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Nov 1

What’s HOT?

Posted on Friday, November 1, 2013 in Emotional, How To, Relational, Spiritual, Sports, Values

fire-76815_640This week I’m focusing on five listening moments.

Monday was Listening to Understand
Tuesday was Listen Deeply
Wednesday was Listen Beneath The Surface
Thursday was Listen, Don’t T.R.I.P.

Listen In

If we listen to the news of the day and the waves of our culture we’d spend all of our time chasing what’s “hot.”

Until 2004 the Boston Red Sox hadn’t won baseball’s World Series in 86 years and this week they won their third in the last ten years. They’re hot!

Oct 26

World Series Reading List

Posted on Saturday, October 26, 2013 in Reviews, Sports, Values

As I write this review, we’re in the midst of the 2013 World Series. The St Louis Cardinals and the Boston Red Sox are battling for the title World Champions.

I have just finished a couple baseball-themed books I think you might enjoy too.

Playing w PurposePlaying with Purpose: Baseball by Mike Yorkey

Playing with Purpose: Baseball by Mike Yorkey takes the readers behind the scenes and into the lives, values and faith of some of the best baseball players who have ever lived including Cy Young winner Clayton Kershaw, future Hall of Famer Albert Pujoles and Mariano Rivera.

Jun 17

Father Torii

Posted on Monday, June 17, 2013 in Emotional, How To, Relational, Social, Spiritual, Sports, Values

ANZBc9IGI’m a baseball fan, and a Chicago Cubs fan. I’ve been a fan since I was in first grade. I explained my feelings about the Cubs in my (very-first) silent scream.

Though I’m a Cubs fan, I’ve lived in Minnesota for more than twenty years. The local Minnesota Twins have grown on me. My favorite Twins have been Jim Thome and Torii Hunter.

Torii Hunter

Yesterday I read an inspirational essay entitled, “Torii Hunter is a Father First, Ballplayer Second” by Steve Kornacki.

Mar 24

Fielding Bible Volume III by John Dewan & Ben Jedlovec

Posted on Sunday, March 24, 2013 in Reviews, Sports, Technical

fb3The Fielding Bible Volume III is a fascinating book of the subtleties of playing defense in Major League Baseball.

I had read their first volume and I was excited to read their third. I was not disappointed.

John Dewan and Ben Jedlovec have unveiled another wonderful guide for baseball stat-geeks.

Dewan and Jedlovec included new studies on crucial aspects of fielding, including defensive positioning, the Ted Williams shift, bunts, double plays, outfielder arms and catcher defense.

Their statistical analysis – building on the work began by stat-godfather Bill James – has significantly increased our understanding of the benefits of a good defensive player and the consequences of playing a poor defensive player.

Mar 9

All-Stars For All Time by William McNeil

Posted on Saturday, March 9, 2013 in Reviews, Sports

CoverAll-Stars For All Time is subtitled “a sabermetric ranking of the major league best, 1876–2007.” I found the book to be balanced, position-specific, adjusted, and, as a former catcher, I loved the depth of the analysis.

“Baseball’s All-Time All-Star team was determined by a comparison of each player’s offensive and defensive contributions as measured by his most important statistics.”

“Each position had to be evaluated separately since each position had unique responsibilities that required its own measurements. For instance, catchers had to be evaluated for their ability to throw out potential base stealers, while pitchers were evaluated for their success in the art of pitching. Other position players were measured primarily for their success at producing runs on offense and for preventing runs on defense.”

Oct 9

Right Up Your Alley

Posted on Tuesday, October 9, 2012 in Education, Emotional, How To, Intellectual, Relational, Social, Spiritual, Sports, Values

When I was a teen I had a conversation with my dad about my future career choices.

Since I was a little boy I was known as “Scotty the Scientist”, so clearly a career in the sciences made sense for me. So it was a surprise to my dad when I mentioned that I thought about becoming a police officer.

That dream was more based on my fantasies about being a hero than understanding the what the job would entail.

Right Up Your Alley - What You Do Reveals Who You Are Becoming 

Sep 1

Game Time by Roger Angell

Posted on Saturday, September 1, 2012 in Reviews, Sports

Since I was very young I’ve been a baseball fan.

As a fan with a limited budget, televised games, box scores, recaps and baseball books often satisfy my fascination with major league baseball.

This summer, like many summers, I planned and read a few baseball books.

In May I wrote my review of The Baseball Codes by Jason Turbow and Michael Duca, a fascinating perspective of the culture of the game within the game.

Jul 13

The Game From Where I Stand by Doug Glanville

Posted on Friday, July 13, 2012 in Reviews, Sports

Subtitled “A Ballplayer’s Inside View”, The Game From Where I Stand by Doug Glanville is just that, “an inside view.”

I wasn’t certain what to expect when I began read Glanville’s book. As a baseball fan, and specifically a Chicago Cubs fan, I only knew Glanville as an outfielder.  He was a decent hitter — who was pretty quick on the base paths.  He was also a very capable outfielder who compiled an astounding 293-game errorless streak.

I didn’t know if his book’s “inside view” would be filled with scandalous allegations, tiresome self-promotion, or effusive praise for teammates.

Jul 10

Winning Runs – Home Run Derby

Posted on Tuesday, July 10, 2012 in Emotional, Social, Spiritual, Sports, Values

This week is Major League Baseball’s All-Star Game.  One of the pre-game celebrations is the Home Run Derby.

The MLB Twitter-feed was filled with anticipation.

Will @theCUTCH22 be McCrushin’? How many Trumbombs for @Mtrumbo44? Can Prince or Cano win ?#HRDerby? again?

Here’s my interpretation:

Will (the Pittsburgh Pirates’) Andrew McCutchen win? How many home runs do you think (Anaheim Angels’) Mark Trumbo will hit? Do you think former Home Run Derby champions (Detroit Tigers’) Prince Fielder and (NY Yankees’) Robinson Cano win the Home Run Derby this year?

Last Year

May 22

Breaking News: Cubs Fan Says Something Good About A Cardinals Player

Posted on Tuesday, May 22, 2012 in Relational, Spiritual, Sports

With my dad’s influence I grew up a baseball fan.  We played catch on the sidewalks.  We played wiffle ball in the front yard.  We listened to games in the car.  We watched games in the living room.  I still have some baseball cards from 1970 the first season I bought my own baseball cards.

The Chicago Cubs were then and still are my favorite team.  My dad had been a Cubs fan and Milwaukee Braves fan growing up.