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Long Beach State: MLB’s No. 1 Feeder Program

April 24th, 2017 · No Comments · Baseball, Long Beach

So says the sports media department at my alma mater, which currently is ranked No. 11 in the nation by the NCAA. That’s a pretty prominent spot for a program which often struggles to separate itself from the NCAA masses. In any sport. By the calculations of the PR guys there, Long Beach State baseball […]

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Bill ‘Stat King’ James and Another ‘Baseball Abstract’?

April 22nd, 2017 · No Comments · Baseball, France

Let’s get at this the long way ’round. Most of our possessions arrived in southern France, from southern California, in one big crush of boxes along about mid-October. We had them stacked on a big plastic sheet in the garage, and the boxes made for a pile about three feet high and maybe 10 yards […]

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Handsome Name, Unreal Expectations?

April 20th, 2017 · No Comments · Baseball

Adonis Garcia is a third baseman/outfielder who plays for the Atlanta Braves. He also is the first big-leaguer to answer to “Adonis” in more than a century, according to the database at the baseballreference.com site. The previous Adonis was given the name not at birth, but some time after he became a professional baseball player […]

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The Forgotten Dodgers Relief Ace

April 18th, 2017 · No Comments · Baseball, Dodgers

Mike Marshall. No, not that Mike Marshall, underachieving Dodgers outfielder of the 1980s, perhaps best known for the club’s explanation why he was sitting out another game: “General soreness.” The other Mike Marshall. Or the original Mike Marshall. “Iron Mike” Marshall. Who was, pretty much, an original, in that what he did for the Dodgers […]

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The Data-Driven Demise of the Closer?

April 17th, 2017 · No Comments · Baseball

It always is perilous to pick an argument with statistics wonks. They have the “truth” of numbers in their tool kit and failing to acknowledge their intellectual superiority … well, just admit up front you are a Luddite. But sometimes I wonder … The latest trend in baseball is the notion of “leveraging” your best […]

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Joe DiMaggio and (Nearly) Perfect Penmanship

April 4th, 2017 · No Comments · Baseball

Joe DiMaggio of the New York Yankees was a multiple threat on a ball field. He could hit, hit for power, run, catch, throw — and describe it all in an elegant hand. I am deeply impressed by the Yankee Clipper’s … penmanship. In an era when many of us can barely sign our own […]

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Fantasy’s Top Ballplayers, 2017

April 1st, 2017 · No Comments · Angels, Baseball, Dodgers

You didn’t ask, but here are the top 24 players selected in the 35th annual Sun Baseball League draft. Probably not much different than your league’s results, but we fantasy ballers like to compare and contrast. And No. 1 …

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The Awful Angels

March 26th, 2017 · No Comments · Angels, Baseball

I’m not yet ready to explain why … but the Los Angeles Angels are horrible. Like, 72-90 horrible. How do I know this? From looking at their players, ahead of the fantasy draft. I play in a 12-team league in which we draft two-deep at every position on offense. That means 24 of the 30 […]

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‘Closer Monkey’ a Big Fantasy Aid

March 23rd, 2017 · No Comments · Baseball

Maybe serious fantasy baseball owners have known about this all along. I tumbled to it last year, and it saves a lot of time when you’re trying to figure out who does what in Major League bullpens. The Closer Monkey. That is the name of the website — closermonkey.com … where you can get the […]

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World Baseball Classic: Why Bother?

March 5th, 2017 · No Comments · Baseball, Dodgers

Eleven years ago, I made the 320-mile drive from Southern California to Phoenix to see the U.S. play Canada in Pool C competition of the inaugural World Baseball Classic. I should have stayed home. Dontrelle Willis was torched and the U.S. lost 8-6 to Canada in the “world cup” of the stick-and-ball game. Which it […]

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