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Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Baseball Question of the Day: Who’s the best-lookin’ ballplayer of all time

The man who brought you Baseball’s Most Handsome Managers once again swims to the shallowest of depths and asks you to objectify the men of the National Pastime. He asks: who is the best-lookin’ baseball player of all time.

It’s subjective, obviously. And given how people tend to favor recency in such matters due to more familiar fashion/hairstyles/etc, it will probably skew more recent, but I ask you to do what you can to think outside the temporal box, utilize Google to the best of your ability, and look back at baseball history a bit if you can.

Don Mossi need not apply.


QLE Posted: April 14, 2020 at 01:04 AM | 111 comment(s)
  Beats: handsome, players, questions

Friday, April 10, 2020

Baseball Question of the Day: What in baseball do you simply not care about?

One of the things sports fans like to do is argue.

“Shlabotnik should be in the Hall of Fame!”

“Not before McGillicuddy!”

Or maybe it’s the DH. Or a rules change. Or whether someone deserves to be suspended X number of games or Y number of games over a given transgression. They there are simple rivalry things and all of the trappings of fandom which cause people to get their blood up.

In my case, it the “unwritten rules”- I can’t bring myself to care about whether or not anyone follows a vague set of concepts that frequently seem to exist largely as an excuse to pick fights.


QLE Posted: April 10, 2020 at 01:10 AM | 53 comment(s)
  Beats: frankly, my dear, i don't give a damn, questions

Thursday, April 09, 2020

Baseball Question of the Day: Have you ever permanently changed your rooting interests?

Oscar Wilde once wrote, on the subject of loyalty, “My dear boy, the people who only love once in their lives are really the shallow people. What they call their loyalty, and their fidelity, I call either the lethargy of custom or their lack of imagination.”

He was talking about young love, but I think the concept applies to broader conceptions of loyalty. A concept that, while noble and respectable, is often mistakenly considered irrevocable. There’s this notion out there that loyalty must be blind and never-ending. Which, frankly, is bullcrap.

Loyalty is earned — or at least it should be — and loyalty that is taken for granted or even abused is misguided in the extreme. When the facts and circumstances which gave rise to that loyalty change, it’s entirely reasonable to question the very basis for that loyalty.

I won’t get into matters of love, but I will apply it to sports.

I’ve been following the same team for over a quarter of a century now, and my loyalties are pretty set- how are they for the rest of you?


QLE Posted: April 09, 2020 at 01:08 AM | 63 comment(s)
  Beats: fans, loyalty, questions

Wednesday, April 08, 2020

Baseball Question of the Day: What do you think of the Arizona Bubble League idea?

To date all of these have been fun hypothetical baseball ideas from out of left field. This one is a bit more tied to the news.

This morning I wrote about the report that Major League Baseball is at least thinking about how to play something approaching a baseball season with all teams decamping to Arizona for something I’ve decided to call The Arizona Bubble League. I didn’t much care for that idea. Neither did some players. This, so far, is my favorite line about it from anyone:

That’s literary. That’s some Cormac McCarty stuff there, friendo.

Anyway, MLB backed off of the specifics of last night’s report in a statement later in the day, casting this as more of a “hey, there are no bad ideas in a brainstorming session,” kind of thing. And, fine, that’s fair. As I said on Twitter after that report came out: I think starting play in May via a complicated quarantine system is madness, but talking about how, eventually, baseball can come back is fair game. Just gotta be sensible about it, and the report from overnight did not reflect good sense.

There seem to be two questions here: what you think of the Arizona Bubble League (great name, BTW) proposal, and what proposals you have involving a return for Major League Baseball.

How would all of you answer these questions?


QLE Posted: April 08, 2020 at 12:41 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: arizona bubble league, questions

Tuesday, April 07, 2020

Baseball Question of the Day: Challenge of the Baseball Immortals!

Pop quiz, hotshot!

A man with omnipotent powers appears in your living room, puts his hands on you and you are immediately teleported to a postcard-perfect baseball diamond in the middle of a clearing in a magical meadow. You almost cry due to sensory overload. “Is this heaven?” you ask to no one in particular.

The moment those words escape your lips, the man who teleported you morphs into a villainous archetype chosen by your subconscious and particularized to your own memory, experience and, perhaps, your fears. Maybe it’s Dracula. Maybe it’s Jason from the “Friday the 13th Movies.” In my case it is, of course, Tomax and Xamot, the twin commanders of the Crimson Guard and the co-CEOs of the international conglomerate Extensive Enterprises which bankrolls Cobra Command.

“You have one chance,” Tomax begins, “to save your life,” Xamot says, completing the sentence. “Chose your challenge,” they say in unison. Before you, a man appears out of thin air.

I haven’t a chance in any of these circumstances- any of you think you have one?


QLE Posted: April 07, 2020 at 12:53 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: pedro martinez, questions, rickey henderson, tony gwynn

Saturday, April 04, 2020

Baseball Question of the Day: Which historical game would you want to see?

This is a hard question insofar as it forces you to make a choice. I mean, there are probably dozens, scores — hundreds! — of games I’d love to be able to hop into a time machine and see live, and I have to pick just one? Jeez.

Of course there’s a problem here: I’ve spent much of the past couple of weeks talking about how I’d rather see a game that is new to me rather than one I already know the outcome to. Doesn’t this exercise negate that? Under that set of assumptions, am I not going to be happier seeing some random 1965 tilt between the Senators and the White Sox than I am to see one of baseball’s most memorable games? Probably!

Well, since we’re assuming the existence of time machines let’s set an additional fantastical ground rule: once you step into the time machine, any specific personal knowledge you have of the game is erased. Or at least as much as you specify. All you know is that you are about to be sent back in time to see something cool and historic, maybe with a little context if you feel you need it. After the game is over your previous memory is restored but, of course, it is now augmented by the experience of having witnessed the amazing game or event or whatever you choose.

Does that make sense? I’m really not sure. My brain is starting to get broken by the lack of structure in society so I’m not sure if that holds together.

I’m trying to make up my mind, as there are too many good candidates throughout baseball history- any of you have a better idea what you want to see?


QLE Posted: April 04, 2020 at 01:06 AM | 69 comment(s)
  Beats: games past, history, questions

Friday, April 03, 2020

Baseball Question of the Day: What’s your favorite baseball movie?

This is some low-hanging fruit, I’ll admit. It’s Thursday during a pandemic and I’ve never been able to get the hang of Thursdays during a pandemic.

Everyone has opinions about this one. It comes up a lot. And of course half of you degenerates think that one of the worst movies of any genre to come out in the past 35 years is the best, so I don’t even know why I’m bothering here, but like I said: it’s Thursday during a pandemic.

I’ve been over this territory in the past, but I’ll observe once again that “Bull Durham” is my favorite baseball movie. Mostly because it is one of the few baseball movies — one of the few sports movies in general, in fact — which eschews the whole “Big Game” thing.

Indeed, that’s what its writer and director Ron Shelton has said on many occasions is what he was specifically trying to avoid in making the movie. The Big Game which, in almost every other movie, causes the characters to forget almost everything they did over the previous two hours of movie time in service of a big sporty climax that, invariably, feels contrived.

There are some folk here who I know should have selections for this that aren’t that obvious…..


QLE Posted: April 03, 2020 at 01:07 AM | 66 comment(s)
  Beats: movies, questions

Thursday, April 02, 2020

Baseball Question of the Day: What’s your favorite piece of memorabilia?

Most people who are into baseball have, at one point or another, owned some memorabilia of some kind. Maybe they’re not hardcore collectors, but most of us have had an autograph, a baseball card or 10,000, some pennants, posters, or something along those lines.

I’ve written before — a very, very long time ago — about how I’m not a big fan of autographs. I have some, all of which were obtained when I was a kid, and I think they can be neat on a certain level, but I find the whole process of getting someone’s autograph to be an odd one, at least if you’re an adult. I realize I’m in the distinct minority with this. I’m not judging you if you like to get autographs. I’m just saying that autographs aren’t for me.

I also used to collect baseball cards. Like, really collect baseball cards. My brother and I had at least 100,000 of them at one point. It was not a business for us, but it probably could’ve been. We just went absolutely nuts with it. We stopped actively collecting when he joined the Navy in 1989 — it was a good time to stop if you know anything about the baseball card market — and since he was more active in that than I was, he has assumed the actually valuable part of the collection and has it with him where he lives in California. I still have like 50,000 basically worthless commons and a few select older, more valuable cards that I personally care about. I had them in a storage unit for years and years but I just emptied that out. I was about to give them away before the quarantines all hit but for now they’re stuck in the corner of my living room until that passes. So, sure, if you asked me in the 1980s about my favorite memorabilia I probably would’ve mentioned our complete 1965 Topps set or something, but now that’s not super important to me.

There is one thing, though, that I’ve had for almost 40 years and which I still value.

Any memorabilia that means anything to you?


QLE Posted: April 02, 2020 at 01:38 AM | 61 comment(s)
  Beats: memorabilia, questions

Wednesday, April 01, 2020

Baseball Question of the Day: What’s your best Little League war story?

Today’s question is open-ended: what’s your best Little League war story? Or Babe Ruth or high school baseball war story. Or softball war story. Or even your best sandlot war story. Basically, I want to hear about your greatest baseball (loosely defined) triumphs and tragedies.

I played Little League and Babe Ruth baseball and, as I have said in the past, I was not very good. My enthusiasm got me through age 15 or so, but my talent was never really there. I never hit a big home run. I probably only had one or two defensive plays that were notable. My absolute highlight as far as displaying good baseball skills go was the time when my Babe Ruth team was facing a pitcher who had an unusually good-for-the-ninth-grade breaking ball. He was mowing my team down. My third time up I just decided to turn my brain off, guess breaking ball and swing where he kept leaving it out of the zone. I got lucky and connected for a double, after which I told everyone on the team how I had “made an adjustment” or some such crap. As far as highlights go that wasn’t much, frankly. It was all I had.

My best baseball memory, though, goes back to Little League.

I’ve never played baseball in anything resembling an organized setting- how about all of you?


QLE Posted: April 01, 2020 at 12:44 AM | 59 comment(s)
  Beats: little league, questions

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Baseball Question of the Day: Which player do you love to hate?

Today’s question is about hate. Well, maybe not HATE hate. I’m not looking for actual bile here. I’m not looking for you to name awful people — criminals or suspected criminals — or anything like that. No, I’m wanting to keep it on-the-field for that kind of “hate” one develops for a player for purely baseball reasons.

Maybe it’s because the guy is kinda dirty or snotty or something. Maybe it’s because you just don’t like the cut of his jib. Maybe — probably — it’s because he absolutely wears out the pitchers or hitters of the team you happen to root for and you have developed an ire for the dude because of it.

I don’t think I have anyone who fits that bill today. I’m not the sort of fan who gets as wound up in that kind of thing as I used to, I suppose. If a guy is a jerk I consider him content for this website more than I consider him my enemy, and content is good for a guy in my line of work. If a guy wears out the team I root for, well, I’m old enough now to realize that baseball primes are short and that, before too long, he’ll age and be humbled and then be out of the game and won’t be that kind of problem for me anymore. I’m a few generations of ballplayers into my baseball fandom so I realize now that you can wait ’em out.

That wasn’t always the case, of course. When I was a kid the stars of the day seemed permanent and the star who I absolutely loathed was George Brett.

All right, who fits that category for you?


QLE Posted: March 31, 2020 at 12:44 AM | 93 comment(s)
  Beats: love to hate, players, questions



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