some did not discuss baseball

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Lincoln Mitchell |
08.17.2012

Melky Cabrera and Baseball’s New Steroid Problems

Melky Cabrera’s suspension for the use of testosterone is a blow to the pennant hopes of the San Francisco Giants as Cabrera was having a great year and had been a key ingredient to the Giants being in first place at the time of the suspension. The impact of this event,

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Lincoln Mitchell |
08.09.2012

Is Buster Posey Having the Greatest Season Ever for a Giants Catcher?

In 1946, Johnny Mize, immediately after returning from military service in World War II, resumed his job as the first baseman for the New York Giants where he put together a great season, hitting .337/.437/.576 with an OPS+ of 186, good for 6.2 WAR. Fifteen years later, another Giant star, Willie

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Lincoln Mitchell |
07.28.2012

What is Really Baseball’s Best Rivalry?

As the Yankees and Red Sox play a series at Yankee Stadium this week, the talk of baseball’s biggest rivalry will be in the air again. This assertion is rarely challenged, but it is also rarely defined or explained. Long-term rivalries are not a common thing in baseball. There are many

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Lincoln Mitchell |
07.18.2012

Bill James Gets It Wrong on Penn State

Following the 1983 season, when I was in high school, my hometown team, the San Francisco Giants, lost Darrell Evans to free agency and the Detroit Tigers. Evans had been a mainstay of the Giants of my youth. He had arrived in mid-1976 in a trade with the Atlanta Braves and

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Lincoln Mitchell |
07.14.2012

Maybe Melky Is Actually A Good Ballplayer

Melky Cabrera is one of the more unlikely All Star Game MVPs in recent memory. Cabrera was the starting center fielder, a position he had not played all year, in the All Star Game during his seventh full year in the big leagues. Before 2012, Cabrera had never played in an

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Lincoln Mitchell |
07.06.2012

Baseball’s Best Boring Team

This has been an exciting season to be a New York Mets fan. Despite losing one of their best players, Jose Reyes, to the division rival Florida Marlins, the Mets have played well, and as the All Star break approaches are firmly in the race for one of the two NL

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