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houstonuser
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Comment rating: 4

How would this thinking alter Hall of Fame perceptions of players from the first expansion era of 1962-1977? The number of teams grew by 33% from 16 to 24 teams in this time. Also, Major League players before 1947 did not play against Black players. Even after '47, some teams did not integrate until the late 50's. This exclusion of top talent was a dilution of the talent pool likely more impactful than that of expansion Why should any steroid free player who thrived in the 90's be punished for simply being of his times? Players before 1947 always had the option of calling for integration. Very few did though. Any Expansion-era contributions inflated by a weaker talent pool seem benign in this context. Martinez for the Hall!

 
houstonuser
(29241)
Comment rating: -1

Thanks for your reply. The comment was public because I felt what Mr. Miller said merited a public response. I don't at all think Mr. Miller should be cut. Even Babe Ruth was benched by Miller Huggins a few times. Benched for a moment and asked to reflect about calling a lot of people dumb. Maybe just a conversation between innings. I know not all comments get a reply & that is fine. But this was so mean & not needed. Thanks again.

Nov 20, 2013 10:22 AM on Giant LOOGY
 
houstonuser
(29241)
Comment rating: -6

It is interesting that BP allows readers to vote up or down on comments so that comments that are not liked are banished. It makes for a form of conventional wisdom that is the exact opposite of the purpose BP was created. I wonder what would happen to BP if old school baseball folks could vote up or down the ideas put forth by the writers who stick to baseball, and not the imagined genetic defectiveness of groups they feel they can make fun of and get away with it.

Nov 20, 2013 9:28 AM on Giant LOOGY
 
houstonuser
(29241)
Comment rating: -16

I remain curious about Mr. Miller's hypothetical in his article a few days back about the Hall of Fame prospects of current players, that suggested Power Ball players had a lower than average IQ. I asked on the comment section of that article if such a thing really needed to be said. Mr. Miller did not reply though I've paid my money for BP for years now and have regularly bought BP books. If Mr. Miller needs to call others stupid to make his points and is unable to respond to paying customers, maybe he needs to be benched.

Nov 20, 2013 8:28 AM on Giant LOOGY
 
houstonuser
(29241)
Comment rating: -7

I'm still wondering what the point was in tossing in an unnecessary comment that certain groups of people--people likely struggling in many respects--are not very bright. There was not another way to make the point?

 
houstonuser
(29241)
Comment rating: -17

Rather than somebody to be made fun of, maybe the average Power Ball player is a hard working person being ripped off by his or her employer or of whatever other tough circumstance in our difficult world.

 
houstonuser
(29241)
Comment rating: 2

This new feature is excellent. It allows me to catch up on a lot of stuff easily. The fact that each point is just one sentence allows me to think about what has been reported for a moment if I wish to do so. Though my praise of brevity here should not be taken as an argument to shorten articles elsewhere on BP as often greater context is needed.

 
houstonuser
(29241)
Comment rating: 4

Brett Wallace of Houston has 17 strikeouts in 21 at bats. That is only 4 k's fewer than I would have in 21 at bats.

Apr 10, 2013 8:14 AM on Wednesday, April 10
 
houstonuser
(29241)
Comment rating: 5

Very good. This is useful for BP readers to better understand what took place in the steroid era. Hopefully we are still in that era despite evidence at times to the contrary.

 
houstonuser
(29241)
Comment rating: 0

I think baseball is just fine with local support of teams during the regular season. What the sport seems unable to do is get people to follow teams they don't follow normally during the post season. This is not as bad a problem as saying the sport is dying.

 
houstonuser
(29241)
Comment rating: 1

This quick everyday no-nonsense First Take report has become one of my favorite features on BP.

Mar 26, 2012 4:24 PM on Monday, March 26
 
houstonuser
(29241)
Comment rating: 3

Very good. The more history articles the better. I know I can't be the only BP reader who does not care at all about fantasy baseball. This history article about the Rangers is just the type of thing that makes me want to stick with BP.

 
houstonuser
(29241)
Comment rating: 6

I'd read of Minoso's place in Latin baseball before and a glad the issue is presented there. More history and interviews at BP and less fantasy stuff please.

Jan 12, 2012 7:11 AM on Remembering Minnie
 
houstonuser
(29241)
Comment rating: -3

If you profess not to be an expert on Athletic's baseball, why are you writing the AL West column?

Aug 19, 2011 7:06 AM on The Battle Ahead
 
houstonuser
(29241)
Comment rating: 3

Right--The guy who read books was the bad guy and bootstraps guy was a victim. Sure. At least you did not call Giamatti a sissy. I kept waiting for that. Here is a review of Richard Hofstadter's Anti-Intellectualism in American Life so we can see this strain of thought is as old as the hills. http://mtprof.msun.edu/Spr2008/weltzrev.html

Sep 14, 2010 9:03 AM on Reconsidering Pete Rose
 
houstonuser
(29241)
Comment rating: 3

Oh boy--It sure did say that. Just shows how people (myself) want to listen themselves more than read what is out in from of them.

Aug 19, 2010 11:22 AM on Hit It and Twit It
 
houstonuser
(29241)
Comment rating: 0

I understand Jay has a lot of work do to and the Hit List must be drain after a time, but with this Twitter stuff I spend my mental energy trying to figure out what is being said instead of taking in the substance of the content. I enjoy the Hit List. Maybe a list with more text done every two weeks would make more sense. Then Jay can get to other writings and you still have a reader friendly format. You really don't need it once a week any way. Maybe only once a week in September stretch drive--If that.

Aug 19, 2010 10:30 AM on Hit It and Twit It
 
houstonuser
(29241)
Comment rating: 5

Great article. The more history on BP the better. Context gives life substance.

Aug 19, 2010 10:18 AM on Not a One-Shot Wonder
 
houstonuser
(29241)
Comment rating: 1

This is excellent. i'm glad to pay for BP when I get this kind of detailed history about what might otherwise be forgotten events. More articles such as this one would be very good.

Jul 14, 2010 3:24 PM on Chris Wertz
 
houstonuser
(29241)
Comment rating: 0

This was a fine article. Please don't be out off by the absence of comments from running more history like this at BP. Thanks.

May 23, 2010 9:47 PM on Dorothy Seymour Mills
 
houstonuser
(29241)
Comment rating: 1

It will be a good day when all this JAWS data is in one place on the statistics page for BP readers to be able to review and compare careers all the time. Thanks.

Mar 27, 2010 11:57 AM on Mauer and JAWS
 
houstonuser
(29241)
Comment rating: 0

It would be great to have these JAWs numbers in one place on the statistics pages. That would be a useful reference and would make this good research available to people all the time. Thanks.

Jan 13, 2010 2:47 PM on 10 Men Out
 
houstonuser
(29241)
Comment rating: 3

It would be great to have a page on BP of the all-time JAWS numbers of the leading players at each position. Thank you.

 
houstonuser
(29241)
Comment rating: 0

What I find satisfying is that we live in a world where people make mistakes, and that you have no choice but to live in that world. You live in our shared world that is defined by the actions of persons other than yourself. No matter how many vendors you inform of so-called poor quality, you are powerless to live in any other world than the one that you share with the rest of us. So please stick that in your copy of Atlas Shrugged.

Feb 26, 2009 4:48 PM on No-No
 
houstonuser
(29241)
Comment rating: 1

I wager the folks at BP are doing trying as hard as they can. Many of us have work places where the staffing levels are not what they would ideally be and I just can\'t imagine that BP is much more than a small business in many respects. The price of a yearly subscription is fair and they can\'t be expected to give away the content of the book unless you want that price to rise. In fact, I would pay a few more bucks a year if that would help BP staff get health benefits and 401K\'s if they don\'t have these things at current. Life\'s a bitch enough as it already is. Leave these folks alone given the good work that is done on a year-round basis.

Feb 26, 2009 1:56 PM on No-No
 
houstonuser
(29241)
Comment rating: -1

If you buy the book at a bookstore, you\'ll help someone get wages and quite possibly health insurance and a 401K. Preo-order from your local store! You\'ll be glad you did! It\'s your job that could be next!

Jan 25, 2009 9:19 AM on Andy Pratt
 
houstonuser
(29241)
Comment rating: 3

Is there any place on BP where folks can find, say, the top 500 JAWS scores in one place? It would be great to look at a complete list in addition to the snapshots readers get in these informative articles. Thank you.

Jan 11, 2009 11:33 AM on The Infielders