wondering if any other baseball fans/followers are unhappy with the
homogenization of the American and National Leagues. At
this point, there’s really no difference—As an example, the
Giants, at the beginning of this season, will have played their first
15 games, and 12 of them have been against American League teams.
The only games they’ve played against a
traditional National League team is a 3 game series against the
don’t really see any point of having National League and American
League teams. Just call is Big Boys Baseball (or something) and
divvy up the teams in 4 team configurations based on geography, or
political bent, or total tattoos, or whatever you want to use. Give
the little divisions whimsical
local names, like the Peppercorn Division, or the Cornfield Division,
currently 30 MLB teams, so if they made up 10 more, there would be 40
teams, or ten 4-team divisions.
think!! Ten Champions every year!! And there’s plenty of cities
who want to be considered Big League but
have never quite made the grade.
You could manage 10 easily. Nashville, Portland, Mexico City,
Havana, Honolulu, Anchorage…..You get the idea.
let the 10 Champs go after each other in a double Round Robin and
crown a Champion every year, then
have a parade.
you’d necessarily have to shorten the regular season to, oh, say,
95 games or so, but who would really give a shit anyhow?
glad it’s baseball season, but some of the new rules and
changes in the game
drive me nuts.
miss the days before divisions, and I liked
the game better when the American League and the National League had
their own umpires and
In the late 1970s (that would be during the Carter administration and THAT gas crisis), I drove a Datsun 1200 for a while. It was a good, small, simple car, and I could afford it even though I had virtually no money. As I recall, it had 12 or 13 inch wheels, no power anything, a four cylinder engine, and a four speed manual transmission. It was light weight with no amenities. None. It had an AM only radio and a tinny little speaker. No air conditioning either—can you imagine? No AIR?? On the freeway, when larger cars would pass, the jet wash would buffet the car slightly after the larger car passed. It was orange, and it routinely got 35 to 50 MPG. 40 to 50 on the freeway and 35 to 45 around town. When the tires wore out, it was about as expensive as putting new tires on your bicycle. If it needed brakes, it was about as expensive as putting brakes on your bicycle. Did I just repeat myself? Here's what the car did. It provided reliable transportation
I see that the Marlin's Scott Cousins has been placed on the 15 day disabled list with a "lower back strain", and has been replaced on their active roster by Hanley Ramirez. And that the Marlins are 3-18 since leaving San Francisco. Karma's a bitch.
It’s a sad season for fans of the SF Giants. Sad. I have no idea who these guys are—I read that they have employed 17 big-league coaches. Jeebus...17 coaches. The general behavior of the club is the same as an expansion club that’s trying to decide who it wants to be when it grows up. I also read that they’ve signed so many players and coaches that they’ve run out of jersey numbers and have issued “0” and “00”. Now, I don’t know if all that’s true, but I do read the McCovey Chronicles, and one of their pieces on the web site this week is entitled “ Which Fictional Character Do You Want To Manage The Giants?”. So it’s not just me. Fictional Character to manage? One of their suggestions was Elle Woods, and I think that’s just dandy. E ven at that, baseball in general is in trouble…..Currently over-regulated and over-sanitized with way too many “metrics” . Players are over-paid causing ticket prices to rise out of the range for a regular guy (such as myself) to go to game