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18 Dec 18
Jerry & Gail's organic farm

So this is a different field than the one I’ve mostly been documenting on this blog. This one is located about 3 miles straight east of Jerry’s organic field. We’ll call it Steve’s field (because Steve (my dad) is the renter on it). “Steve’s field” is not organic, but it DOES currently have a cover […]

18 Dec 18
Cooperstown Cred

Omar Vizquel played more games at shortstop than any other man in the history of baseball. His career spanned four decades and 24 seasons, over which he won 11 Gold Gloves. Vizquel is on the Hall of Fame ballot for the second year and is now at the center of the debate between the community of […]

18 Dec 18
Boston Herald
Because there’s nothing else going on in the world for reasonable people to differ about, let’s stir up some howls, sneers, eye-rolls and maybe one atta-boy by revealing one more ballot of a Baseball Hall of Fame voter. This is my 13th ballot, and it bears repeating that each time it’s an honor, privilege and challenge that I don’t take lightly. I’ve written ad nauseam about how I feel about voting for the best from the PED era (I feel good about it) and how I feel about being limited to 10 votes (I feel bad about it, mainly because it feels like the Hall is putting me on a curfew and I’m too old for that). Take Our Poll Jim Rice happens, Bert Blyleven happens, Tim Raines happens, Jack Morris happens, Harold Baines happens … and Marvin Miller, Roger Clemens, Barry Bonds and Edgar Martinez haven’t happened — yet. The imperfect but oh-so-important Cooperstown institution stirs passion and debate. That’s clearly never going to change. Now, on to the 10 check-marks: Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens — Their supposed sins seem to be evaporating right in front of the eyes of once suspicious voters. I can’t figure out how four more voters — 242 — voted for Clemens than Bonds last year, but at least last year’s voting showed the two above 50 percent for the second consecutive year, at 57.3 and 56.4 percent respectively. They have four more years on the ballot. We can only hope the two most impactful players of their generation will get their due. Roy Halladay — Not an easy choice, and the toughest of these 10. I don’t buy at all that he’s a slam-dunk, first-ballot pitcher and I very nearly left him off. He “only” had 203 wins and struck out 2,646. What’s the big deal? Well, as someone who still votes for Curt Schilling and Mike Mussina and voted for obvious picks such as Randy Johnson and Pedro Martinez, there’s more to Halladay than meets the eye. At his peak, he was superior to Schilling and Mussina, the two Cy Young’s help attest to that. Other stats related to his command and stuff, plus other accomplishments, point to his dominance while he pitched. All in all, I can’t see voting for Schilling and Mussina and leaving off Halladay — he was every bit as good as those two were, and thus deserves to be in the Hall. Edgar Martinez — The first great DH (David Ortiz, No. 2) is on the ballot for the last time. With 70.4 percent of the vote last year, he looks primed to edge over the 75 percent he needs. He is one of only five retired players since World War II to post a slash line of .310/.410/.510, and his .933 career OPS is 32nd highest all time. Of those 31 with a higher OPS, 18 are in the Hall of Fame, four are still active and five are currently eligible. His OPS is higher than last year’s entrants, Chipper Jones and Vladimir Guerrero. I could go on, but as it’s been said since Baines entered via committee last week, it would be inexplicable and frankly embarrassing for Martinez not to stand on the stage with Baines next July, that’s how much better and more impactful Martinez was than Baines. Pooh-poohing the DH position is no longer a tenable plank. Like relievers, the standard of admission should be extremely high for a DH, and Martinez surpasses that standard. Mike Mussina — He pitched in the American League shadow of Pedro Martinez — think Raines to Rickey Henderson. Raines eventually got in. Mussina got up 63.5 percent last year and still has four years to go. Looking good. Manny Ramirez — Apparently Ramirez’ positive PED tests late in his career are supposed to be the reason why I shouldn’t vote for the phenomenally gifted right-handed hitter. I’m still waiting to hear how many times he used and when he began. Rather than hold my breath, I’ll keep voting for Manny, even while we all know that everybody else who’s been voted in from his era was clean as a whistle. Right. Mariano Rivera — Each year, we wonder if this will be the year that somebody will get elected unanimously. I’ll be shocked if a reliever becomes the first, but you never know. Rivera’s case is iron-clad, double-fisted, all-caps, bold-faced secure. Scott Rolen — With ultra-rare exceptions usually related to the nonsensical and tyrannical Rule of 10, once I’m in on a player, I’m in. Last year was Rolen’s first year on the ballot and I took a long look at his career. He got injured, a lot, but he was one of the best defensive third basemen of all time, and his offense was very, very good. That’s a Hall of Famer. Curt Schilling — Written enough about his case, which is as strong as Mussina and Halladay’s. Larry Walker — He was a new addition to my crew last year, and I hope I’m not too late jumping on his bandwagon. Like many other voters, I overlooked Walker due to many injuries and Coors Field, but a deep dive into the thorough analysis provided by the likes of FanGraphs’ Jay Jaffe helped me realize what a gifted, special player Walker was – not just offensively, but defensively and on the basepaths as well. He was at 34.1 percent last year, and next year is his last year. If he could crack 50 percent by next year, it would be nice to see him join Baines one day via a friendly committee vote.
18 Dec 18
Elisa Dubignon's Foundation Year Blog

Today, I have been in the Gallery, sound room and broadcasting room where I learnt from the crew about how TV broadcasting works in the industry. On rotation when I was in the broadcasting room, I have understood how the cameras operate such as recapping key film language such as ‘crab left’, ‘ped down’ and […]

18 Dec 18
Eyeful-Events

Welcome back to my ‘Best of Bali’ thread. This is part three so you can view part 1 & 2 ‘Where to stay #1’ & ‘Eating & Drinking #2’ in my previous posts (or see attached) If you’re here out of curiosity then that’s fine, read ahead… If you are planning on visiting Bali then […]

18 Dec 18
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18 Dec 18
The Boyce of the People

Fred McGriff (55.14 Hall of Fame Rating) I’ve written about the Crime Dog before and I had to think a little bit about how to write about him yet again.  For the most part the Hall of Fame consists of three types of players:   Players who had monster seasons Players who were consistent and […]

17 Dec 18
London to NYC

Hi All, You may remember that I promised in my last post not to leave it so long between updates. Well, as my old boss will tell you (Mr Wilson, you know i’m talking about you…) I spend a lot of time procrastinating when I could just be doing. So here goes….. I’m going to […]

17 Dec 18
Joe Posnanski

So, here we go, we’re going to explain our Hall of Fame series, the Race to 400 (R2-400) … inspired by Tom Tango and The Good Place and a quirky coincidence that gave me the idea. We start by talking offense. Bill James and Tom Tango and others whom I have a great deal of […]

17 Dec 18
Heathfield Teach Share Blog

Blog Posts – Focus on Cognitive Load Theory Cognitive load theory (CLT) continues to get a lot of interest in the research-informed community. Many writers are focusing on how, as teachers, we can ensure that we focus on supporting working memory, especially for children who may struggle with their memory or processing speed, reduce extrinsic […]

17 Dec 18
Cooperstown Cred

Dear BBWAA member, if you’re still mulling over your Hall of Fame ballot, I would respectfully ask you to consider casting a vote for Lance Berkman, the underrated star for the Houston Astros and World Series hero for the St. Louis Cardinals. Berkman, arguably one of the five best hitting switch-hitters in the history of […]

17 Dec 18
Speaker Spoke

Mariano Rivera is going to the Hall of Fame. It’s a done deal. Only the most jaded “relief pitchers don’t belong” voter could even consider declaring Mo unqualified. I write the following as an affirmation, a study, not a question. He should be and will be elected.  So let’s take a look. Why exactly is […]

16 Dec 18
Caffeinated Caos

Hard times, bad luck sometimes life sucks…. Yes that’s from a song and yes it’s true but it shouldn’t be true to a little person, to an innocent 17 month old toddler. Lovebug had dental surgery on January 23. They put her under and did a pulpotimy, which is like a root canal, and a […]

16 Dec 18
The Blogging of Xu 744

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