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A FOND FAREWELL TO DONNY BAYLOR

By Murray Chass

August 13, 2017

Warning: Much of this column is not objective. How can it be objective when one of the two players it is about wrote in his 1990 book that I was the reporter he missed the most following his 1988 retirement?

That man was Don Baylor, and now it’s my turn to miss him because he died in the early morning hours of Aug. 7. Darren Daulton died several hours earlier on Aug. 6.

I didn’t know Daulton, but I know more about what killed him than I know about the cause of Baylor’s death, which was multiple myeloma, a cancer formed by malignant plasma cells.

Of the at least eight former major leaguers who had glioblastoma tumors, Daulton lived the longest following diagnosis, but is four years anything to cheer about, especially when Daulton’s experience led to massive misunderstanding and misinterpretation of his condition.

On Feb. 19, 2015, Daulton tweeted news of his latest MRI, a test he had regularly so doctors could check on the results of his July 2013 operation he for the removal of not one but two glioblastoma tumors. Depending on the tumor, patients initially have an MRI every month, then every three months and every six months and if everything looks good, finally once a year.

“I’m incredibly blessed to have a clean scan,” Daulton tweeted, adding, “I’m doing well and feeling great.”

Reporters and other observers, leaped to the conclusion that Daulton’s message meant he was free of cancer. One example of many examples:

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A ROSE BY THE NAME OF PETE JUST SMELLS

By Murray Chass

August 6, 2017

Pete Rose apparently didn’t have enough of John Dowd when the Washington, D.C., lawyer’s 1989 investigation of Rose’s baseball betting earned Rose a life sentence in baseball purgatory.

His relentless requests for reinstatement rejected by two commissioners, Rose snatched onto a comment Dowd made in a radio interview and sued Dowd for defaming him. How anybody could defame Rose more than he has defamed himself, I don’t know.

But Rose’s lawsuit against Dowd has inflicted greater damage on Rose than anything Dowd has said about him. Take the latest development in the Dowd-Rose tussle as Exhibit A.

Rose was scheduled to be honored by the Philadelphia Phillies in a weekend of events Aug. 10-12. He played for the Phillies for five seasons, 1979 through ’83, playing an instrumental role in their World Series championship in 1980 and became as loved in Philadelphia as he was for his 16 years in Cincinnati.

So the Phillies planned to fete him at their Alumni Weekend this weekend …

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DEALING WITH DEAL DEADLINE

By Murray Chass

July 31, 2017

A year ago July 25 the Chicago Cubs acquired Aroldis Chapman from the New York Yankees. Six days later the Cleveland Indians obtained Andrew Miller from the Yankees. Left-handed relievers both, Chapman and Miller played significant roles in the 2016 World Series, justifying their teams’ decisions to trade for them.

Other teams, on the other hand, made pre-deadline deals that didn’t lead to post-season appearances. The teams making deals the past month aren’t guaranteed post-season spots either, but hopeful teams make this month perhaps the most intriguing of the season.

The deadline I refer to is July 31, the last day teams can trade players without having to obtain waivers on players they want to trade. Teams can trade players after July 31, but they have to have waivers on the players.

This July did not produce the trades of players as highly regarded as Chapman and Miller, but there have been …

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