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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 - Boston Red Sox

OK, let’s face it. Everything tells us this one isn’t going to change. Fenway is just the kind of name we’re looking for in this endeavor, a distinct name with a connection to the neighborhood. And I’m not just saying that because of my lifelong Sox fandom. Fenway’s a legitimate keeper.

And, given the success of TBiA in our second installment, there is a natural tendency to go with what works. So, we’re probably not looking at a lot of real alternatives.

In the event that the ...

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SoSH U at work Posted: September 04, 2017 at 10:05 AM | 50 comment(s)
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Newsblog: CENTRAL PARK - JULY 1, 2017 10 AM - BBTF ANNUAL SOFTBALL EXTRAVAGANZA

I think this year we should make t-shirts.

The Central Park field for 10 AM on July 1st has been submitted for approval to the Parks Department, but not yet assigned.  We’re waiting to hear back.  It’s never been a problem as yet, so hopefully it won’t be this year as well. UPDATE: 10:30 AM to 1:30 PM, Great Lawn, Field #2. -vi

Note: This is the same weekend as the massive SABR extravaganza in NYC.  I would expect all connections and all favors to be called in to get some retired MLB players ...

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Lassus Posted: March 30, 2017 at 09:49 AM | 419 comment(s)
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Hall of Merit: Most Meritorious Player: 1993 Ballot

For 1993, each voter should rank the top 14 players from all leagues combined.

Balloting is scheduled to close at 4pm EDT on 1 June 2016.

Anyone can vote, even if you do not normally participate in Hall of Merit discussions. If have never participated in an MMP election, just post a preliminary ballot in the discussion thread by 31 May 2016.

For detailed rules see one of our previous ballots.

DL from MN Posted: May 23, 2016 at 04:38 PM | 14 comment(s)
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Hall of Merit: Mock Pre-Integration Hall of Fame Ballot 2016

Players

Bill Dahlen
Wes Ferrell
Marty Marion
Frank McCormick
Harry Stovey
Bucky Walters


Executives

Doc Adams
Sam Breadon
Garry Herrmann
Chris Von Der Ahe

See full candidate descriptions here

Vote for zero to four candidates

DL from MN Posted: October 30, 2015 at 02:17 PM | 60 comment(s)
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