Rotary Club of Clearwater Welcomes Hal Bodley
Hal Bodley, a walking historian about baseball, at the Rotary Club of Clearwater.
Hal Bodley, world famous baseball sportswriter, covered many interesting questions about baseball at a recent Wednesday noon meeting of the Rotary Club of Clearwater at the Belleair Country Club. Alan Bomstein, Rotarian and local contractor, introduced Bodley as previously writing a sports column for USA Today for 25 years. He currently is senior correspondent for major league baseball online at MLB.com, and also does T.V. He has authored two books, The Team that Wouldn't Die and Countdown to Cobb.
Bodley spoke about the importance of payroll in sports. The higher the payroll, the more likely the team will be in the playoffs. The higher the population within a certain radius of a stadium, the more attendance can be expected. Higher attendance seems to help produce more winning teams. That can be a problem for the Rays. Can payroll be increased? Can attendance be increased? Bodley has had a long personal relationship with both players and management in baseball, since 1958, and had many interesting stories to hold the interest of Rotarians and guests.
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