Major League Baseball

Let’s begin with the assumption that the voting process for the Gold Glove awards is horribly flawed and a complete joke.  If you don’t agree with this assumption, then go pat Derek Jeter on the back for winning a Gold Glove about 14 years past his defensive prime.  It’s not that I don’t like Jeter, [...]

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The Gold Glove which is technically the “Rawlings Gold Glove Award” is voted on by the managers and coaches of each league.  Voters are not permitted to vote for players from their own team in an effort to eliminate bias.  That said, it’s probably fair to say that most voters don’t take the time to [...]

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Welcome Back TLR…

by on October 25, 2010 · 2 comments

…now go make me a sammich!  Seriously, I’m waiting for you to pull a rabbit (or at least a LHP) out of your hat.  I’ve just spent the last 24 hours making confetti from recycled paper for the forthcoming parade to be held next fall.  Such is the level of expectation associated with your decision [...]

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I’ve read several columns lauding the Rangers for their classy celebration of their series clinching victory over the Tampa Rays.  The celebration included a special shower for the team’s star outfielder and recovering substance addict, Josh Hamilton, that included Canada Dry ginger ale substituted for the usual champagne.  The champagne was instead kept on ice while the [...]

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Calling Out The BBWAA

by on October 6, 2010 · 1 comment

Yeah, that’s right.  I’m calling out the Baseball Writers Association of America (BBWAA) – the group that votes on the NL and AL MVP awards.  I’m challenging its voters to explain how they fill out their ballots.  Dare to consider advanced statistics, defense, intangibles, and team strength in proper context.  Go ahead.  Do it!  I double dog dare [...]

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Ok, I know you’re tired of hearing about the Alex Rodriguez steroid saga.  I’ve had more than my fill of it as well.  I don’t plan to rehash how Rodriguez has sullied the game, and how he is a liar, a cheat, etc. that has been trumpted across the blogosphere since Saturday’s announcement and Sunday’s [...]

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As if watching the late-August and early-September swoon of the Cardinals hasn’t been bad enough, it appears no one else wants to take the NL Wild Card spot in the playoffs.  The Mets lost to the Cubs tonight, allowing the Cardinals to mathematically remain “in the race” regardless of their outcome versus Arizona tonight (and [...]

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As I was watching Sunday’s game against the Cincinnati Reds, watching the Cards squander another opportunity for a sweep, I saw something that I hadn’t seen from a Cardinal hurler all season.  I saw Kyle Lohse stick up for someone on his team.  Granted, it was himself he was sticking up for, but he showed [...]

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