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Newsblog: Taking Back the Ballparks - Astros voting thread

Down to four choices, including its longstanding existing name.

Choose 1:

A) Apollo Park
B) Astrodome 2000
C) Crawford Grounds
D) Minute Maid Park

Up next: Snakes on the Grass

 

 

SoSH U at work Posted: June 13, 2018 at 02:49 PM | 17 comment(s)
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Hall of Merit: Most Meritorious Player: 1944 Discussion

All of the leagues are hollowed out of prime career players.

The Cardinals and Browns met in the Streetcar Series sharing the same home park. The Cardinals won in 6.
The Homestead Grays beat the Birmingham Black Barons 4 games to 1 in the Negro World Series.

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Player			SH WS		BBR WAR
Stan Musial		36.6		8.8
Snuffy Stirnweiss	36.2		8.5
Lou Boudreau		31.0		8.0
Bobby Doerr		27.1		5.9
Bob Johnson		30.7		6.3
Vern Stephens		34.0		5.2
Stan Spence		32.8		6.0
Jim Russell		30.8		4.8
Bill ...
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DL from MN Posted: June 05, 2018 at 06:07 PM | 10 comment(s)
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Newsblog: Taking Back the Ballparks - Houston Astros

Exhibit A in the Trouble with Naming Rights. Minute Maid Park was formerly known as Enron Field, until that energy trading company became the poster child for corporate malfeasance. Contrast that with Houston’s former home. The greatest potential embarrassment for the Astrodome was if George Jetson’s dog started humping Mr. Spacely’s leg.

While Enron was a crappy company, it was a pretty solid corporate name for a ballpark. It rolled off the tongue quite nicely, particularly given how ...

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SoSH U at work Posted: June 05, 2018 at 12:00 PM | 24 comment(s)
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Newsblog: Taking Back the Ballparks - Rockies voting thread

For the Rockies, we’ve got four variations on the mountains that give the team its name and the region its identity, plus the old standby corporate name that has served the club without incident for more than 20 years.

A) Coors Field
B) Front Range Park
C) Mile High Park
D) Mountain View Park
E) Rocky Mountain Park

Next Up: The home of the champs

 

SoSH U at work Posted: May 29, 2018 at 09:53 AM | 26 comment(s)
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Newsblog: Taking Back the Ballparks - Orioles voting thread

Much to my surprise, there was some debate over the proper name for the ballpark in Baltimore. We all agreed that the existing parts are just fine, but there was some argument over which is the best name for the place.

Here are the choices:

A) Camden Yards
B) Oriole Park
C) Oriole Park at Camden Yards

I’d like to think you won’t require me to tip the electoral scales here and make the right decision.

We’ll vote on Colorado soon.

SoSH U at work Posted: May 22, 2018 at 11:05 AM | 20 comment(s)
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Newsblog: Taking Back the Ballparks - The Voteless

Based on my assessment of the nominating threads, we’re going to give hall passes to the Chicago Cubs, New York Yankees, and, with a little less certainty, the Milwaukee Brewers. Congrats to Wrigley Field, Yankee Stadium and Miller Park for making the grade.

SoSH U at work Posted: May 22, 2018 at 11:00 AM | 2 comment(s)
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Newsblog: Taking Back the Ballparks - Indians voting thread

We’ve got four choices for the new name for the Tribe’s home park, though based on the nomination thread, the old name is the odds-on favorite.

A) Burning River Park
B) Cleveland Stadium
C) Forest City Park
D) Jacobs Field

Next Up: Is Democracy Dead?

 

SoSH U at work Posted: May 10, 2018 at 10:31 PM | 24 comment(s)
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Gonfalon Cubs: Half full or half empty?

As most of you know, I’m a natural optimist so I know my answer to that question.  Having said that, it’s pretty hard to feel that great right now about what’s happening with the offense.  There’s been so much talk about launch angle, and how the new coaching group doesn’t teach that the same way, so it’s natural to wonder if the change has been a negative so far.  Part of the reason for the change was to deal with the somewhat inexplicable performance with RISP.  Well, so far, it’s been just ...

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Moses Taylor, aka Hambone Fakenameington Posted: May 07, 2018 at 10:41 AM | 66 comment(s)
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Newsblog: Taking Back the Ballparks - Cleveland Indians

I visited Progressive Field on the first of a back-to-back with my PNC jaunt. Though obviously overshadowed by its rival to the southeast, the Jake remains a beaut, and perhaps represents the largest improvement from the old park to the new (I guess Cascadia Field, Allegheny Park and China Basin are also contenders).

It once was filled nightly, back when Manny and Albert and Jim Thome were bashing the American League over the head. Attendance has fallen considerably in recent years. Perhaps a ...

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SoSH U at work Posted: May 01, 2018 at 08:40 AM | 27 comment(s)
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Newsblog: Taking Back the Ballparks - Marlins voting thread

OK, well we have a similar situation with the Angels vote, though with a twist. Will we go with the very fitting nickname, with a critical other meaning, or settle on something else.

Those who don’t like the idea of a nickname of any type may want to try to rally around one of the other options.

Choose One:

Biscayne Bowl
Fish Tank
Marlins Park
Southernmost Park

Next Up: The Jake not that close to the Lake

 

SoSH U at work Posted: April 25, 2018 at 10:16 AM | 37 comment(s)
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