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  1. After I tore one of mine, before it was fixed, I went to a Virginia Tech football game. Big play happened, everyone jumps up, I land slightly awkardly and *bam*. Shooting pain in my knee. Agony. That also happened after tear #2, when my regular doc was on reserve duty, and backup doc said "I don't think you really tore anything, just rest for a week or two and go back to playing soccer." Like a minute into my first game back, same thing, shooting pain in the knee. Went back to the backup doc, got an MRI, and whatta you know, he said it was the cleanest ACL tear he'd ever seen.
  2. In 1880 the average batting average of the 55 qualifiers was .256, and the standard deviation was 0.037. In 1893 the average was .290 and the standard was still 0.037 In 1941 the average was .282 and the standard deviation .033. In 2000 the average was .282 and the standard deviation 0.028. In 2019 the average was .272 and the standard deviation was .027. That may not seem like so much of a difference, but George Gore was 2.8 standard deviations above the (qualifier) average when he hit .360 in 1880. Ted Williams was 3.8 when he hit .401, but he was a freak. Tim Anderson was 2.3 last year. Since the peak of the 1990s average have fallen about 20 points, while the spread continues to tighten up as it has since the beginning of time. As players get better the distance between best and worst gradually shrinks. To hit .400 today a batter would be almost five standard deviations above the qualifier average. I'm reasonably sure that's never happened. Hugh Duffy was less than three when he hit .440 in '94. Tony Gwynn was only at 3.48 when he hit .394 in 1994, and that was in a short season. Just hitting .350 today is almost three standard deviations from the qualifier average. Yaz was about 2.6 above the AL mark in '68 when he hit .301.
  3. St. Mary's County, population about 115k, has an annual school budget of about $250M. Or roughly comparable to the Orioles' annual revenues.
  4. LSU played something like 70 games that year. McDonald threw 152 innings and struck out over 200. That seems like a lot of innings for a 21-year-old to throw in three months or so. For a comparison the SEC leader in innings in 2019 had 118. ACC leader had 113. Although some guy named Grant Judkins threw 165 innings for Iowa last year. He started 30 of the team's 55 games.
  5. He's an Oriole prospect. The odds of him tearing something trying that are... 94%?
  6. I can see Wrigley Field. Hit it down the deep RF line, and have it get caught up in the ivy*. But Toronto? The CFer and RFer must have collided and knocked each other out. * Description from AP article 5/25/99 "Millar's fly ball with two outs in the ninth inning off Aguilera went over Sammy Sosa's head, hit the ivy-covered wall and bounced away. When the Cubs right fielder couldn't find the ball, Millar circled the bases for a homer."
  7. I should probably give the Burns documentary another chance, but I didn't much like it when it came out. I thought it should have been titled Race Relations in America, As Seen Through the Lens of Baseball. But it's been a long time since I saw it. Also, I thought it barely mentioned dozens upon dozens of topics that whole books have been written about. I suppose that's to be expected, you can't fit everything in the time alotted. I was really looking forward to the episode on the early history of the game up to 1900, and (I know, this is just me) I came away thinking I didn't learn a single new thing. Burns spent maybe 30 seconds on the champion NL Orioles, and most of the rest of the episode on how Cap Anson and others segregated the game. I wanted a documentary on baseball, not on how repugnant Anson's attitudes look to a modern observer.
  8. I would have liked to see this, from long-time Oriole catcher Wilbert Robinson:
  9. I have a '34 Goudey Jimmie Foxx* card that I once bought for something like $10 because it's in poor condition, and the first line on the back is "Down in Sudlersville, Md., a farmer boy was playing on a high school team and dreamed of big league baseball..." Foxx never played for the O's but he spent a season on the Easton Farmers of the Eastern Shore League. One of the few Class D teams to have two Hall of Famers. Foxx was 16 and hit .296, led the team with 10 homers. And Home Run Baker (also from the Eastern Shore) was the player-manager at 38. * The card spells his name "Jimmy"
  10. A team that's a little lost to history is the 1929-30 Philadelphia A's. You think of the 1920s and 1930s as part of a long string of Yankee dominance. But those A's teams won consecutive pennants, beating out the Ruth/Gehrig Yanks by 18 and 16 games, respectively. They took a dynasty with two of the inner-circlest of inner circle HOFers to the woodshed. And four of the key players on those A's teams were Orioles. Second baseman Max Bishop was from an extinct class of players, the kind who'd hit .260 with 20 doubles, eight homers, and 125 walks. He was a local kid, going to both high school and college in Baltimore. Connie Mack bought him from Jack Dunn in '24. The shortstop was Joe Boley, who played in Baltimore from 1919-26 and hit over .300 almost every year with 30+ doubles, double-digit triples. Of course on the mound was Lefty Grove, who still has a halfway decent argument for being the best left-hander or even the best pitcher of all time. Grove was from Lonaconing, MD, just down from Frostburg. And finally George Earnshaw, mentioned a few posts above for going 29-11 in 1925. Mack pried him loose from the O's in mid-season 1928, and in his first full year in the majors at age 29 he went 24-8, leading the AL in wins.
  11. I was at this game, and the only thing separating me from an in-person no hitter was a 7th inning infield single by Glenn Davis. Chuck Nagy then got Sam Horn to ground into a double play, and he finished off the last two innings without incident.
  12. If only the Orioles and Ben McDonald hadn't been quibbling over $750k maybe they'd have had access to someone who wasn't a fantastically ridiculous underdog... In '89 the Orioles' initial offer to McDonald was $255k as a clear, consensus 1/1 pick who would almost immediately be MLB-ready. For context, in 1989 the MLB minimum salary was $68,000. Today it's about $500k, so... that bonus offer was kind of the equivalent of about $2M today. Rutschman got $8.1M. McDonald was asking for Bo Jackson money (about $1M). He eventually signed in August for a $350k bonus and a 3-year MLB deal that paid $1.1M. His 1990 FIP of 3.68 was better than any '89 O's starter except Jay Tibbs.
  13. Tied with Gordie Sundin and Jeff Rineer for shortest career by an Oriole pitcher. Each faced two batters. In the third inning of the second game of a doubleheader on September 7th 1977 Farmer was brought in to face the Tigers with Jason Thompson and Rusty Staub on base. He gave up a single to Lance Parrish, then a walk to Ben Oglivie. Was removed for Randy Miller, who let Parrish score. So Farmer's Oriole ERA is infinite. Sundin had a similar story in '56 as an 18-year-old. Rineer got the most out of his two batters - credit for a whole inning pitched. Came on in the 6th inning of the last regular season game in '79 with Ron Hassey on first. Got a flyball to left, then an GIDP, and his major league career was over.
  14. "Kevin Hickey, South Side native, former White Sox LOOGY and batting practice pitcher, lived an one-in-a-million life. That storybook closed after Hickey passed away on Wednesday, following weeks spent in a diabetic coma." From this article.
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