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Name: John
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Member since: August 16, 2002
Last visit: August 31, 2019

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Sports Bio

David Volek crushed me even more than did Francisco Cabrera.

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Total eclipse of the park: On Monday, August 21, 2017, the United States will experience its first coast-to-coast total solar eclipse in nearly 100 years. The path of totality (not the Korn album) will curve from Oregon to South Carolina and encompass the ballparks of seven minor league teams -- six of which happen to have home games that day. In Oregon, the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes have already announced plans for a 9:35am start with a 15-minute delay for the eclipse, which is to begin at 10:17am. In South Carolina, the Columbia Fireflies have similar plans later in the day. Other parks with penumbral potential include Nashville, Bowling Green (KY) and Charleston (SC).

posted by Mookieproof to baseball at 05:09 PM on January 25, 2017 - 2 comments

Mets charging their own minor leaguers to attend : "It's not uncommon at all for teams to open up spring training early, and say you can work out here," said attorney and former minor leaguer Garrett Broshuis. "It's also not uncommon to make players pay for accommodations. I know a lot of guys who sleep on someone's couch." But what about charging players $1000 for the privilege? "This seems a lot more uncommon," Broshuis replied, saying he'd never heard of something like this. "'Deplorable' is the word I'd use."

posted by Mookieproof to baseball at 04:15 PM on January 16, 2015 - 1 comment

Josh Lueke and the Ways of Anger: Josh Lueke committed a terrible crime. Nevertheless, Josh Lueke is still here and still playing baseball.

posted by Mookieproof to baseball at 10:08 PM on November 22, 2014 - 1 comment

"Right now the NCAA is like a dictatorship. No one represents us in negotiations.": The National College Players Association filed a petition in Chicago on behalf of football players at Northwestern University, submitting the form at the regional office of the National Labor Relations Board. Backed by the United Steelworkers union, it also filed union cards signed by an undisclosed number of Northwestern players with the NLRB -- the federal statutory body that recognizes groups that seek collective bargaining rights.

posted by Mookieproof to general at 04:47 PM on January 28, 2014 - 5 comments

Islanders head west: by 21 miles. The New York Islanders, winners of four consecutive Stanley Cups in the early '80s but no playoff series since 1993, have signed a 25-year lease with Brooklyn's new Barclays Center, home of the NBA's Nets. They have two more years at the moribund Nassau Coliseum.

Though originally planned to be NHL-compatible, Barclays Center was built as an NBA arena. It holds 14,500 for hockey -- fewest in the NHL (Winnipeg's MTS Centre holds 15,004; Hartford's XL Center, formerly the Civic Center, holds 15,365) and 1,750 fewer than the Nassau Coliseum. The proposed seating layout is that of a horseshoe, with no seats behind one goal.

The team is to keep its name (Brooklyn is, after all, part of Long Island), thus avoiding such possible travesties as this.

posted by Mookieproof to hockey at 09:43 PM on October 24, 2012 - 4 comments

Recent Comments

Could a 32-Team MLB Scrap the Leagues?

Jay Jaffe digs deeper into the proposal.

posted by Mookieproof at 07:10 PM on October 19, 2017

Could a 32-Team MLB Scrap the Leagues?

This is fun to think about, but Ringolsby offers no evidence that "there seems to be a building consensus." And while the owners would certainly love to get expansion-fee bonuses and cut travel costs, MLB still has ballpark issues in Oakland and Tampa and would need to find not only owners willing to pay $1b but cities willing to build them new parks. Realignment and schedule changes would need to be negotiated with the players' union, opening up questions that at least seem long-settled. And MLB is a fundamentally conservative enterprise -- it's hard to imagine such a leap being taken when the sport is doing so well financially. If this ever happens, I don't see it happening anytime soon.

posted by Mookieproof at 05:41 PM on October 17, 2017

Tim Tebow Signs Minor League Contract with Mets

Current minor leaguers are unenthused.

It's also maybe worth pointing out that a serious(ly rusty) ballplayer might have spent the summer improving his game in an independent league -- I'm sure the Sonoma Stompers would have given him a look -- just as a serious football player might have chosen the CFL or arena football as a route back to the NFL. Fame has its own priorities (and rewards).

posted by Mookieproof at 06:03 PM on September 09, 2016

Tim Tebow Signs Minor League Contract with Mets

I'm not against Tebow trying to play and I'm not against a team signing him, but please spare us the "baseball decision" and "real prospect" stuff. The fact that the Mets would give a 29-year-old who hasn't played since 11th grade a $100,000 signing bonus while charging their own players to attend "voluntary" offseason workouts (and while MLB claims it's too poor to pay minor leaguers and therefore should be exempt from not just antitrust laws but minimum-wage laws as well) is absurd. We know it's a business, we know Tebow will sell tickets and shirts in Columbia next year, just get on with it.

As for Tebow himself, I'm sure he wants to play and will work hard and it's nice that he found someone to give him a hundred grand. But he's not actually "all-in" for baseball if he skips out of instructs to broadcast SEC football. No other minor leaguer, nearly all of whom are vastly more qualified, would get this kind of money or treatment -- and they are well aware of it. Maybe at least Tebow will buy his teammates dinner every once in a while.

posted by Mookieproof at 11:46 PM on September 08, 2016

The Ringer


posted by Mookieproof at 09:49 PM on June 02, 2016

Igor Larionov reflects on playing for Red Army, and what is wrong with North American hockey

Advanced stats are finally gaining traction in NHL circles, and they tend to support the idea that puck possession, rather than dump/chase/forecheck, is far more efficient offensively. With any luck (and maybe some help from the league cracking down on obstruction again) perhaps we can get back some of this. Because widening the rinks, unfortunately, seems unlikely to happen.

posted by Mookieproof at 04:53 PM on February 23, 2015

ESPN's Wright Thompson Gives Fans Startling Glimpse into Life of Johnny Manziel

I thought Tim Marchman's take on it was pretty spot on.

posted by Mookieproof at 07:09 PM on August 01, 2013

The Boston Bruins are the toughest team in the NHL

Ellen Etchingham is routinely great.

posted by Mookieproof at 05:52 PM on June 14, 2013

Posnanski Expects Big Decline for Pujols, Hamilton

Hamilton will also have to deal with the dreaded "marine layer" in Anaheim, although maybe that's only in left field . . .

posted by Mookieproof at 03:27 PM on December 18, 2012

The New Orleans Hornets are changing their names to the Pelicans

I hope the Myrtle Beach Pelicans seek an injunction.

posted by Mookieproof at 09:21 PM on December 04, 2012

Don Larsen Takes Back Perfect Game Uniform from Museum

Probably just a ploy to remind everyone yet again that he pitched a perfect game in the World Series.

posted by Mookieproof at 08:55 PM on July 21, 2012

Mets Considering Fan Section for Autistic Kids

Soon they'll have people thinking that high-volume PA announcements and music and cheerleading aren't integral parts of baseball.

posted by Mookieproof at 09:57 PM on June 14, 2012

Mets Considering Fan Section for Autistic Kids

It's a slippery slope out there in the far reaches of the second deck.

posted by Mookieproof at 09:44 PM on June 14, 2012

Jose Molina makes batters very angry.

My highest level of umpiring was Little League 25 years ago, but I don't really understand why the umpire is looking at or caring about the catcher's glove. Unlike everything else in the equation, the plate doesn't move, and from his angle behind the catcher, I'd think it would be much easier to tell up or down based on the position of the batter rather than the mitt.

Apparently I'm wrong, though.

posted by Mookieproof at 05:53 PM on May 17, 2012

Phoenix Coyotes' Raffi Torres Suspended 25 games

Hitting a guy in the head is illegal, period. Brendan Shanahan has enough problems without trying to factor in exactly how injured someone is, particularly given that concussion damage seems to have a cumulative effect. I realize that that's the way it's been done, but it's wrong.

Sure, the league is doing what it should by suspending Torres. But if it was that egregious -- one of the longest suspensions in league history -- I would hope that one of the four on-ice officials might have noticed it.

posted by Mookieproof at 09:42 PM on April 21, 2012