Posted on Saturday, March 9, 2013
in Reviews, Sports
All-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.”
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.
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.
This is a preview of
The Game From Where I Stand by Doug Glanville
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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?
Posted on Monday, May 14, 2012
in Emotional, How To, Relational, Social, Sports, Values
In major league baseball the unwritten rules are known as “the code.” Yesterday I reviewed the book The Baseball Codes: Beanballs, Sign Stealing, and Bench-Clearing Brawls: The Unwritten Rules of America’s Pastime by Jason Turbow and Michael Duca.
In baseball, as in life, there are the written rules and the unwritten rules, but baseball is a piece of cake compared to “the code” we try to decode when we’re in relationships.
Code – “It’s not working out…”
She seemed so sweet. We’d text one another all day, every day. Now nothing. I guess I didn’t make her happy.
Posted on Saturday, May 12, 2012
in Reviews, Sports, Values
In baseball, as in life, there are the written rules and the unwritten rules. In major league baseball the unwritten rules are known as “the code.”
While I’d heard of “the code,” it’s even more complicated than I realized.
This week I finished reading The Baseball Codes: Beanballs, Sign Stealing, and Bench-Clearing Brawls: The Unwritten Rules of America’s Pastime by Jason Turbow and Michael Duca.
As a lifelong baseball fan I found it valuable to understand how the game of baseball is actually played by major league players.
This is a preview of
The Baseball Codes by Jason Turbow and Michael Duca
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I live in Minnesota and recently a local baseball player, Scott Baker, required arm surgery.
Baker, according to TwinCities.com, “was scheduled for surgery to clean scar tissue off a flexor tendon, a procedure that would have required about six months of rehabilitation. Instead, he will miss at least 12 months.”
I love mysteries. I love pondering mysteries. I love trying to solve mysteries. I wonder:
Why did two MRI exams failed to detect a tear in Baker’s ligament?
What causes baseball pitchers to have such a high rate of elbow injuries?
Posted on Friday, April 13, 2012
in Emotional, Relational, Social, Spiritual, Sports, Values
Jim Thome signed with the MLB’s Philadelphia Phillies this off season. I felt sad. When he played with my local team, the Minnesota Twins, he was my favorite player.
Why? Let me explain.
When Thome signed with the Twins before the 2010 season, the phone of (then) Twins general manager Bill Smith rang.
Smith recalled, “I got a call from someone with Philadelphia, telling me what a great guy we were getting…And then I got calls from the White Sox. And the Dodgers, even though he hadn’t been there a long time. And from Cleveland. They’d all say the same thing, about what a good guy he is.” 1
Posted on Thursday, April 12, 2012
in How To, Relational, Social, Sports, Values
As Major League Baseball’s Spring Training ended each team made decisions about problem players. They asked and answered:
“Do his assets exceed the sum total of his deficits?”
“Do his strengths outweigh his weaknesses?”
Your workplace has the same challenges. Building a team of competent employees is a challenge.
You can’t change someone’s personality, but you can implement strategies to help them perform professionally and more competently while on the job.
Most Common Types Of Problem People And Strategies To Help Them Succeed: 1
The non-communicative person.
Ask open questions that force her to explain what she thinks.
Posted on Wednesday, April 11, 2012
in Emotional, Relational, Social, Spiritual, Values
Jamie Moyer is 49 years old, like me. Like me Jamie Moyer is the oldest active “player” doing his job at his workplace.
On the other hand, Moyer is a Major Leagues Baseball pitcher. In fact, his next win will be the oldest victory for a pitcher in MLB history. 1
Moyer and wife Karen live with their eight children in Florida. There the Moyers promote the nonprofit Moyer Foundation. Their mission is “to empower children in distress by providing education and support – helping them to live healthy and inspired lives.” 1