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  So much about baseball is known: the distance between the bases (90 feet), the batting average of a good hitter (.300) and the velocity of a hard fastball (95 mph). Barry Svrluga’s new book, The Grind, shows us what we may not know. No sport is as unrelenting as Major League Baseball; enduring the 162 games squeezed into 185 days (plus spring training and postseason.)

In 2004, Svrluga was assigned to cover the return of baseball to Washington D.C. The nation’s capital had gone without a major league team since 1971. In 2014, Svrluga wrote a series for the Post about the personal toll that baseball takes, with each installment profiling a different character from the franchise.

The Grind grew directly from that series, including the original six longform pieces plus updates and additional chapters.

Keith Strudler: Russell Wilson And God

Jul 8, 2015

Perhaps Huey Lewis was right. Maybe it is hip to be square.

It’s probably unfair to deem Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson as square, not with one Super Bowl ring and another nearly so at the age of 26, not with a huge new contract coming his way in the next year or so, not as the young marketable face of the NFL as older generations of quarterbacks, like Tom Brady and Peyton Manning, enter their twilight. That’s not square, for sure.

The Golden State Warriors took the NBA Championship, and the St. Louis Cardinals are accused of hacking the Houston Astros. Director of the Marist College Center for Sports Communication and WAMC sports commentator Keith Strudler is here, along with Times Union sports editor Pete Iorizzo.

Keith Strudler: Losing Hope

Jun 10, 2015

One of the most important lessons in sports, really in life, is that’s there’s no such thing as fair. So let’s just accept that it’s not fair that Hope Solo is still playing for the US National team in this year’s World Cup. Solo, the team’s star goalie and a big reason they’ve been title contenders for the past several international championships, will be a cornerstone of the team’s aspirations in this current cup, which led off with an American win over Australia. With her in the net, it’s reasonable that the US might find themselves in the semis or better. Without her, who knows?

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The National Sports Academy in Lake Placid is closing at the end of May after graduation and won't re-open in the fall.

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Keith Strudler: Pay The Men, Shirley

Apr 15, 2015

There’s no better feeling than putting your hands in your jeans or jacket pocket only to find a $20 bill you didn’t know what was there. I suppose finding a $100 bill, or maybe a winning lottery ticket would be better. But we’re talking in scope of reality. That $20, or even $5 is found money, an unexpected boost to your personal economy. It’s why I used to stash Monopoly money in my sock when I played as kid. I hoped I’d forget, which I never did, and find it serendipitously when I hoped to make a small hotel investment on Broadway.

This spring is proving to be an exciting one in the sports world, with Duke taking the NCAA basketball championship, a 21-year-old golf phenom winning the masters, and former Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez convicted of murder. Here with us to talk it through is our very own sports commentator and Marist College Center for Sports Communication Director Keith Strudler.

Was golf better back in the day? In the new book Men in Green, acclaimed Sports Illustrated writer, Michael Bamberger, goes on a quest to find out.

The result is a candid, nostalgic, and intimate portrait of golf’s greatest generation then and now. Bamberger fell for the game of golf as a teenager in the 70s; he spent years caddying, playing, and writing about the sport. He joins The Roundtable to discuss living legends, secret legends, and the upcoming generation.

Ann Liguori

When you watch or listen to a sports broadcast nowadays, it’s not uncommon to hear a woman doing play-by-play, color commentary or especially sideline reports. But it wasn’t always that way, and even today, women make up only a small percentage of the sportscasting ranks.

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