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Wednesday, February 06, 2013
And what better day for it than the Babe’s birthday, pt. 2…
At the time Babe Ruth allegedly corked his bat, was that against the rules?
Yes. And he didn’t “allegedly” cork his bat; he was caught using a bat glued together from three pieces of wood. Sisler and Kenny Williams were caught with funny bats at about the same time.
Are NFL offensive linemen the only subgroup of players in the big 4 sports for which POSITIVE statistics aren’t kept? Or is there some statistic of measurement used for offensive linemen that i’m not aware of? I’m thinking that all other the other players in the NFL have some stats kept on them; same for all of MLB, NBA, and NHL players, right? Just curious.
It’s a good question. Do they keep stats in hockey?
Regarding the question about Malcolm Gladwell and authors you like, recently I have been reading Noam Chomsky, and I have to say his style reminds me a lot of your style. And for this reason I find it very enjoyable, even though I disagree with nearly every single thing the man says. But he explains his points in bracingly clear prose, like you do.
Thanks, Jules. I always enjoy being compared to a raving lunatic.
I recently moved to the SF Bay Area and have been told several times by old Giant fans that Willie Mays would purposely stop at first base on a sure double in order to have McCovey bat with a runner on first. Could this be true? Mays taking himself out of scoring position?
You know, I’ve read that. I doubt that it is true… I would suppose that what happened is that Mays, in some situation, turned down an effort to make a double because it was kind of a breakeven gamble, and then EXPLAINED what he had done by saying that he wanted to keep the hole for McCovey. Looked at in that way, it actually reflects extremely sophisticated on-field decision making from Mays: That, in calculating whether to push the gamble of trying for a double, he adjusted his calculations to include the fact that even if he succeeded, he would be closing the hole for McCovey. Mays was an extremely sophisticated player in those ways, and I wouldn’t be surprised if he DID do that.
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