A radio broadcaster's persona reflects the team's roster and fan following. Or is it the other way around?
I’m driving in Georgia with my new wife, way, way down south. We’re here on family business, but we’ve taken an afternoon to indulge the notion that we are still on our honeymoon, although it officially ended weeks ago. We are passing through the rural exotica: tiny, ruined towns, no signs of life. Stunted, desiccated crops. Vultures are everywhere: in the air, in the trees, devouring carcasses on the side of the road. Rain blatters on the windshield. History has ended here.
We need a signal, some reassurance of life against this deathless decrepitude. Put on the radio, there’s a Braves game—that will more than do. Those live pauses between pitches, the ambient life piping through the speakers. Baseball on the radio is as potent as the smell of bread in the oven. What sound could possibly be better in southwest Georgia, on a road where the speed limit is 45 mph, where you can drive five, 10 miles at a stretch without seeing a single other vehicle?
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The prospect maven knows many pleasures, one of which is browsing through old Baseball Digests and wondering aloud, "Where did the term 'makeup' come from?"
Just north of Chicago, there's this little store front in a crappy strip mall in some crappy suburb that sells memorabilia. It's a great place. Messy, dusty and unorganized, the place primarily deals in old magazines, and they sit on racks, in piles on the floor and even unopened boxes. You can get lost in this place for a very, very long time.
I decided to break down this year's Hall of Fame candidates by VORP.
A full description is available at
but the measure is essentially the number of runs
contributed by a player beyond what a replacement level player at
the same position would contribute in equal playing time, adjusted
for park and league. Note that outfielders are considered as a single
group, so center fielders should get a boost relative to their ranking
here, and corner outfielders (especially LF) should be downgraded a bit.
Quality of defense played at the position is not included.
Optioned RHP Matt Wise to Edmonton; optioned RHPs Elvin Nina
and Scot Shields and C Jason Dewey to Erie (Double-A);
optioned OF Elpidio Guzman to Lake Elsinore (A); assigned RHP
Steve Green and C Shawn Wooten to their minor-league camp.
Welcome to Baseball Prospectus' predictions for 1999. We'll go division by
division and each of our staff members will tell you what they think about the
races. Remember, there's a reason we don't print this stuff in the book; there
is no good way we know of to predict what a team will do before the season
begins. Consider these teamwide WFGs, take them with a grain of salt, and