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Old 06-03-2024, 12:15 PM
 
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June 4th marks the 50th Anniversary of Cleveland's infamous "10-cent Been Night" where the fans went wild, stormed the field and Cleveland had to forfeit the game. I don't recall this at all, probably because I'd only been married three months at that time and had "better things to do" with my time.

Story in the NY Times.

Excerpt of a fairly long article:

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There were streakers, kissers and wannabe prize fighters. There were arrests, threats and flying chairs. There were bruises, there was blood and there was beer. So, so much beer.

There was plenty of blame to pass around: the fans, the umpires, the team officials, the managers, local broadcasters and radio hosts. Oh, and according to one Cleveland resident, the real instigator causing that evening’s mayhem? The moon. And that’s not a reference to the fans who yanked down their pants and showed Rangers players their backsides.

Fifty years ago, chaos descended upon Municipal Stadium on 10-Cent Beer Night. Now, the infamous events of June 4, 1974, when an alcohol-fueled crowd spilled onto the field, confronted players and forced a forfeit, are often viewed in a light-hearted manner, the stuff of commemorative T-shirts and parodied ballpark promotions.

But at the time? Cleveland’s sports chroniclers considered it a black eye for Cleveland on a night that resulted in many of them.

Texas manager Billy Martin: “The fans showed the worst sportsmanship in the history of baseball.”

Cleveland manager Ken Aspromonte: “I’ve never seen anything like that in all my life and I have played baseball all over the world.”

Umpire Nestor Chylak: “They were uncontrolled beasts. I’ve never seen anything like it except in a zoo.”


I do remember Nester Chylak who is considered one of the all-time great umps.

Excerpt of a wonderful article, which appeals to me as an Orioles fan:

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Chylak had the baseball rulebook memorized by paragraph and by section, ensuring that he knew the rules cold. His preparation meant he never lost an argument, even to well-informed managers like Earl Weaver. Chylak was proud of the fact that he never threw Weaver out of a game. In his 25 years as a major-league umpire, Chylak ejected only 24 players, managers, and coaches, and ejection rate among the lowest in major-league history.
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Old 06-04-2024, 10:37 AM
 
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Aren't these guys making enough money?

https://www.espn.com/mlb/story/_/id/...tting-baseball

Major League Baseball has permanently banned Tucupita Marcano after determining that the infielder placed hundreds of bets on baseball, including wagers on games involving the Pittsburgh Pirates when he was with the team last season.

MLB announced Marcano's lifetime ban Tuesday, saying that an investigation showed he violated Rule 21(d)(2) of the league's betting rules and policies.

Marcano appears to be the first active major leaguer banned under the sport's gambling provision since New York Giants outfielder Jimmy O'Connell in 1924. Pete Rose, baseball's active career hits leader, famously agreed to a lifetime ban in 1989 after an investigation concluded he bet on Cincinnati Reds games while managing the team.
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Old 06-04-2024, 01:17 PM
 
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Aren't these guys making enough money?

https://www.espn.com/mlb/story/_/id/...tting-baseball

Major League Baseball has permanently banned Tucupita Marcano after determining that the infielder placed hundreds of bets on baseball, including wagers on games involving the Pittsburgh Pirates when he was with the team last season.

MLB announced Marcano's lifetime ban Tuesday, saying that an investigation showed he violated Rule 21(d)(2) of the league's betting rules and policies.

Marcano appears to be the first active major leaguer banned under the sport's gambling provision since New York Giants outfielder Jimmy O'Connell in 1924. Pete Rose, baseball's active career hits leader, famously agreed to a lifetime ban in 1989 after an investigation concluded he bet on Cincinnati Reds games while managing the team.

Most of them were in the minors.. so.. The answer is probably "no" they weren't making a whole lot.


But, it's inexcusable no matter what. The guy in Oakland.. 10 bets for $99.22. But.. Rules are rules, parts are parts and dogs love cheese.

This rule is in every clubhouse. I got no sympathy.
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Old 06-09-2024, 02:33 PM
 
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I looked at the standings and was surprised to find out that only 10 of the 30 teams in MLB have records above .500
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Old 06-10-2024, 04:21 PM
 
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I looked at the standings and was surprised to find out that only 10 of the 30 teams in MLB have records above .500 .
Just wait until we get to the second half............
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Old 06-11-2024, 01:03 PM
 
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I looked at the standings and was surprised to find out that only 10 of the 30 teams in MLB have records above .500
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Just wait until we get to the second half............

In the NL.. You have 7 teams within 3.5 games of the final WC. The last one, the Mets, being 6 games below .500

Phils are the class of the NL at the moment. Coming back to earth just a bit.. They.. Need a closer. But, just saw Realmuto is out. Looking a minimum of 4 weeks for knee surgery. That hurts. Stubbs has been pretty bad offensively and doesn't have the rapport with the pitchers. The good news is that Turner and Marsh should be back soon.



AL.. KC continues to impress. Houston.. The wheels have officially come off, I think. They started slow last year as well, but..

Bawl-mur, hon.. I mean.. They keep tossing Mitch Williams.. I mean.. Craig Kimbrell out there and.. He's doing decently well. But.. I just keep hearing that tick, tick, tick.. Waiting for the bomb to go off. They need to make sure they have a plan B for late in the season. I think he's hit an age where he can keep it decently together through August. But past that..


Just my views and opinions.
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Old 06-28-2024, 12:39 PM
 
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Default Strike Zone

Found out today in the NY Times that over this past Winter the umpires prevailed upon MLB to prevent players in the dugout from seeing the strike zone graphic that we see on TV for every pitch. Umps were not happy over being harassed by players and coaches over ball-strike calls.

The MLB Players Assoc filed a grievance that the league's action was a violation of its collective bargaining agreement. That has been settled and the dugouts will now get to see the the strike zone on their tablet PCs in the dugouts.

But there will be penalties for picking on the umps.

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There’s one catch, though: players who use a dugout tablet to “embarrass, denigrate, or question the impartiality or ability of an umpire,” will face increased penalties going forward. Players remain subject to ejection and can now be fined between $2,500 and $7,500 for a first-time violation, with progressive discipline from there. Previously, players were fined, but the amounts were never before specifically codified, and were always lower.

One thing I don't see enough of during televised games is the overhead camera view of home plate which often shows if a pitch was/wasn't in the strike zone. On such views we've all seen a few pitches ~2-3 inches off the plate that were called strikes.
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Old 06-29-2024, 06:20 AM
 
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Electronic balls/strikes are coming ...
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Old 06-30-2024, 08:29 PM
 
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First three months of the season are over.

https://www.mlb.com/stats/

Only six teams have won 50 or more games:

Phillies 55
Yankees 54
Orioles 53
Dodgers 52
Guardians 52
Brewers 50

Only 13 players of the 145 listed are hitting .300 or over.

Only 3 players have an OPS of 1.0 or higher (Judge, Otani, Soto).

Aaron Judge is leading in many batting stats, having a great year.
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Old 06-30-2024, 09:28 PM
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Well, here we are at the beginning of the second half, and the complexion of the AL West is changing. The Mariners are still in first place, but have stumbled lately. The Astros have won nine of their last ten and are solidly in second place and making a serious move after a tweaked roster. The Rangers are fading despite drubbing Baltimore in a game today (as of this writing).

Meanwhile, the MLB Draft is coming and so, too, will be the All-Star Game at Globe Life Field. It's been said that there is a good group of hitters which should be picked early in this year's class.
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