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  1. makepeac

    Random baseball thoughts

    RIP Dirty Al who was the Angel third baseman when my family moved to OC in the summer of ‘73. Fittingly enough a friend who’s a longtime Bay Area sportswriter gave Dirty Al his due: https://www.mercurynews.com/2018/12/10/the-color-of-dirt-one-of-the-giants-all-time-characters-dies-at-73/
  2. Or that Eppler has brought in a very good team of people? Giving credit where due?
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    How overrated is Bryce Harper?

    Great article in the Washington Post by respected baseball writer Thomas Boswell on the ‘Nats new emphasis on fundamentals and team play with this telling passage on the perceived loss of Harper: “Though few mention it, subtracting Harper, while it will cost 34 homers, a .899 career OPS and some amazing hair flips, would help any team improve its attention to fundamentals. When the most famous player on the team can’t go 10 days without failing to run out a groundball or overthrowing a cutoff man by 15 feet or throwing to the wrong base or being caught unprepared in the outfield or on the bases, it’s hard to demand total alertness from the other 24. “Write it,” one prominent Nats vet said. Losing Harper carries a high cost. But if the Nats don’t play a crisper, less mistake-riddled brand of baseball without him, it’s an opportunity wasted. Rizzo has done many things right, but in Bryce’s early years, when he had “players’ managers” who rarely said a discouraging word and owned no whip, Rizzo should have been the bad cop to tell him the truth about the gaps in his game. But the GM had such a high opinion of Harper personally — always referred to as “such a great kid” — that he couldn’t make the leap to “but also an overindulged player.” https://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/nationals/how-can-the-nats-be-better-without-bryce-harper-its-fundamental-really/2019/02/15/cfe9eb34-3164-11e9-813a-0ab2f17e305b_story.html
  4. Trout and wife sighting behind the scorers table at the nationally televised Sixers-Lakers game in Philly. No sign of Harper or Machado.
  5. makepeac

    Baseball Photo Trivia

    Old Tiger fans know him as Harry Heilmann.
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    Happy Festivus everyone!

    The bagel store with the broken steam pipe and a one man picket line. " No bagel, no bagel, no bagel...."
  7. To shore up the bullpen, trade Tom Brunansky for Doug Corbett. To beef up the offense, trade Dante Bichette for Dave Parker. Wash, rinse, repeat...
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    Baseball Photo Trivia

    And older than sh!t.
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    Baseball Photo Trivia

    To the Cubs for Ken Holtzman?
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    Baseball Photo Trivia

    Former A’s bonus baby Rick Monday
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    Baseball Photo Trivia

    Hank Greenberg
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    2019 Schedule

    We were at Wrigley in late April for a day game with the Brewers this season and it was 45 degrees at first pitch.
  13. makepeac

    Minor league baseball is so awesome

    It’s a reference to astronauts. Huntsville played a large role in missile and rocket development, it’s where Werner von Braun and the German scientists worked on rocket designs in the US after WWII. It’s nickname is Rocket City.
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    Baseball Photo Trivia

    As you can see in the photo, I remember from reading his biography that Joe was one of the first hitters to hold the bat gripping it all the way down at the handle, using a thinner handled bat than others of the era, unlike contemporaries like Ty Cobb, not choking up and slapping the ball but driving it with a slight uppercut. Apparently it influenced a young Babe Ruth who with his size and strength took it to a whole nother level. The beginning of the end of the dead ball era from a hitting technique standpoint.