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  1. Aside from any “rust belt“ or “midsize southern city“ this goes for the northwest where I live too.
  2. I forgot that I also have the satin warm-up jacket I bought 1987 but it’s been in my closet for quite a while because well I’m a bit too heavy to wear it anymore.
  3. I don’t have memorabilia to speak of. My mom threw away all my cheap glossy black and white photos of the players from the mid ‘60s because at the time I said I didn’t care anymore and I didn’t. I also lost my ticket stubs from the fifth game of the ‘68 World Series and my ‘68 World Series pennant in one of my many moves. But I do frequently wear an awesome faux leather Tigers letter jacket with dramatic old English D’s on the arm and breast and a pullover gray hoodie that says Tigers on it. I’m surprised at the number of people living in Boise who will come up to me and talk to me about it and say they grew up in Michigan or the Detroit area.
  4. Just got a love the difference between ESPN which is real journalism and Fox News which is simple propaganda. A major league umpire essentially threatens to go on an angry white man rage-filled killing spree — a “cival war” — and ESPN reports it while Fox News spins it. Trump is now targeting people like Mitt Romney as “human scum” basically giving orders to people like Rob Drake and saying “kill this guy.”
  5. I think the blog post is interesting speculation. I hope she’s right. I hope this organization is bought by somebody with money, that they fire everybody and put in new people like the Astros did minus the violence against women stuff. It’s basically saying that Santa Claus may be real. There is a hopeful Sherlock Holmes element to it that I like.
  6. Speaking of beatings, thank God the Astros have Osuna (if they can ever figure out how to get a lead).
  7. Wow. That’s a serious beat down going on there. And JV is definitely getting the loss. 12-3.
  8. I’m not watching this game but I’m constitutionally unable to root against Justin Verlander. I don’t really want the Astros to win but I don’t want him personally to lose.
  9. I don’t know why I’m even bothering to watch this. I honestly have no stake in it. It’s not my party so I’ll cry if I want to.
  10. Verlander sucks. After one inning in the World Series he has an 18.00 ERA.
  11. I can’t help you out at all but I am grateful to know that you’re one of the people who can do or will do the sorts of things that most other people can’t do or would never consider doing. Thank you.
  12. I was pretty much out of touch following this team from a distance from 1974-1984 so I actually missed Evansville as a AAA franchise. I no longer collected baseball cards nor read the sporting news. As a kid I remember Syracuse because that’s what it said on Willie Horton’s baseball card, and then heck it’s been Toledo for 35 years.
  13. I think I’m supposed to feel bad for the Big 10 because of its CFB implications but I don’t.
  14. That is one heck of a win for Illinois. Down 13 points. Two key turnovers. Last-second 39 yard field goal. Wow.
  15. Reading a ball in the outfield and fielding it in a precise manner and immediately sizing up where you have to throw the ball on a skip to home plate over 400 feet within inches of the desired target is a preposterously absurd thing to expect anyone to do. Determining if a ball is worth swinging at in a fraction of a second by reading a pitcher’s motion, the spin of the ball, and the exact game context in which this pitch is taking place and one’s previous experience with the hurler is equally preposterous. I can barely wrap my head around what the pitcher needs to do But this is what is expected. When you put it into words it seems insane for a game like this to even be able to be played well at all. And the fact is that very few are able to do it.
  16. Baseball is a tougher game of finesse, and learning all the little stuff takes time, and it takes even more time as you re-adjust to higher levels of play. Both football and basketball do not require the acute sorts of fine motor skills and mentality required for baseball. Baseball is always going to be a harder game to get good at. Ask Michael Jordan.
  17. I like the idea that they would pay minor-league baseball players more. Right now it’s sort of a slave ship. And truth be told, there are a lot of unqualified players filling out these rosters just so you can field a team at various levels. But I feel bad for all the locations that would lose teams. The end of the Pioneer and Appalachian leagues is painful to contemplate.
  18. Even in short season class a ball that I’ve been watching in Idaho for 25 years the ability level does not seem that acute. Just fielding the ball and throwing it on the button to first base is not something you can depend upon. Tracking fly balls in the outfield can be a real tossup. Gleyber Torres was one of the few players I can remember looking as good as a real major leaguer. He just sparkled in the infield, but even he didn’t show much power as a 17-year-old in the NWL. But hey, he was 17 years old and almost everybody else was 3 to 5 years older.
  19. Another thing, in just the ordinary day to day of my life I’ve run into a number of former minor-league baseball players that never went anywhere. Our milkman when I was a kid had worked his way through the minors and had one season as a relief pitcher with the Cubs which was his last season in professional ball. Our mailman’s son was a AA catcher in the Tigers organization. The husband of one of my wife’s friends was a AA pitcher. A guy who went to my high school was a pitcher who blew out his arm in his first season of Rookie ball. The washout rate is huge. And most of the guys who make it don’t make much of a splash.
  20. That’s a really good article. Frankly I thought the idea of 17 to 18% of players drafted making it to the major leagues was way too huge but when so few had any appreciable WAR that figure was placed in its proper perspective. Reading that article — Particularly the following — made me lament for the future of our Tigers. The Astros basically got rid of almost the entire player development staff and coaches. I don’t see that ever happening in this organization
  21. MLB proposes major overhaul of minor league system, cutting of 40 teams Ever the cheapskates, it looks like MLB wants more independent leagues so they don’t have to pay those huge minor-league salaries. There’s already a vast network of self-supported baseball training services a player’s parents have to spend huge money on. It looks like this makes amateur baseball still more an expression of socioeconomic privilege than it already is. Look for US-based baseball to become even whiter and more middle class and above than it already is. My local newspaper says that our Boise Hawks NWL short-season A team will become a 140-game team at perhaps even a AA or AAA level. Apparently the Tacoma and Reno AAA franchises in the PCL are struggling. That would be cool for me. This is bad of course for 40 cities that will lose their teams. I’m not completely convinced that mine will not be among them. I wonder if they’re going to wipe out rookie league ball aside from obviously retaining stuff like the gulf coast league etc. I remember scanning the stats side of baseball cards as a kid and wondering what “Bluefield“ was like. What the Roswell ballpark was like. When Rickey Henderson played for the Boise Braves in his first professional season the games were held at the Borah High School ball park with almost no seating at all.
  22. I agree. A baseball franchise is not just another business. People go to sporting events to escape from the banality of the day-in-day-out reality of their lives. They don’t deeply identify with a team and spend money on it because it reminds them of a financial spreadsheet. Hollowing out this franchise to make it mean and lean for resale is just a different version of what corporate raiders do when they gut out a company and sell off the assets piecemeal. It’s the same motivation expressed in different ways. Undermining people’s sense of personal identification with the team to nothing more than “brand loyalty” is to completely misunderstand the nature of this “business.“
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