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Ron Kaplan
Ron Kaplan is the sports and features editor for the New Jersey Jewish News where he hosts Kaplan’s Korner, a blog about Jews and sports. He also hosts Ron Kaplan’s Baseball Bookshelf, a blog about baseball literature and other media about the national pastime. In April 2013, he published 501 Baseball Books Fans Must Read before They Die
(University of Nebraska Press).

Entries by Ron Kaplan

Another Call to Rewrite Baseball's Record Books

(0) Comments | Posted July 24, 2014 | 12:36 PM

Not to mention redesign the score books.

You hear a number of sports pundits clamoring about throwing out the records of those who have used performance enhancing drugs. But really, everyone knows how impractical that would be. What would become of the record books? Since baseball is a zero sum...

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How to Make A-Rod Sympathetic

(1) Comments | Posted January 13, 2014 | 5:31 PM

Say what you will about Alex Rodriguez -- hate him for his arrogance, disdain him for his ego, be jealous of his salary, etc. -- shouldn't he nevertheless be accorded the same due process as anyone else? I guess that concept doesn't apply to pro athletes.

There has been a...

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If the Yankees Are Such a Class Organization, Why Do They Cheat?

(33) Comments | Posted June 29, 2012 | 5:46 PM

Two years ago it was Derek Jeter, who won an Academy Award for best fake hit by pitch.

Now it's Dewayne Wise, who got way too much benefit of the doubt when umpire Mike DiMuro credited him with catching a ball in foul territory that the Yankees...

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Ryan Braun's Appeal Is Upheld -- So Why Am I Not Happier?

(5) Comments | Posted February 24, 2012 | 3:40 PM

I was shocked when the news came out last year that Ryan Braun, the Milwaukee Brewers' superstar outfielder and National League Most Valuable Player had tested positive for a substance banned by Major League Baseball.

Details were sketchy, probably because the tip came from an anonymous source which the media...

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Nathan's Contest Leaves Me Unfulfilled

(0) Comments | Posted July 8, 2011 | 3:16 PM

Call me unpatriotic, but after hearing a news item on WINS that the winner of the annual Fourth of July event would consume some 20,000 calories in 10 minutes, the mindlessness of it suddenly sank in.

According to the USRDA, the average recommended caloric intake is 2,000, which...

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Kobe's Hurtful Words

(10) Comments | Posted April 15, 2011 | 5:39 PM

In Judaism, it's a sin to utter hateful speech. It's one of the things for which we apologize in the Al-Chet prayer on Yom Kippur. In fact, the mea culpa is repeated several times, albeit with different wording.

Why bring this up now, on the figurative eve of Passover? Because...

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R-E-S-P-E-C-T and J-E-T-E-R

(7) Comments | Posted November 30, 2010 | 2:42 PM

I really hate this kind of stuff.

Both the Yankees and perennial fan-favorite Derek Jeter seem to be bordering on the unreasonable as they dicker over a new contract. The front office claims that it's just business, that Jeter isn't getting any younger, that he shouldn't be unduly rewarded...

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If He's on My Team, It's "Gamesmanship"

(7) Comments | Posted September 17, 2010 | 4:42 PM

If he's on your team, it's "cheating."

In the seventh inning of the Sept. 15 game between the New York Yankees and Tampa Bay Rays, legendary stand-up guy Derek Jeter hoodwinked home plate umpire Lance Barksdale into believing he had been hit in the wrist/forearm area by a Chad Qualls...

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The Legacy of Ball Four

(9) Comments | Posted September 9, 2010 | 1:17 PM

When Joe DiMaggio: The Hero's Life hit the bookstores in 2001, many baseball fans were surprised and even angered with Richard Ben Cramer's portrayal of the Yankee Clipper. After all, Joe D. was an cherished icon for a generation of Americans and the revelations that he was, among other things,...

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