Lucey: Without libraries open, baseball podcasts might be just what the doctor ordered

From SABR member Bill Lucey at Daily News Gems on May 5, 2020:

There’s been some rarely mentioned downsides to the spread of the coronavirus and the subsequent quarantine, one of the most prominent (to many) has been the closing of many of the nation’s public libraries. Not being able to access the public library has been especially annoying for me.

Before moving into this small apartment I’m living in, I donated boxes, boxes, and boxes of books to Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. I just finished David W. Blight’s superb biography on Frederick Douglass (“Prophet of Freedom”) and am currently enjoying Carl Bernstein and Marco Politi’s absorbing history of John Paul II, “His Holiness’’ published in 1996.

After I’m through with that, my reading material gets dangerously thin. I have a number of friends who engage in these marathon sessions of Netflix, some watching for eight consecutive hours. I do subscribe to Netflix, but I can never imagine watching more than two consecutive hours of streaming without losing my mind.

So, what to do? Suddenly, I began thinking about podcasts as a possible alternative to books. I must admit, I haven’t really listened to many podcasts, I always preferred reading.

Read the full article here:

Originally published: May 7, 2020. Last Updated: May 7, 2020.