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Mike Morrow

Mike Morrow is a member of the communications team at the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation and writes about baseball at All photos on this site are his own.

Mercurial Puig is off to Cleveland

According to the Chattanooga police, he was clocked driving 97 mph in a 50-mph speed limit. That was in April of 2013, when Yasiel Puig, a 22-year-old Cuban defector, was a hot prospect for the Los Angeles Dodgers and playing for the Chattanooga Lookouts of the Class AA […]

This is what is right with baseball

Ironically enough, Bryce Harper made the point better than anyone. When Harper signed a 13-year, $330 million contract with the Philadelphia Phillies in early March, after months of negotiations as a free agent, he talked about the significance of longevity in the life of a baseball player and […]

This is what is wrong with baseball

The only thing worse than a bad bullpen is a manager who’s determined to use it. The parade of awful pitchers in baseball continues, and just as it appears to have no end, there appears to be no explanation for why it continues. Major league rosters are replete […]

17 All-Stars played on Tennessee teams

Seventeen players on the American League and National League All-Star rosters this year played for high school, college or minor-league baseball teams in Tennessee. Six of the players who made the teams once played for the Tennessee Smokies, a Class AA Chicago Cubs affiliate. All nine minor-league teams […]

Callaway saga is about lousy bullpens

Baseball in New York is interesting, isn’t it? Ask Mickey Callaway. Or rather, be careful what you ask Callaway, the former Germantown High School standout who is now managing the New York Mets. In what became a whirlwind, Callaway weathered a blistering series of questions about his bullpen […]