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blynch
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blynch
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"Calling names will not accomplish anything." Calling names may be rude, but it's not necessarily true that it will not accomplish anything. It probably won't accomplish a changing of Moore's perspective - people tend not to learn/hear well when they're being insulted - but maybe that's not the goal. If Moore is subjected to heaps of ridicule, maybe that will cause others in the KC media/Royals hierarchy to take a closer look at the reasons for that ridicule, and maybe Moore gets the boot sooner. Of course, it could also backfire and make the Royals dig in their heels just to prove that no basement-dwelling stat heads are gonna tell them what to do, no sir. In which case, it would have accomplished something - just a negative thing, the opposite of what was intended. Happens all the time.

Jul 22, 2009 11:41 AM on Some Royal Perspective
 
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Perhaps I'm missing something - I'm sure someone will let me know if I am - but Carpenter could have bunted, right? Guy on second, one out, ace pitcher who can't hit but has plenty of gas left. You don't gain that much moving up a runner who's already at second, but you do gain something. And none of the pinch hitters are what you would call good bets to do well against the Mighty Johan. It just seems to me that the choices were not limited, as Brian suggests, to "swing away" or "pinch-hit." Given the possibility of a bunt here, even if you ultimately dismiss that option, I think at minimum you need a paragraph addressing it: is Carpenter a terrible bunter? Is "runner at 3d w/ 2 outs + Carpenter stays in game" really so much less valuable than "Rasmus/Greene gets to face Santana and the Cardinals go to the pen early"?

Jun 29, 2009 10:38 AM on LaRussa's Choices
 
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Surprise: by definition, when you see a no-hitter, you're surprised. I show up at the Vet on a late April Sunday in 2003 and Kevin Millwood proceeds to no-hit the Barry Bonds Giants. I was almost shaking with nerves in the ninth inning and I wasn't even playing; I dunno how Millwood got through it. The only run was a Ricky Ledee solo shot, so every batter, every pitch potentially ended the no-no, the shutout, the complete game, the win. Guilty pleasure: Glenn Hoffman. No particular reason; I was an odd kid. [You want futility infielders, Jaffe? I got yah futility infielder right heah.]

Jun 15, 2009 1:56 PM on More Revenue
 
blynch
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This was one of the most enjoyable things I\'ve read in weeks. Only one thing to add, for the pedants in the audience: Allen walked (and was then caught stealing) in the 4th, not the 6th, says Retrosheet. http://www.retrosheet.org/boxesetc/1964/B06040PHI1964.htm But considering that was 45 years ago, he\'s got a great memory.

Feb 23, 2009 7:33 AM on George Thorogood
 
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Pretty sure the Tigers are owned by a pizza mogul, not an car executive. Sure, a down economy will hurt ticket sales, but that\'s looking to be true everywhere, not just Detroit.

Jan 30, 2009 2:20 PM on The Designated Whatever
 
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Is it really that clear that the AL Central has been turned over to the Twins and White Sox for the next few seasons? I would think the Indians and Tigers would have legitimate motivation to upgrade and make a play for the division. True, Gary Sheffield will call you a racist if you don\'t give him 600 ABs, but setting that aside, swap out Sheffield\'s 08 production for Abreu\'s and you get more, not less, versatility to go with your improved offense, right?

Jan 30, 2009 2:17 PM on The Designated Whatever
 
blynch
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YES!!! Someone else did it! Someone else saw \'Callaspo\' and read it as \"Callapso\", which is the name I always hear in my head every time I see Alberto Callaspo\'s name written out. There\'e just something so wonderfully evocative, so \'64 Phillies/\'07 Mets, about the name Callapso (as long as you pronounce it the English way rather than the Spanish way). Thanks - John Perrotto: I know where you\'re coming from and I totally understand.

Jan 29, 2009 9:20 AM on Roads Less Traveled
 
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I\'m going to let you all in on a secret: the great Philly sandwich is not the cheesesteak. That\'s just a stereotype (and a tourist draw). They\'re pretty tasty, but the truly great Philly sandwich is the Italian roast pork at Tony Luke\'s at Front and Oregon (the ones at CBP aren\'t nearly as good) - marinated roast pork, provolone and broccoli rabe. It\'ll make you wonder why you were spending your time with something as bland as a cheesesteak.

Jan 13, 2009 12:52 PM on July 31-August 5, 2001
 
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NO - sorry, but I went to PNC Park back in April specifically to try a Primanti\'s, and two things died that day: Matt Morris\'s career, and my respect for PNC Park. I\'m sorry to say this, because I love me the Pitt as a city, but the ballpark Primanti\'s was a thin, lame, barely lukewarm sandwich. And you can\'t even get a decent beer - how can Iron City be the best beer in the place? No Victory, even? In Pittsburgh\'s defense, we did go to a small Thai place out in Verona that was fantastic.

Jan 13, 2009 12:48 PM on July 31-August 5, 2001
 
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RE: Gladwell My understanding is that his take is that the first-half-of-year rule applied to Canadian hockey players specifically as a result of the rule structure of Canadian junior league hockey, which set an age cut-off date for eligibility that had the effect of making early-born kids the oldest, hence biggest and fastest, kids in the league. I gather the relevant comparison would be to Little League rules, and whatever the Dominican/Japanese/etc. equivalent would be. It\'s been too long since I played my one year of Little League so I have no idea what the rules are. In any event, I doubt it would have any effect on pre-war players.

Jan 07, 2009 10:15 AM on July 30, 2001
 
blynch
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Amen. I liked this article a lot, but as to starting pitchers... what Dr. Dave said.

 
blynch
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Why on earth didn\'t the commissioner\'s office order them to play this game at 1 pm? Or 4, or whatever. It\'s not nice to the folks with tickets to change game time at the last minute, to a time when they probably can\'t make it, but them\'s the breaks. If they want to minimize the amount of the game fans miss, what\'s to stop them from starting at 5:30, or 6? Just because it\'s a little weird and unexpected doesn\'t mean they shouldn\'t do it, when not doing it might screw up the next six days in a row.

Sep 25, 2008 10:32 AM on Twins Go Wild