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Steve C
Baseball brings new tech to the plate - Fortune Tech -
Baseball brings new tech to the plate - Fortune Tech
"MLB Advanced Media, the tech outfit owned by baseball's 30 clubs, is rolling out a new tracking technology that yields insights about the entire field of play -- not just the pitch or the hit. Through a combination of cameras, radar, and proprietary software, the new system provides data on a base runner's jump and speed and the angle of his path while trying to, say, steal second base. It can also capture information on the catcher, fielders, and more." - Steve C from Bookmarklet
Joe - Systems Analyst
This Astros / rangers game is interesting. 0-0 going into the 12th. 2 hitter against the stros.
Rangers finally win 1-0 bottom of the 12th. - Joe - Systems Analyst
Joe - Systems Analyst
Pitcher hits Grand slam and has 5/6 of the rbis. SF against the Rockies. Jeez.
Houston Astros get 0.0 television rating for game against Los Angeles Angels | The Strike Zone - -
Houston Astros get 0.0 television rating for game against Los Angeles Angels | The Strike Zone -
"No one watched the Astros’ loss to the Angels on Monday. No, really. According to Nielsen Company ratings, the Astros’ Monday afternoon game against the Angels, aired on Comcast SportsNet Houston, received a 0.0 rating in the Houston area. In other words, not one of the 579 TV set-top meters set up by Nielsen in the city to measure local ratings was tuned to the game, a 9-1 Houston loss. Ratings-wise, the game lost to its own pregame show, which got a 0.2, or roughly 4,600 viewers. Of course, that doesn’t mean that the Astros didn’t have any viewers Monday; CSN Houston reaches 500,000 households in the area, so the odds are that at least one of those TVs was tuned to the game. But it’s still a bad sign for both the team and the network, which is currently in the midst of Chapter 11 bankruptcy." - Kristin from Bookmarklet
"The bad ratings are nothing new for Houston, either; last September, a day game against the Indians got a 0.0 rating, though that one aired opposite a Houston Texans regular-season game. But that 0.0 came at the tail end of a 15-game losing streak in the aforementioned 111-loss season. For the Astros to draw such miserable viewing numbers after only a week of action—when fan interest is usually at a high point—doesn’t bode well for the franchise." - Kristin
"What’s even more worrisome, however, is the continued struggles of the team’s cable network. CSN Houston, which also broadcasts Houston Rockets games, does not have carrier deals with DirecTV, DIsh Network, AT&T U-verse, and other TV providers, thus cutting out a sizable chunk of Astros fans both in Houston and across the country. On top of that, the network recently filed for Chapter... more... - Kristin
sup - Akiva
Akiva. - Kristin
Steve C
Well the Angels suck just as hard this year as the last two only the stadium's gotten worse with no gluten free food offerings anymore and big ass lines for everything else. They changed vendors who apparently didn't realize the season has started.
It doesn't help when it's freezing and drizzling. (Please note freezing for So Cal is 52 degrees) - Steve C
Joe - Systems Analyst
Starts in earnest. Not games in Australia. Not that there is anything wrong with that Country.
Joe - Systems Analyst
Yankees Star Jeter to Retire After 2014 Season - ABC News -
Yankees Star Jeter to Retire After 2014 Season - ABC News
"The 39-year-old New York captain posted a long letter on his Facebook page Wednesday saying that 2014 will be his final year. A 13-time All-Star who has led the Yankees to five World Series championships, Jeter was limited to 17 games last season while trying to recover from a broken left ankle sustained during the 2012 playoffs. "I know it in my heart. The 2014 season will be my last year playing professional baseball," he wrote. "I have gotten the very most out of my life playing baseball, and I have absolutely no regrets," he said." - Kristin from Bookmarklet
"Jeter is the Yankees' career hits leader with 3,316. He is a lifetime .312 hitter in 19 seasons, with 256 home runs and 1,261 RBIs. Jeter has scored 1,876 runs and stolen 348 bases. He also is a five-time Gold Glove winner. Added up, his numbers put him among the greats in Yankees history, with fans often invoking the names of Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Joe DiMaggio, Mickey Mantle and... more... - Kristin
He might squeak into the HoF. If only he was a lifetime .338 hitter like Tony Gwynn, then it would be a sure thing. - Joe - Systems Analyst
So, the Yankees have to play 2014 without a shortstop, then, eh? ZING! - Kevin (aka ThreadKilla)
Naah. By that time, Kevin, A-Rod will be back. - LB's Bubba. The other 1
Seeing as this is 2014 and A-Roid is banned...I'm guess my joke needs some work. - Kevin (aka ThreadKilla)
I don't care how much a person might hate the Yankees, if s/he doesn't like Jeter (even grudgingly), s/he doesn't really like baseball. - Bren from iPhone
I hate the Yankees, and I like Jeter, kinda. - Joe - Systems Analyst
Incorrect, Bren. One can respect Jeter and hate him whole-heartedly (as I do) and still love baseball. - Kevin (aka ThreadKilla)
Respect is a better word, Kevin. Point conceded. - Bren from iPhone
Major League Baseball's War On Drugs Is An Immoral Shitshow -
Major League Baseball's War On Drugs Is An Immoral Shitshow
"If you think of drug testing merely as a technical matter—as a way of regulating the chemical properties of individual bodies, so as to prevent athletes from gaining unfair advantages—this is fundamentally insane, something like convicting someone for cocaine possession on the say-so of a dealer who may have been selling baby powder, and may not have been selling anything at all. That isn't what drug testing is about, though, and it never has been. It's a moral regime, dedicated to the purification of the body as a way of purifying the mind." - Bren from Bookmarklet
Interesting view. - Kristin
I thought so. - Bren from iPhone
Steve C
The Cubs Revealed Their New Mascot and It’s as Bad as You Think | Extra Mustard - -
The Cubs Revealed Their New Mascot and It’s as Bad as You Think | Extra Mustard -
"Why? Just… why? First things first, this is not a joke. It’s a real thing. The Cubs have unveiled their first mascot in modern history, and by most objective standards, it’s awful." - Steve C from Bookmarklet
I clicked through all the links to see if it went back to The Onion. :/ - Kristin
this is why we can't have nice things. - Bren
Aww, so cute and not intimidating at all, just like the baseball team. - Glen Campbell
Perfect for Little League. - April Russo
Alex Rodriguez Suspension Reduced To 162 Games By Arbitrator But Fight Isn't Over -
Alex Rodriguez Suspension Reduced To 162 Games By Arbitrator But Fight Isn't Over
"A-Rod won't be back any time soon but he still may be eligible to return to the field a bit earlier than Major League Baseball intended. Independent arbitrator Fredric Horowitz notified Alex Rodriguez, MLB and the players' union on Saturday that he had reduced the three-time American League MVP's suspension from 211 games to 162. Horowitz's ruling will also will keep Rodriguez from participating in the 2014 postseason should the New York Yankees qualify. Rodriguez had been hit with the historic 211-game ban in August for violations of MLBs drug agreement and labor contract related to his involvement with Biogenesis, an anti-aging clinic in Miami accused of dispensing performance-enhancing drugs to several players. The 38-year-old third baseman was among 13 players disciplined in the Biogenesis scandal but the only one to file an appeal. In a statement released on Saturday, Rodriguez denied using performance-enhancing drugs and vowed to continue fighting his suspension in federal court." - Kristin from Bookmarklet
Ultimate Astros » Craig Biggio falls two votes short of Hall of Fame -
Ultimate Astros » Craig Biggio falls two votes short of Hall of Fame
"Craig Biggio and Jeff Bagwell, who defined the Astros way for two decades, fell two votes short of the Baseball Hall of Fame and must wait at least another year to join the baseball immortals. Jeff Bagwell and Roger Clemens also fell short of the required 75 percent. Biggio finished with 74.8 percent of the vote, two votes shy.  Biggio missed the 75-percent cutoff point of 429, tying Nellie Fox in 1985 and Pie Traynor in 1947 for the smallest margin in balloting history" - Kristin from Bookmarklet
74.8%! - Kristin
From Wikipedia about the 3000 Club: "Reaching 3,000 hits is often described as a guarantee of eventual entry into the Baseball Hall of Fame. All eligible club members, with the exception of Palmeiro, Rose, and Biggio, have been elected to the Hall, and since 1962 all club members who have been inducted were elected on the first ballot. Rose was declared permanently ineligible for the Hall of Fame when he was banned from baseball." - Kristin
That's too bad. Those guys were pretty good. - Steven Perez
I'm more disappointed about Biggio. It's his second year on the ballot and he missed by 0.2%! He was such a class act on and off the field. He deserves it. - Kristin
Both Biggio and Bagwell seem deserving, and Biggio really should have been elected last year. - John (bird whisperer)
Yes! - Kristin
Biggio should have already been in. And I really wanted to smack the writer that implied that Biggio used steroids. Bagwell should also be in. He never had a trace of steroids on him, and together those two were awesome. I loved watching the astros play just because of them. - Sir Shuping is just sir
Some writers will refuse to vote in anybody in the steroid era. Plus, there's no proof confirming or denying Biggio used PEDs. I just assumed everyone used them. - Rodfather
Biggio is one of those players for me ... if it was ever confirmed that he used PEDs, I'd stop watching baseball. He played the game with such class and often spoke about how he had a great respect for the game and for the way it used to be played. If there is any player in the league that I would put money on not being involved with PEDs, it would be him. I would hope the same of... more... - Kristin
What Kristin said. If ever confirmed for Biggio that would do me in. It would be like Maddux or Glavine or McGriff being accused of the same. For me, I don't assume that all of them used it... - Sir Shuping is just sir
Biggio's response: "Congratulations to Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine and Frank Thomas. Obviously, I’m disappointed to come that close. I feel for my family, the organization and the fans. Hopefully, next year." Class act. - Kristin
John (bird whisperer)
Two votes short: who killed Craig Biggio’s Hall of Fame candidacy? | HardballTalk -
Two votes short: who killed Craig Biggio’s Hall of Fame candidacy? | HardballTalk
"Craig Biggio not making the Hall of Fame — missing by just two votes — is, by no stretch of the imagination, as serious as a boxer dying in the ring. But the blame dynamic is the same. You want to blame someone or point a finger but, in reality, many people’s mistakes and ignorance and the simple unfortunate arrangements of rules and incentives worked against him. If I were Llewyn Davis or someone I feel like I could write a similar, albeit far, far worse, song about it than Dylan did about Moore. Who killed Craig Biggio’s chances at a Hall of Fame induction this year? A year in which he fell two votes short?" - John (bird whisperer) from Bookmarklet
"The one voter, according to the BBWAA website, who submitted a blank ballot has some responsibility. Not submitting a ballot at all doesn’t hurt candidates, as the ballot is not added to the denominator when percentages are figured. But a blank ballot does. Someone out there, in the interests of making a point, made the hurdle for Biggio higher." - John (bird whisperer)
Ken Gurnick and Murray Chass helped. The former’s “Jack Morris and no one else” ballot and Chass’ belief that everyone besides Morris, Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine took roids worked as votes against Biggio too. Obviously, it’s possible that these guys would not have voted for Biggio even if they weren’t tilting at their particular windmills. Maybe they do not think Biggio took PEDs... more... - John (bird whisperer)
"The ten-vote limit: this is a bigger thing, of course. There are many voters who filled out ballots, 1-10 but would have but Biggio on it if they had, say, 11 or 15 votes to give. There really is no rational reason for a ten-vote limit, and the fact that there is one does nothing to elevate the Hall of Fame and everything to do harm." - John (bird whisperer)
"No one wants to screw Craig Biggio, I presume. But the rules, the vendettas, the ignorance that is encouraged and in some cases venerated and many other factors lead us to a situation in which a player who stands head and shoulders above many others already in the Hall of Fame must stand on the outside looking in for at least another year." - John (bird whisperer)
Joe - Systems Analyst
Rockies got Justin Morneau to kinda replace Helton. Hope he stays healthy. Rockies also traded Fowler for a young starting arm (Lyles) and a utility outfielder.
Any other big deals or trades out there? - Joe - Systems Analyst
Lots of moves for the Rockies already. - Eric - Watch Me Now
Though they have not fully done so yet, the Yankees need to replace their infield. - Julian
I'm sure the Yankees can buy a new infield. How Is the lawsuit with A.Rod? - Joe - Systems Analyst
2002 Oakland Athletics season - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia -
watching "Moneyball" (because Brad Pitt), and the thing I always think about when I watch this movie... Yes, they had the incredible streak. Yes they proved the sabermetric system could be effective for a small-market team, but they lost in the ALDS to another small-market team (Minnesota). - Bren from Bookmarklet
The average payroll for World Series winners 2002-2013 (the Sabermetrics era) is $92.75mil. The A's over the same period have averaged $57.5mil. They've made the playoffs 5 times, losing in the ALDS 4 of those, the ALCS in the other. - Bren
Brad Pitt has an exchange with Jonah Hill that sums it up (about the streak): "this is good for the fans, it sells tickets, sells hot dogs; but what does it mean? ...if we don't win the last game of the Series, they'll dismiss us." And that, in a nutshell, is the problem with Sabermetrics as practiced in Oakland. - Bren
Sabermetrics + a real payroll = winning (ask the Red Sox). - Bren
I was with you until you had to use the Red Sox as an example. ;) - Kristin
3 WS championships in 12 years using sabermetric principles is no joke. - Bren from iPhone
Shhhhhhh... - Kristin from iPhone
Joe - Systems Analyst
Was telling Justin that this might be the last baseball game of the year. Until next year.
Joe - Systems Analyst
Verlander pitching a no hitter into the 7th.
Ultimate Astros » Jim Crane says he will spend on players in 2014 -
Ultimate Astros » Jim Crane says he will spend on players in 2014
"After watching the 2013 Astros set a franchise record with 111 losses, Astros owner Jim Crane is adamant that his club will start picking it up in 2014. Moreover, he promises to open up the purse strings this winter. “Don’t lose the faith,” Crane said before the Astros Foundation’s Golf Tournament at Shadow Hawk Country Club on Monday. “We hit the bottom yesterday.”" - Kristin from Bookmarklet
"“We will spend some money, not only here (at the fundraiser) but on the team next year,” he said. “And you will see us on TV.” Crane echoes the frustration of his team’s fans, acknowledging he was not pleased with his 51-111 record. Moreover, it’s clear he realizes the bullpen must be upgraded next season. “I think nobody’s happy with the way we ended up,” Crane said. “We lost a lot of... more... - Kristin
I'll believe it when I see it. - Akiva
Hey, it's the first time he's admitted it since he bought the team. I'm not holding my breath though. - Kristin
Maybe that's a good first step. But every year, every owner/GM/manager of every team with a lopsided record in the red always talks tough about how changes are going to happen in the off-season. I guess I'm cynical. Big surprise, natch. - Akiva
Mariano Rivera Won't Play vs. Astros: 'I Have Nothing Left' -
Mariano Rivera Won't Play vs. Astros: 'I Have Nothing Left'
"Mariano Rivera's baseball career is No Mo. Two days after his emotional Yankee Stadium farewell, Rivera said he won't pitch this weekend during New York's season-ending series at Houston and that his mound days are over. "I'm done, guys," Rivera told reporters before Saturday's game. "I'm done." The 43-year-old closer announced in March that he'd retire at the end of this season and he said he wanted give all he had before leaving the game. He feels like he did that this season. "I think I squeezed every ounce of fuel that I had in my tank, and it's empty," Rivera said. "I have nothing left. I gave everything that I had." Rivera's 1,115th and final regular season appearance came Thursday, when he entered with one out in the eighth inning against Tampa Bay and retired four straight batters before longtime teammates Derek Jeter and Andy Pettitte came out to the mound to remove their friend from his home finale. "I know that was the perfect moment to leave the game," Rivera said Saturday." - Kristin from Bookmarklet
Bummer - Rodfather
I'm guessing the people who paid $150-$250 for tickets that are normally $30-$50 are going to be a little letdown. - Kristin
I'm no fan of the Yankees but I'm a fan of players and old boy went out solid and honestly. Good on him. - Akiva
Yeah, and the Astros have a chance of not ending the season with a 15 game losing streak and a franchise high of 111 losses in one season. They're in the 11th right now 1-1. - Kristin
The way he left the mound during his last game it's understandable. That's the way any player would want to go out. It's just too bad for fans hoping to see him against the Astros. - Rodfather
Agreed. - Kristin
Ouch. As a childhood Astros fan, that hurts. Yow. - Akiva
5-1 in the top of the 14th :/ - Rodfather
.... And 111 losses this year. 11 more than the second worst team in MLB. - Kristin
Nolan Ryan must be shaking his head. - Akiva
His son, Reid, is the president of the Astros. - Kristin
They need to do something. As we discussed, what they're (not necessarily the Ryans) doing to the franchise is simply deplorable. - Akiva
I think this speaks for itself - Rodfather
Yep. They won't spend money and they trade any talent they do find (coughHunterPencecough). - Kristin
Pence just signed a 5 year 90 million dollar contract. 18 million a year. That's almost the entire team salary for the Astros. A Rod makes 30 million a year. - Rodfather
I know, but he came up with the Astros. They traded him as soon as he started getting successful. Makes. No. Sense. - Kristin
This is why I despise the Yankees so much. They're not a baseball team. They're basically an All-Stars team. They treat the rest of the MLB like its their own private farm league. It drives me crazy. - Akiva
Ultimate Astros » Rangers send Astros to record 108th loss -
Ultimate Astros » Rangers send Astros to record 108th loss
"It wasn’t quite the 1962 Mets, but the stigma will stick forever. Bo Porter knows that. Brandon Barnes knows it, and so does every member of the 2013 Astros, a team that until further notice will go down as the worst in franchise history. One hundred eight losses." - Kristin from Bookmarklet
But hey, they're making profit :p - Rodfather
New York Yankees retire Mariano Rivera's No. 42 on special day in Bronx | News -
New York Yankees retire Mariano Rivera's No. 42 on special day in Bronx | News
"Major League Baseball universally retired No. 42 in honor of barrier-breaking great Jackie Robinson in 1997, permitting only players who were wearing the number to continue. Rivera is the last active player to do so. Upon his introduction by announcers John Sterling and Michael Kay, Rivera earned a standing ovation that lasted more than a minute. Joined by his wife, Clara, and their sons, Mariano Jr., Jafet, and Jaziel, Rivera again waved his arms in gratitude. Moving through Monument Park, he was flanked by members of the Steinbrenner family as well as Robinson's wife, Rachel, and daughter, Sharon. Neighboring Ron Guidry's retired No. 49 in Monument Park, Rivera's pinstriped No. 42 plaque displaced Robinson's blue No. 42. Rivera helped unveil a bronze plaque in a new location to honor Robinson, a man Rivera said that he wished he could have met. "To have Rachel and the Robinson family here, it means a lot to me," Rivera said. "All the respect that I have for the family and for Mr. Jackie Robinson and all he did for us, me being the last one to wear the No. 42, I can't ask for better than that."" - Kristin from Bookmarklet
This Red Sox fan gives Mo a standing o. - Julian
"Derek Jeter will not play again this season but the Yankees captain and shortstop insists you can stop speculating about the end of his career right now." - Kristin from Bookmarklet
"Jeter, 39, has never fully recovered from the broken ankle he suffered in last year's playoffs and he says his inability to return to full strength is a matter of not being able to rebuild the strength in the rest of his left leg. "The entire year has been pretty much nightmare for me physically," Jeter said. "It's kind of fitting it ends like this, I guess." - Kristin
Derek who? - Steve C
:P StePHe - Kristin
2013 MLB Walk-Offs | BoS@NYY: Ichiro scores winning run on a wild pitch - Video | Multimedia -
2013 MLB Walk-Offs | BoS@NYY: Ichiro scores winning run on a wild pitch - Video | Multimedia
"9/8/13: With two outs in the bottom of the ninth, Ichiro Suzuki scores the winning run on a walk-off wild pitch from Brandon Workman" - Kristin from Bookmarklet
Yusmeiro Petit Misses Perfect Game: Eric Chavez Singles With Two Outs In Ninth For D-Backs (VIDEO/GIF) -
Yusmeiro Petit Misses Perfect Game: Eric Chavez Singles With Two Outs In Ninth For D-Backs (VIDEO/GIF)
"In just his third start of the 2013 season, Yusmeiro Petit was nearly perfect for the San Francisco Giants. The 28-year-old righty retired the first 26 batters that the Arizona Diamondbacks sent to the plate on Friday night at AT&T Park. Down to his last out, D-backs manager Kirk Gibson sent pinch-hitter Eric Chavez to the plate. The veteran reserve ran the count full and Petit challenged him with a 89-mph four-seam fastball. With perfection on the line and the fans in San Francisco on their feet, Chavez dropped a base hit just in front of a charging Hunter Pence." - Kristin from Bookmarklet
That's as close as it gets. 3-2 count with 2 outs in the 9th. - Rodfather
And just a foot or so out of reach for Pence. - Kristin
The 2-2 curveball should have been a called strike to end the game; the ump gave Chavez a gift; of course Petit still could have got him. Alas... - Bren from iPhone
:/ It must suck to get that close to a perfect game and miss by one out .. especially if the ump blew a call. - Kristin
Watch the Creepiest First Pitch in Baseball History [VIDEO] -
Watch the Creepiest First Pitch in Baseball History [VIDEO]
"The ceremonial baseball first pitch is having a banner year. We've seen an amazing backflip pitch from a South Korean actress and a mind-bending contortion from a South Korean gymnast. We've seen atrocious efforts from pop star Carly Rae Jepsen and soccer demigod Cristiano Ronaldo. But none of these rival the video above for creepiest first pitch in baseball history." - Kristin from Bookmarklet
"The video, recorded at a recent Japanese pro league game, features an actress playing Sadako, the mystical, diabolical antagonist of Japan's hit horror flick franchise The Ring. The stunt is a promotion for the upcoming Japanese release of the franchise's latest installment, Sadako 3D 2. When Sadako, sporting her trademark veil of long black hair, takes the field, three miniature... more... - Kristin
So strange. - Kristin
That's weird. I'm impressed she can see where she's throwing through all that hair. I also wonder what the collapse at the end was about. - John (bird whisperer)
Ultimate Astros » Reid Ryan: Astros not profitable despite Forbes’ report -
Ultimate Astros » Reid Ryan: Astros not profitable despite Forbes’ report
"Jim Crane has said he would spend money on the Astros when the time is right, but it sure looks like he has the money to spend now. Forbes magazine reports the Astros, who have the worst record in the major leagues, are on track to make $99 million in operating income this season, more than the last eight World Series champions combined. The Astros did not respond to Forbes’ request to discuss the team’s finances but team president Reid Ryan took issue with the numbers. While not offering a figure to counter the report, Ryan said,  “We’re going to have expenses that are higher than our revenues, and that doesn’t make (the team) profitable.” He added, “There is no doubt that the numbers are wrong in the Forbes article. If they were right, I’d look like the guy who had done the best job in three months ever (since taking the job in May). The fact is that the numbers are wrong.”" - Kristin from Bookmarklet
"The formula, according to Forbes was simple, and has been well reported: They have become so profitable thanks to slashed payroll expenses and soaring television revenues. Since becoming the Astros’ owner in 2011, Crane has gutted the team of its most expensive players while building up the farm system. Over the course of this season, the team will pay its players an estimated $21 million in salary and bonuses. That is down $56 million from 2011, when Crane bought the team." - Kristin
"Forbes does not count the Astros’ profits (or losses this year) in its 45 percent stake in CSN Houston but notes: As the largest stakeholder in CSN Houston, the Astros absorbed the brunt of those losses. FORBES considers regional sports networks separate businesses and does not include their losses or gains in its operating income estimations. But even if the Astros’ roughly $23... more... - Kristin
1) A payroll of $21 million. 2) CSN (which airs Houston sports) is only available in 40% of Houston. Yeah ... you're doing a bang-up job, Crane. - Kristin
Steve C
Ryan Braun being asked to admit quite the laundry list of personal faults in civil lawsuit - MLB News | FOX Sports on MSN -
Ryan Braun being asked to admit quite the laundry list of personal faults in civil lawsuit - MLB News | FOX Sports on MSN
"In the request for admissions that Sasson has sent to Braun, which is filed with the court and thus publicly available, Sasson makes a number of interesting charges. Among the accusations Sasson is trying to get Braun to admit to are that Braun has used PEDs since college, that he "violated NCAA rules of amateurism by accepting substantial cash and check payments," that he’s engaged in "academic misconduct" and even that he lied to Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers to preserve their business agreement. There’s also the accusation that Braun “engaged in infidelities in every amorous relationship” he’s had, including his current fiancee, Larisa Fraser." - Steve C from Bookmarklet
Oh snap. - Steve C
There were also rumors flying around that A-Rod took PEDs since HS. - Rodfather
NYY v BOS on Fox.
John (bird whisperer)
Scott Miller - Maybe Ryne Sandberg will help, but what Phillies need is better players -
Scott Miller - Maybe Ryne Sandberg will help, but what Phillies need is better players
"The facts are these: Manuel is 69. He had reached short-timer status as the manager regardless of the results. The Phillies have been headed south for two seasons now, the trip accelerating rapidly this summer. Their core group is old. And ... they still don't know internally what -- or who -- they're looking for? That speaks to a major void in this organization's direction. That, taken together with the Phillies' inexplicable inactivity at the July 31 trade deadline -- they didn't even deal Michael Young? -- cannot result in anything other than a total vote of no confidence in whatever direction they're headed. With mounting age and injuries, Manuel had no shot to win over the past two seasons. Neither would have Earl Weaver nor Billy Martin. The spotlight right now is on Amaro, not Manuel and not Sandberg. The GM explained that "a lot of factors" have contributed to the quick descent. "The last couple of years, injuries played a part," he said, still not seeming to quite grasp that... more... - John (bird whisperer) from Bookmarklet
I think a neat vacation would be to take couple weeks off in the summer and do a road trip of baseball games and stadiums. I always like seeing how cities are represented via their enthusiasm for their baseball teams. Plus I'd love seeing a lot of these great parks in person.
next summer you should visit Camden Yards, one of the most beautiful parks out there. - Sir Shuping is just sir
Andrew, I'll probably see Camden Yards in the next month. :) - Derrick
That's one of my If I Win Lotto plans. Take a summer and tour all the baseball stadiums (with lots of minor league ones thrown into the mix) and hockey arenas in the winter. - vicster: full-bodied
mine would be tennis stadiums - VALZ SCARLETTS MAMA
I guess it's feasible to do the east coast anyway, from DC up to Boston, maybe? Hrm. - Derrick
if you visit all the stadiums related to the Orioles, you get a free t-shirt :) - - ~Courtney F
Ooh! I'd probably have to wait until next summer to do all that. And maybe rent a car. :) - Derrick
I feel the same way about football stadiums. - Mary Carmen
Some of the east coast stadiums could be done as day trips or overnights, plus there are a bunch of minor league teams in the DC area (or nearby). - John (bird whisperer)
I was just thinking that, John. Football would be harder to do unless you lucked out and got a Monday night game close to a Sunday game. Of course if you took your time and did stuff during the week in between games, it's doable. - Derrick
I have a short list of stadiums I would really like to visit and see a game. - Mary Carmen
:) I love that. - Derrick
Durham Bulls Athletic Park! - Catherine Pellegrino from iPod
*heads south with Catherine* - Derrick
We have a faculty member who does that every summer. I'm not sure how many parks he's been to. - LB: Ratchet Bear from Android
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