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BRobinsonfan last won the day on March 14 2010

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    Political Consultant
  • Favorite All Time Oriole
    Brooks of course!

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  1. My favorite too... I'm especially a fan of Sweet Thursday and Cannery Row.... There's also Log from the Sea of Cortez in which he writes a prolog called "About Ed Ricketts." Ricketts was has close friend and the man on whom he based the character "Doc" in Sweet Thursday and Cannery Row... its some of his best writing.
  2. Fascinating article on Nate Silber's FiveThirtyEight tracks yet another way the game has changed. Namely, that for the first time in over 40 years starters are pitching better than relievers. Travis Sawchick, the author of the article, suggests that this may very well mean that baseball has reached the limit of bullpen specialization. Also of note, starters have performed better their first time through the lineup than relievers. Starters have also shrunk the gap in velocity between themselves and relievers to less than .8 mph. Increased velocity by starters, and their generally larger repertoire of pitches, has also contributed to the better overall performance by the starting rotation. https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/for-decades-relievers-pitched-better-than-starters-not-anymore/
  3. East of Eden by John Steinbeck... There's no finer piece of fiction that I've ever encountered. The scene regarding the meaning of free will in the Cain and Abel story in Genesis 4:14 is superlative. The verse in question reads: "1Behold, thou hast driven me out this day from the face of the earth; and from thy face shall I be hid; and I shall be a fugitive and a vagabond in the earth; and it shall come to pass, that every one that findeth me shall slay me. The character Lee, a Chinese manservant, explains: “Don’t you see? The American Standard translation orders men to triumph over sin, and you can call sin ignorance. The King James translation makes a promise in “Thou shalt,” meaning that men will surely triumph over sin. But the Hebrew word, the word timshel–‘Thou mayest’–that gives a choice. It might be the most important word in the world. That says the way is open. That throws it right back on a man. For if ‘Thou mayest’–it is also true that ‘Thou mayest not.’ Don’t you see?” The revelation has a profound impact on Samuel Hamilton who comments on the possibility within the single Hebrew word:
  4. Here's the story of how Keith Comstock, a journeyman reliever who spent parts of 6 seasons with 4 different teams, orchestrated having his baseball card "look like a comeback hit me in the nuts." You can read the article here. https://www.espn.com/mlb/story/_/id/27425987/guy-ball-crotch-story-funniest-baseball-card-ever-made N.B. It was his minor league card for the Las Vegas Stars, but since he played in the majors I thought it was okay to put here.
  5. I use Apple Pay on my watch whenever I can... even for soda out of the machine and parking meters. It's just quicker and more convenient than cash... that being said... I try to keep $200 in cash with me at all times just in case of an emergency.
  6. So is that what they mean when they say people take steroids to get jacked?
  7. Yeah, but for all we know it wasn't Papelbon choking Harper only because Chris Davis was physically restrained by others. We can only speculate on his ultimate intent but it doesn't look like he was going at Hyde to register a polite objection to his manager's words. This was exceptionally poor behavior by Davis.
  8. What specifically do you mean? Are there other instances you're thinking of? Is it just the comment about the pitching? Earl Weaver was a pretty successful leader by any measure but no one would accuse him of having a good check on his temper.
  9. I've got the boys down in the lab working on it right now. There's got to be a clue in there somewhere. If only we could see it.
  10. I remember that... there was a Baseball Digest article about them being the outfield of the future for the O's.
  11. One more... Rich Coggins. Hit .319 in 110 games in 1973. The next year he hit .243 in 113 games and then after that he never made it in to more than 64 games in a season. Coggins did manage to play in 78 more games than Jim Traber did though.
  12. It's hard to believe it but Jim Traber has played in exactly 264 more MLB games than I have.
  13. It was gonna be up hill not matter what, but this would seem to make it all but impossible. (I still hope he cheats Father Time and makes it!).
  14. Yeah, well that's like... your opinion man.
  15. I'm just curious... who did you find? Did you see that the HOF wants Stevie's hat and glove for an exhibit? https://www.baltimoresun.com/sports/orioles/bs-sp-orioles-stevie-wilkerson-cooperstown-20190728-a5gxkolgjva2bcmhkjimclg75m-story.html
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