Category Archives: Baseball

Collusion Collides With Reality

Do you remember where you were when MLB was found guilty of collusion in the case of this past off-season’s free agent market?

Of course you don’t. Because that didn’t happen.

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In Major League Baseball, youth–like Ronald Acuna Jr. of the Braves–is always served

Nor did this space bother to comment on the charges, even in the heat of the grumbling back during spring training. Because none of it ever made a lick of sense, and anyone who knows anything about the history of baseball since the advent of free agency–or even what happened in the last couple of years with the Houston Astros–already knew that.

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Talking a Good Game

Before the College World Series slips away after tonight’s deciding Game 3, I must follow up on this space’s previous post about the NCAA’s baseball championship and make a few comments on the one talent who may be the find of the whole tournament: ESPN color analyst Kyle Peterson.

Before watching the Super Regionals, I had never heard Peterson’s work on any baseball coverage. Undoubtedly, that is due to my bias towards the pro game. But having heard Peterson’s on-air calls of several games in both the Super Regionals and at Omaha, I can pronounce him a revelation, and myself a fan of his style.

And it sure would be nice if more broadcasters followed his lead. Continue reading Talking a Good Game

The New College Try

In the midst of all the goings on over last weekend, something interesting and unexpected showed up my TV. 

It wasn’t the French Open results, which deserve a post all their own. 

It wasn’t the aftermath of the Warriors’ second consecutive NBA title, as entertaining as that was.

Nor was it the celebration that happened in the wake of the Capitals’ Stanley Cup breakthrough. 

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College teams are headed for Omaha…and so may a lot of MLB viewers

No, it was–amazingly enough–college baseball, specifically the NCAA Super Regionals. And the games I saw made me wonder: where has this been all my life?

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Champs/Chumps Ratio Update, June 2018

For the uninitiated: The Champs/Chumps Ratio measures the number of member clubs of the Big 4 sports leagues that have won the league’s championship, versus those clubs that have never won the crown. A higher ratio–a higher number of clubs to win the championship–is better and reflects a more competitively balanced sport. A lower ratio is worse and indicates a league that is less competitively balanced.

This post updates the C/CR figures to reflect the latest results.

The Ratio is broken down into two categories: the all-time numbers, and a “recent” category that counts titles won since the almost-but-not-quite arbitrary date of 1976. Continue reading Champs/Chumps Ratio Update, June 2018

Always on a Sunday

We have a new contender for the “Least Surprising Development in the History of Everything” award: people have started to notice that ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball schedule is, let’s say, a little restrictive.

Word has come down that first-year Yankees manager Aaron Boone–himself a refugee from the “four-letter network”–is not happy about the Yanks’ game on July 8 being re-routed to the primetime schedule, owing to the fact that his team must play a doubleheader the very next day in another city.

This follows similar complaints from Cubs manager Joe Maddon about his team getting schedule-wracked by the Connecticut Clown College’s preference–one might suggest ‘lust’–for having certain teams from certain cities appear on the network’s MLB showcase broadcast.

Of course, both managers have something else in common: their plight was noticed, and reported upon–with slightly different slant–right here in The DFR in a recent post.

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