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The end to Dye's career was a bit strange - he obviously could still hit, but upon reaching free agency after the 2009 season with the White Sox, I never heard any rumblings about him negotiating with anybody. Any insight here?
I just read a reference to the Society for Creative Anachronism last night (in the new Neil Stephenson book "Reamde", which is awesomer than you can imagine) and tonight I find an actual member. Will the wonders of BBTF never cease?
Off too the biggest SCA war -- Pennsic -- for two weeks.
One of the players is probably more famous for being a manager, although he was a very decent player that played over a decade.
A lot of that stuff came from Jeff Leonard so until I see it from a more credible source, I won't take it too seriously. Leonard seems like a guy who's always looking for a beef.
Oh an IMDB check embarrasses me. Of course Spade's partner was Miles Archer. Thursby is an early murder victim.
I thought Bonds wanted to hit 5th -- it's where he batted in Pgh.
EDIT: And...the Society for Creative Anachronism? Seriously people? I'm more than a little disturbed to find out that so many Primates are experienced with this. Then again, I speak as a guy whose older brother still journeys out to NoVA to play D&D campaigns on the weekends. But still...c'mon, I'd be more willing to admit a Japanese XXX tentacle-rape-pr0n fetish than to admit membership in the SCA. And I'm a guy who considers Genesis to be his favorite rock group of all time!
1. Shoeless Joe Jackson 1920 - 172
2. Will Clark 2000 -145
3. Mickey Mantle 1968 - 143
4. Happy Felsch 1920 - 143
5. Buzz Arlett 1931 - 138
6. Steve Evans 1915 - 138
7. Frank Huelsman 1905 - 135
8. Frank Schulte 1918 - 134
9. Bill Keister 1903 - 133
10.Hank Greenburg 1947 - 131
Anyways, back to my question - per BBRef, Bonds had a 169 OPS+ in 2007 - even if you gave him 25 additional outs, wouldn't his OPS+ have still been around 145-150 and "qualifying" for the list above?
Wasn't it a 3-4-5 of Clark / Williams / Bonds? That's a pretty nasty heart o' lineup.
RE: The SCA - I've been in the group since 1975, so I guess I have "experience." The idea of trying to do the SCA out of your mother's basement is hilarious. The SCA is a VERY social organization. Every weekend, there's an "event" (tournament with a feast, arts symposium, something) nearby, so SCA hardcores spend a LOT of time in other cities, interacting with people from all over and exchanging info on how to do things, etc. There are people who make their entire living building armor for the fighters. This is a steady job for them, not a side activity. I direct plays, although not often, because they take me 15 months to do. There are 6 months of research, some of which has to be done in the Washington U. library because some of that stuff Still isn't on the internet anywhere I can find. Then it's nine months of rehearsals, because SCA people are so busy that the average actor can only give you one or two rehearsals a week. Their other weeknights are tied up with other projects. Yes, that can get REAL insular and life-consuming, but the standards of workaholism are high. SCA people are driven. My local group, the Barony of 3 Rivers (STL) just got finished making a sailable half-scale replica of a viking longship. Out of cardboard. Strong enough that it not only floated, but carried a few people within it. This was not for the SCA, it was for a CHARITY outside of the SCA. But it was the SCA group who built the thing and entered it into the contest to raise money for the charity. They won easily. No one else was willing to work that hard at it. And these people, of course, were also doing the things they normally do in the SCA at the same time. Back when I was a serious fighter (I came in second in the tourney to rule Calontir twice) I spent two evenings in fighter practice or a tourney, plus the other weeknights at the gym. And directed plays. And heralded court. It's ridiculously involving, but it is NOT something you can really do in your mother's basement with no social skills.
He also bragged a lot about how he didn't work out which, at the time, seemed folksy and kind of superhuman, but as he aged at the power dried up it didn't seem as cute.
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