I interrupt this weekly set of baseball musings to celebrate
my alma mater for a paragraph. Yale, defending NCAA champions in lacrosse,
has advanced to the Final Four this weekend in Philadelphia. They take on Penn State, with the winner
facing the winner of Duke and Virginia. Penn
State is ranked first in the country, but their only loss this season so far…
To those for whom baseball is their only touchstone, William
Bendix is known as the eponymous hero of The
Babe Ruth Story, a not very good movie. Bendix also had a few good dramatic roles, particularly in Hitchcock’s Lifeboat. But he became famous on the radio, and later
on television, for his role as Chester A. Riley in…
The codgerati amongst us all remember when the Braves nemesis was the Dodgers. From 1969-1993 the East Division had two teams from the Central Time Zone and the West Division had two teams from the Eastern Time Zone. No, this didn’t make any sense. But it meant that the Braves had the most travel of any team and we spent a lot of…
Last week was my 45th high school reunion, which I didn’t attend. But I know I have readers from that class, because one friend of mine forwards my missives to another. (Hi, Dennis.) The 1974 team had Hank’s 715th, of course, but was not otherwise a particularly memorable team, an 88-74 team that fired their Hall of Fame…
I have a proprietary interest in Mike Soroka because I
attended his MLB debut last year. There’s
very little not to like of what we’ve seen of Mike. In tonight’s game he gave up a walk and two
singles to yield a run to the first three batters; after that, he was My Soroka:
109 pitches, 6.2 IP, 7K, though he left the game with…
As promised last week, I want to put my economist hat on for
just a minute to discuss the Albies extension, in which people argue
that Albies and his agent are leaving $100 million or more on the table. There is nothing in economics that makes this impossible, but there are good
reasons to think it is unlikely.…
I promised Rob I’d talk today about JC’s paper on changes in
aggregate player compensation over time.
I’m not going to do it, and Rob can fire me if he wants to. I preemptively agree to a 50% cut in pay this
week, but I plan to grace the off day next week with a piece on an economist’s
take on the Albies extension.
Opinions might vary on what the worst Braves game was last year, but no matter how you slice it, the 14-10 loss to the Cubs in weather that everyone admitted after the game was unbaseballable, is, I suspect, in everyone’s top three. That game was just under one year ago.
We had a chance to repeat it in the Rocky Mountains today. Sense…
Last year’s recaps, trying to parallel the 2018 season with the 1966 season, was a lot of fun, but exhausting to actually do. I still want to drop in old-time stuff this year, but I plan to be a little more serendipitous about it.
So I’ve watched the last two games on ESPN. I’ve learned three things…
I like baseball. But like most baseball fans, I’m selective. I happen to like the game played on the field by two professional teams and managerial game strategy and the performance of humans under stress and the things that go with the 2½ to 3 hours of the game. Lots of other people are interested, sometimes intensely interested, in other aspects of baseball: