The starting pitcher is dying in baseball. At least, this is the narrative that has begun to creep into the discourse surrounding America’s Pastime in the last several years. Since 2015, the number of innings thrown by starting pitchers in MLB has steadily decreased, with the shortened 2020 season accelerating this trend. In 2018, a new term entered the MLB lexicon, that of the “opener.” The “opener” is a pitcher who normally would come out of the bullpen starting the game and pitching one or two innings.

This pitcher would then be succeeded by the “bulk starter” who would then…


Millenials are the generation of many things, but one of them is the generation of allergies. The generations before us had virtually none of the types of serious reactions to products such as food that have become sadly common among my contemporaries. As the New England Journal of Medicine notes, serious allergies to peanuts alone have quadrupled since 1997 (when the instance of it was 0.4 percent).

At my school growing up, I recalled multiple friends and acquaintances who not only had to shun peanuts themselves, but also, out of an abundance of caution, shun certain cookies that were readily…


Does the plant-based meat industry care about animals? Much of the narrative underlying their rise to prominence in recent years would imply that the answer to that question is “yes, of course!” But a closer examination of what it’s CEO actually believes, as well as the methodology by which the Impossible Burger itself is created, would put the lie to this idea.

In a 2018 interview with Quartz magazine, Impossible Foods CEO Pat Brown outlined his general philosophy and worldview on animals: “ animals have just been the technology we have used up until now to produce meat… What consumers…


There is a common saying about the start of a Major League Baseball season that goes “the season really starts on Memorial Day.” How is this the case, when Opening Day in fact generally takes place at the beginning of April, or even late March? This is because, due to the length of the 162 game baseball season, trends in the first two months of the MLB season should be taken with an extreme grain of salt. With that in mind, San Francisco Giants fans can be optimistic so far about some of the early trends in their 2021 campaign.


The Nashville Predators achieved a feat that would have once seemed impossible, turning a Southern city into a hockey town. This is anecdotal evidence, to be sure, but I have been told by former residents of Nashville that Predators gear is more frequently seen around town than those of the NFL’s Tennessee Titans. Now, I am sure that a precise survey of data would not back up these anecdotal claims, however the fact that people are even given an impression like this in the first place is telling.

Since the franchise began play in 1998, they have been one of…


Russia’s top hockey tournament has given Russian fans the matchup of heavyweights they have been clamoring for during this entire season. The Gagarin Cup’s Conference Finals feature matchups between the top two seeds in both the KHL’s Western and Eastern Conferences- SKA St. Petersburg and CSKA Moscow in the West, and AK Bars Kazan and Avangard Omsk in the East. Unfortunately for these fans, these matchups have not, so far, lived up to the high drama that fans were almost certainly hoping to see.

SKA and CSKA are Russian sport’s equivalent to the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox…


The 2021 ATP Masters in Miami was a golden opportunity for more than 99 percent of the professional tennis ranks. Miami is one of the only times in the last fifteen years that a major ATP tournament would not be contested by any of the “Big Three” (formerly the Big Four before injuries derailed Andy Murray’s career). Neither Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, nor world no.1 Novak Djokovic opted to participate in the tournament, given both injuries and the continued difficulty and inconvenience of international travel during the COVID-19 pandemic. …


I was born in a city, and cities were what shaped me as a person. Furthermore, it was not just any city where I was born, but the most archetypal and cosmopolitan of them all- New York City, on the island of Manhattan. Some of my earliest, most blurry memories involve being surrounded, in my stroller, on all sides by the “concrete jungle” of skyscrapers on either side as my parents or babysitter wheeled me down a Manhattan sidewalk.

At a very young age, my family moved across the country to San Francisco, different in many ways from New York…


Sharks first round draft pick Ozzy Wiesblatt.

The San Jose Sharks, whether they like it or not, have entered a new phase of their franchise history. At their current pace, they are likely to miss the NHL playoffs for the second consecutive year, the first time this will have happened to the franchise since 1997. The Sharks’ players themselves are becoming keenly aware of this fact. Erik Karlsson, who the Sharks made a blockbuster trade for in 2018 and then signed to a massive contract, recently made comments that he “did not sign here for a rebuild.”

Longtime franchise stalwart Patrick Marleau, drafted by the team when…


It is a strange state of affairs in the sports world when a head coach who would be ranked by many as one of the best in his game has been unemployed for more than a year. And yet, so it has been with Gerard Gallant, who more than a year ago was fired from his job as head coach of the Vegas Golden Knights NHL team, and has yet to be paired with another franchise.

At the time, Gallant’s dismissal stunned most of the hockey world. After all, just two years earlier, he had led the Knights to improbable…

Peter Cioth

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