Countdown to spring training

It’s not too early to start the countdown, right?

75 days until pitchers and catchers report!

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Quote of the day

Whenever you have a tight situation and there’s a close pitch, the umpire gets a squawk no matter how he calls it.

~Red Barber

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University of Florida

 

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This day in baseball

On November 27, 1947, Yankee Joe DiMaggio was awarded the American League Most Valuable Player award, beating out Boston’s Ted Williams by one point.  Though Ted Williams won the Triple Crown that year, with a .343 average, 32 homers, and 114 RBIs, the vote for MVP was affected when a writer in the Midwest left Williams’s name completely off the ballot.

Ted Williams and Joe DiMaggio, 1951 (Amazon)


Bat flip and home run trot

Here’s a cartoon I haven’t seen for several years: Family Circus.  This strip was one of my favorites to catch up on whenever I could get my hands on a newspaper as a kid.  This particular cartoon published in June of 2014, and I certainly am glad to see the strip is still up and running today.

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Quote of the day

The way I figured it, I was even with baseball and baseball with me. The game had done much for me, and I had done much for it.

~Jackie Robinson

 

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Mariano Rivera’s cutter

Here’s a video from The New York Times I came across that describes what made Mariano Rivera such an effective closer.  The video is wonderfully concise, yet explains the mechanics of Rivera’s cutter in an easy-to-follow manner complete with some excellent graphics.

 

 


Happy Thanksgiving!

I hope everyone has an enjoyable holiday!

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