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Knockout prose

Ball Four Almost seems like fiction these days...and surprisingly (or not so) is not as different as this book as you may think: The Glory of Their Times any of Roger Angell's books any book by Robert Creamer the collection of the You Know Me Al stories by Ring Lardner

posted by NYSSoftballBlue at 03:22 PM on January 12

Baseball Hall of Fame nominations

There a lot of snobs in the BWAA who only look at raw numbers unfortunately...I think if you included respect from his peers, Mattingly would make it easily....the writers also tend to forget that Donnie Baseball OWNED the Gold Glove award for first basemen in the 80's..and y eah...Blyleven should be in there too.. (hell KAAT should be also) and Sutter..and Boggs...

posted by NYSSoftballBlue at 09:17 AM on November 30

The Malice In The Palace

The fans coming out on the court/field are always subject to the Mike Curtis Rule....

posted by NYSSoftballBlue at 09:31 AM on November 20

Who's Slacking in the No-No Department?

the actual book that his comes out of is pretty intersting....especially the 'guide to pitchers' that makes up the bulk of the book-a listing of a great deal of the pitchers of any significance in baseball,with a listing of their pitches...interesting because they sneak in a few FICTIONAL pitchers as well..including Sydd Finch and even Charlie Brown..but they forgot...NUKE LALOOSH....

posted by NYSSoftballBlue at 01:08 PM on November 12

It cost Fox and CBS a combined $8 billion,

DON'T be surprised usf- DirecTV is now owned by Murdoch/Fox,so it makes sense.....

posted by NYSSoftballBlue at 08:23 AM on November 09

BOS-NYY Game 3 thread.

Anyone want to argue that this postseason is turning out to be Matsui's coming out party??? Just a feeling that the AL is going to see the REAL Godzilla next year....how does 50 HRs sound? It took all season, but this wrecking crew is finally getting its act together..its just the Sox' misfortune to be in its way..and just think-Sheffield has been doing what hes been doing all year with a bad shoulder..theres been no Giambi...and how much you wanna bet The Boss goes out and snags BELTRAN for a few hundred mil??

posted by NYSSoftballBlue at 02:57 PM on October 17

"Hey Red Sox ... Who's your daddy?"

I made a shirt up which has a pic of The Babe with his Sox uniform on,which simply says...'REMEMBER??' Gets Sox fans every time....

posted by NYSSoftballBlue at 12:01 PM on October 12

The most significant sports-book-to-sports-movie adaptations

Best sports book never have been made into a movie,and probably never will be....Ball Four.

posted by NYSSoftballBlue at 08:17 AM on October 08

258!

cq.....the so-called 'rabbit ball' of 1920 is nothing but a MYTH....what REALLY happened in 1920 was baseball banning the spitball/emeryball/greaseball,etc etc...plus after Ray Chapman got killed by a dirty ball,the umps were directed to keep a CLEAN, fresh ball in the game at all times..for a great dissertation on what REALLY happpened during the great hitting explosion of the 20s,seek out a great book by a gentleman named William Curran called Big Sticks from your local library...in it he he gives clear,concise, LOGICAL reasons for why hitting exploded after 1919...not some hoary myth that everyone perpetuates for some reason...

posted by NYSSoftballBlue at 06:13 AM on October 03

What? no Yankee Red Sox thread?

ahhh...86...Dr John....this just shows why Sox fans [and others too] just don't GET IT..its all about the WINNING dammit! Any talented jerk can put up gaudy numbers but it takes something SPECIAL to be a WINNER.....Ill take Jeter ANYday over a guy like Nomar..all these fantasy idiots keep forgetting that THE most important number is that one that appears under the 'W' column in the standings...there is no way that dive/fall into the stands can ever be crunched into a number....but yet it will live longer than any number...The secret to the Yankees is not in all the superstars,cause that sometimes doesnt work...BUT its that Torre gets them to somehow work their butts off..grind the hell out of the other team..sacrifice a few numbers for a win...as Casey would say,EXECUTE...

posted by NYSSoftballBlue at 09:39 AM on July 02

Hope that schmuck didnt get ANYthing yesterday...especially from hopefully-soon-to-be-ex- girlfriend/wife....and THANK YOU to both the Cards and Rangers for showing some CLASS....

posted by NYSSoftballBlue at 08:44 AM on June 14

Softball

as a veteran [13 years!] softball umpire here in the States, I must comment on the 'basic guide' linked - they blew one rule! Unless the rule in the UK is different, the base award on throws going into Dead Ball territory is ALWAYS two bases from from the last base the runner owned at the time of the throw ..this might be THE most misunderstood rule in softball....

posted by NYSSoftballBlue at 09:55 PM on June 03

Joe Pa will be back for four more

I wonder how Joe Pa feels about making PS join the Big Ten now? While it was a good move initially [he got to his Rose Bowl...big deal...the BCS has made that a very moot point], its probably hurt their recruiting in their traditional strong areas [the whole Northeast for example...]-while NOT being able to make up for it in traditional BT territories..I bet it has REALLY hurt their 'non money' sports too...the extra travel and travel expenses alone HAVE to hurt sports like volleyball,wrestling,etc- now,instead of a bus ride, all of the road games are PLANE trips...

posted by NYSSoftballBlue at 08:41 PM on May 18

Jersey..where would Sox fans be without the Yankees? You would have nothing to WHINE about....which seems to be the main occupation of Sox fans theses days...

posted by NYSSoftballBlue at 07:40 AM on April 06

And lets not forget that all those cheap owners also share in the mega bucks of all that Yankee merchandise that you see....Yes,MLB DOES have a form of revenue sharing-every team shares equally in the merchandising income from licensing,so teams like the Royals and Twinkies make BIG $$ of off George that way also!As one website [I forget which one] said, lets put SELIG on trial,and see how HE comes out...between his 'blind' ownership of the Brewers,and the DISGRACE of the Expos situation,the disgraceful way umpires are treated, the current situation in baseball is as corrupt as anything since the late 1890's...

posted by NYSSoftballBlue at 07:36 AM on April 06

To get the Soxers here gnashing the teeth a bit harder, here's Times article that shows that Arod is actually only raise the Yanks payroll just a touch under $800,000 this year.....Yankee ingenuity strikes again!

posted by NYSSoftballBlue at 08:36 AM on February 16

Some of the higher number ones are interesting...Ive also thought that Swoboda's two two-run dingers while Steve Carlton striking out 19 Mets in 1969 was pretty novel...made that record very strange as Carlton ended up LOSING that game!

posted by NYSSoftballBlue at 01:11 PM on October 07

The Walrus wins ...

Historically,the old Astro pitcher Fred Gladding comes to mind- Jim Bouton described him as looking 'like a grocer who has eaten a great deal of his profits..' And if you want to go REAL far back, old Fats Fothergill of the Tigers comes to mind...and not really an athlete per se..but certainly Eric Gregg should be mentioned..or poor John McSherry....

posted by NYSSoftballBlue at 10:19 PM on July 14

99 is Gretzky, 23 is Jordan...but who is 32?

Yes..it IS an American site, and as such, baseball and hoops dominate the lower 3s,and football and hocky the higher #s....Cool choices: #29 [Satchel]...37 [Casey]...83 [Mad Stork Hendricks]..even MENTIONING Bouton for #56...They forgot THE most unique # in sports: 1/8- Eddie Gaedel..

posted by NYSSoftballBlue at 10:42 AM on March 09

Just signed up as....BAMBINO's BLASTERS....hey jbou...could your fave Yankee be a certain author??? Thanks for starting up a league jbou!!

posted by NYSSoftballBlue at 08:25 PM on February 26