Ryan Schimpf has 28 homers in 366 at-bats and barely anyone has noticed, maybe because the ball is juiced everywhere.
Jonah Keri has ably analyzed the Colon trade and its ridiculousness for the Expos. I want to focus on the deal as an indicator of the shadiness and shame implied by the league’s ownership of the Expos.
I’ve gotten a lot of e-mail this week asking if I’m going to weigh in on the possibility of a Pete Rose reinstatement to baseball. This is in the wind because Rose met with Bud Selig to discuss how this might happen, and Selig, lacking both a backbone and any sense of integrity, didn’t say “You’re not getting back in, thanks for swinging by, I’ll have my assistant call you a cab.”
This could be fun. As of Tuesday morning, eight National League teams are separated by 6 1/2 games, and fighting for two playoff spots.
Over the weekend, I attended my first Society for American Baseball Research convention. It was the 32nd get-together for the organization, of which I’ve been a member for about three hours.
A ludicrous slippery-slope response to baseball’s recent announcement that they will enforce rules limiting the wearing of protective “body armor” at the plate? Of course it is. No one wants to see batters lose their head protection, no matter how much they crowd the plate.