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Broken Bats, Barry Bonds and The Easy Way Out.

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John Bowker, Giants vs Cardinals, April 18, 2008.

It takes a lot to get me back into blogging mode these days.  And it’s not because I don’t want to but, like everyone else, I’m busy.  So when I read an article in this morning’s Wall Street Journal I couldn’t contain myself.

The article was written by Jo Craven McGinty,  “Behind Broken Baseball Bats, Broken Records.”  Blame Barry, she says, and that got my attention.  Evidently the year that Bonds hit his record 73 home runs, he was using a maple wood bat, unlike the ash bats that were commonplace in the majors at the time.

Today the use of maple wood bats has increased to nearly 75% of all bats used in broken bat 2the major leagues.  There’s controversy about whether maple vs ash bats contribute to more home runs.    The problem is that maple is more likely to split into multiple pieces when it breaks, while ash “flakes”.   In other words, it can hurt people.  Like it did on June 5 at Fenway Park, when it smashed into the stands and into the face of a fan.

Kurt Ainsworth, Marucci Sports, puts it this way.  “When you have future Hall of Famers putting up crazy numbers, it’s hard for MLB to take those bats out of their hands.”  Really.  Is that what it means?  You mean Barry Bonds record home runs was due to his “bat” and had nothing to do with steroids?   According to Lloyd Smith, Director of the Sports Science Lab at Washington State University, “The speed of the ball coming off maple is no different from the speed of the ball coming off ash.”

But here’s the kicker.  According to McGinty’s article, which also deals with the diameter, density and slope of grain of the bats, regulations have reduced the number of broken bats.  “Since 2013 the minimum density of the barrel of the bat is 0.0245 pounds per cubic inch.  The Regulations have reduced the number of broken bats.”  But, as she notes, there are exceptions to the rules:

“Players who used low-density bats before the rules took effect are grandfathered in and at least 15% of maple bats used in MLB today have densities below 0.0245.”

Are you kidding me?  If there’s any substance to this regulation at all, why would you take the easy way out and let any of the players keep using the maple bats?

I’ll bet money on the fact someone out there has the answer.  And I hope it’s not because the guys who are hitting the homers are the ones who are still using those bats and drawing the fans through the gates.  I mean it can’t always be about the money, can it?

The Sounds (And Sights) Of Baseball

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Here’s Steve Contursi doing what he does best for love of the game ~ again.

Thank you Steve!

Originally posted on Reflections On Baseball:

In the 21st Century, we live in a video world. YouTube posts go viral and police wear “cop cams”. ……..If we can’t see it,  we don’t believe it or it simply didn’t happen.

But there is another way to explore and experience life…….seemingly long forgotten but once the only way we “knew” anything……….and that is by exercising our auditory senses.

Sounds Of Baseball is predicated on that concept. It is a not for profit website that is the work of Ronnie Redmond (Santa Cruz, CA) and myself.  Completely reworked by Ronnie, the new mobile friendly site offers a trip back to yesteryear when sound was all that existed. Here’s a sample…….

Ted Williams Last At Bat…………..tell me the radio announcer doesn’t draw you in to the moment with his radio call……..

We are (openly) trying to promote our site. Please consider posting or sending it to your friends on…

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183 Day MLB Trip in 2015: Game 62 – Wrigley Field

Wow!   This is what I’d call a “real” summer vacation.  Have fun Chuck! We’ll be following your journey.

183 Day MLB Trip in 2015: Game 62 – Wrigley Field.

 

Milwaukee Brewers “Hank the Dog” Mascot

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hank the dog2Okay. I have to admit this is a little bit lame, but you have to admit it’s a little bit about baseball. Hank’s a stray that somehow wandered in to the Milwaukee Brewers baseball scene.  Now he’s not only the team mascot but recently got his own Bobblehead. !  I couldn’t resist ~ Scroll down through the pic’s and you’ll see what I mean.  Only a few more weeks folks:))

Originally posted on The Baseball Continuum:

In 30 Teams, 30 Posts, I write a post about every MLB team in some way in the lead-up to the beginning of the 2015 season. Previous installments can be found here. Today, a cute dog.

I could write about the Brewers, but why do that when I now have a perfect excuse to have pictures of Hank, the cute little stray pup who was adopted as a unofficial mascot by the Brewers last season and found it’s way into America’s heart?

I mean, look at this fella:

D’aww.

(Go below the jump for more, since this is image heavy.)

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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

baseball christmas wreath

A note of thanks and goodwill to everyone.  What a wonderful year it’s been!  Wishing all of you a happy, joyful holiday season.

Joe Torre says managers won’t be allowed to kill time while deciding whether to challenge a call

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48.  Generic UmpireI wondered about that. I mean, the Umpire has to make his decision in split-second timing and the Manager saunters around, ho-humming, while the guy in the back room is reviewing in slow motion the play to decide whether it should be challenged or not. As of Sept. 7, there had been 1,130 challenges. Of these, 529 (or 47 percent) resulted in a call being overturned. Those results would be decreased dramatically if there were a time limit on the challenge.

Originally posted on HardballTalk:

One of the more annoying parts of instant replay was how managers, while waiting to hear back from someone in their dugout for direction on whether to actually challenge a call, would meander out onto the field and stall. Usually they’d “ask for clarification,” but it was a stall, make no mistake.

Joe Torre acknowledged yesterday that was a problem and said something would be done about it for 2015:

“That was really my baby,” Torre said. “The one thing we talked about challenging, I didn’t want to take away from the manager the fact that he could run out there and argue. I didn’t really plan on them meandering out there and having conversations, You live and learn.

“I think that’s one area [where] we’ll do something different. We’ll eliminate some of that standing around because 10 seconds in our game seems like a lifetime. Hopefully we can make…

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Madison Bumgarner pitches the Giants to their third World Series win in five seasons

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Madison Bumgarner & Buster Posey

Madison Bumgarner & Buster Posey

Mad Bum and Posey, together again. One of the best World Series ever, played by two worthy opponents to a Game 7 finale. I have no words.

Originally posted on HardballTalk:

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KANSAS CITY — It’s a cliche that someone in some P.R. office came up with, but in Madison Bumgarner’s case it’s true: October is when legends are born.

The Giants ace came out of the bullpen after four innings and, on two days rest, absolutely dazzled. He pitched five innings, allowed only two hits didn’t walk anyone and struck out four while shutting down and shutting out the Royals. The Royals who never looked like they had a chance against him.

Even in the ninth, when Alex Gordon wound up on third base following a misplay of his single by Gregor Blanco in center, you didn’t get the sense that Bumgarner would break. Not with a hobbled Salvador Perez at the plate, still obviously feeling the effects of being hit by a pitch earlier in the game. Not even if Perez was healthy, actually. Bumgarner was…

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