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Newsblog: Taking Back the Ballparks - New York Mets

As alluded to in the opening piece, the Mets have one of the least objectionable corporates name for a ballpark, at least of those names without an existing tie to the franchise. Citi Field sounds good, simple, and could easily be mistaken for a name without a corporate tie-in if not for the unfortunate spelling. On a related note, it took me several years before I realized the first wave of corporate-monikered NBA arenas in Salt Lake City, Phoenix and Chicago - the Delta Center, America West ...

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SoSH U at work Posted: January 29, 2018 at 10:00 AM | 49 comment(s)
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Newsblog: Taking Back the Ballparks - Royals voting thread

Well, this one looks to be academic. We’ve only got three choices, and I believe that’s two too many.

If it goes as expected, we’ll end voting early and get on with the next entrant.

Choose 1)
A) Kauffman Stadium
B) Monarchs Field
C) Royals Stadium

SoSH U at work Posted: January 26, 2018 at 09:59 AM | 20 comment(s)
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Newsblog: Taking Back the Ballparks - Kansas City Royals

As you might have noticed, we’re alternating between AL and NL parks in this exercise, just like they used to do with the All-Star Game before All-Star Game hosting duties became a prize for successfully extorting local municipalities.

The good folks of Kansas City have been spared such a fate, as the local nine plays its ballgames in one of the oldest facilities in MLB. I haven’t been there (though I did look on from nearby a few years back – oddly enough, a few hours before the Royals ...

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SoSH U at work Posted: January 18, 2018 at 12:35 PM | 24 comment(s)
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Newsblog: Taking Back the Ballparks - Pirates voting thread

We didn’t get a lot of nominees, but there were enough quality ones to give the electorate a decent choice on a potential replacement, though the only name the park has known is in the mix.

As always, choose 1)

A) Allegheny Park
B) Foundry Field
C) PNC Park
D) Roberto Clemente Park
E) Three Rivers Field

 

SoSH U at work Posted: January 11, 2018 at 01:39 PM | 27 comment(s)
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Newsblog: Taking Back the Ballparks - Pittsburgh Pirates

Part 9: Pittsburgh Pirates
As mentioned, I haven’t been to all that many of the parks on this list. I have been to PNC, on the back end of a double dip with Cleveland the day before. While Jacobs Field was a really nice place to watch a ballgame, it was truly overshadowed by its rival 100 miles to the southeast.
I can honestly say I can’t imagine how you can make a park any better than this one. The setting is wonderful, the views are spectacular, and it just feels like Pittsburgh the ...

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SoSH U at work Posted: January 03, 2018 at 10:00 AM | 27 comment(s)
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Hall of Merit: 2018 Hall of Merit Election Results: Chipper, Thome, Rolen and Vlad Elected!

The Hall of Merit welcomes four new members. Chipper Jones was the unanimous #1 this year, receiving all 30 first place votes. Jim Thome (653) edged Scott Rolen (617) for second place. Rolen had more second place votes (13-12), but Thome had 14 third place votes to Rolen’s 9. Both were named on all 30 ballots. All three were selected in their first year of eligibility.

Vladimir Guerreo is the final electee, with 290 points in his second year of eligibility. He was named on 21 ballots. Guerrero ...

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JoeD has the Imperial March Stuck in His Head Posted: December 28, 2017 at 11:14 AM | 32 comment(s)
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Newsblog: Taking Back the Ballparks - Mariners voting thread

The nominating thread for the Mariners provided one of the liveliest collection of suggestions yet. Alas, none of them were Safeco, which I thought was the prohibitive favorite.

Our committee has chosen the Top 5, per usual, and opinion was split on whether to include Safeco anyway. I’m going to err on the safe side and leave it as one of six options.

As always, choose 1:

1) Cascadia Field
2) Elliott Bay Park
3) The Kingpark
4) Rainier Field
5) Safeco FIeld
6) Tahoma Park

Voting will ...

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SoSH U at work Posted: December 14, 2017 at 10:00 AM | 28 comment(s)
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Primate Studies: Loser Scores 2017

The fine print:

Bill James came up with Loser Scores after the 2010 season, in an effort to measure how the Pirates’ string of losing seasons compared to other lengthy stretches of bad baseball. I’ve updated the totals every year since then.

You compute Loser Scores in this fashion:

1. A team that has a losing season adds to its Loser Score the total of games under .500, plus the number of consecutive seasons that the team has been under .500.
2. A team that has a .500 or better season ...

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Mike Emeigh Posted: December 12, 2017 at 10:41 PM | 7 comment(s)
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Newsblog: Taking Back the Ballparks - Seattle Mariners

Part 8: Seattle Mariners
As mentioned in the opening thread to the series, the Mariners’ pending name change was the final push for this entire project. Among the first of the wave of new parks in the ‘90s, the House that Edgar Built has been called Safeco since it’s opening. It’s a name that’s served the facility quite well, has a common baseball term jammed in there, and surely everyone in the Pacific Northwest has the name ingrained in his head as the home of the M’s.
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SoSH U at work Posted: December 05, 2017 at 10:30 AM | 58 comment(s)
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Newsblog: Ryan Thibs has his HOF Ballot Tracker Up and Running!

Ryan has received his first official ballot, courtesy of Adam Rubib. Ten votes, including Vizquel.

So who gets a higher percentage of vote this year, Trammell with the VC or Vizquel with the BBWAA? (Only partly a tongue-in-cheek question…)

TJ Posted: November 22, 2017 at 02:48 PM | 1774 comment(s)
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