Greg Baum

Greg Baum

Greg Baum is chief sports columnist and associate editor with The Age

AFL

AFL considers first out, first pick national draft proposal

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Greg Baum Economist reviewed draft data as 16-team competition from 1997 to 2009 and modelled alternative.

The draft is an acquired taste

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Greg Baum With free agency thrown in, trade week now goes for a month.

Draft tales: boys becoming men

Greg Baum Emma Quayle's The Draft follows five draftees and their time in the AFL cauldron.

AFL

Blue night for Daisy as his old mates make life tough

Dale Thomas comes off at half-time.

Greg Baum Dale Thomas' rebaptism as a Carlton player was sealed in the sweat and tears of a defeat.

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Closing the deal with Andrew Demetriou

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Greg Baum In Andrew Demetriou's 11 years, the AFL has entrenched itself as the most prosperous and powerful sports body in the land.

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Rising Pie finds feet down back

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Greg Baum Lachie Keeffe will play a cornerstone role against Hawthorn in a game that will expose how much of Collingwood's late-season recovery is real.

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Top pick decides to be choosy

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Greg Baum A player who seeks to change clubs because of personal ambition is liable to be seen as selfish.

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A demon for doing it his way

Greg Baum Aaron Davey was a puff of fresh air when he came along in 2004.

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First the drugs, and now Dons take their medicine

Greg Baum Essendon was desperate not to be cast as a cheat, but that is how it will be remembered.

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The Buddy snatchers open a can of worms

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Greg Baum The Blues wrote the book on manipulation; the Swans merely digitalised it.

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Years apart but old school ties run deep

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Greg Baum Will Strange befriended Cyril Rioli when he arrived at Scotch College from Melville Island.

The 'G will divide and conquer

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Greg Baum Some would have this grand final as a contest for Melbourne-Sydney honour. They are like uniformed Japanese sentries who, until the '70s, periodically emerged from the jungles of Malaysia, still...

A new Bloods, still with its links to the old team and its culture

Adam Goodes and Nick Malceski.

Greg Baum The Swans' popularity now transcends even Melbourne-Sydney sectarianism.

No easy solutions and few winners in gambling probe

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Greg Baum Anomaly uncovered by Senator Nick Xenophon highlights conflicting forces in professional sport.

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Demons fail to reach their goals

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Greg Baum Melbourne played like men possessed, Carlton like a self-possessed team.

A doubting Thomas

Sidelined no more: Josh Thomas has put a string of injuries behind him.

Greg Baum And with good cause, but four-game Magpie has spread his wings.

Vale the Geelong Flyer, 'fair dinkum unbelievable'

Bob Davis

Greg Baum To put Geelong in the mood for the 1963 VFL grand final, coach Bob Davis brought in piano accordionist and television clown Happy Hammond.

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Poach coach? Make it fair trade

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Greg Baum Richmond coach Damien Hardwick suggests AFL clubs could trade for coaches as in the NFL.

Anguish of the shouldabeens

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Greg Baum There is no premiership so coveted as the one that can never be won.

The best out of Sydney

Future champion: Lenny Hayes at 18, soon after joining the Saints.

Greg Baum Lenny Hayes was Sydney-born and bred, but into an Australian rules tradition.