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inside baseball

1. adjective (hyphenated and used as a modifier before a noun) Relating to or containing nuanced details and minutiae that require such specific knowledge or insight as to be unintelligible or irrelevant to outsiders. The novel is so overwrought with long, inside-baseball descriptions of the publishing world that the plot, as may be appreciated by the common reader, is largely lost in the process.
2. noun An approach containing or concerned with nuanced details and minutiae requiring such specific knowledge or insight as to be unintelligible or irrelevant to outsiders. I hate going to dinner with my wife's economist friends. There's always so much inside baseball between them that I'm always left with nothing to talk about.
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But all of that is so inside-baseball that actual voters will not care one whit.
With two very different populist voter uprisings lifting the presidential candidacies of Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump, one could see Lee as an appropriately fatuous proxy for the out-of-touch punditocracy that failed to predict them, too wrapped up in the inside-baseball shadow plays of finance and politics to realize how profoundly policies and market dips affect real people.
To tell the ultimate inside-baseball story, Pessah, a founding editor at ESPN: The Magazine, interviewed more than 150 people, including players, coaches, senior front office staffers, and three MLB commissioners--Selig, Fay Vincent, and the new guy, Rob Manfred.
Itzkoff's engrossing, unfolding narrative contains the perfect amount of inside-baseball moviemaking stories and anecdotes about stars.
It was really just supposed to be sort of an inside-baseball look of what's going on inside the Capitol," Harrelson said.
Michael Quinn Sullivan, the president of Empower Texans, a conservative group active in state politics that opposes Straus, attributed the speaker's staying power to the inside-baseball dynamics of the speakership, which he said meant candidates were responsible to other lawmakers rather than to the electorate.
It was pretty inside-baseball stuff that mostly focused on the disagreements that CFP certificants had over the standards.
Its school-project materials and technique make it accessible, but its mote gratuitous inside-baseball subtitular name-checks (I Am History [After Peter Halley], and the like) pull counterproductively in the opposite direction.
There is some choice inside-baseball stuff (longtime literary editor Leon Wieseltier remains a close friend of Peretz's, but they no longer discuss Israel, which makes sense; TNR writer John Judis "knows zero" about Israel, Peretz opines, which isn't true).
While you might expect that he might have some particular inside-baseball position or point of view, that's not the case.
And it's too inside-baseball to wonder if Zenyatta's performance might have changed the minds of a few Horse of the Year voters who'd been sold on 3-year-old filly Rachel Alexandra.
Ordinary citizens flooded the FCC with more correspondence on this supposedly inside-baseball issue than any other in its history.
Those subjects include such contemporary topics as the inside-baseball workings of government that C-SPAN serves its viewers as part of its daily fare.
The Note, for example, plays up the inside-baseball details about the campaign, unwrapping its leads in a smart if not straightforward way.
Meanwhile Blairite organs like the the Statesman and the Observer (the left-leaning Sunday broadsheet) devote column acres to inside-baseball analyses of the Cabinet -- a fascination shared by harder-left papers like Tribune.