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|May-24-15|| ||OhioChessFan: I got lucky and happened to guess this one. Who threw the switch to turn on the lights?|
|May-24-15|| ||WannaBe: Ohio U. Have qualified for the NCAA D-I baseball play-off, this will be their appearance in the tourney.|
The 16 regional hosts will be announced later today, and the full 64-team field tomorrow.
|May-24-15|| ||WannaBe: Edit: "This will be their <first> appearance in the tourney"|
|May-25-15|| ||Jim Bartle: It took me a while to figure out what happened in this high school baseball play. I think I was fooled by the description of a 'hidden ball trick' (including at ESPN, which it isn't.|
As far as I can tell the pitcher fakes a throw to second, the shortstop jumps high as if it's a wild throw, the runner takes off and the pitcher runs over and tags him. How is that a hidden ball trick?
|May-25-15|| ||WannaBe: Okay, everyone, say "Bye-Bye" to Ray McD, ex-Bears-49ers...|
|May-25-15|| ||Everyone: Bye-bye, Ray!|
|May-26-15|| ||Jim Bartle: <The Elias Sports Bureau notes that Harden's 45 are the third-most points scored in Game 4 by a player whose team trailed 3-0 in a best-of-seven series (in other words, to avoid a four-game sweep).>|
|May-26-15|| ||Phony Benoni: So what's the record for a best-of-five series?|
|May-26-15|| ||WannaBe: <Phony Benoni: So what's the record for a best-of-five series?>|
I think it's 78, on a golf course.
|May-26-15|| ||WannaBe: http://sports.yahoo.com/news/10-deg...|
|May-26-15|| ||WannaBe: Some fascinating info on that J. Guthrie 11 run game, and also fascinating historical perspective.|
|May-26-15|| ||WannaBe: You gotta love Social Media and how to "One Up" the other guys:|
<With a Warriors win tomorrow night, the NBA will be guaranteed its 9th different team champion in the last 30 years.>
From Darren Rovell, Twitter feed on ESPN. Yawn...
|May-27-15|| ||Phony Benoni: Miguel Cabrera can't afford to retire just yet. The acting skills simply aren't there:|
|May-27-15|| ||Jim Bartle: That is funny!|
|May-27-15|| ||playground player: Gene Michael, tall Yankee shortstop who couldn't hit, successfully worked the hidden ball trick five times.|
Not counting the time he tried to hide a baseball down Carlton Fisk's throat.
|May-27-15|| ||WannaBe: Ray McD. just got arrested, again. About 90 minutes ago.|
|May-28-15|| ||WannaBe: Here's that Jon Lester record that <Jim Bartle> was asking a week or so back:|
|May-28-15|| ||Jim Bartle: With the exception of the catcher, all the worst hitters played since 1960. I find that highly unlikely.|
Plus, what about Dal Maxvill, Buddy Biancalana, and Ray Oyler?
|May-28-15|| ||Phony Benoni: The inclusion of Bill Bergen, the turn-of-the century catcher, is a giveaway that these are simply guys he is familiar with. Bergen's received a lot press about this legitimately bad hitting; otherwise, he wouldn't be on the list.|
He also made a point of including guys with "real" careers". But picking Vince Coleman as the left fielder just because he didn't have power? If you can steal 100 bases a year, you can't be a bad hitter.
We criticize a lot of writers of over-statting things, but he needs a lot more numbers to take this seriously.
|May-28-15|| ||Jim Bartle: If you steal 100 bases, that's 100 singles which become doubles, at least as far as getting in scoring position is concerned.|
|May-28-15|| ||WannaBe: It' time for Final Jeopardy!!!
Answer: Max Flack and Cliff Heathcote.
|May-28-15|| ||Phony Benoni: I guess Oyler gets ruled out because of his short career; basically only two years as a part-time regular. As long as you were ahead, he stayed in the game. |
There needs to be some real criteria to decide this. I looked around for some other lists, and found one guy who started off with Eddie Joost -- a .235 lifetime hitter, but he once walked 149 times in a single season. Why, he was practically Bryce Harper!
Another had at #1 a early-20th century shortstop named George McBride, who amassed a lifetime agerage of .218 over 16 years and 1600+ games. Good, but Dal Maxvill hit .217 over 14 years and 1400 games. No significant difference in career there.
Much scope for research and argument here. For instance, was Dave Kingman a good hitter or a bad hitter?
Here's a situation for you: Bottom of the ninth, two outs, bases loaded, tie game. You have to choose a pinch-hitter, and your choices are Dave Kingman or Eddie Joost. Who do you pick?
|May-28-15|| ||Jim Bartle: Joost, of course. OBP is all that counts.
In a Series game a few years ago in a similar situation Philadelphia sent up low average bulky power hitter Matt Stairs to pinch hit. I didn't see the sense in it.
|May-29-15|| ||OhioChessFan: Who are 2 people who were never in <Wannabe's> kitchen?|
|May-29-15|| ||OhioChessFan: I had to cheat and google it. Never heard of them, but that's a pretty interesting bit of trivia.|
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