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Re: Baseball 2017 2017/03/03 13:12:39 (permalink)
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Re: Baseball 2017 2017/03/03 14:08:50 (permalink)
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Nice grab!!
 
http://bleacherreport.com...ticle_footer_expansion




Wow!
 
A Met that can actually catch something.
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Re: Baseball 2017 2017/03/03 14:27:51 (permalink)
How about those Baby Bombers of the Yankees. 7-1 so far in Spring Training.
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Re: Baseball 2017 2017/03/04 14:57:06 (permalink)
A trade that should be made:  Mike Trout to a contender.
 
To the Cubs for Kyle Schwarber + the Angel's pick any three of what they need from the Cubbie's farm system.  (Schwarber needs desperately to be a DH).
 
To the Dodgers for Joc Pederson or Julio Urias + the Angel's pick any three of what they need from the Dodgers' farm system.
 
If he stays with the Angels "the best player in baseball" will never make the playoffs.
 
If he goes to the Cubs they'll tear down the ivy and line brick outfield walls with Tempurpedic mattresses!
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Re: Baseball 2017 2017/03/04 16:19:08 (permalink)
Economic impact of Spring Training in the Cactus League in AZ.
With ten facilities hosting 15 teams, the Phoenix metropolitan area holds claim to the greatest concentration of professional baseball facilities found anywhere in the United States, The Cactus League industry continues to grow and contributes nearly $600 million annually in economic impact in the state of Arizona.
Thank You Baseball Fans for helping us keep our taxes low.
http://www.cactusleague.com/
 
 
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Re: Baseball 2017 2017/03/05 13:13:28 (permalink)
Jim's mentioning the Cactus League stimulated a bit of arcane trivia to drop from my brain.
 
In 1956 - as an 8 year-old - we went to Santa Catalina Island.  There, it was mentioned that the Chicago Cubs used to hold spring training there.  After all these years, I fact-checked and, sure enough.



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Re: Baseball 2017 2017/03/22 21:53:08 (permalink)
Mrs. Chicken and I went to Arizona last week with the express purpose of seeing some spring baseball.

 
We don't see this in Wisconsin in March.



 
The Phoenix area was experiencing record high temperatures while we were there so it was no surprise that guys like "The Iceman" were doing well.

 
Whether it's Phoenix or Milwaukee, everybody loves the Famous Racing Sausages.

 
MetroPrediction Alert: Two years from now former Pirates farmhand Keon Broxton will be one of baseball's preeminent CFs while an aging and debilitated Andrew "Crutch" McCutcheon patrols PNC Park's left field in his Rascal.

 
It was a good day at the ballpark.

 
That got better.

 
It's all fun and games until somebody breaks the scoreboard.

 
As much as I believe in staying for the Full Nine, it was a hot day and not likely the Mariners would come back, so after the completely weird Sausage Race we hit the road.

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Re: Baseball 2017 2017/03/28 00:57:15 (permalink)
A BASEBALL STORY-----KINDA?
 When baseball greats Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig   went on tour in baseball-crazy Japan,  in 1934, some fans wondered why a   third-string catcher named Moe Berg was included. Although he played with five major-league teams, from 1923 to 1939, he was a very mediocre ball player.  But Moe was regarded as the brainiest   ballplayer of all time. In fact,  Casey Stengel once said:  "That is the strangest man ever to play   baseball". 
When all the baseball stars went to Japan, Moe   Berg went with them and many people wondered why he went with "the   team"


Lou Gehrig and Babe Ruth
 The answer was simple: Moe Berg was a United States   spy, working undercover with the Office of Strategic Services (predecessor of today's CIA).
Moe spoke 15 languages - including Japanese.  And he had two   loves: baseball and spying.
In Tokyo, garbed in a kimono, Berg took flowers to the daughter of an American diplomat being treated in St. Luke's Hospital - the tallest building in the Japanese capital.
He never delivered the flowers. The ball-player   ascended to the hospital roof and filmed key features: the harbor, military installations, railway yards, etc.
Eight years later, General Jimmy Doolittle studied Berg's films in planning his spectacular raid on Tokyo.
His father disapproved and never once watched his son   play. In Barringer High School, Moe learned   Latin,   Greek and French. Moe read at least 10 newspapers everyday.
He graduated magna cum laude from Princeton - having added   Spanish, Italian, German and Sanskrit to his linguistic quiver. During further studies at the   Sorbonne, in Paris , and Columbia Law School, he picked up Japanese, Chinese, Korean, Indian, Arabic, Portuguese and Hungarian - 15 languages in all, plus some regional dialects.
While playing baseball for Princeton University, Moe Berg would describe plays in Latin or Sanskrit. 

Tito's partisans
During World War II, Moe was parachuted into Yugoslavia to   assess the value to the war effort of the two groups of partisans there.  He reported back that   Marshall Tito's forces were widely supported by the people and Winston Churchill ordered all-out support   for the Yugoslav underground fighter, rather than Mihajlovic's Serbians.
The parachute jump at age 41 undoubtedly was a challenge. But   there was more to come in that same year. Berg penetrated German-held Norway, met with members of the   underground, and located a secret heavy-water plant - part of the Nazis' effort to build an atomic bomb.
His information guided the Royal Air Force in a bombing raid   to destroy that plant. 

The R.A.F. destroys the Norwegian heavy water plant targeted by Moe Berg.
There still remained the question of how far had the Nazis progressed   in the race to build the first Atomic bomb.  If the Nazis were successful, they would win the war.  Berg  (under the code name "Remus") was sent to Switzerland to hear leading German physicist Werner Heisenberg, a Nobel   Laureate, lecture and determine if the Nazis were close to building an A-bomb.  Moe managed to slip past the SS guards   at the auditorium, posing as a Swiss graduate student.  The spy carried in his pocket a pistol and a cyanide pill.
If the German physicist indicated the Nazis were close to building a   weapon, Berg was to shoot him - and then swallow the cyanide pill.
Moe, sitting in the front row, determined   that the Germans were nowhere near their goal, so he complimented Heisenberg on his speech and walked him   back to his hotel. 

Werner Heisenberg -he blocked the Nazis from acquiring an atomic bomb.
Moe Berg's report was distributed to Britain's Prime Minister   Winston Churchill, President Franklin D. Roosevelt, and key figures in the team developing the Atomic Bomb. Roosevelt responded: "Give my regards to the catcher.
”Most of Germany's leading physicists had been Jewish and had fled the Nazis mainly to Britain and the United States.  After the war, Moe Berg was awarded the Medal of Freedom - America 's   highest honor for a civilian in wartime. But Berg refused to accept it   because he couldn't tell   people about his exploits.
After his death, his sister accepted the Medal. It now hangs   in the Baseball Hall of Fame, in Cooperstown. 

Presidential Medal of Freedom: the highest award given to civilians during wartime.
 Moe Berg's baseball card is the only card on display at the   CIA Headquarters in Washington, DC.


 




 
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Re: Baseball 2017 2017/03/28 10:14:03 (permalink)
Now that's an amazing story. Fascinating. Thanks so much!!!
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Re: Baseball 2017 2017/03/28 11:54:32 (permalink)
I knew Moe Berg worked for the OSS, but did not know these details.
 
Thanks, Jim!
 
BTW:  thank you also for the piece you posted on the baseball thread about Ted Williams' service as a Marine Pilot in WWII and Korea.
 
You might post it again on this year's thread; it was both inspiring and amazing.
 
And thanks for getting my mind off Jung Ho Kang!
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Re: Baseball 2017 2017/03/28 12:53:50 (permalink)
Great story...thanks for sharing...gonna check for a book and/or movie. 
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Re: Baseball 2017 2017/03/28 15:24:25 (permalink)
BREAKING NEWS

Scooter Gennett picked up by Reds. Look out Cubs.
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Re: Baseball 2017 2017/03/28 17:44:20 (permalink)
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Scooter Gennett picked up by Reds. Look out Cubs.

At the end of last season we were at a Brewers game and I told my wife that Gennett would be the Reds' second baseman in 2017.  Once Brandon Phillips left Cincinnati I started to believe it might actually happen.
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Re: Baseball 2017 2017/03/28 17:46:27 (permalink)
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Scooter Gennett picked up by Reds. Look out Cubs.

At the end of last season we were at a Brewers game and I told my wife that Gennett would be the Reds' second baseman in 2017.  Once Brandon Phillips left Cincinnati I started to believe it might actually happen.




I thought Bush the younger commuted his sentence. 
He's playing baseball now?
 
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Re: Baseball 2017 2017/04/06 21:28:26 (permalink)
True fans know that 2017 marks the 40th anniversary of one of the greatest baseball feats ever:
 
https://www.youtube.com/w...q7ChxkCK2o#t=26.394231
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Re: Baseball 2017 2017/04/07 00:27:30 (permalink)
BREAKING NEWS!!!
Tebow hits a homer!
Film at 11!
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Re: Baseball 2017 2017/04/18 22:30:37 (permalink)
 
First Kang, now Marte.
 
Well, I guess we'll have a look at Austin Meadows a little earlier than expected.
 
Wonderful, he's hitting .162 in AAA; he'll fit right in.
 
Keep Clint away from sharp objects.
 
GO, BUCS  !!!
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Re: Baseball 2017 2017/04/21 20:17:46 (permalink)
When did Jerry Jones buy the Pirates?
 
Looks like Josh Hamilton might have reached the end of his career:
 
http://www.cbssports.com/...and-might-be-finished/

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Re: Baseball 2017 2017/04/22 12:06:35 (permalink)
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When did Jerry Jones buy the Pirates?



Damn, I wish the 'Ol Parole Officer - or better yet, Mark Cuban - would. 
 
Better them than that penny-pinching heir to failing newspapers!
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Re: Baseball 2017 2017/04/25 19:04:05 (permalink)
MetroJim - What was your pre-season scouting report on Eric Thames?
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Re: Baseball 2017 2017/04/26 10:28:58 (permalink)
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MetroJim - What was your pre-season scouting report on Eric Thames?




He must have a hole in his swing.
Evidently the Reds are trying to find it by process of elimination!
 
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Seriously though ... maybe Thames has demonstrated the efficacy of a development strategy that the Baseball Gurus hadn't thought of.
 
For 'phenoms' that haven't lived up to their potential in the Bigs , maybe it would be better served by an assignment to Korea instead of yet another trip down to AAA where they already have dominated.  Here, I am thinking about players like Profar, Buxton, or Gallo.
 
Like Thames, they all can hit 97 mph Heat, but can't handle the splitters, curves, and changes.  As they don't have MLB Heat in Korea, all Thames saw was the off-speed, curving, diving stuff.  Seeing only that, Thames mastered it.  Evidently, he never lost his ability to hit Heat and when he returned to the Bigs he appears able to handle most anything.
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Re: Baseball 2017 2017/04/26 13:10:25 (permalink)
And the Brewers have him at the (currently) bargain rate of $16 million over the next 3 years, with a player option for 2020.  If he keeps hitting like this Arte Moreno might offer the 33 or 34-year-old-to-be Thames a Pujolsian contract.
 
I wonder if any broadcasters are using the phrase "ET has phoned home!" whenever he hits one out...
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Re: Baseball 2017 2017/04/26 17:11:30 (permalink)
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Arte Moreno might offer the 33 or 34-year-old-to-be Thames a Pujolsian contract.



Absent P.E.D.'s there are few exceptions to the rule that a hitter's prime years are ages 24 - 33.  And, I believe that the whole MLB industry now sees clearly the folly of Pujols' contract that began with his age 32 season.
 
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One of my favorite 'baseball what if's' is to wonder what Ted Williams' lifetime stats would have been had he not missed his ages 24, 25, 26, 33, and 34 seasons due to his distinguished, heroic military service.
 
And one may also wonder about Joe DiMaggio (28, 29, 30), Bob Feller (23, 24, 25, 26), Warren spahn (23, 24, 25), and Hank Greenberg (30, 31, 32, 33, 34).
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Re: Baseball 2017 2017/04/26 18:33:15 (permalink)
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I wonder if any broadcasters are using the phrase "ET has phoned home!" whenever he hits one out...



Not a bad idea, but I don't think it's Uecker's style.
Only if he played for the Yankees:  "a Tex message", "Cano, donch's know", "he Judged that pitch GUILTY" ...
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Re: Baseball 2017 2017/04/26 18:43:14 (permalink)
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MetroJim - What was your pre-season scouting report on Eric Thames?



For Milwaukee's sake I hope he's not a Hurricane Hazle or even a Wes Covington.
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Re: Baseball 2017 2017/04/26 18:43:42 (permalink)
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I wonder if any broadcasters are using the phrase "ET has phoned home!" whenever he hits one out...



Not a bad idea, but I don't think it's Uecker's style.
Only if he played for the Yankees:  "a Tex message", "Cano, donch's know", "he Judged that pitch GUILTY" ...


Careul the Yankees announcer, John Sterling, doesn't get you for copyright infringement!!
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Re: Baseball 2017 2017/04/26 18:57:45 (permalink)
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I wonder if any broadcasters are using the phrase "ET has phoned home!" whenever he hits one out...



Not a bad idea, but I don't think it's Uecker's style.
Only if he played for the Yankees:  "a Tex message", "Cano, donch's know", "he Judged that pitch GUILTY" ...


Careul the Yankees announcer, John Sterling, doesn't get you for copyright infringement!!




Wait a minute.  All those calls were in quotes for a reason...
 
I was quoting Sterling who, were Thames a Yankee, I'm sure would come up with something like "E.T. just phoned home!"
 
Imagine the damage Thames would do with Yankee Stadium's right field!
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Re: Baseball 2017 2017/04/27 04:54:11 (permalink)
Yup!!!
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Re: Baseball 2017 2017/04/27 10:03:18 (permalink)
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Yup!!!




Or, Bryce Harper.
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