Saturday, January 29, 2011

MAJOR ANNOUNCEMENT

Well, maybe not.  But it will allow me to have this blog updated on a regular basis even when I don't get a chance to get on the computer.  Ruben Lipszyc, who guest posted earlier on this blog with his 2011 power rankings, has agreed to become a regular contributor to this site.  He will be musing mainly about MLB related activities, and has already committed to providing some early preseason award predictions, and will be updating his power rankings at the beginning of each month.

He has promised to have a post ready for Feburary 1st.  Looking forward to his insight into MLB events, and hope you are too.  Welcome aboard, Ruben!

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Obstruction or Interference?

Created an article on obstruction and interference on The Full Windup.   Great resource, by the way, for baseball players of any age looking for tips on improving their hitting and pitching mechanics, strength and conditioning program and their mental game.  Please take some time to check it out.

Anyhow, as I re-read what was posted a few miscellaneous thoughts came to mind:
 I start the article by discussing the basic difference between obstruction and interference and observe that a lot of times when coaches yell out "INTERFERENCE", they should really be yelling out "OBSTRUCTION".  Well, I don't know how to put this, but what I posted there is just flat out wrong!

Thursday, January 13, 2011

2011 MLB Power Rankings

As a member of the Baseball Blogger’s Alliance,  I’ve been asked to participate in a MLB Power Rankings feature that will be put up on MLBBlogBuzz.com.  I’d love to give my 2 cents, but I’m not sure if the Expos are still in the league, and I think I recall something about the Brooklyn Dodgers moving west, so rather than embarrass myself (I do enough of that crouching in a mask behind the catcher), I’ve asked a friend of mine who is a much bigger fan (and apparently knows what ERA+ and Phytagorean record mean) to post his thoughts on my blog.  Below are the thoughts of my friend, Ruben, a fellow Canadian from Calgary, posted below verbatim:
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Hi! I’m a friend of Reg (yes, Umpires are not hated by everyone – they do have friends too) and he has given me the privilege of guest posting on his blog, my MLB power rankings. Before I start, let me say that any hate mail for me ranking your favorite team lower than you think they deserve should be directed to me – I’m sure Reg already gets his share of venom directed at him.  Also, let me say that I hate committing predictions to writing, because I know how poor they always look in retrospect.  One year ago, nobody predicted the Giants defeating the Rangers in the World Series.  Luck and unforeseen circumstances have a very large and underestimated part of a team’s final record, and the best forecaster in the world can’t predict those factors.   The only thing I’m certain of, is that I’ll have made some awful predictions.  I’ve done this in the past, and without fail one of my top teams always ends up being a woeful disappointment that end up below .500, and one of the bottom teams will end up at least fighting for a playoff spot.    Well, enough ado about nothing, on to the rankings…