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Tuesday, March 26, 2019

In data-driven age, ‘honor’ of opening day start still big

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — As spring training neared its conclusion, a reporter mentioned to Washington Nationals manager Dave Martinez that Max Scherzer was not precisely on schedule to start on opening day.

“He’s going to be lined up,” Martinez said with a laugh. “Come Thursday at 1:05, he’ll be on the mound.”

Of course he will. Scherzer is, after all, one of the best pitchers in all of baseball, a three-time Cy Young Award winner and runner-up last season. So it makes perfect sense that when Washington hosts the NL East rival New York Mets this week, Scherzer will take on the pitcher who topped him in the NL voting, Jacob deGrom.

Or, The (Symbolic) Importance Of Opening-Day Starting

 

QLE Posted: March 26, 2019 at 06:18 AM | 1 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: opening day, symbolism

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   1. RoyalFlush Posted: March 26, 2019 at 10:22 AM (#5825342)
In data-driven age, hotdogs are still available at the ballpark.

In a data-driven age, winning games still matters.

In a data-driven age, 3 strikes are still an out.

In a data-driven age, teams still have 9-man lineups.

In a data-driven age, the articles just write themselves.

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