Sunday, March 12, 2017
DJ Gallo spends a week reading Breitbart Sports so we don’t have to:
I always endeavor to watch sports, if for no other reason than to gain a brief escape from the rest of our hyper-partisan culture. But then I happened to discover that there is something called Breitbart Sports. Yes, Breitbart.com, the flagship website of the nationalistic, alt-right. The angry white man to the New York Times’ old gray lady, the publication whose headlines (and longtime publisher) have somehow come to inform the most powerful and misinformed man in the world, is slinging sports news and takes with the rest of us.
The idea of sport as a uniter made it through the first world war, but could it withstand an association with Breitbart?
(As always, views expressed in the article lede and comments are the views of the individual commenters and the submitter of the article and do not represent the views of Baseball Think Factory or its owner.)
Posted: March 12, 2017 at 07:18 PM | 1534 comment(s)
Thursday, February 23, 2017
Three years ago, Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston said he dreamed of playing for the Yankees.
He had just gone hitless in two at-bats and played left field for Florida State against the Yankees in a spring exhibition game at George M. Steinbrenner Field. He had also just met Derek Jeter, one of his idols about to start his retirement tour.
Now, he’s motivating them—and telling them not to make the same mistakes that he did.
Winston surprised Yankees prospects last week. In a meeting room at the team’s minor league training facility, he walked in and sounded like a motivational speaker, immediately commanding the room.
He talked about determination to the attendees of Captain’s Camp, the team’s yearly top prospect program aimed at building character as much as on-field skills. Winston repeated “no limits” like it was his mantra.
And he told them to be careful about their actions.
He made a lasting impression, several Yankees said.
“It’s not everyday you can talk to an NFL quarterback,” left-hander Justus Sheffield said.
Tuesday, January 17, 2017
In 1972, the Washington Senators packed up and moved down to Texas to become the Rangers. In the 45 years since the Senators’ departure, however, only a single other Major League Baseball franchise has relocated: the Montreal Expos (owned by MLB at the time) moved to Washington before the 2005 season and became the Nationals.
During that same 45-year period, meanwhile, the National Football League has seen the relocation of franchises on nine occasions (10 if Oakland completes their move to Las Vegas). The National Hockey League has featured nine moves of their own (including one merger); the NBA, eight.
There are quite a few reasons for MLB’s stability relative to the other leagues, including antitrust protection, willing local governments, and a little bit more patience when it comes to stadium issues. And baseball hasn’t always possessed such geographic consistency. Consider: the creation of the Rangers actually marked the end of a 20-year period that saw quite a bit of movement throughout Major League Baseball. Rarely did a move leave a city without a franchise — and for those cities left without teams, all had new teams in short order — but there was activity nonetheless.
Posted: January 17, 2017 at 02:55 PM | 43 comment(s)
Tuesday, January 10, 2017
MLB is an increasingly dominant hegemon on the American and the global baseball scene. That hegemony affects almost every pitch that is thrown in the United States, from youth baseball all the way up to the World Series. It is a product of a confluence of events largely outside the realm of baseball, including such developments as the civil rights movement and population shifts following World War II. MLB’s domination of the sport was not inevitable, but that is what has happened over the past fifty or sixty years. Just as it was not inevitable, it is also not irreversible.
Monday, December 12, 2016
It’s that time of year when Andy needs an appropriate venue (read: not the College Football Bowl Spectacular) to declare the pro game’s infinite superiority.
Lance Reddick! Lance him!
Posted: December 12, 2016 at 04:36 PM | 957 comment(s)
Friday, November 11, 2016
Fans have complained for years that games are too long, and they frequently express annoyance at the number of commercial breaks and video reviews. Last season, the average length of regular-season games, from kickoff to final whistle, was 3 hours 8 minutes, six minutes longer than in 2008.
Goodell said the league was considering a number of potential solutions to improve the pace of games, including running fewer advertisements and changing when they run. The league is also looking at ways to speed up video reviews by its officials as well as the time it takes referees to announce penalties on the field.
“We want to take as much what we call dead time, non-action out of the game, so that we can make the game more exciting,” Goodell said.
Posted: November 11, 2016 at 02:11 AM | 50 comment(s)
Monday, October 31, 2016
Austin Karp of SportsBusiness Journal reports that Game Five of the World Series between the Indians and Cubs beat the regular-season Eagles-Cowboys Sunday Night Football game in the ratings. Pretty decisively too: the Cubs and Indians generated a 15.3 rating. The Eagles-Cowboys: 11.6. It’s the first time a World Series game has beat the Sunday Night Football rating head-to-head since 2011.
There are a lot of people who have sent me this info and have asked me to write a “Hey, maybe baseball ISN’T dying” post. Or to, alternatively, write a “Football is Dying, You Guys” post. Given the issues the NFL has had this year with declining ratings, I suppose one could do that at least half-credibly.
But I’m not gonna read that much into it, really. Yes, the NFL has some challenges these days and, I suspect, there may be some oversaturation of football on TV that is starting to be felt, but I don’t see some serious new trend emerging out of this. Last night’s game was a possible clincher for a team that hasn’t had one in 68 years facing off against a team that hasn’t been in the World Series for 71 years.
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