Sunday, May 28, 2006

Incomplete Through Games of May 26

Once upon a time, the Sunday sports section of almost every newspaper would carry a complete list of major league batting and pitching statistics through the games of the previous Friday. Every baseball fan took a 10-minute plunge into the smallest possible type each week, checking up on familiar and unfamiliar names who didn't play for the home town nine.

On this Memorial Day weekend, when even those of you WITH jobs have extra time to loaf with the Sunday paper, neither my New York Times nor Boston Globe carried those listings. The Globe didn't even have league Top 10 stats.

Don't bother, Globe and Times. I know your answers already. We didn't have enough space. The readers can get those numbers off the Internet. The less and less newspapers do for their readers, the better they get at writing their own epitaphs.


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