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Everything posted by IdahoBert

  1. He was a guy you could send out there and eat some innings Sort of like Jack Morris without as much winning. In 1938 with the St. Louis Browns he won 20 games with a 5.08 ERA. I think that might be the very definition of “pitching to the score.”
  2. Oh heck I missed it! I look forward to this as much as I do my yearly colonoscopy.
  3. I had no idea that men were being drafted in 1940 well before Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941 and before the United States was officially at war and that Hank Greenberg had spent the entirety of the 1941 season in the military. He was the first AL player to be drafted into the military in 1940 and when he was released from duty in December 1941 he was the first major league player to voluntarily reenlist and he made the assumption that he might possibly never play baseball again. My parent’s generation amazes me. The mother of one of my friends was a Russian Jew who fled over the Ural mountains escaping the Nazis to try to get to Palestine and was interred by the British on Cypress due I guess to refugee issues. She knew how to use a machine gun.
  4. So this, and the “shot heard round the world“ etc. it’s hard to believe that at my age I can continually lose my virginity but I just lost one of the remaining slender threads of it just now. I do however like the idea of sitting out in the bleachers with the rifle and scope pointed at home plate. It might be the kind of thing that would make the umps try harder to call balls and strikes correctly.
  5. I am obviously missing something here. What kind of cheating was Hank Greenberg implicated in?
  6. It was common knowledge this was going on. Of course everyone has “something going on“ behind the curtain to one degree or another — but this was an unusually methodical and extreme version of it — so there’s a hesitancy to make a big stink about seeing what’s going on behind other team’s curtains. The mass psychology of human organizations and hierarchy and notions of tribal loyalty make the opposition to something like this difficult to resist. I have never been in a workspace, organization, or environment where management did not set the tone and where people did not for the most part adhere to this group think. I’m not going to fault Justin Verlander for doing what the vast majority of everyone does in these situations, which is to obey.
  7. They are stupendous. The thing that’s troubling about the cheating is that playoffs are a crapshoot. If you take some of the contingency out of these short series it can yield extraordinary results.
  8. So, regardless of how many good players they actually have produced, does the pervasive cheating of the Houston Astros cast doubt upon the fundamental saliency of the concept of “rebuilding“ under which we’ve toiled these past several years? If Houston is the miracle we emulate and cheating was a big part of this miracle it’s kind of a letdown.
  9. I block the plate far more often than I would like to admit.
  10. NOTE TO SELF: just for future reference Dunedin, Florida is a terrible place when looking for baseball groupies.
  11. When pitchers and catchers converse at the mound they cover their mouths so you can’t lip read. But no similar apparent shielding process has seemed to occur with catchers signaling pitches. Was there a kind of unwritten acknowledgment that lipreading was OK but sign stealing through cameras or field glasses was not and the Astros broke new ground by violating this ultimate taboo?
  12. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sparky_Anderson Anderson retired from managing on October 2, 1995,[7] reportedly disillusioned with the state of the league following the 1994 strike that had also delayed the beginning of the 1995 season. It is widely believed that Anderson was pushed into retirement by the Tigers, who were unhappy that Anderson refused to manage replacement playersduring spring training in 1995. In an interview on Detroit's WJR radio after his retirement, Anderson said he had told his wife that season, "If this is what the game has become, it don't need me no more."
  13. Boy that would really dilute the talent of teams, adding six teams to MLB. Someone might hit 80 homeruns and not be on ‘roids to make it happen.
  14. But either way we go through the tedium of playing a handful of teams still more than anyone other than those resigned to eternity in an inner ring of heck would wish to do.
  15. When the Tigers are in a 4-team division I really look forward to playing Cleveland, Chicago, and Kansas City 26 games each!
  16. That’s a painful memory. Overall the Tigers were clearly the superior team, yet eratic. Losing 2/3 of their games the last 1/3 of the season. Being swept at home in the last series of the season by the befouled and unworthy Kansas City Royals and only eeking into the playoffs as a wildcard. And steam rolling through the playoffs until hitting a brick wall of the St. Louis Cardinals.
  17. Don Manfred: In theory, I also don't believe in expanded playoffs. For years I paid my people extra so they wouldn't do that kind of business. But don't want it near schools! I don't want it sold to children! That's an infamia. In my city, we keep the traffic to people who think baseball is just another TV show and Bill James is a rock musician. They’re animals anyway, so let them lose their souls.
  18. It’s like a Zen koan, beautifully wise. In terms of the emotional and psychological aspect of the game it’s like the “Goldilocks Zone.” Not too hot, not too cold, but just right.
  19. These guys are first and second round picks, but are they really “can’t miss” sorts of guys? I’m used to assuming that our own first and second picks will end up sucking, But I’m assuming that this type of suffering is spread around to other teams as well. At least I hope so.
  20. Mario plus Curtis doing color. Mario’s a real professional, bland, but he gets the job done and he doesn’t turn himself into a focus of attention
  21. So my guess is after not having looked at the news for a couple days that if we’re talking about this sort of stuff nothing good about the forward momentum of our particular team is occurring? I’m not against the discussion. It’s just indicative of how crappy things are.
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