Softball Notebook

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Jennie Finch Makes History

Legendary Softball Pitcher Manages Pro Baseball Game
By Kevin Kage
TSC Contributor
It’s been almost eight years since she competed in the Olympics, and six years since she retired from professional softball, but Jennie Finch is still advocating tirelessly for her sport and squarely in the public eye.
Case in point: two months ago the fastpitch legend made […]

Softball’s Olympic Reinstatement Helps NPF

Tokyo Games Will Generate Plenty of New Pro Stars
By Kevin Kage
TSC Contributor
The news of softball’s reinstatement for the 2020 Tokyo Games has major implications for the NPF. Yes, some of the league’s best athletes will have to take time off from their professional career to train for and compete in Tokyo, including missing most, […]

Pitching Yogurt

Superstar Jennie Finch & Son Ace Star in Heartwarming TV Ad for Chobani Yogurt
By Kevin Kage
TSC Contributor
Jennie Finch may have retired from competitive softball two years ago, but a recent heartwarming primetime television commercial is bound to return her to the limelight.
The commercial is for Chobani Champions, a Greek yogurt marketed to children, and stars […]

Taryne’s Time

Will Taryne Mowatt become the Next Jennie Finch?
By Kayla Knight
TSC Contributor
Taryne Mowatt was softball’s hottest ticket back in 2007 when she led the Arizona Wildcats to the collegiate national title, picking up two ESPY Awards as a result (Best Female College Athlete and Best Female Athlete). But the road has been rocky ever since.
The Wildcats […]

Do Birthdays Create Olympians?

Birthdates May Determine Athletic Success
By Daniel Urban
TSC Analyst/Contributor
I am reading a very interesting book called “Outliers” by Malcolm Gladwell. The book has a great chapter on the importance of birthdate in creating top caliber athletes. The book takes an in-depth look at players in the highest levels of Canadian amateur hockey (many of whom eventually […]

Popularity Contest

Jennie Finch Tops the List of Softball’s Most-Tweeted
By Daniel Urban
TSC Analyst/Contributor
Twitter is a neat little website that allows users to create an account and post their thoughts in blocks of 144 characters or less. These posts are called “tweets.” The site has become wildly popular with all sorts of athletes, entertainers, musicians, and other celebrities, […]

One of a Kind

Will There Ever Be Another Jennie Finch?
By Daniel Urban
TSC Analyst/Contributor
Will there ever be another Jennie Finch?
Jennie (1) had super-elite skill, (2) played the most important position in softball, and (3) has supermodel good looks.
There are a lot of players out there with (1) and (2), but none of those players also has (3). And I […]

Unfinished Business

Retiring Superstar Jennie Finch Has One Last Prize to Win
By Kayla Knight
TSC Contributor
With the end of her incredible softball career now less than a month away, Jennie Finch can sit back and bask in the glory of having won all of the major accolades her sport has to give, including an Olympic gold medal.
All of […]

Goodbye Jennie!

Superstar Pitcher Jennie Finch Announces Her Retirement
By Kayla Knight
TSC Contributor
 
You knew it had to happen someday. But when superstar pitcher Jennie Finch announced her retirement yesterday, a hushed silence fell over the softball community as it realized what it was losing. 
 
Since bursting onto the national television spotlight prior to the 2004 Athens Olympic Games, Jennie […]

Hired Guns

Olympians in the NPF: Are They Worth Their Salaries?
By John Thorson
Father of Chicago Bandits pitcher Kristina Thorson
I just returned from the Chicago Bandits-Philadelphia Force series. Although it was a little chilly for a couple games and seemed threatening for another, the weather was no factor. The fans who were there were treated to some great […]

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