1. the arrangement or disposition of people or things in relation to each other
The 1st inning is the only time of the game where a manager can control who bats 1st, 2nd, and 3rd.
The 7th place hitter is very rarely the *seventh* hitter in an inning. His first at bat may find him batting “second” in the 2nd inning. Or batting lead-off…in the 3rd inning. Continue reading RESTORING ORDER
You should stop using Batting Average to value baseball players. As a stat, it’s only hitting about .200 when it comes to taking a snapshot of a player’s value. Continue reading THE CRESTWOOD MALL OF STATS
Is there a more universally mocked idea in all of sport than the winner of baseball’s All-Star Game earning home field advantage for its league? It’s hard to pretend that Mike Trout would be removed from a game of such impact in favor of Brock Holt. Except that he was. Continue reading HOME IS WHERE THE LESSER TEAM IS
“There are 30 seconds left, and he needs one homer to tie, and two to win.” That’s a statement that would send all eyes to the TV–at least more so than “Has he earned any bonus time?” Continue reading DISTANCE EDUCATION
I’ve long hated the “unwritten rules” of baseball. Just why aren’t they written down? If they’re so understood and agreed upon, why do we have so many disagreements, erstwhile fastballs, and bench-clearing bouts of pattycake?
I googled ‘unwritten rules’, and did my best to defend what I found from the perspective of the offended:
Continue reading PUT IT IN WRITING
“I think I like the Old Busch better” said actual, breathing people, when New Busch Stadium opened in 2006.
Of course, they didn’t mean what they said, they were understandably referencing memories they allowed an old building to contain. You’re welcome to say you prefer pitchers hitting for themselves to the Designated Hitter, but I’ll bet you, too, are holding on to yesteryear. Continue reading OLD BUSCH AND THE DESIGNATED PITCHER
The paradox of coaching, to me, is that while you must express optimism externally, successful coaches tend to internalize pessimism when assessing the fluid reality of their team.
“What’s most likely to go wrong, and how can I prevent it?”
“To what do I most credit our success, and how can I build upon that equity–so nothing can compromise it down the road?”
You’d have to be pessimistic in nature to find holes with the Cardinals, currently. Continue reading BENCHING OPTIMISM