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Thursday, April 07, 2016
I’ve played a lot of baseball games. This is one of my favorites.
“I haven’t watched a baseball game in years,” said Chris Flora, a tax consultant in Florida who has played OOTP since 2004. “But I read Baseball Prospectus before each season starts, and then I get lost in these Out of the Park universes, thirty or forty seasons in a row, that are always better than the real thing—whatever ‘real’ means.”
Flora compared his experience to that of J. Henry Waugh in Robert Coover’s ...
Posted: April 07, 2016 at 10:24 AM | 14 comment(s)
A lot of great stuff in this article.
Mathewson was through as a pitcher after 1916. He managed Cincinnati until midseason 1918, when he joined the armed services and served as a captain on the Western Front. He was hit by a whiff of poison gas, and two years later he was diagnosed with tuberculosis in both lungs.
He was sent to Saranac Lake, New York, for treatment, where one of his lungs collapsed. Betrayed by his body, Matty let his mind wander back to the infinite intricacies of baseball, ...
Posted: April 07, 2016 at 10:00 AM | 1 comment(s)
Posting this because of some of the factors related to his resignation are relevant to MLB front offices.
I haven’t had time to read the full thirteen pages of his long-winded resignation. With that in mind…as much as I buy into having an objective “process” in running a sports organization, you need people skills and ownership backing to get buy in or your franchise will be a muddled mess. Ultimately, though, you either find success or you end up unemployed.
Update: Finished reading the ...Read More...
Toledo News-Bee, April 7, 1916:
There is a story [in New York] to the effect that the most important baseball deal of the season will be completed [there] on Friday or Saturday. By the deal the world’s champion Red Sox will lose their big sticker, Tris Speaker, who will go to Bill Donovan’s Yankees.
As part of the deal for Speaker, Fritz Maisel, the little third sacker, will be sent to the Red Sox.
Meanwhile, the Pittsburgh Press reports that Red Sox president Joe Lannin denies the Speaker ...Read More...
He is an enormous Star Wars fan who wore a Chewbacca costume to the opening of “The Force Awakens.’’ (He also bought Dolan a Darth Vader costume to wear. She was less than thrilled.) “I don’t know if those are costumes,’’ Doolittle says. “I think they’re technically pajamas.’‘
Posted: April 07, 2016 at 08:09 AM | 2 comment(s)
I call bullshit. The beers are priced to maximize profits.
Small beers come at a big price at Fenway Park.
Last season, a beer at the Red Sox’ home ballpark cost $7.75, tied for the highest price in the league with the Phillies and Cubs. Philadelphia and Chicago, however, sold their $7.75-beers in bigger cups. Fenway served 12-oz beers, Wrigley Field served 16-oz beers, and Citzens Bank Park served 21-oz beers.
Red Sox president Sam Kennedy joined CBS Boston 98.5 The Sports Hub’s “The ...
Posted: April 07, 2016 at 07:15 AM | 63 comment(s)
I’ll see your Carter Capps, and raise you a John
Enter Atlanta Braves relief pitcher John Gant, who mesmerized those who watched the Nationals’ 3-1 win at Turner Field Wednesday night with his shaky leg, jittery motion and near full stop in the middle of his delivery.
Video & more at link.
Wednesday, April 06, 2016
It’s not that I love bat flips, etc. so much. It’s just that the people objecting are so full of themselves that I feel compelled to be on the other side.
The problem is SportsNet LA, which made its debut in 2014, remains unavailable across wide swaths of the Los Angeles market. Time Warner Cable launched the channel with a 25-year rights deal said to be worth about $8.35 billion. But to recoup the money it’s obligated to pay the Dodgers, it has pressed carriers for huge fees that would be costly to sports fans and nonsports fans alike.
So Dodgers telecasts are available in roughly 1.8 million L.A.-area households, mostly Time Warner Cable’s own ...
MLB Pipeline is publishing a series of articles on where each team’s Top 30 Prospects are projected to start the season.
Posted: April 06, 2016 at 12:17 PM | 2 comment(s)
Team which lose are given a bigger budget. Why not tie the difference to the luxury tax threshold and revenue sharing system? Right now the Reds have a pool of $13,923,700. The Cubs have a pool of $2,245,100. Why not strike a balance? Let the Cubs a little more room under the threshold?
The difference between the two, $5.64 million, is $1.14 million greater than the difference was in 2012, the first year of the CBA. How meaningful is that growth? Well, $1.14 million is the approximate value of a ...
Posted: April 06, 2016 at 12:09 PM | 62 comment(s)
The future has arrived. And in the future you won’t be so terrible at sports.
This is basically a glorified tech demo at this point, but I can imagine a time just a few years from now when you can field entire teams of real VR players around the world, all playing together in real-time.
Topeka State Journal, April 6, 1916:
[Eddie] Collins, by the way, not only is a great baseball player, but in his college days was “some pumpkins” on a football gridiron. And ‘tis said that even now when he is the idol of more human beings than any crowned monarch upon the face of Mother Earth solely because of his baseball ability, Collins considers football a greater sport than baseball.
Yeesh. If he was as good at football as he was at baseball, he was some pumpkins indeed.
In the new world it’s a crime to suggest, in any way, that men and women are different. In this worldview, we all have to be the same. Manliness and machismo are sins. Craig is clearly one of those guys.
There is no place for this crap. There is no way, in 2016, that equating women with weakness or using “woman” as an insult, which was clearly the case in Kansas City, is acceptable. The idea that a guy with long hair is a “woman” and that such a thing is bad was comically played out and ...
Posted: April 06, 2016 at 10:12 AM | 295 comment(s)
“If anyone’s ever told you they thought this was going to happen, I’d think they’d be crazy,” Orioles pitching coach Dave Wallace said. “None of us knew really. It was an opportunity, a guy with great stuff and makeup. He’s found a role, or a role has found him, however way you want to put it. He’s embraced it. There’s a lot disappointments in our end of the game, but once in a while something like this comes along and it’s tremendous.” ...Read More...
Posted: April 06, 2016 at 08:40 AM | 0 comment(s)
“The more pressure we can apply, we feel like there will be mistakes defensively,” he added. “We know that during the course of the year, you’re not always going to be swinging the bats as you’re capable of as a team for six months. You’ve got to find other ways to be successful.”
Posted: April 06, 2016 at 08:15 AM | 0 comment(s)
The Dark Whiner.
Case in point: Harvey’s recent health scare over a painful clot in his bladder. The subsequent media razzing riled Harvey. The New York Post went to town, with cheeky mock-ups of potential back page headlines like “Whiz Kid” and “Field of Streams.” The paper settled on “Urine Luck.” The cumulative ridicule prompted Harvey to boycott beat reporters for a few days, and touched off a renewed debate over whether Harvey is a crybaby.
Posted: April 06, 2016 at 08:09 AM | 11 comment(s)
Video of John Gibbons after the game. I’d embed the video but ESPN doesn’t want video shared anywhere but Twitter and Facebook.
“The next thing you know, the pitcher’s going to have a phone in his pocket taking selfies,” New York Yankees outfielder Brett Gardner said.
Posted: April 06, 2016 at 05:21 AM | 0 comment(s)
Remember when a second baseman was getting hurt every other day? Don’t worry, I don’t either.
The Rays won their first game of the season on Tuesday night, but they needed a bizarre interference call to make it happen.
Trailing 3-2 in the 9th inning, the Blue Jays loaded the bases with one out with Edwin Encarnacion at the plate. He hit a groundball to Evan Longoria who tried to start a 5-4-3 double-play to end the game. However, Logan Forsythe threw the ball away on the turn and the Jays took ...
Posted: April 06, 2016 at 05:15 AM | 44 comment(s)
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