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Friday, November 11, 2022

A Guide To Winter League Baseball, Including How To Watch - Over the Monster

Professional baseball in North America is over for the time being. You may not miss it yet (there were 2,430 regular season Major League games this year, plus the postseason, the minors, and college baseball — it’s okay if you need a little break), but there will be a point in the coming months when you really, really do. It’ll be cold outside; it’ll be dark; all your shoes will be covered in salt stains; and walking down the street to get a sandwich will make you feel like Ernest ####### Shackleton. At that point, almost nothing will make you feel better than firing up some joyous, steamy, high-quality winter league baseball.

Most US baseball fans know almost nothing about these leagues. That’s a real shame because, not only is the play on the field often outstanding, but the culture of these leagues is significantly looser and more fun than baseball is allowed to be in the states (Brian McCann, you are not welcome here). So if you’re interested in catching some baseball this winter but don’t know where to start, read on.

jimfurtado Posted: November 11, 2022 at 02:46 PM | 2 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Starring Bradley Scotchman as RMc Posted: November 12, 2022 at 04:43 AM (#6105210)
Professional baseball in North America is over for the time being. You may not miss it yet

I want non-stop baseball 24/7/365. I want to wake up in the middle of the night in February and turn on the radio and hear live baseball. "Bottom of the fourth here in Beijing, with the Mets leading the Dragons, 2-0..."
   2. Alan Didak Posted: November 12, 2022 at 09:20 AM (#6105215)
An update from over here in Perth, Western Australia...

Just got home from the Perth Heat v Adelaide Giants, game 3 in Perth's first series of the new ABL season. Went along to check out new Heat recruit Josh Reddick in what ended up being a blowout 13-0 win for the Heat.
Reddick manned right field without incident, had an RBI single and looked reasonably fit and invested. Hopefully a good pickup.
19 year old Junior Caminero, who is apparently the Rays' #18 prospect and had been playing A ball, hit 2 very large bombs. He clubbed a moonshot down the left field line off a high fastball and then absolutely crushed a curve over deep left center.
Will be fun to follow his career progression but even Pete Kozma had 2 hits tonight so who knows...

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