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Ok guys, I’m hoping to start a kickstarter to fund the creation of a new, larger scorebook! *confetti* I got a dummy made to I could check on size, shipping costs, etc, and the pictures are below. It’s going to be a half season scorebook-81 games, wire O bound and about iPad size in terms of width and height. 12 innings, more data columns… the idea is that this is for hard-core scorekeepers who need a little more than the pocket scorebook can provide.

Instead of trying to rush things for opening day, I think it’s better to shoot for a mid-season release, or to even wait till winter. There are some mistakes I made with the first scorebook’s kickstarter that I don’t wish to repeat, and trying to rush orders out and get shirts and caps produced without…

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Going to your first ballgame is a rite of passage, as much a part of growing up as a first kiss or a raging case of poison ivy after a game of manhunt.

Here are my memories of my first glorious afternoon at Yankee Stadium.

(Photo courtesy of Peter Adams)

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Oakland A’s shirts inspired by the good ‘ole dot-matrix jumbotron scoreboard at the Oakland Coliseum!

Check ‘em out – thanks!

http://www.etsy.com/shop/McBros?ref=top_trail

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“Now it is done. Now the story ends. And there is no way to tell it. There art of fiction is dead. Reality has strangled invention. Only the utterly impossible, the inexpressibly fantastic, can ever be plausible again.”

Red Smith
October 4th, 1951

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If the Astros are going to field a triple-A team, they should at least update their uniforms.

Something tells me the Cubs’ Tony Campana won’t forget his first career home run, especially since it was an inside-the-park home run. (Video at the link)

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I watched a languid and moving HBO documentary today, The Curious Case of Curt Flood, and it’s a must-see for baseball fans. The former St Louis Cardinal great died young in 1997, but not before realizing the true impact of his 1970 career-ending lawsuit against baseball’s reserve clause, which did more than any other challenge to pave the way for modern free agency. His roller-coaster of a life is recounted with empathy and respect. Read the background here:

Congratulations to Bethany and the Eephus League for winning the 2011 Catbird’s Seat Award from the Fiesta de Beisbol, an annual celebration of baseball in Minneapolis. The award is given to those who “act in the best interests of baseball.” Since that no longer appears to be under the auspices of the Commissioner’s office, we recognize those who actually do look out for the good of the game. Through the Eephus League Scorebook Revival Project, Bethany has done great good for the game.

Sep 16th, 1940. During a game against the Cincinnati Reds at Ebbets Field, a Brooklyn Dodgers fan named Frank Germano ran out onto the field and attacked Umpire George Magerkurth after making a call in the 10th inning which lead to the Reds winning the game. In the words of the cinematic masterpiece that is Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, all I gotta say is “What a sports nut, huh?

I recently read about this fight in the book “Benchclearing: Baseball’s Greatest Fights and Riots” by author Spike Vrusho and was stoked to recently come across a photo of the incident. As far as the book goes, it can be a difficult read due to Vrusho’s tendency to hyper-analyze and describe certain incidents with over the top metaphors. In the end it is still a decent book and worth reading because I never knew about many…

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So the day that I got my package from the Eephus League is the same day that the Minnesota Twins held the memorial service for Harmon Killerbrew. I got on my bike and rode down to the plaza so I could see the Harmon’s Hall of Fame plaque on display before the service that night. I asked the security guard to take a picture and I was so pleased even if I look in pain in the picture.

Splitt is gone. He confirmed the extent of his illness just last week, and very much like Harmon Killebrew before him, passed so quickly we hardly had a chance to consider the man and his career.

Paul Splittorff was born in Evansville, IN, attended Morningside College in Sioux City, IA, and pitched for the Kansas City Royals for his entire career, 1970-1984. Splitt retired with a 166-143 win-loss record and career 3.81 ERA over 2554.2 innings pitched during his 15 seasons as a Royal and is well-known as “the winningest pitcher” in Royals history.

Splittorff wasn’t the snazziest pitcher in the Royal ‘pen, but his presence was unforgettable. His icy stare as he struck out opposing batters could stop deadly lava flow instantly. He was a solid craftsman with a true heart of gold, one of the hardest

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Here is an uncut sheet of decals I designed for Stinckers. Cut decals were sold in vending machines all over the country (well, you can probably guess which cities).

Uh-oh. Already falling behind to the rest of the world in health care, education, and ability to locate items on a map, it looks like Americans are also becoming worse at heckling.

From Hunter Pence after he hit a home run to help the Astros avoid a sweep at the hands of the Blue Jays:

“I’ve never had it like that,” Pence said. “I just thought that’s how Canadians might be. They like to heckle.”…In his experience with leather-lunged fans, Pence said only those in the Wrigley Field bleachers compare to Toronto’s taunters.“It’s similar to Wrigley, but in Wrigley there’s so many yelling, it’s almost like you can’t totally pick them out,” Pence said. “These guys had a knack for being loud alone, or all chanting together. It was pretty aggressive.”

If not for the Old Style-swilling Bleacher Bums…

Today we lost a legend. I woke up this morning and checked my phone and the first thing I saw was a text message that Harmon Killebrew passed away. He was 74 years old and died from the cancer he had been battling since last year. While his passing was expected it still does not soften the blow to the Baseball community. As always I pay tribute to my Baseball heroes on 90 feet of perfection via a collection of my favorite photos and today is no different. Here’s to you Killer Killebrew, one of the greatest sluggers and good guys Baseball has ever seen.

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Today in Cleveland they’re celebrating the 30th anniversary of Len Barker’s 1981 perfect game, which he tossed in front of just 7,290 fans in cavernous, 74,000-seat Municipal Stadium.

There are lots of great items floating around the web today in commemoration:

  • The Transplanted Phan features “A Perfect Game for Lenny Barker,” a song by Alex Battles & The Whiskey Rebellion about the impact the game had on the city of Cleveland.
  • The News-Herald offers explanations for the low attendance.
  • Cleveland’s News 5 has fantastic field-level video of the final outs and post-game interviews with Barker, catcher Ron Hassey, Bert Blyleven and the man who caught the final out, Indians broadcaster Rick Manning.
  • In The Sporting News, Len Barker recalls the best game he ever pitched.

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In 1937 Satchel Paige lead a group of 20 Negro League stars to leave in the middle of the season to play in the Dominican Republic for team Ciudad Trujillo. The team was run by dictator Rafael Leonidas Trujillo and the team’s record had serious political implications. The adventure is well documented in his autobiography “Maybe I’ll Pitch Forever” and in Ken Burns’ Baseball documentary. To watch an interesting excerpt that discusses Paige and his time with team Ciudad Trujillo, click HERE. Satchel lived one of the most interesting & exciting lives of anyone in the 20th century, the fact that no modern movie studios have made a movie about his life is a damn shame. If I was involved in the movie business, this would be the #1 movie I would want to get made.

1976. Dave Parker wearing what could be the coolest…

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Here’s a great article about Mr. Lincecum from T Magazine. Among other things, it claims he can throw a baseball more than 400 feet on the fly. Oh, and his grandfather was a logger who used to get into fist-fights for fun.

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A friend sent me this link today. It’s an really neat chart showing team payroll compared to their win-loss record. Teams like San Diego and Cincinnati did very well with their alloted funds while the Cubs… not so much.

October 11th, 1980. During game 4 of the NLCS, Pete Rose of the Philadelphia Phillies violently laid out Bruce Bochy of the Houston Astros at homeplate. I thought it would be funny to make this little animated gif to capture the hit and the aftermath. If you wanna see video of the hit, you can watch it HERE. The collision comes about 3/4 into it but the entire video is worth watching as it documents the craziness of the series quite well. While ole’ Boch looks knocked senseless, something tells me his big-ass head is capable of taking much more abuse than what Pete Rose’s forearm gave him.

 

Luke Easter played with the San Diego Padres of the Pacific Coast League in both 1949 & 1954. During Easter’s Baseball career he also played in the Negro…

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Mr. Andrew has started to use his scorebook, making me infinitely happy. Love his nice and simple notation technique. If you are also using your scorebook, I want to see photos and get feedback!

While reading up on Joe DiMaggio recently I came across this great photo. I have always loved this image due to it gracing the cover of the May 3rd, 1993 issue of Sports Illustrated (photo HERE). This is actually an issue that I still own from my childhood. Well, I love it even more now that I know what the entire photo consists of. Sports Illustrated cropped out some of the great elements of the photo such as the cameraman, the lack of a batter’s box, and the catcher’s whole body with the Umpire behind him. I have a hunch this photo is from Spring Training however I could be wrong. In any case, everything is great about this photo of the Yankee Clipper.

 

The Philadelphia Phillies starting rotation this season makes me uncomfortable just thinking about it. I can…

Snow and baseball don’t go that well together unless it is a snow cone. Just a little poetry to celebrate the missed day of baseball…

No Haiku Today
Game postponed because of snow
That’s Colorado!

Who’d you pitch against today?”
At San Diego today.”
How’d you do?”
Nettles got me, bottom of the 9th.”

I have been on a big Bruce Springsteen kick lately and “Glory Days” is one of my favorite songs by the Boss. However, I am not sure if it’s just because there is Baseball in the music video or is it that the song just absolutely rules? I am going to go out on a limb and say it’s a little bit of both A and B. I remember being very young and seeing this video and assuming that Springsteen must be a professional Baseball player in addition to being a musician. This was due to the fact that he was on the television throwing a Baseball. Trust me, it made sense at the time.

Unfortunately the Boss was not…

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Come April 9th, the Giants will be wearing this golden version of their standard jersey as they receive their World Champion’s ring. I’m a little disappointed for two reasons: 1) they could have made a much bigger statement by throwing some rhinestones and acid wash on the unis and 2) the Giants already have the greatest statement jerseys in the history of the sport that are due for a comeback.

(Photo via Robert Ward Auctions)

Are you telling me that the buying public isn’t ready to purchase throwback World’s Champion uniforms with matching warmup sweaters? I’m not even a Giants fan and I would open a new credit card just so I could wear some of this swag.

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Scorebooks!!!!! It is T-minus 4 days until scorebooks are shipped! If you pledged on kickstarter, make sure you return the email survey that was sent to you Tuesday evening so I can get your packaging ready over the weekend.

I have this one book from the printer, and it has all the pieces except the stickers (which is why I can’t ship till Tuesday). The book looks great! It’s nice and sturdy, the papers are just what I wanted and the color is spot on. The book is easy to handle and fold over when you are keeping score, and the reference card with abbreviations and foldout detailing the fundamentals of scorekeeping are just right.

Today I stumbled across a cool site called Baseball Pilgrimages that has reviews of every major league ball park and a few minor league parks as well.

What drew my attention to the site was that he has a write up of Smokies Park which is home to the Cubs Double A affiliate Tennessee Smokies. It also happens to be one of the most beautiful parks I’ve ever visited and a truly fan friendly site.

Hats off to webmaster Graham Knight. To have a job where you can travel to different ballparks and write about your experiences sounds like a dream job to me.

This seems fitting: Terry Cashman’s anthem “Talkin’ Baseball” will be honored in Cooperstown this summer:

The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum will honor singer/songwriter Terry Cashman and his baseball classic, “Talkin’ Baseball,” as part of Hall of Fame Weekend 2011 in Cooperstown. This marks the 30th anniversary since the release of the classic ballad that pays tribute to baseball and its heroes, specifically the three centerfielders – Willie Mays, Mickey Mantle and Duke Snider – synonymous with a generation of baseball fans.

Cashman will perform the song as part of the Hall of Fame’s new Awards Presentation, on Saturday, July 23, which will honor the 2011 Award winners from the National Baseball Hall of Fame, at 4:30 p.m. at Cooperstown’s Doubleday Field. As part of this new event, the Hall of Fame will recognize the 2011 Award…

Recently while looking up some info on the Seattle Rainiers I came across this really cool video. It clocks in at just a little under 5 minutes but is quite informative on the subject of the Baseball history in the Seattle area. I am a big fan of the history of Pacific North West Baseball, I think it started when I was 9 years old and fell in love with Ken Griffey Junior and it kinda snowballed since. Whether it be the Rainiers (& their predecessors), Portland Beavers, Seattle Pilots or the Mariners; I love all of their histories and was pretty excited to come across this video.

 

June 6th, 1952. Billy Martin slides into Third Base against the Browns as he hits for a triple. There is nothing very “special” about this photo but as I always mention,…

Joe Posnanski has an interesting article posted at SI.com that at first blush makes you think that shuffling bullpen roles might be worthwhile. His argument is that since teams typically win between 85 to 95% of the games they lead in the ninth inning, that perhaps it makes more sense to have your best relief pitcher come in earlier (say the seventh or eighth inning) where they will have a bigger impact.

What he fails to take into account is the impact that a team’s closer had on the winning percentages he cites. Perhaps a more interesting analysis would be to determine the value of a closer versus the rest of the bullpen in terms of being able to hold a lead in the ninth. If they were relatively equal I could see value in the argument.

Baseball people…

Thorn, who recently published a fantastic looking book on baseball in the 1700s, wrote some troubling things in a guest column at Bleacher Report today. 

Thorn writes:

 “For a whole generation of fans and fantasy players, stats have begun to outstrip story and that seems to me a sad thing. Even the unverifiable hogwash that passed for fact or informed opinion in baseball circles not so long ago seems today wistfully enticing, for its energy if nothing else.

Where is the pioneering broadcaster Bill Stern now that we really need him? His fabrications were outrageous and, to modern ears, hilarious. But he knew how to grip a reader with a ripping yarn.

OK, maybe Abe Lincoln did not urge Abner Doubleday with his dying breath to ”keep baseball alive; America will need it in the trying days ahead.” So what?”

I…

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Eephus League members only: if you want copies of any of my customized scorecards I will be happy to provide them to you. I will also design a custom form for you, if you like. No charge, of course. Members only!

Leave a comment at my blog: xtrabasehit.blogspot.com – tell me about your request, provide your Eephus handle and email address, and I will reach out to you. I moderate all comments before they are published, so I will not publish your email address.

See Bethany’s post in the URL citation for a description of the scorecards!

The skinny: John Coomer is suing former Royals mascot (known as Sluggerrr), Byron Shores, who flung a hot dog from behind his back into Coomer’s face, detaching a retina. It’s a little hard to believe considering that Shores spent two years “traveling the country teaching mascot classes that included safety training.” 

But the best was saved for court:

Shores described multiple types of tosses, including underhand, overhand and behind the back.

He said he usually made eye contact with someone before sending a frank their way and that he could see well while looking out of the costume.

During cross examination, Hofer showed Shores video of a toss he made during a 2009 game and invited him to discuss the hot dog’s “arc” and “velocity” as it sailed away.

Shores stayed away from the technical language.

“I would

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Capitol Avenue Club has an interesting post today about Ed Lucas, the 28 year-old super-utility player that stands a fair chance to make the club coming out of spring training. Lucas, a member of the Royals farm system before joining the Braves this year, has played at least 26 games at every position except pitcher and catcher over the last six seasons. That includes 115 at shorstop, the most important position one must handle if they dream of occupying the 25th spot on a Major League roster.

More interesting is his unusual (for a baseball player) academic background, passed along by Greg Schaum of PinetarPress.com:

“He has the type of mind that we could see running a ball club some day. He was an Ivy League graduate of Dartmouth University in 2004 with a Sociology degree.

Tom Verducci, of Verducci Effect fame, has a piece up at Sports Illustrated discussing the mechanical flaws that Stephen Strasburg must overcome on his way back from Tommy John surgery. It’s certainly not what one would call a lighthearted piece; from the possibility that a change in his mechanics will limit his effectiveness, to the Nationals attempt to get more groundballs instead of strikeouts, to the past failures of other bright pitching prospects that also pitched in an “inverted W” like Strasburg. 

But here’s the part that gave me the willies and will forever linger in the back of my mind when I watch a special pitcher throw at 95 mph:

“When people tear ligaments suddenly, in car accidents, for example, the tear is as clean as if cut with sharp shears. When pitchers, however, tear ligaments,

What does an MVP-winning athlete do when he’s hungry during spring training? Most would probably send out a staffer or just wait until the game was over before heading to some expensive steak or sushi restaurant. But not Dustin Pedroia, man of the people.

Thanks to the New York Times, we know that after exiting the game in the fifth inning, Pedroia slipped out the back, went to the concourse and bought himself three hot dogs.

Said Pedroia:

“I was hungry,” Pedroia said. “The Red Sox have no food.”

When a staffer offered to get him something, Pedroia said: “I don’t need any help. I’m a grown athlete.”

As always, Terry Francona stole the show when commenting on why no one recognized the second baseman:

“They probably didn’t think he was a player,” Francona said. “He probably

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So a few years ago, a little band called The Baseball Project released an entire album of songs about baseball, and it was fantastic. They’re now back with a second album that’s equally as awesome.

This isn’t what you would commonly think of a “baseball album” though. All original tunes, no covers of ‘Take Me Out to the Ballgame’ or anything (not to disparage the song).

Easily the best song on the album is ‘Don’t Call Them Twinkies’ which Craig Finn of The Hold Steady did the lyrics and vocals for. A good, if brief, history of the Twins’ World Series appearances.

Album also features songs about 1976, Pedro Sandoval and Tim Lincecum, Bill Buckner, Ichiro, Carl Mays, Pete Rose, and fair weather fans.

Highly recommend picking up both albums. Got a little something for everyone

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Number of t shirts ordered as of this moment: 178. Number of tag pieces to print, trim, loop together and tag onto shirts? Oh fudge….

Seriously, Bryce Harper has about the same amount of patience as a child on Christmas morning who is waiting to tear into his Christmas presents. Harper saw seven pitches in his first two spring training at-bats against the Mets, striking out both times.

On one hand, it’s disconcerting as his only flaw to this point has been his proclivity to swing at anything that comes anywhere near the strike zone. On the other, it’s important to remember that he is an 18 year old who would otherwise be preparing for his high school graduation, and would not facing Major League pitching on February 28th.

(via Hardball TalkCSN Washington)


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As I sit here in Central Illinois with the Dodger-White Sox game muted on MLB Network and listening to Jonah Keri interviewing Joe Posnanski, I started thinking about this History of Baseball poster I picked up last year from the Smithsonian.

I’ve been on a big baseball history turn recently, reading “Baseball Ancedotes” “Fifty-Nine in ’84″ “100 Things Every Cardinal Fan Should Know/Do Before They Die” “But Didn’t We Have Fun” and currently in the midst of “Crazy ’08″ with many, many more in the to read pile. This poster sums up all lot of baseball history in a 26″ x 38″ frame. Sure you almost need a magnifying glass to read most of it, but it’s fascinating, especially for the original teams.

The designers at Vanguard Publications list all the nicknames for the teams, important dates, feats, and…

The 1932 Pittsburgh Crawfords. Satchel Paige is on top row 3rd from left, Josh Gibson is in the jacket and to the right of Satchel, Ted “Double Duty” Radcliffe is on the bottom row all the way to the right, and Oscar Charleston is on the top row, far right. It doesn’t get much better than this in regards to photos of old legendary teams.

 

Mickey Mantle in the cage taking some BP as members of the Kansas City Athletics watch The Mick hone his craft.

 

1948. Satchel Paige taking a break from warming up during his rookie season with the Cleveland Indians. If you think that I am going to ever stop posting Satchel photos on 90 feet of perfection, think again.

 

A pretty cool photo of Yogi Berra and Ted Williams during an…

Y’ALL, WE DID IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Don’t stop spreading the word, because we can go over the goal and that would help get more books made and would cover some of the costs I had planned on paying for out of pocket. I send a hearty thank you out to each and every one of you for what you’ve done to make this such a rousing success.

Don’t let this die yet! The more books that are in your hands means more people who could see you using them and decide to try out scorekeeping.

A dream come true

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From NPR: Host Robert Siegel talks to Justine Siegal, practice pitcher for the Cleveland Indians. She’s one of only a few women to participate in Major League Baseball.

In addition to throwing BP for the Indians, she has also stepped in for the Oakland As as well.

Female baseball fans of the world, rejoice!

Billy Martin in mid-sprint on his way to stealing home against the New York Giants. I fucking love how hard he played the game and I wish I was around to see him play back in the day. On Billy’s plaque at Yankee Stadium the following statement is engraved in it: “There has never been a greater competitor than Billy.” I can not disagree with that statement whatsoever as I would say he is one of the top 10 competitive players in Major League history.

 

The always controversial and great Dick Allen spent the 1971 season in Los Angeles as a member of the Dodgers. He had a pretty damn good season in LA with 23 Home Runs, 90 RBIs, and had a batting line of .295/.395/.468 however he still could not entirely escape some of the issues that…

August 6th, 1979. A heart wrenching photo of a distraught Billy Martin at the funeral of his team captain Thurman Munson. I love Billy Martin and how he approached the game as both a player and Manager. It’s possible that I would include him on my dream team in some capacity if I had to pick (maybe an idea for a future post?). I recently watched the movie “Billy Martin: The Man, The Myth, The Manager,” and it was GREAT. It was filmed shortly before he died in 1989 and has some of the greatest interview footage of Billy that I have ever seen.

The movie also features interviews from players who were very close to Billy over the years such as Micky Mantle, Whitey Ford, and even Rickey Henderson. Rickey’s end segment is very sad as he breaks…

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Finally, it’s time. The kickstarter page for the Eephus League scorebooks is live, and filled with wistful longings for a new era of scorekeeping as well as opportunities for you to help me make these books a reality. For those unfamiliar with kickstarter, it’s an online fundraising site. You set a deadline and a funding goal, and if you reach it or surpass it, you get the funds! If you don’t, the funds are released back to the backers and I have to wallow in misery as a failure. But that’s not going to happen! The fundraising goal is set at 10 grand, which will let me get the beginners scorebooks printed. If we go over that goal, the extra funds go into getting the larger scorebooks made, which I know is a top priority for a lot…

Back in December I did a post on Baseball related items I had recently purchased on eBay. HERE is the post if you want to check it out. Well it’s time to showcase my materialistic side again and show off stuff I probably shouldn’t have bought but did anyways. If you ask me, I think I came up on some nice items lately. Hopefully these posts are somewhat interesting to those of you that read 90 feet of perfection. If not, don’t worry as I do not plan on doing these posts that often.

 

Buck O’Neil Autographed Baseball: Ok, so generally I refuse to spend a lot on Baseball memorabilia on eBay as part of the fun of it is finding the coolest items for the cheapest prices possible. First I want to inform you all that ever since I was probably…

Dayn Perry: Ground Rules for the “Baseball We”:

I used to call my favorite teams by “we,” but then one day I realized that none of the Pirates actually cared what what brand of chip I was eating when they managed to put together a rally, so I eventually stopped calling us a ‘we.’ Though I still have images from Ryan Vogelsong’s wedding because that was a beautiful ceremony and no one can take that away. 

Today though, Dan Perry at NotGraphs has laid down some extremely reasonable groundrules for the use of the word “we” when referring to your favorite sporting team. A small sample:

  • “First and foremost, you can wield the “we” for one favorite team and one favorite team only. If you go around dropping the we for, say, the Yankees, Jets, Knicks,
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    Because I feel left out by not mentioning it, Happy Valentine’s day to all Eephus League readers. May your romantic exploits be more successful than my own!

    Members of the 1990 All-Star team: Cecil Fielder, Jose Canseco, Mark McGwire and Ken Griffey Junior. I don’t really know what to say about this photo so I guess I’ll throw the first thought of each player that comes to my head:

    Cecil Fielder: The first Major League Baseball player autograph I ever got was from Fielder at a Baseball card convention in Redding, California. This was fresh off of Fielder’s 51 home run season in 1990. I remember he had a Hawaiian shirt on and seemed really nice. I still have that card to this day.

    Jose Canseco: When I was a in junior high, my doctor knew I was a huge Baseball fan. Well, it turns out my doctor’s office was in the same building as a company that was working with Jose on designing a potential neon green/yellow Baseball…

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    Would anyone be interested in some old-school styled baseball broadsides as kickstarter rewards? I want to do some letterpress goodies as rewards and I’m trying to decide on the best approach.

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    “The Pine Tar Game”
    7/24/83 (game finished 8/18/83)
    Yankee Stadium, New York, NY

    Before this game, he was known for his hemorrhoids…in his own words, this incident marked a career highlight, George Brett became a household name in violent tantrums as well as a figurehead for those of us victimized by ‘cheap shots’ for all time.

    Graig “Bubba Chump” Nettles admitted later that when the Yankees were called out for ‘excessive pine tar’ in an earlier game, he and Billy Martin had conspired to use the same call in a future game. Brett was the perfect target, well-known for his love affair with pine tar and for seldom breaking bats – therefore, his bat would undoubtedly be covered after weeks of use/abuse, and if the Royals upended the Yanks during a game in this series, the card would…

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    Got the quote back from the printer today about the scorebooks and well… it’s scary. Just for the pocket scorebook, I would need to order at least 5,000 books to make them cost effective, which would cost me a grand total of $22 grand. Perhaps Alex Rodriguez will sponsor my project… That’s about what he makes an inning.

    If I could sell 10,000 books, I could sell them right at the 10 dollar mark I was hoping for. I want these books to be affordable. I am going to try to find some kind of partnership to help reduce the sting, and the kickstarter page should be up this weekend. This is still going to happen… it has to! But I need some help.

    Just wanted to share a truly VITAL blog for your daily reading, “The Greatest 21 Days: 1990 CMC.” This is a truly fascinating look at those featured on the 1990 CMC Card Set, and beyond. Excellent writing and very absorbing material.

    From the author’s own description:
    Welcome to the Greatest 21 Days, focusing on the 1990 CMC minor league baseball card set, and what happened to each of the players it contained. Did they make the majors? Did they not? And what interesting things happened to them along the way?

    The blog name references the movie Bull Durham and the greatest 21 days of the character Crash Davis’ life – the time he spent in the show. This is a look at the 880 minor leaguers in the CMC set, who made the show and who didn’t.

    You…

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    Inspired by the Dodgers taking fan votes for their 2011 throwback uniforms… read how the Padres dropped the ball here.

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    Greetings, I’m Stevo-sama – “The Baseball Enthusiast.” Thanks for the introduction by Bethany, now I’m going to start wearing you out. No, I’m not going to mirror all of my scorecards/commentary here…just going to post some of my more interesting entries, plus some other discussions probably not found on my blog or anywhere else. So, without further ado…

    World Series Game 2
    10/20/85
    STL leads the series (1-0)
    Royals Stadium, Kansas City, MO

    Charlie Leibrandt…his work in this game justifies one of the reasons he’s always been one of my favorite Royals pitchers.

    Until the top of the 9th, when I wonder if Dick Howser can hear me ask “WHY?!?”

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    KC 2 9 0

    For a sadist like myself, part of the engrossing appeal of watching these klassic games is, for the…

    Earlier today reports came out that Michael Young had formally requested a trade, something that merely confirmed what we already suspected. During the weekend, there were rumors that Young may have found himself on the Rockies as early as today, but whether it fell through because of money, the players requested in return, or because the Rockies realized they have dozens of infielders who lack the ability to play short, is unknown.

    Tonight, Michael Young addressed the media. Young told Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News:

    I want to be traded because I’ve been misled and manipulated and I’m sick of it.

    Naturally, Young wouldn’t go into the details of said manipulation, saying only, “I know the truth and Jon Daniels knows the truth and I will sleep well.” Well, at least he’s sleeping well….

    Lost amongst all the “Year of the Pitcher” talk that dominated 2010 was the fact that the maximum size of the barrel of a bat was lowered from 2.75 inches to 2.61. Perhaps it’s just a coincidence, but as Nick Scott of Royals Authority pointed out, it was the first time in 114 years that the size of the barrel of the bat was decreased.

    Nick passes along this tidbit from Dr. Rod Cross, a physics professor from the University of Sydney:

    “It should not make any difference to home runs or any other batted balls if the bat strikes the ball near the middle of the bat. The only difference would be in those cases where only the edge of the bat strikes the ball. So, there would be an increase in the number of complete misses

    Ted Williams. The name itself inspires many feelings and thoughts in anyone who is even slightly familiar with Baseball history. Usually these feelings and thoughts run along the lines of “The best hitter of all time” or something close to it. I have always been interested in the Williams, probably due to the fact that he was a West Coast dude as he was a San Diego native who spent his first 2 seasons of professional Baseball playing with the Padres in the Pacific Coast League. I love just about everything about Williams. I admired his cockiness as he let it be known at a early age as a member of the Padres that his intentions were simple enough: to be remembered as the best hitter of all time and he pretty much did that. His quest for hitting…

    Today, on this day of football oversaturation, the Santa Cruz Sentinel wrote an article about John Sipin, the former Padre, Taiyo Whale, and Yomiuri Giant middle infielder. 

    Jim Seimas writes:

    “In the 1970s, Sipin became a well-known figure not just for his play, but also for his attire. He often wore jackets with wide lapels and bell-bottom pants. Mix that with a grove of facial hair and Sipin stood out.

    “In the ’70s, Japan was a black-and-blue country,” Sipin said. “Everyone had a black suit or a blue suit. And they all had clean-shaven heads. I came in there with longer hair and a short, but full, beard. … Sometimes I had a handlebar mustache and that grew into the beard and sideburns.”

    When he cut his hair, Taiyo officials told him they preferred his wild side and

    Hey guys! I am currently planning out a video to go along with the kickstarter project to try and get the funding for the scorebooks. If any of you have scoresheets that you’ve kept lying around, I’d love to feature them in the video! It would be a great touch to have the handiwork of this community in the vid. Just take photos or scan them in and email them to em at bethany(at)eephusleague.com!

    Well, at the suggestion of several Eephus League readers, I submitted a kickstarter.com proposal for the scorebooks. Kickstarter, for those unfamiliar, is an online fundraising site where you present a project or goal and offer incentives as a reward for donors. So, I can say “If you donate 10 dollars you get your choice of posters from the shop”. I set a fundraising goal and deadline, and if it is met, I get the funds and can move forward with the project!

    This is obviously great news as it gives me some financial freedom and should allow me to create both versions of the scorebook, as well as a few of the poster designs from the shop. I’m also hoping to provide tshirts and custom color choices for people who donate more money.

    What sorts of things would you guys…

    His art is eccentricity, his aim

    How not to hit the mark he seems to aim at,

    His passion how to avoid the obvious,

    His technique how to vary the avoidance.

    The others throw to be comprehended. He

    Throws to be a moment misunderstood.

    Yet not too much. Not errant, arrant, wild,

    But every seeming aberration willed.

    Not to, yet still, still to communicate

    Making the batter understand too late.

    -Robert Francis

    Just a technical note, but I think I have corrected an issue that was causing the site to go nuts in IE8. If you’re using IE7, there’s nothing I can do. Please upgrade to a browser that does not suck.

    From ESPN, via Rob Neyer

    The Minnesota Twins will take down the pine trees behind center field wall. Hitters complained the trees made it difficult for them to pick up the ball out of the pitcher’s hand.

    The 14 trees swaying in the wind, and the shadows they cast, led several hitters from the Twins and other teams to voice their displeasure.

     Twins President Dave St. Peter says the team is still trying to determine what to do with the trees. Relocating them inside the ballpark is a possibility. The team will also install a material on the batter’s backdrop that cuts down the glare during afternoon games.”

    My opinion essentially echoes Neyer’s, but when did the hitters get to dictate every facet of a Major League stadium? Must every team’s center field be covered only…

    You may remember my excitement from last month when I posted about the Akron Aeros introducing Three Dog Night, a hot dog stuffed into a bratwurst stuffed into a kielbasa, but that was only phase one of their dastardly plan.

    Recently the team announced the invention of the “Nice 2 Meat You,” a nearly two pound burger that is stuffed with half a pound of hot dog, a quarter pound of bacon, cheese, and onions.

    This makes plenty of sense because sometimes you can’t decide between a hot dog or a hamburger, so why not combine both, turn them into something resembling three to four sandwiches, and slowly enjoy masticating it for all nine innings? That’s what Field of Dreams should have been about.

    But wait, there’s more. Scott Sargent of Cleveland.com has this to add:…

    Finally, someone is bringing back vintage shirts. Red Jacket Clothing has several styles and most of the best old logos. Beware, though, this site can get pretty expensive, pretty quickly.

    For previous recaps, click here.

    Record: 83-79, 3rd Place in the NL West

    Offensive Leaders: Carlos Gonzalez .974 OPS, Troy Tulowitzki 6.4 WAR

    Pitching Leaders: Ubaldo Jimenez 2.88 ERA, 6.3 WAR

    Surprise: The Rockies made it almost impossible to choose—does one go with the 24 year old Carlos Gonzalez who was a triple crown threat in his first full big league season? Is it Ubaldo Jimenez who made the leap from quality young pitcher to bonafide ace, complete with a no-hitter on his resume? Or is the surprise that Troy Tulowitzki not only replicated his 2009, but built on it with one of the greatest September’s in memory? I honesty don’t know the answer to that.

    Disappointment: There was plenty of blame to go around for the team’s disappointing finish, but Clint Barmes is far and away the most worthy recipient…

    bagwellbeard

    Visually, Jeff Bagwell is one of the more fascinating players in recent baseball history. He gave us one of the greatest pieces of facial hair on the diamond and had an extremely unconventional batting stance. He was a short, slow guy who was a great base stealer. There are plenty of articles detailing Bagwell’s career and arguing for or against his candidacy for the Hall of Fame (he deserves it in my book) but I would like to spend a bit of time discussing some other statistics about Bagwell. Specifically, statistics about his batting stance and his immaculately sculpted facial hair. You know, the important stuff.

    contribute

    The Eephus League is designed to be a community driven baseball archive. Each visitor to the site has experiences and knowledge to share, and different facets of the game that fascinate them. The Eephus League is set up to easily allow baseball fans to contribute what they’ve seen, heard and learned about the game. Signing up is quick, easy and free, and so is adding your favorite website, quote, baseball card or book, or a new article you just found online.

    When you register, you pick a username and can elect to receive email notifications when new items are posted to the site. Once you are signed up, you can log in and post through the Write a Post page. The page has step by step instructions for adding content to the site. You can pick…

    masks

    Early baseball players were very slow to accept protective gear. Players fielded ball bare handed and owned gnarly fingers as a result. 19th century games were marked by multitudes of errors each game by fielders, catchers in particular. In the beginnings of the game the position was significantly different than it is now. Pitchers were closer to the plate (50′ instead of the modern 60’6″) and mostly threw underhand. The catcher played a few feet back from home plate and caught pitches on a bounce.

    A rule change in 1880 made it mandatory that the third strike be caught in the air, meaning catchers had to start playing directly behind the plate. This was obviously a dangerous position to be in. Catchers were frequently injured by foul tips, glancing blows from a bat and those pesky new curveballs….

    pencils 2

    Fans of baseball have always had a hunger for a codified method of evaluating a player’s performance on the field, making scorekeeping a necessity. Scorekeeping is the backbone from which all baseball stats, from simple counting stats to complex sabremetrics, are born. Many methods to keeping score have evolved over the life of the sport, but there are some universal elements that a new scorekeeper can keep in mind.

    The foundation to keeping score on a scorecard is being familiar with the shorthand used by scorekeepers. Players are designed by a numbering system, not abbreviations like “SS” for shortstop or “1B” for first basemen. This is to prevent confusion with other common abbreviations, like calling a single a “1B”. Figure 1 shows an illustration of the numbering system to help you remember which positions have which number designation. Many…

    book1

    The Eephus League Official Handbook is a starter guide to many facets of baseball minutiae. The handbook covers the evolution of the game itself, such as rule and uniform changes, as well as the verbal and numerical language of the game. There are sections devoted to the most common player superstitions and some of the more colorful nicknames in baseball lore. The book also delves into the large number of everyday phrases that are derived from baseball. There is an in depth guide to keeping score and a brief overview for all 30 Major League teams, including history, trivia and attendance figures. The book is full of photographs, diagrams and illustrations to bring the history and trivia inside to life.

    I would love to finish writing the book and distribute it, if there is enough interest.


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