Spheroid: Bruce Markusen’s Cooperstown Confidential
Many people around baseball already are very familiar with Bruce Markusen, a noted baseball author who I first got to know when he was working for the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown. But with so many new folks around the MLBlogosphere and more to come, here is a more proper introduction to the author of Bruce Markusen’s Cooperstown Confidential. We thank him for taking the time to send us his nine questions as the latest featured Spheroid here:
1. Why do you blog?
As an author and writer, I have this obsessive urge to put my thoughts down on paper, hopefully in an orderly and coherent manner. With blogging, I specifically like the ability to react to stories on the spot, rather than having to wait every week or every other week, as some columnists have to do.
2. What was your favorite post?
I’d have to point to the tribute I wrote to Moe Drabowsky after he passed away last year. He was such a great baseball character, with an incredibly creative array of practical jokes. Drabowsky gave me great material to work with, so writing that post wasn’t nearly as difficult as some other posts I’ve worked on.
3. What is the strangest blogging experience you’ve ever had?
To be honest, I can’t really think of any. A recent post I did on YES Network writer Steven Goldman has been controversial and stirred some surprisingly angry response, but I wouldn’t call it strange.
4. Favorite blogs, including at least one at MLBlogs:
I enjoy Baseball Toaster, which has a variety of blogs, from Bronx Banter to The Griddle. There’s a nice variety there. At MLB, I like Bucco Blog (since I like the Pirates) and also check out The Rumor Mill from time to time. I also like to read up on the other bloggers from Cooperstown, like Dan Holmes and Dale Petroskey.
Probably taking a nap, or watching more television than I should. In other words, very unproductive things.
6. Where do you think the blogosphere is going?
That’s a tough question. The volume of blogging today is incredible. My guess would be that some people will tire from it, especially if they don’t receive the desired amount of feedback, leaving only the most popular blogs standing.
7. Favorite team and why?
I’ve been a Yankee fan since before I can remember. My family tells me that as a baby, I used to stand in front of the TV watching Yankee games, and when Mantle came to the plate, I would start freaking out, jumping up and down hysterically. I don’t remember that, so I’ll have to take their word for it.
8. What is one thing most people don’t know about you?
A lot of people know that I worked at the Hall of Fame, but not a lot know that I hosted a sports talk show for nearly 10 years. I think broadcasting — doing interviews and taking calls — is my real strength.
9. Happiness is . .
My wife and daughter being healthy and happy — and the Yankees returning to the World Series.
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