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Mark Anderson: Mark Anderson has been a scout and staff writer for Baseball Prospectus since 2012. Based in Maynard, Massachusetts, he covers the Eastern, International, and New York-Penn Leagues for BP. He also regularly scouts and leads a team of evaluators focused on Detroit Tigers prospects as TigsTown’s Director of Scouting.
With the passing of Neil Armstrong this weekend, here's a brief look-back at what life was like in the baseball world the day Apollo 11 changed the world.
Neil Armstrong passed away on Saturday at the age of 82. Of the twelve men to have ever stepped foot on another planet, Armstrong's passing leaves only eight still with us, the youngest of whom is 76-years-old. There are few words that can describe someone who had such a profound—and positive—impact on the course of human history, especially one who did so with the grace and humility that Neil Armstrong showed throughout his life. It was the saddest of news.
Below is a re-print of an article I wrote at Wezen-Ball.com three years ago, as the world celebrated the greatest achievement of Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, Michael Collins, and the 400,000 people who helped make the Apollo program a success. It's a small way to remember such an important man and his legacy.
A look at how Tony La Russa was viewed throughout his career on the night of his retirement.
The newly-crowned and paraded World Champion St. Louis Cardinals called a press conference Monday morning. Initial speculation wondered if the Cards had somehow wrangled a long-term contract out of Albert Pujols. Other, more cautious spectators imagined that it was about a contract extension for catcher Yadier Molina. At least one person thought the Cards were making an announcement about the latest Wezen-Ball post.
Instead, the Cardinals shocked the baseball world by announcing the retirement of 34-year-veteran manager Tony La Russa. It would make La Russa the first manager in history to retire following a World Series victory. Considering that the announcement came less than 72 hours after the final out of the Series, it must not have been that difficult of a decision for La Russa.
The injured Reds pitcher's 50-game ban raises questions but shows MLB's drug policy is working.
We have our "semi-big" name.
Edinson Volquez was suspended by the commissioner's office on Tuesday for 50 games after testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance. That's pretty much what we know, so I'll try to fill in the gaps of knowledge as much as possible, based on the process, Volquez's less-than-illuminating post-suspension statement, and the minimal leaks surrounding the case.
In a canny move, MLB puts the onus on cable companies to match the DirecTV offer.
"In response to those concerns of our fans, baseball has negotiated with DirecTV to offer the package to the incumbents," Major League Baseball President Bob DuPuy said at the announcement last Thursday. "I hope that those fans who have been directing their concerns to us over the last several weeks will now encourage their cable carriers to in fact enlist for this package."
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Today was supposed to be my AL preview, with the NL following tomorrow. I'm pushing those back a day each to Friday and Saturday because I want to run through the used-car salesman's "Town Hall Meeting" from Tuesday afternoon.
Well, not just that. First, let's deal with the announcement by Bud Selig that the owners will not lock the players out through the World Series. This was a shameless, transparent attempt to curry favor with fans and media, an announcement with absolutely no meaning whatsoever.
Well, not just that. First, let's deal with the announcement by Bud Selig that the owners will not lock the players out through
the World Series. This was a shameless, transparent attempt to curry favor with fans and media, an announcement with absolutely
no meaning whatsoever. It's like me saying I'm not going to watch any women's basketball, and expecting that to be treated like