Friday, October 17, 2014
We’re down 2-1 in Game 7 of the 1985 American League Championship Series against the Kansas City Royals. Willie Upshaw just smashed a double to right field off left-hander Charlie Leibrandt, scoring our second baseman Damaso Garcia. I’m standing in the on-deck circle. I have a career .303 average and almost 2750 hits in the major leagues, plus three more in this series, including two game-winners – and I’m not looking toward my manager, because I know what’s coming.
The end of my life as a ballplayer.
Posted: October 17, 2014 at 12:11 PM | 15 comment(s)
Wednesday, September 10, 2014
In other news, Sports on Earth is still alive.
The Atlantic League is experimenting with rules to improve the pace of play:
In the eighth inning of a game against the York Revolution on the first weekend in August, Brendan Harris, an infielder for the Atlantic League’s Long Island Ducks, was intentionally walked. The free pass got an ovation from Ducks fans at Bethpage Ballpark, but the cheers weren’t for the baserunner as much as for the method used to put him there.
Rather than having York pitcher Dan Cortes throw four intentional balls to Harris, the Revolution simply informed the home plate umpire of their intentions, and Harris was awarded first base without seeing a single pitch. Fans weren’t just watching a key moment in a tight game; they were watching the beginning of grand baseball experiment.
Days earlier, the Atlantic League had introduced five new measures (including one that allowed for automatic intentional walks) designed to speed up the pace of play—ones that would be tested for the remainder of the 2014 season and then studied in advance of Opening Day 2015.
In the first 30 days, they’ve cut the average game time by 9 minutes.
Posted: September 10, 2014 at 12:08 AM | 14 comment(s)
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Monday, September 08, 2014
Major League Baseball on Monday revealed the 2015 regular-season schedule, which will begin with the ESPN Sunday Night Baseball opener on April 5 (teams TBD) and then, by the following day, if there are no postponements, all 30 teams will have participated in traditional Opening Day games.
Cincinnati, which will host its first All-Star Game since 1988 and its record fifth overall, naturally will be one of those 15 host ballparks on that first Monday of action, when the Reds will face the Pirates. The 15 Opening Day games include 12 divisional matchups and an Interleague contest between the Red Sox and Phillies in Philadelphia. Seven games are scheduled to be played on Tuesday, April 7, before all 30 teams take the field once again the next day.
Posted: September 08, 2014 at 02:45 PM | 19 comment(s)
Friday, September 05, 2014
Stand Up To Cancer, backed from the outset in 2008 by founding donor Major League Baseball and supported year-round by MLB and its 30 clubs, will stage its fourth biennial fundraising telethon live from the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles from 8-9 p.m. ET on Friday.
As somebody who knows people who have or had cancer, I’d like to say that this (and the related promotions done during the All-Star Game and World Series) is probably the classiest thing baseball does every year.
Posted: September 05, 2014 at 11:47 AM | 0 comment(s)
Sunday, August 17, 2014
Werner Brother: The Longest Most Meaningless Game in the World.
Among the many changes that Werner has in mind, he stressed the importance of pace when talking about the current state of baseball.
“Too many people are leaving games in the sixth and seventh innings because they can’t watch 3½-hour games, so they’re leaving the game at the point where the game should be getting exciting,” Werner told reporters, via the Boston Globe. “You wouldn’t make a 3 1/2-hour movie.”
Werner suggested a pitch clock, saying that he doesn’t consider the idea to be as laughable as some think. “In 1954, the NBA introduced a shot clock, and while it was considered radical at the time, it’s something that stuck through the years,” Werner said. “It would speed up play and it would give fans something to look at. Baseball is too slow and there’s a lot of inaction. If a pitcher is holding the ball for 40 seconds between pitches, you’re losing an audience.”
Eliminating warm-up tosses for relief pitchers would be another way to speed up the game, Werner said, pointing out that bullpen pitchers already throw before coming in. “Does a field goal kicker get to have a practice kick?” Werner said, via the Globe.
Posted: August 17, 2014 at 10:22 AM | 157 comment(s)
Saturday, August 16, 2014
“...Starting with a homestand next week, fans at select Yankee Stadium entrances will go through metal detectors, according to an e-mailed statement. The team is asking fans to budget extra time for the added security…”
Posted: August 16, 2014 at 11:27 PM | 36 comment(s)
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