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|Feb-19-15|| ||WannaBe: There is an episode of "Futurama", where in the players all have fraction on their jersey, because all the whole numbers have been retired. =))|
|Feb-20-15|| ||technical draw: <PB> Remember the records they have to set are Yankee records not overall baseball records.|
|Feb-20-15|| ||playground player: <Technical Draw>, <Esteemed Baseball Mavens> I always knew the Yankees would someday get around to retiring Horace Clarke's historic No. 20. It's about time! Viva Horace!|
|Feb-20-15|| ||technical draw: <News: Vegas dimmed them casino lights for Tark last night.
Reaction: Casinos saved $3B in electricity.>|
And $5B were stolen in chips.
|Feb-21-15|| ||WannaBe: This would be interesting, same conference, same division, same home stadium:|
At least Jets and Giants are AFC/NFC...
|Feb-22-15|| ||technical draw: I heard the Pope is quitting his job to become an American League umpire. He will be known as the Holy Roman Umpire. hahahahaha!|
|Feb-22-15|| ||Phony Benoni: I would not want to be thrown out of the game by the Pope.|
|Feb-23-15|| ||WannaBe: Too bad his jacket was flapping and being non-aerodynamic, otherwise he'd probably have ran it in 2.87|
|Feb-24-15|| ||playground player: Speaking of Yankees, here's something that jumped out at me from the Baseball Encyclopedia.|
Norwegian-born catcher Art Jorgens played 11 seasons for the Yankees, 1929-1939. During that period, the Yanks were in the World Series 5 times.
In all those World Series games, Art Jorgens did not appear once. Nope, not once.
Seems kind of mean, doesn't it?
|Feb-24-15|| ||Phony Benoni: <playgournd player> You know, I don't think he minded too much as long as he got that World Series check.|
|Feb-24-15|| ||Jim Bartle: Charlie Silvera, whose family I knew pretty well, was on seven Yankee World Seies teams, played in one game and batted twice.|
|Feb-24-15|| ||Phony Benoni: <Arndt Jorgens' Immortal Game>|
How often did anybody get to run for Joe DiMaggio, let alone a third-string catcher?
|Feb-24-15|| ||WannaBe: Here's an interesting study done by ESPN on how Major League (baseball, hockey, football, basketball) teams use analytics, or a lack of analytics:|
You can click on "Overall Top 10" or "Overall Bottom 10" for a combined view of the 4 leagues.
Or click on the individual sport to see how the teams are ranked.
L.A. Flakers are virtually bottom...
|Feb-24-15|| ||Jim Bartle: Analytics just means more sophisticated use of stats, right? Certainly valuable but can be overused, and some of today's writers using analytics are unbearable.|
Michael Lewis wrote an article on Houston's use of analytics a couple of years, focusing on Shane Battier's defense. I thought it went way, way too far, as they calculated their chances of winning after each play.
It was interesting in the way it showed exactly where Battier needed to move Bryant on the floor for the greatest chance he would miss or couldn't make a good pass (small joke).
What bothers me is how the coach and front office keep the players from thinking too much rather than just playing basketball. If they're always thinking what the numbers say is the best play, it will just keep them from playing their best.
|Feb-24-15|| ||WannaBe: If this is true, say good-bye to Dez:
|Feb-25-15|| ||OhioChessFan: Strange that they batted DiMaggio and then pulled him from the game after a walk. Okay, the game was close when he pinch hit, but what in the world?|
|Feb-25-15|| ||Phony Benoni: <OCF> DiMaggio had been on the shelf for a month with a twisted ankle:|
See the third inning. He would not start another game until June 7. It's a measure of the Yankees' dominance in 1939 that they had a 9-game lead when he returned.
By the way, note that this was Gehrig's penultimate game. Everybody knows that he was replace by Babe Dahlgren. But I did not realize until now that Dahlgran played every inning at first base the rest of the year, except for one game in July when he was lifted for a pinch-hitter in the 8th and Tommy Heinrich finished up.
|Feb-25-15|| ||playground player: <Jim Bartle> Friends with Charlie Silvera's family--very cool.|
Just to round out the collection of Yankee catchers who hardly ever played: Ralph Houk, 1947-54, career at bats 158, with no home runs. Lifetime World Series record, 2 pinch-hit appearances, 1947 and 1952, going 1 for 2.
Poor Arndt Jorgens. I think there's a big difference between being able to say, "I played in the World Series" and "I got to see a bunch of World Series games for free."
|Feb-25-15|| ||Phony Benoni: Now there's a question. Would you rather be Arndt Jorgens, a trivial part of championship teams, or Ernie Banks who had a Hall of Fame career but never saw the postseason?|
|Feb-25-15|| ||Jim Bartle: Banks.|
|Feb-25-15|| ||WannaBe: I think BYU would be a nice fit for Big-12.
Then add another team (to have the number of teams actually match the conference name, imagine THAT!!)
But who would you add? Univ. of Houston? The conference already have teams in Texas, that wouldn't add TV exposure, or new recruiting ground. Univ. of Memphis?
Host a play-off game, end the bickering over the Baylor/TCU Division I final-4.
However, as always, there are the Power-5 conferences, but only 4 slots, 'less NCAA want to expand to 8-teams play-off. One conference/team will always be p1ssed off.
|Feb-25-15|| ||Phony Benoni: Only one?|
|Feb-25-15|| ||WannaBe: NCAA, the No Common (sense) Athletic Association:
|Feb-26-15|| ||WannaBe: Well, it's Spring Training time, so y'all know what that <MEANS>!!!|
|Feb-28-15|| ||WannaBe: history here: http://espn.go.com/mlb/story/_/page...|
The writing isn't too bad, either. =))
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