My night at Petco Park

As batted balls would be caught or fielded by the outfielders, if you were lucky and asked nicely, they’d toss the balls over the fence. We managed to get two baseballs this way, one by me and one off a tip and a bounce, fielded by my son.  And again, if you asked nicely and didn’t interrupt the guys who were talking, they’d sign everything. They signed the baseball for my son, as well as his hat. What was curious to me was that the beach area wasn’t packed with people.  Maybe 20 or so people, so there wasn’t a crowd issue and the odds of getting a baseball was exponentially higher than other places.

Baseball #3 came as a result of another toss-over. Last year, we wrangled two baseballs during two BP sessions, but here we were, halfway through one BP session and we already had three! Last year, there were a bunch of batted balls hit into the beach area and lemme tell ya, they make a sound when they’re hit that far.…

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Weekend Thoughts

Happy Monday, all. If you’re reading this before 3 PM, I’m stuck in “professional development” for middle school English teachers, even though I’m not technically a teacher. Such is life. Anyway, here’s what was running through my head during the weekend.

Friday night’s game was just embarrassing to watch. I’ve umpired Cal Ripken League games that...

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Secrets and Lies (Part 2 of Why Revenue Sharing Is Dead)

Stark also reports that baseball teams do not share their financial data, so that teams paying into baseball’s revenue sharing system – teams like the Red Sox, Yankees, Mets, Cubs and Angels – were surprised to learn the extent of the profits being earned by the Marlins and Pirates.  According to Stark, the Marlins and Pirates are accumulating revenue sharing money to such an extent that their profits exceed those being earned by teams required to pay into the revenue sharing system.

The survival of baseball’s revenue sharing system depended on this secrecy.  The secrecy allowed major league baseball to portray teams like the Pirates and Marlins as struggling for their very existence: they were “poor” teams being crushed under the monetary weight of teams like the Yankees.  Thus revenue sharing was painted as a kind of economic justice – Bud Selig was baseball’s Robin Hood, taking from the rich and giving to the poor.  But with the veil of secrecy removed, the system appears to take money from rich people, and give it to other rich people. …

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Game 130: Yankees 2, White Sox 1

Nova was dealing through the early innings, limiting the White Sox’s opportunities.  He got a quick two outs in the bottom of the fifth before Gordan Beckham doubled to left.  Juan Pierre followed with a RBI single, pushing Beckham across the plate to make the score 2-1.  Pierre stole second, but Nova struck out Omar Vizquel to end the inning.

The Yankees got in trouble in the bottom of the sixth.  Paul Konerko walked and Boone Logan came in with two outs.  A.J. Pierzynski singled, moving Konerko to second.  Kerry Wood replaced Logan and walked Alexei Ramirez to load the bases.  He was able to get Mark Teahen to ground out, however, to end the inning.

In the top of the eighth the Bombers had a chance to add some insurance.  Derek Jeter worked a walk and moved to second on a wild pitch.  Robinson Cano single to third to put two on, and Curtis Granderson reached on an error with two outs to load the bases. …

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Things Can Change Quickly

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Imagine the following situation:

There is a team with the best record in the major leagues. Their ace is pitching incredibly well, with 2 consecutive months of ERA’s below 2.31. He shows no signs of tiring, and actually seems to be getting better as the season moves into the...

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