Saturday, February 26, 2011

Broadcasters need spring training too!

Just watching the Mets/Braves game.  1 out 9th inning, runners on 1st and 2nd.   Line drive over the 3rd baseman who jumps for it but misses it, and ends up in R2's way.  Umpire points at fielder,  the runner keeps

going towards home, missing 3rd base, and apparently scores.   Announcers notice he missed 3rd base, but speculate it doesn't matter, because apparently obstruction was called.    Then they notice there are 2 outs,  and the run isn't on the scoreboard.  And try to figure out what happened.   After much debating they speculate that an appeal was made on 3rd base and the runner was in fact called out.  Maybe it wasn't obstruction because the fielder was trying to make a play on the ball, they muse?
Oy, vey!  Where to start.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Why corking a bat isn't cheating


I've written a guest article for Through the Fence Baseball, and it has now been posted.  Please take a look and leave your comments.   Yes, I'm actually saying that I don't think corking a bat is cheating.  You'll have to read the article to find out why.






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Friday, February 11, 2011

MLB Power Rankings - February edition

I will be providing monthly updates of the power rankings.   Expect them on or near the 1st of each month going forward.   Spring Training hasn't even started yet, so there isn't much movement from my original rankings, but there have been a few moves made, so it was time for an update, along with some commentary where a team moved significantly.  (numbers in bracket are last month's ranking)
#1.  Yankees (9) - Brian Cashman must have seen that I ranked them embarrassingly low, so he went out and starting signing all stars,a nd it helped get his team back atop the rankings.  First the pitching - he inked 2 top

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Preseason Predictions

{Editor's note:  Following post is from Ruben}
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I'm excited to become a regular contributor to this blog.   While Reg will continue to focus on umpiring and rules, my emphasis will be on MLB happenings.  Among other things, I plan on at least doing monthly MLB power ranking along with commentary on any teams that have moved significantly.   I did the initial one a couple of weeks ago, and will do a February one shortly.

Today I am going to share a few preseason predictions.
AMERICAN LEAGUE

East - Boston
Central - Minnesota
West - Oakland (!)
Wildcard - Texas (beating out New York, Tampa and Detroit)
ALCS:  Oakland over Boston


Awards
MVP - Adrian Gonzalez - Honorable mentions to Justin Morneau and Miguel Cabrera