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31 March 2011 - 3:32pm

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Baseball gets an early start this year (March 31, 2011). A season opener 4 days early eliminates the World Series occurring in November.

"Teams were given the option of starting on Thursday or Friday, according to MLB senior vice president Katy Feeney, and five teams opted to start a day earlier, leaving an open-day on Friday in case there's a postponement. The regular season is scheduled to end on Wednesday, Sept. 28, with the postseason opening three days later. The World Series is scheduled to begin on Wednesday, Oct. 19, a week earlier than the past two years, with Game 7 on Oct. 27." - Source: USA Today

Any extreme baseball fans? I am partial to the Chicago Cubs myself although I'm not painting myself red, white and blue or dressing up as a cub.

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/insert joke about World Series only involving teams from 1 country... (or do they have Canadian teams like in Ice Hockey?)

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I've tried real hard to like baseball. I love sport and I mean I like cricket and that's just about the longest and most tedious game ever invented. I've given it plenty of chances but I just find it boring. So little happens, and they play so many games in a season. I just looked it up and each team plays 162 games. That is incredible. You would have to be a total fanatic to watch your team every time. I guess its one of those things like cricket that you have to grow up watching to appreciate.

I tell you what I do like though - the all star day (?) where they get the batters who take the most steroids to see how many balls they can hit out of the park as they are fired from a ball machine. Thats more like it!

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Yeah all that on top of bat tampering. You've got to love the things they come up with.

Baseball is definitely a love it or hate it sport. Many have grown up going to games with their families. My bf used to follow the Chicago Cubs around the Midwest. Running around St. Louis in 100 degree weather just to see the Cubbies play is extreme to me. Dehydration is not my idea of fun.

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Ed, they do have ONE international team, the Toronto Jays, but it really should be called the Northern North America World Series as it is pretty hypocritical.

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lol The Northern North America World Series. I like it!

What's with the bat tampering Savannah? In cricket its the opposite ... ball tampering is the way they cheat.

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4 April 2011 - 11:22am
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Players cork their bats. A hole is drilled and filled with cork or rubber even left empty at times. This creates a lighter bat and quicker swing. Sammy Sosa was caught using a corked bat in 2003 while on the Cubs team. Players from the Dodgers, Reds, Indians and some others were also corkers. lol

It's questionable as to whether cork actually has much effect. MLB only wooden bats may be used and as a result of this tampering they have to be inspected.

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Yayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy thank God for apple pie, baseball and Chevrolet!!!

Gooooooooooooo Cubbies!!!!

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Players cork their bats. A hole is drilled and filled with cork or rubber even left empty at times. This creates a lighter bat and quicker swing. Sammy Sosa was caught using a corked bat in 2003 while on the Cubs team. Players from the Dodgers, Reds, Indians and some others were also corkers. lol

It's questionable as to whether cork actually has much effect. MLB only wooden bats may be used and as a result of this tampering they have to be inspected.

I attest that corked bats do indeed work. When I played little league we had a corked bat and I could hit doubles and triples that I am confident were not possible with aluminum or standard bats. Perhaps it was psychological, but I know that "Ol' Corkie" delivered in the clutch for me numerous times.

As a side point: How many homers did Sammy Sosa hit after his corked bat was found? Either that or the steroid testing did him in...

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So you were allowed to use the corkie in little league? Or there's little cheaters in little league?

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No, corked bats are illegal in little league. We just had a really cool coach and really dumb umpires who couldn't figure out why everyone HAD to use the same bat, even when somebody else was warming up with a different bat.

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Nothing like teaching kids early how to get ahead in life! Wink

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Wow I had to dig back reeeeaaaal deep to find this MLB thread. Why didn't anyone tell me we had one of these on the CL site? Every site needs a rabid Red Sox fan whom noone can stand and, well, I'm your guy! Do we have any Yankees fans out there?

I've spent a good chunk of time trying to explain to Europeans why baseball is a worthwhile sport and....I've largely failed Smile Ed, you're right: baseball is a sport that is by and large quite boring. Even as a Boston Red Sox fan - we're recognized as being among the biggest die-hards out there, if not the biggest* - I have to admit that baseball is a boring sport. No, I don't even watch 10 of the 162 games in the regular season because, as you mentioned, the games have so little weight. Lose 5 in a row? Meh. Win 7 in a row? Big deal.

Where it does, however, pick up in its entertainment value is in the playoffs. It is precisely because the games have more weight that it becomes extraordinarily entertaining. That is, if your team is in it. Suddenly, the arduous pauses of 20-30 seconds between pitches are intervals filled with drama, tension and suspense because at once everything matters. It's a fairly unique and entertaining experience in my opinion. I probably watched every Red Sox playoff game live while I lived in the United States, meaning that I (hopefully) watched more playoff games than regular season games in a given year.

I guess I'm only a fan because of my heritage. Boston is decidedly a baseball town above all else. However, I'll admit that if I had grown up outside of the United States, I probably would never have become a fan of the game.

Ed - perhaps we should also move this thread to the Sportsbetting section of the forum, no?

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22 August 2011 - 12:53pm
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Good idea ... I have moved it.

Did you see the guy who almost fell to his death trying to catch a ball a few weeks back (his buddies caught him by the legs)? And he did it shortly after someone else did actually fall and die. Crazy stuff.

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Yea, those fans are crazy with going after a $7 baseball that gets hit to the stands. Don't get me wrong, it would be cool to get one, but its not worth dying for.

I have seen some crazy stuff at ballgames in my day too. I went to Home Run Derby in Detroit in 2005 and saw a Japanese press photographer hit in the face with a line drive ball to the face, numerous bats flown into the stand, AND my all time favorite:

Beach balls are something that get onto fields a lot in games. However my friend and I were amazed to see what came out at Comerica Park a few years back. A rather large balloon, about maybe 5-6 feet long fell onto the field behind the right fielder. I said to my buddy, "What is that?" We both realized what it was at about the same time as the rest of the stadium because everybody gasped at once. What was the balloon?

A giant inflatable of a male organ.

By the way, Tigers are up 5.5 games in their division. Smile

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Another interesting aspect is the possibility for fans to actually interrupt play. Games are from time to time impacted by fans reaching over the wall to touch, grab or catch balls that might have otherwise been in play. The best example of this is the 'Jeffrey Maier game' between the Baltimore Orioles and the New York Yankees: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jeffrey_Maier.

Pretty much any baseball fan who was old enough to remember the game still remembers the name of the fan.

I cannot see anyone catching the Tigers in the central. Verlander is a stud. There's talk of giving him the MVP in addition to the Cy Young, which would be an unreal achievement. I cringe at the prospect of facing him in the playoffs.

The AL playoff teams are more or less set. The Sox and Yankees might flipflop (I hope they do as we're a game out) and the Angels might catch the Rangers, but I think we're good to go with these teams. No matter how you match up Texas, Boston, New York, Detroit and possibly LA the series' will be fantastic.

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Bill Simmons of ESPN fame makes a case for Verlander as AL MVP, which I completely agree with: http://www.grantland.com/story/_/id/6921420/passing-buck

For those of you not in the know, the question is to whom the Most Valueable Player in baseball's American League should be awarded to. It is normally not given to pitchers because, for one, they're not 'everyday' players (starting pitchers play every fifth game) and because a separate award, the Cy Young, is given to each league's best pitcher.

Occasionally, however, a pitcher comes along who is considered so valuable to his club that he is put in the running for both awards. Detroit's Justin Verlander might be having such a season....

Again, as a Red Sox fan, I do NOT want to meet this guy in the playoffs.

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I'm not sure if anyone is following MLB out there, but the league is currently witnessing two of the biggest collapses ever seen: In the National League, the St. Louis Cardinals have almost caught the Atlanta Braves. Once thought nearly impossible, the Cardinals are now down only game to the Braves. Even more shockingly, the Boston Red Sox are now tied with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays after holding a 9 game lead in early September. If the Red Sox do not make the playoffs, it will go down as perhaps the biggest collapse ever with such a big lead at one point.

As a Sox fan, I cringe at what my New York Yankee fans will surely have to say to me Sad Even if we do make the playoffs, though, I would think that there is no way we can even come close to beating anyone in a playoff series.

Each team has 2 games left to go, so it really is coming down to the wire, as they say. This also just goes to show how much baseball is a streaky sport and a sport where 'clubhouse chemistry' plays such an important role.

By the way, following on an earlier post of mine, this is that time of the year when the games really start to matter and the games themselves become a lot mroe watchable lol

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BB84, I really hope the Sox fail. I would rather see my Tigers play the Rays as they dominated them this year. As it stands right now we are going to face the Yankees, so we may have a common team to root against.

I hope the Rangers get third place, Tigers second, and the Rays take it.

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Barbados did you catch the games from last night or their highlights? What drama! A triple play in the TB-NYY affair and a Yale Philosophy major making his first ever big league start at catcher and winning the game for the Sox.

I am now very seriously contemplating staying up tonight to see how things shake out live. Shame the games here start at 1 in the morning Thumb Down

If there was ever a scenario to get the unitiaited into baseball, it's tonight (and possibly once again if they go into a one-game playoff).

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Well, last night one was one of the most entertaining nights in baseball history. The Braves and Red Sox collapses are complete. Both lost in stunning fashion that no movie could possibly do justice to.

In lieu of describing how things ended (too painful for a Sox fan), here is a link to a good article on ESPN about how the AL wrapped up: http://espn.go.com/mlb/story/_/id/7033863/rays-topple-red-sox-mere-minutes

The Braves also lost in 13 innings...

Now us Bostonians have an offseason to be in denial that this ever happened Cry Cry Cry Cry

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I watched the end of both games last night. Absolutely incredible. There are some stats up in the game trackers and with one team down 7-0 and the other down 3-2 with their last strike, the odds of one being pulled off had to have been tiny. I would love to have seen what they were!

I can't wait for Friday with my Tigers taking on the Yankees. New York is a good team, but I think the Tigers can pull it off. Verlander and Fister are about as hot as anyone right now, and you only have to take 3 out of 5. Coupled with Cabrera vs. Granderson, it should be a great series.

Tigers in 4.
Rays in 4.
Dbacks in 5.
Philly in 3.

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You only got the hometown team right on your ALDS picks Smile I guess that was the one that counted, but it's a shame that they did not go through to the World Series. As far as I'm concerned, I love the Tigers because they knocked out the Yankees. Then again, I can't exactly fault the Rangers for knocking off the rays Smile

As for the series, I will root for the Rangers just to go along with the whole parity thing - if Texas wins that will make for 10 different winners in 12 years since 2000, whereas St. Louis would be a repeat - and because they lost in the WS last year, but I'm feeling that St. Louis is riding too much momentum stretching back into the regular season. St. Louis in 6. It will be interesting to say the least!

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I am still sick to my stomach that the Tigers lost. It sucks that they couldn't get men on base to score their runs or that their pitching just fell apart at the end.

Oh well, next year maybe? I get to focus on football and hockey for the rest of the year now! lol

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Hey I finally called something right! lol My picks on the CL forums have normally off, but I finally got one....and an 'upset' no less. It is a shame I haven't been watching the games; they look to have been absolutely out of this world!

On to the offseason now. Where do you think Pujols ends up, Slim (or anyone else who wants to chime in)?

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I thought of this discussion when I read this article about these supposedly "magical necklaces" that some of the MLB players are wearing. They are complete junk of course and do nothing, except that they may actually be beneficial if the player believes in it due to the placebo effect.

http://arstechnica.com/science/news/2011/10/placebo-ball-the-science-of-...

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Good article - I was not aware of this phenomenon, but it points out something that is very true: baseball players are quite the superstitious types.

On a side note, I would like to go ahead and humbly poitn out that my posts on this site are "scientifically proven to provide almost instantaneous relief and restore flexibility" because they can "restore the energy flow, or natural bioelectric current, by restabilizing the flow." My posts "emit energy, improving bioelectric current at the cellular level—blood cells carry more oxygen, muscle cells fire with more intensity." So, my posts "increase performance, lessen fatigue, [and] reduce recovery time."

Just thought I would throw that out there 8)

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I have a sore and stiff back today, so lets see if your posts really do have the magic juice in them!

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Any results Ed? I would credit my posts with earning CL that award nomination but that just plain ol' would not be true Smile

On another note, it is now the 'hot stove' season in the MLB offseason. It will be fun to see which free agents land where. The big names out there are Ortiz, Beltran, Papelbon, Fielder and, of course, Albert Pujols. The last of these is probably looking to land one of the very largest contracts in pro sports history. I would not be suprised if he pulls down around $27 million a year. When compared to other monster contracts, he may actually be worth it, for he may go down as the best ever to play the game.

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Haha well my back is feeling better but I can't say anything other than a bit of rest did the trick.

$27 million a year... that is $51 a minute or almost $74,000 a day. For hitting a ball. Cry Cry Cry

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You underestimate the healing quality of my posts you do! Maybe your back healed because I've been posting less, which would not be a good advertisement for my posts.

In fairness to Mr. Pujols, he does do it better than probably anyone has ever done. Plus, he'll get it for occasionally catching and throwing balls as well Wink I'm with you though in saying that athletes are overpaid. On the one hand, Pujols is looking for 'market value', but on the other hand it is $74,000 a day for a hitting a ball.

Can anyone else think of any other crazy stats like the one Ed mentioned?

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Pujols is an amazing player. I have to give it to him; he has earned this big payday and I am excited to see what he gets. As for Prince Fielder...the guy is an animal. Did you know he hit a home run into the upper deck of (old) Tiger Stadium at age 12? Talk about power!

I think the contracts in baseball are just ridiculous, as it really is a lazy man's game. I mean, you get to bat 4 times a game and have a few difficult plays to make each game (if you are lucky). But hey, if you create market demand you should go get what you are worth, eh?

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