"It isn't easy to be smart about baseball if you didn't grow up with the game, but Farish asked decent enough questions. It was the answers that came hard.
We must have resembled three mathematicians so lost in their highly refined work that they haven't noticed how quaint and opaque the terminology is, how double-meaning'd. We argued the language
and tried to unravel it
for the outsider."
posted by .kobayashi.
on Aug 11, 2005 -
Rafael Palmeiro suspended for steroid use by Major League Baseball
The first big name MLB player to be suspended for violating the leagues steriod policy testified to Congress about use of the drug in baseball after being named a user in Jose Canseco's book. "Good morning, Mr. Chairman and members of the committee. My name is Rafael Palmeiro and I am a professional baseball player. I'll be brief in my remarks today. Let me start by telling you this: I have never used steroids. Period. I don't know how to say it any more clearly than that. Never. The reference to me in Mr. Canseco's book is absolutely false. I am against the use of steroids. I don't think athletes should use steroids and I don't think our kids should use them. That point of view is one, unfortunately, that is not shared by our former colleague, Jose Canseco. Mr. Canseco is an unashamed advocate for increased steroid use by all athletes."
posted by batou_
on Aug 1, 2005 -
The Washington Nationals
were one of the biggest surprises
of the first half of the 2005 baseball season. On July 3, the team formerly known as the Expos
had a 50-31 record.
Everybody in DC was feeling good, especially the Republicans. Not only did Washington have a baseball team for the first time in decades, but that surprisingly good baseball team also featured a home uniform
that had a red cap with a "w" on the front. As a result, some Republicans eagerly adopted
the cap as a symbol of their party and their president.
The second half of the Nationals' season has mirrored Bush's second term, however. Just like Bush has made missteps on Social Security and lost the battle to make his judicial nominees filibuster-proof, the second half of the Nationals season has been filled with miscues, too. After this afternoon's loss to the Braves
, the Nationals have a 5-16 record over the past three weeks. Does this spell bad news for John Roberts?
posted by hellx
on Jul 28, 2005 -
Republicans are threatening
to revoke Major League Baseball's antitrust exemption. Not because of the steroid scandals
, or the numerous abuses of the monopoly to shakedown cities
for publicly financed stadiums.
No, the GOP is attacking baseball because George Soros
, a liberal, might buy a team and he would be a "polarizing figure."
Oh yeah, Fred Malek
, a non-polarizing, competing bidder is a GOP fundraiser and a aide who compiled a list of members of the "Jewish Cabal" at the Bureau of Labor Statistics for Nixon.
This injection of politics into baseball seems eerily familiar
posted by hipnerd
on Jun 30, 2005 -
(As any Mets geek might say when talking to Mike & the Mad Dog: First time [MeFi] poster, long time reader)
Underestimating the Fog...No, not crochety ol' McNamara's
take on the situation in Iraq
. Rather, it's an astonishing (if only partial) recanting [.pdf]
by the patron saint of statheads
, and rotogeeks
everywhere, Bill James
. Like his namesake, James is a radical empiricist
, the Jedi master who defined sabermetrics
(his coinage) as "the search for objective knowledge
Over the past several decades, James' influence has been enormous. After Michael Lewis
famously detailed the saber-success of Billy Beane's Oakland A's, Sabermetric-leaning analysts have made their way into the scouting ranks and GM's offices of a growing number of major league ballclubs
. From the halls of academia [.pdf]
and Cable personalities
, even the NFL
are on board!
posted by ericbop
on May 27, 2005 -
MLB's All Porn Mustache Team
Cue: Funky bassline and Wa-Wa guitar.
Is it just me or does Jeff Kent's 'stache (bottom of the page in the honorable mentions section) look like more peach fuzz than manly man style?
Who did they miss?
posted by fenriq
on May 26, 2005 -
probably shouldn't have been a professional athlete. Born without a right hand
, he defied the odds and grew up to be a major league pitcher. In 1991 he won 18 games for the Angels while posting a 2.89 ERA, in 1992 he pitched a no-hitter against Cleveland, and in 23 career at-bats, he amazingly got two hits
(while playing for the Brewers). But Abbott (now a motivational speaker
) wasn't the first handicapped professional baseball player. Pete Gray
lost his entire right arm in a childhood truck accident and, due to the shortage of major league players during WWII, became an outfielder with the St. Louis Browns. His fielding, naturally, was unorthodox: After catching a fly ball, Gray would tuck his thinly padded glove under his stump, roll the ball across his chest, and throw, all in one fluid motion.
But if those guys don't impress you, then what about Bert Shepard
, who had his right leg amputated after his fighter plane crashed in Germany? The gutsy left-hander from Dana, Indiana taught himself to walk and then to pitch with an artificial leg -- all within the confines of a POW camp in Germany. The length of his major league career consisted of pitching five innings in one game for the Washington Senators
. Then of course there was Lou Brissie
, the only survivor of his WWII infantry unit, which was wiped out in battle. An exploding shell shattered Brissie's left leg, causing him to wear a brace during his pitching career. The 6'4" southpaw
went 16-11 in 1949 for the Athletics and helped himself by batting .267. So...who's your favorite handicapped ballplayer? Eddie Gaedel
posted by billysumday
on May 24, 2005 -
Well today is the opening day of one of the most popular baseball leagues
in the county. A big part of the league is the The Goldklang Group,
(which is partly owned by Bill Murrary.) The president and owner of the Saints
is marketing genius Mike Veeck,
son of the late Bill Veeck.
Smell the hotdogs and taste the beer but not in that order. (More peanuts and Crackerjacks await inside)
posted by wheelieman
on May 20, 2005 -
Hoodies, Baseball Caps and Ganja, Oh My
Fresh from his accountability moment
, Tony Blair is tackling some of the thorniest issues facing British society
: criminalising "hoodies"
and baseball caps while keeping marijuana decriminalised (despite a "get tough" pre-election stance
). In the midst of a moral panic
, Blair recently came out in support of moves to ban the wearing of hooded leisure tops
in public, especially when coupled with the nefariously potent symbol of evil
: the baseball cap. Meanwhile, the committe whose recommendation resulted in the Commons reclassification of cannabis
in Britain to a Class C drug (a misdemeanour equivalent to possessing a prescription medication without a valid prescription) says it sees no reason to reverse its decision
, even as Olympians are tarred and feathered
. Meanwhile, sales of verboten hoodies can only increase
, while cannabis becomes distinctly less cool
posted by meehawl
on May 16, 2005 -
Joe Valentine has Two Mommies
--..."It's no different than having a mother and father," he said. "These are the two women who raised me, and they are wonderful people. It's just not a big deal to me. Why should it be?"
In an enlightened world, it shouldn't. But major league baseball is to enlightenment what Pauly Shore is to career longevity. ...
Meet the Cincinnati Reds relief pitcher
--"...a baseball player who was raised by two wonderful, loving mothers. How can anyone criticize that?"
posted by amberglow
on May 3, 2005 -
To Whom It May Concern
: This letter is to be considered an authorization to condantiques, a seller on Ebay, to offer on auction, for the Feinstein Foundation, the 1919 Original Ruth contract to the highest bidder which exceeds the reserve. All proceeds of this sale will go to charity.
posted by anathema
on Nov 5, 2004 -
Hey, no crying in baseball!
Who would you like the Red Sox to win it for? A Sox fanboard thread
dedicates the hoped-for, possibly imminent World Series championship to loved ones living and dead. NSFW, if your employer frowns on tears streaming down your cheeks.
posted by stupidsexyFlanders
on Oct 27, 2004 -
The Unsettling Origins of the "Curse of the Bambino."
As of this writing, the Boston Red Sox seem to have a good chance of breaking their 86-year championship drought, popularly attributed to a curse
brought upon the Sox in 1920 when then-owner Harry Frazee
sold Babe Ruth to the New York Yankees. But as Glenn Stout writes
, popular wisdom (as usual) has it wrong. A fascinating article on how misplaced anti-Semitism, Henry Ford, and an influential sportswriter in thrall to baseball's controlling interests gave birth to one of the best-known pieces of baseball mythology. [via the SDMB]
posted by Johnny Assay
on Oct 26, 2004 -
Heckling? Good Natured Fun or Verbal Abuse
The recent assault of a fan by Texas Rangers' reliever Frank Francisco with a folding chair is inexcusable, there's no doubt about that. But what about the fans who literally spend every moment at the park needling, heckling and verbally abusing the players?
There's a difference between ribbing the opposing team and calling an athlete a fat f***. Where does the line get drawn and why is any heckling permitted anymore?
posted by fenriq
on Sep 16, 2004 -
Press Box Red
For 50 years, Lester Rodney
was a forgotten footnote in perhaps the most controversial
American sports story
of the 20th century: Jackie Robinson
and the breaking
's color barrier
. Now, the 93-year-old Rodney is getting his due. In the decade before Robinson debuted
with the Brooklyn Dodgers
, Rodney was the sports editor
of the Daily
Worker, a newspaper (the FBI files
on .pdf) better known as the house organ
of the American Communist Party
. With strident editorials and feature stories about what he dubbed "The Crime of the Big Leagues
," Rodney was an early, often lonely voice in the struggle to end segregation in baseball.
But Rodney's contribution was never acknowledged, because of that "sickening Red tinge
". Many baseball historians were staunchly anti-communist, and didn't want to acknowledge the contributions of the Communist Party. So Rodney's role (.pdf file)
was left out of the official story. With the publication of his biography
, Rodney's place in baseball's epochal story has introduced him to a new generation of admirers. "I wanted that ban to end because it was so unfair; I saw the tragedy of these great black ballplayers, like the catcher Josh Gibson
, who didn't get a chance to play. It's unimaginable today, but look at Barry Bonds: Imagine if he had been born earlier and been unable to play."
(login details for LATimes story in the main link: sparklebottom/sparklebottom)
posted by matteo
on Jul 12, 2004 -
The Field Day festival, intended to be a two-day outdoor show in Calverton, NY, (Eastern Long Island) has now been reduced to a single day,
and will be held at Giants Stadium in NJ. Tickets will be automatically refunded -- you must purchase new
tickets to the NJ show.
posted by metrocake
on Jun 5, 2003 -
Seats...On the Green Monster?
It seems that the Boston Red Sox have finalized the plan to make changes to one of Major League Baseball's most famous curiosities, the Green Monster - if not *the* most famous, as this article
suggests. The stadium has the lowest amount of available seating, and is definitely, in the realm of the other stadiums in major markets, out of date. But it has a classic sort of feel to it. Here
are some of the proposed plans for this and other changes to the stadium. I can't wait to see if someone falls off the back of the 'Monster trying to catch a homerun ball.
posted by djspicerack
on Feb 10, 2003 -
Want to listen to the World Series on the Web? Pay $9.95
. I know, it's a sports post, so (most) everyone will hate it, but I see a disturbing trend of no more free media lunches on the Web. CNN went subscription
months ago, and most other places I've gone for free video/audio are drying up. All I wanted was to listen to the game. But I can't find it anywhere. All the regular stations I listen to that carry the game are silent. And how will the Angels make a valiant comeback if I can't cheer them on? (sigh)
posted by TheManWhoKnowsMostThings
on Oct 26, 2002 -
starts from the premise that Baseball is a metaphor for life. It celebrates individuality and creativity. Notwithstanding that cricket
is the best available metaphor for life, there is loads to explore on this wacky site, not much baseball on it though.
posted by Fat Buddha
on Sep 22, 2002 -
Despite Homer Simpson's worst fears, the Albuquerque Isotopes will take the field next year. However, the team is not originally from Springfield, but from Calgary. The city's AAA baseball team will move to New Mexico next year.
posted by xmutex
on Sep 6, 2002 -