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Tuesday, December 08, 2015

Dan Shaughnessy of the Boston Globe wins the J.G. Taylor Spink Award

Are there any bridges in Cooperstown?

Shaughnessy has likewise inveighed against online baseball writers and analysts, their readers and their interests, often in his annual Hall of Fame column. In 2009 he called those arguing in favor of Edgar Martinez’s Hall candidacy “The stat geeks, those get-a-lifers who are sucking all the joy out of our national pastime.” The following year he called those who opposed Jack Morris “silly stat shut-ins.” He did not, it seems, extend that criticism to his Boston Globe colleague, Pete Abraham, who did not support Jack Morris’ Hall of Fame case, suggesting his issue was not with whom one supports for the Hall of Fame but the platform from which they voice their support. Meanwhile, Shaugnessy’s own Hall of Fame voting decisions were often inconsistent, taking players off and putting them back on his ballot from year to year with seemingly no rhyme nor reason.

Commissioner Bud Black Beltre Hillman Posted: December 08, 2015 at 05:51 PM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: chb, hall of fame, wtf

Tuesday, November 03, 2015

CBS (Heyman): In Twist, Washington Nationals Turn to Dusty Baker, Who May Get Managing Job Now

Okay, what the hell is actually going on here?

In a stunning twist, the Nationals manager job isn’t completely settled, and word is, the club has reached out to Dusty Baker, and will offer him the job.

While it has been widely reported that Black was the guy, Baker is now very likely to be the one to succeed Matt Williams as Nats manager.

Esoteric Posted: November 03, 2015 at 06:06 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: washington nationals, wtf

Monday, November 02, 2015

Slate: The Mets’ Anti-Gay Daniel Murphy Lost His Team The World Series. Good

This is a real article that was actually written by someone.

“I don’t think the fact that someone is a homosexual should completely shut the door on investing in them in a relational aspect. Getting to know him. That, I would say, you can still accept them but I do disagree with the lifestyle, 100 percent.” [...]

Of course, Murphy has every right to hold these beliefs, which earned him praise from such luminaries as the Westboro Baptist Church. He does not have a right to expand on them without discipline. Had an MLB player said something bigoted about a black or Jewish player, the league would have reprimanded him. Instead, it took no serious action against Murphy, effectively ratifying his views as reasonable and harmless.

Esoteric Posted: November 02, 2015 at 01:13 PM | 84 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, royals, wtf

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Blue Jays’ Troy Tulowitzki never quite felt at home in Toronto this season after shocking trade left him feeling betrayed

Troy Tulowitzki has never felt at home as a Blue Jay.
....
Blue Jays’ season ends with Game 6 heartbreaker in Kansas City

Home, for a decade, was in Colorado. Tulowitzki felt secure there, immersed in the Denver community. In 2011, shortly after the Rockies gave him a 10-year contract extension, he bought a bigger house there.

“Knowing this is where I am going to be, possibly the rest of my career, I was able to buy a home with more space,” Tulowitzki told the Denver Post early in 2011. “I am looking forward to being an even bigger part of the community.”

That all changed on July 28 of this year when, with no warning, he was traded to Toronto, probably the last place on Earth he expected to land. He did his best to deal with the shock. He gave Jays fans some memorable moments. But from then until now, he has never felt grounded.

 

 

EvilBoWeevil Posted: October 25, 2015 at 12:06 PM | 108 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, rockies, troy tulowitzki, whining, wtf

 

 

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