Sean Doolittle has it right: to counteract COVID-19, we’ve done little. Multiple media accounts are carrying the remarks of the Nationals’ reliever about the pandemic, and I think he spells out its perils very well. Doolittle noted that the coronavirus outbreak is worse now than it was when the baseball season was put on hold […]Read More Hanging, not flattening the curve
Who was the best manager in baseball in 2012? I’m going with Bob Melvin of the Oakland Athletics. My criteria are twofold: I go with the skipper whose team is a winner and whose team achieved its success in disproportion to its expectations and talent. By those standards, Melvin is a slam dunk (and I […]Read More Manager of the year in baseball? Bob Melvin
Which metro area had the most successful baseball season? After listening to the Athletics overtake the Rangers on my way home from work last evening, I was all set to declare the Bay Area the cross-league, total victory champions. But then I remembered that Baltimore-Washington is eligible, and a check of the standings this morning […]Read More Baltimore-Washington wins the 2012 Major League Baseball metro-area title
The most intriguing pitching matchup in baseball today has to be Tim Lincecum and Stephen Strasburg. The game will be played in the sunshine at AT&T Park in San Francisco this afternoon, and I’d love to be there. Lincecum has gone from being one of the undisputed top few pitchers in the game the past […]Read More A pitching matchup to skip work for
A national touring production of “Damn Yankees” is swinging by the Modesto area, and the news dredged up some unexpected pleasant memories. I’ve always had a soft spot for the Senators, and I think I know why. Growing up an Indians fan in the 60s, I knew that if I went to a game at […]Read More Missing the Washington Senators
In the Baseball Bloggers Alliance, this is my rookie year for voting in the group’s end-of-season awards. In the BBA, the Willie Mays Award goes to the top rookie, and here’s my ballot influenced heavily by the great MLB.com statistical rundown on rookies: 1. Freddie Freeman, Atlanta – Braves: Playing virtually every game at 1st […]Read More Who was the best rookie in Major League Baseball in 2011? Freddie Freeman
This is 2009, and Google pretty much rules the world. For no particular reason, tonight I typed “baseball caps” into the Google Images search bar to see what would come up first. And here it is, at right: the “6 Panels Baseball Cap with Brass Buckle” as displayed on made-in-china.com. The irony cannot be escaped. […]Read More The All-American baseball cap, by way of China
I spent the day with my son and two of his friends at the Great America theme park in Santa Clara, Calif. While I joined the guys for several rides, I sat a few out and amused myself by taking inventory of the baseball caps people in the crowd were sporting. As the San Francisco […]Read More Popular: Baseball caps are all about popular
Randy Johnson heads to the mound Wednesday night in Washington in search of victory No. 300. Over the years, Randy has worn the caps of many ballclubs in both the American and National leagues, starting with the Montreal Expos. It’s a quirk of fate that his first crack at No. 300 comes against his old […]Read More Let’s go, Big Unit!
Ready or not, the Democratic National Convention begins in Denver on Monday, to be followed a week later by the Republican convention. There’s no doubt about the nominees: Barack Obama for the Democrats, John McCain for the GOP. Which leaves us with one serious question: which president will look better in a baseball cap? Making […]Read More McCain or Obama: Who looks better in a ball cap?