Friday, December 2, 2016
Hanley Ramirez announced that he will be representing the island nation in the moronic World Baseball Classic. So, we can look forward to another key Red Sox player risking serious injury in meaningless non-team exhibition games during Spring Training. In other news, Hanley said he doesn't care whether he plays first base next season or is the Boston DH. Said Hanley, "I’m not the type of player or person that say I want to do this, I want to do that. I’m just going to to into spring training and do whatever they ask me to do." So, Red Sox, why not ask him not to play in the WBC?
Manny Ramirez—yes, that 44-year old guy who used to wear Carmine Hose—is negotiating a deal to play for the Kochi Fighting Dogs. The 'Dogs' are a team in the independent Shikoku Island League. Another former major leaguer who also played in this relatively obscure league was Julio Franco—who, by the way, is a spry 58-years-old as we write this. This is not Manny's first foray into Asian baseball—he suited up for the EDA Rhinos in the Chinese Professional Baseball League (Taiwan) in 2013. Hopefully, there is a convenient rest room area out in left field at the Fighting Dog stadium.
Thursday, December 1, 2016
the city has been named as the number two sports city in America. And, yes, your suspicion about who holds down the number one spot is correct—Baghdad-On-The-Hudson. The ranking comes from some outfit called "WalletHub"—supposedly using five key "metrics" to gauge who placed where on the list. Filling out the Top Ten cities were: 3.) Pittsburgh, 4.) Los Angeles, 5.) Chicago, 6.) Philadelphia, 7.) Washington, DC, 8.) Detroit, 9.) St. Louis and 10.) Denver. To give you an idea of the validity of this process, a separate ranking places Boston as fifth best for baseball fans—with Atlanta ranking ahead of us. You mean the city that barely drew 2,000,000 fans to watch the Braves last year—making them 12th out of 15 National League teams in attendance. Seriously?
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to end the silly World Series home-field advantage formula—tied to the outcome of the annual All-Star Game. For one thing, it turned what should be a fun exhibition into a winner-take-all proposition on a one-game sample size. Silly. Plus, we already have a big sample size to work with in the daily Interleague play. Just total up all those games and whichever league has the most victories gets home field in The Fall Classic. The new Collective Bargaining Agreement gives a less elegant solution—but we'll take it! From now on, whichever pennant winner has the better regular-season record gets home field. Much better.
Wednesday, November 30, 2016
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