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Camera Work From Camera Jerks

Postseason, regular season, any season–it doesn’t matter: greed never has an off-season.

I call this truism to everyone’s attention because I just noticed a new money-grubbing wrinkle while watching game 1 of the ALCS on FS1: the computer-imposed ads, usually seen behind home plate on the backstop, have now metastasized onto the batter’s eye in center field.

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What’s In A Lame Name?

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The ALDS presented by…huh? What the hell is a “Doosan”?

Whatever Doosan is, I’m not sure they’re getting much out of their title sponsorship. Even their ads don’t seem to convey anything meaningful about who they are and what they do. All they seem to be accomplishing is making MLB and FOX (via FS1) look ridiculous.

What can we look forward to in the later rounds? “The World Series presented by Hinky-Dinky”?

Not all sponsorship dollars are created equal. Major League Baseball could have had someone else–virtually anyone else–sponsor the playoff series, and while they might have grubbed up a few less dollars by doing so, they would have saved themselves far more than the difference in maintaining some dignity and prestige.

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Snakeskin Snark

As much as I would like to see the Dodgers lose, just for the sake of the Dodgers losing…No, sorry–any team with uniforms as ugly as those Diamondbacks unis deserves to lose. Yuck!

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The D-backs unis: poisonous to the eyes

Seriously, that picture doesn’t even do justice to how butt-ugly those jerseys are. Just awful.

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Cue The Tom Petty Song

Do you remember when the Los Angeles Dodgers were the greatest team in the history of Earth?

No? Well, you may not be alone–the Dodgers themselves may feel like those days are so far in the past that they’re wondering if any of that was real.

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Yasiel Puig and the Dodgers: kissing their dominance goodbye?

The presumptive National League champs–so anointed back in mid-August, especially so after they acquired Yu Darvish–have lost 9 of 10, including waxings by the playoff-bound Arizona Diamondbacks and the extremely also-ran San Diego Padres. As Tom Petty once put it in his ode to the San Fernando Valley–Dodgers territory, for sure–L.A’s team is free fallin’–and it’s debatable whether or not they will be able to get back up.  Continue reading Cue The Tom Petty Song

The Incredible Shrinking Umpires

This Feature was originally supposed to be about the problems with Major League Baseball’s replay system.

Then, with the umpires donning white wristbands to protest–too much, methinks–Ian Kinsler and other ‘verbal abusers’ of their kind, I figured a few words about the sports’ officials might be in order.

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MLB umpires’ protest: they brought wristbands to a knife fight

And then, of course, last week’s brawl in Detroit happened, and your correspondent figured that was what really needed to be written about–in an Audible if not an outright Feature.

But then, after a few moment’s sober reflection, I realized something: all three of those items are really part of the same story–the increasing diminution of Major League Baseball’s umpires.

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