Shock collar

I’m sure umpires everywhere would love to implement something like this.

shock collar

This day in baseball: YES network debut

The Yankees Entertainment and Sports Network (YES) made its debut on March 19, 2002.  As a team-owned network, YES would carry Yankees ball games as well as New Jersey Nets NBA games.


Quote of the day

The sheer quantity of brain power that hurled itself voluntarily and quixotically into the search for new baseball knowledge was either exhilarating or depressing, depending on how you felt about baseball. The same intellectual resources might have cured the common cold, or put a man on Pluto.

~Michael Lewis


Happy St. Patty’s Day!

Watch out for leprechauns… just because they’re small doesn’t mean they’re not dangerous.


“Go, Cubs, Go,” by Steve Goodman

I stumbled across this video while browsing YouTube.  The song, which debuted in 1984, finally made it onto the Billboard charts a week after the Cubs won the 2016 World Series.

This day in baseball: Shepard tries out

Former minor leaguer Bert Shepard began his tryout with the Washington Senators on March 15, 1945 in spite of only having one leg.  Shepard had his right leg amputated during World War II after his fighter plane had been shot down on a mission over Germany.  Not only did Shepard have a successful tryout, he would go on to pitch one game for the Senators.  In the appearance, which took place in August of that year against the Boston Red Sox, Shepard pitched 5⅓ innings of relief, allowing only three hits and one run, striking out his first batter. It made him the first man with an artificial leg to pitch in a major league baseball game.


Baseball Almanac

Infographic: How baseball games end

This infographic is based on data from the 2011 MLB season.  Not surprisingly, the vast majority of games end on a defensive play, which is what makes walk-offs so exciting.  It’s fascinating to see the numbers broken down like this.