Pitching is such a vital part of the game, as far as winning is concerned.

On most teams the set up man has become more valuable, on others not so valuable.

Something to keep in mind — it’s raining lightly. The infield could be very wet on ground balls.

What is a drop and drive pitcher? He is a guy who drops and drives. Very simple.

So by guessing right you might have guessed wrong.

Giambi walks too much. He’s always clogging up the bases with all that walking.

As a new day begins in New York, the sun sets in Hawaii.

If football is a game of inches then baseball is a game of inch.

If that ball had more elevation, it would have been a home run.

If the double play is a pitcher’s best friend, what is a fielder’s choice? An acquaintance?

It’s better to have a fast runner on base than a slow one.

One thing about ground balls. They don’t go out of the ball park.

The reason we call that pitch up and in is because the arms are attached to the shoulder.

He wears his hat like a left hander!

Any ball that goes down is much heavier than any ball that stays on the same plane.

The blood on his sock looks exactly like Oklahoma!

You don't want to use too many statistics. The ones that apply to a July or August game won't be relevant on Saturday.

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Great piece by Jerry Cohen at Flannel of the Month on the history of baseball team names:

The important point here is that for several decades team nicknames were unofficial and and rather elastic. Most fans know the Dodgers tried on “Bridegrooms”, “Superbas” and “Robins” before settling on Dodgers, and Boston’s National League club was known as the “Beaneaters” and the “Bees” before they were the Braves. It took time for clubs to develop traditions and histories which were the foundation needed to give life to names that stuck. In the rare case that club owners tried to force a new nickname on fans it was not always successful, as when Philadelphia’s National league club announced in 1945 that they would henceforth be named the “Bluejays”. The new name didn’t stick (perhaps the fact that the team neglected to take “Phillies” off the uniform didn’t help).

(Hat tip: Jim Coudal.)


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