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|May-24-12|| ||Phony Benoni: I couldn't resist, and plugged in a famous passage from Franklin K. Young:|
<"Always deploy so that the right oblique can be readily established in case the objective plane remains open or becomes permanently located on the centre or on the King's wing, or that the crochet aligned may readily be established if the objective plane becomes permanently located otherwise than at the extremity of the strategic front.">
Grade level: 29
|May-24-12|| ||WannaBe: Since I am on his ignore list anyway, I wonder what the score would be if we plug in an AJ post. :-))|
|May-24-12|| ||Phony Benoni: <WannaBe> Don't bother. You'd probably get conclusions you don't like.|
<I would assume that there is no "best" score, but that everything depends on audience and purpose. 40s and 50s are probably good average readability scores for adults, neither trivial nor abstruse.>
That previous paragrah got a grade 14 and a readability of 24. Must have been the word "abstruse". Let me try again:
<I assume there is no "best" score, but that audience and purpose must be taken into account. Scores in the 40s and 50s are probably in a good area for adults, and a passage far outside that range may need to be rewritten.>
Grade 12, readability 45. Did the rewrite seem clearer to you, or is this whole thing just more computerized inanity?
|May-24-12|| ||WannaBe: Okay, okay, enough with English and numbers. Here, courtesey of Jayson Stark, senior Baseball writer of ESPN.com|
<Tigers rookie Quintin Berry did something Wednesday you might never see again. The first hit of his career was (ready?) a BUNT DOUBLE. He lofted it over a charging first baseman (Casey Kotchman), past a scrambling second baseman (Jason Kipnis) and into right field for the goofiest double of the year. With the help of the Elias Sports Bureau and Baseball-Reference.com, we've determined: (A) It's the first bunt double by anybody since Oakland's Cliff Pennington got one April 8, 2010; (B) it's the 18th bunt double in the big leagues since 1988; and (C) it's the first by any hitter in all those years that went for his first major league hit. It's a good bet that nobody in history ever got hit No. 1 like that. But we can't verify that. If you can, drop us a note at email@example.com, or tweet it at us, at @jaysonst. As always, operators are standing by.>
P.S. I plugged that in, and it scored 8 and 59. =)
|May-24-12|| ||Jim Bartle: A bunt double?|
|May-24-12|| ||OhioChessFan: I wonder if there was ever one that was a swinging bunt, hit the charging fielder, and bounced into the dugout.|
|May-25-12|| ||WannaBe: <JB> Here you go...|
|May-25-12|| ||Phony Benoni: There's a story that Ty Cobb once bunted down the third base line. The ball was rolling so slowly that the third baseman had no chance to nail Cobb at first, so he let it roll hoping it would go foul. And roll/ And roll. Finally, he disgustingly picked up the ball as it touched third base.|
Cobb was sliding into second.
I can't vouch for the accuracy of that anecdote, but I wouldn't put it past Cobb.
|May-25-12|| ||Jim Bartle: "I wonder if there was ever one that was a swinging bunt, hit the charging fielder, and bounced into the dugout."|
Wasn't there one which bounced into the crowd and hit Keith Olbermann's mother?
I don't doubt Cobb could have taken second while a third baseman was letting a bunt roll. There are a lot of chances for runners to take extra bases if they're alert, and the fielders aren't.
|May-25-12|| ||tpstar: <Wasn't there one which bounced into the crowd and hit Keith Olbermann's mother?>|
A Vast Right Field Conspiracy
|May-25-12|| ||Eyal: <Now, I'm gonna dig up some <Eyal> and possibly some <DomDaniel> and see what happens. =)>|
I'm flattered anyway, but is this because I'm supposed to be eminently readable or unreadable?
|May-25-12|| ||keypusher: <WannaBe: <Phony Benoni> According to http://www.standards-schmandards.co... your bio got a 9 and a 55.>|
You should plug in one of ChrisOwen's posts. Jim, I wonder if the several long Indian words in your post dragged down your readability score.
I plugged in this and got a 5/76. I'm rather pleased.
But on the limited utility of the Flesch-Kincaid, see this interesting article:
Lincoln's Second Inaugural got a 13/46.
|May-25-12|| ||Phony Benoni: <keypusher> I don't know if you should be pleased with a 5/76. That would qualify as very simplistic, especially for such a high-class debating society.|
|May-25-12|| ||Jim Bartle: New rules question:
Giants on first and second, no outs. Ground ball to third, picked up right in the baseline. As the Miami third baseman turns to throw to second the runner (Huff) gets out of the way by diving toward the infield grass, instead of just hitting the dirt. Marlins complete the double play, second to first.
Could this be a triple play, since Huff ran out of the baseline, even though it wasn't to avoid a tag?
Could Huff have tried to slide into the third baseman (or bump him) to impede the throw, even though he was still fifteen feet or so from the base?
I think the fielder has the right to field the ball without interference from a runner, so Huff couldn't interfere with the fielder. About avoiding being hit with the throw and leaving the baseline, I'm not sure.
|May-25-12|| ||OhioChessFan: <Could this be a triple play, since Huff ran out of the baseline, even though it wasn't to avoid a tag?>|
<Could Huff have tried to slide into the third baseman (or bump him) to impede the throw, even though he was still fifteen feet or so from the base?>
|May-25-12|| ||OhioChessFan: An imponderable: Why does the home crowd boo when the opposing pitcher throws to first to chase a runner back?|
|May-25-12|| ||Jim Bartle: "Am imponderable: Why does the home crowd boo when the opposing pitcher throws to first to chase a runner back?"|
Around 1960 the Saturday Evening Post had a weekly cartoon called "There Oughta Be a Law." One had two panels. In the first the home team pitcher was throwing over to first base and the fans were shouting, "Way to be alert, keep him close!" And in the second the visiting team pitcher was throwing over and the fans were yelling, "Come on, let's play ball! Throw a pitch!"
Maybe you'd have to see it. It was a very 50s sort of drawing. (Couldn't find it.)
|May-25-12|| ||Phony Benoni: <JB> I remember the cartoon, but I don't recall if it was "There Oughta be a Law" or "They'll Do It Every Time". "Law" was actually a imitation of "Every Time", and they looked much alike.|
I do recall that part of the joke was that the home team's pitcher was lobbing the ball over to first with the runner standing on the bag, while the visiting teams' pitcher came within an inch of picking the runner off.
As for the rules question, here are a couple of things to chew on:
7.08 Any runner is out when:
(a) (1) He runs more than three feet away from his baseline to avoid being tagged unless his action is to avoid interference with a fielding fielding a batted ball...
(b) He intentionally interferes with a thrown ball, or hinders a fielder or fielders attempting to make a play on a batted ball.
So I would assume that a runner can dodge out of the baseline to avoid a throw. Of course, if he's Reggie Jackson, it's a different matter.
There is also: 7.08 (f)
If, in the judgement of the umpire, a base runner willingly and deliberately interferes with a batter ball or a fielder in the act of fielding a batted ball with the obvious intent to break up a double play, the ball is dead. The umpire shall call the runner out for interference and also call out the batter-runner because of the action of his teammate. In no event may bases be run or runs scored because of such action by a runner.
This is usually seen with a runner going out of his way to break up a double play at second base, but it would probably apply had Huff interfered with the ball. Normally, interference ends the play, with the runner declared out, so without the rule it would be to Huff's advantage to interfere and give himself up to break up the double play.
|May-25-12|| ||Jim Bartle: So, no triple play. The Marlins announcers were saying the umps could have called it. But then again, the Marlins didn't need the help tonight--Lincecum bombed again.|
Now had the third baseman tried to tag Huff, who ran out of the base line, and then threw to second to start a "double" play, I guess the umps could have ruled a triple play.
|May-26-12|| ||WannaBe: <JB> given the scenario, step on 3rd, throw to 2nd, throw to 1st. Why bother with the running coming to 3rd from 2nd base? It's a forced (move =) play.|
Where is the man on second gonna run to? 1st base? I don't understand this new rule.
I read the same thing in last Sunday's SF Chronicle, man on 1st and 3rd, one out, one-hopper to second base, and the runner from first delayed (ran back and forth) long enough for the man on 3rd to score before tagg'd out.
Why not step on 2nd base and throw to 1st? This puzzles me. It is a forced play.
|May-26-12|| ||Jim Bartle: No, the third baseman was probably 15-20 ft. to the left of third base.|
In the second case, I don't know why they wouldn't have gotten the force at second.
|May-26-12|| ||WannaBe: <Jim Bartle> The 3rd baseman was in foul terr.?? =) Never-mind me, been having a few beers... Trying to tire myself out, so I can get to bed early and get up watch the Anand-Gelfand game @ 4AM.|
Don't mind my smart @zz. =)
|May-26-12|| ||Phony Benoni: There will probably be no need to sleep before the Anand - Gelfand game.|
|May-26-12|| ||Abdel Irada: Apropos of Atahualpa, I recommend Jared Diamond's <Guns, Germs and Steel> for a broad treatment of how and why the Eurasian conquest of Africa and the Americas was not only possible, but historically inevitable, despite the numerical odds against it.|
Diamond doesn't argue that the Eurasians were superior, but makes a convincing case that geography conferred upon them advantages that were ultimately decisive in supplying them with the proximate means of conquest. Interestingly, he goes on from this to assert that, if anything, individuals living in technologically "backward" societies may be more intelligent than their "civilized" counterparts.
Definitely worth a read.
|May-26-12|| ||Memethecat: I agree with <Abdel> Diamond's - Guns, Germs and Steel, is nothing short of phenomenal. Amongst many other insights regarding civilization & a host of connected topics, it completely undermines all racist views of white (WASP) superiority. We'd have better informed/rounded kids if this was on the curriculum. |
I like it.
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