Wednesday, February 24, 2010

The 2010 Season

Well with less than a week until the first spring training game, I think everybody is getting excited in baseball, including the players. Take a look at how thrilled they look.

I’d be shocked if I found out that you watched that whole thing without falling asleep. My point is, everybody is making such a big deal about spring training this year and they all seem to think that the players are as pumped up as they are. These guys are in the MLB, they do this every year!

Thursday, February 11, 2010

No more Tom Glavine?

Well, Tom Glavine of the Atlanta Braves has officially retired. I am quite upset by this. I mean the guy did play for twenty two seasons and all, but I’m going to miss him. Though I’m not a Braves fan, I sometimes watch replays of old world series, one of those series being the 1995 world series, which he was the MVP in. Sure, I knew it was coming, but it’s still a bit of a downer for me. So I found a few photos of Tom Glavine, and put them together below.

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Yes, he was on the Mets too.

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And if you’re wondering why I miss Tom Glavine, it’s because he was a pitching genius with 305 career wins. But, there’s still some pitchers in the league that I’ve been watching lately. Ricky Romero from the Blue Jays seems like a real future prospect to me.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Girls Should Play Baseball

I had a request in the comments for a post on girls playing baseball. I found that no girl ever played in the major leagues, but that there was quite a famous girls league during World War Two. Take a look:


I also discovered that there was one girl in the Minor Leagues that struck out Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig back to back. Here’s the story.

In 1931 the owner of the Southern Associates AA Chattanooga Lookouts, Joe Engel, signed a 17 year old pitcher named Jackie Mitchell. On April 2, 1931, Chattanooga played an exhibition game against the Yankees. The manager, Bert Niehoff, began the game with Clyde Barfoot, but removed him after he gave up a double and a single. Niehoff put in Jackie Mitchell, who was to face Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, and Tony Lazzeri. She threw the Babe ball one, then two strikes that he swung at, and a third strike that he looked at. Then came Lou Gehrig who swung at all three of her tricky little curveballs, and went back to the bench. Then came Tony Lazzeri who walked, at which point Niehoff removed Mitchell and put Clyde Barfoot back in. The Yankees ended up winning, 14-4. When I first learned all this, a thought to myself, there are men to this day who can’t even strike out a bench warmer, men who won’t even give girls a chance to prove that they can play ball, and yet, those men know on the back of there minds that there was a girl who struck out Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig and still they won’t give girls a chance to play real baseball. And I think the girls of the world deserve a chance. A chance to play and live up to Jackie Mitchell, because really, how many pitchers do you know of these days that might’ve been able to do what Jackie Mitchell did? To strike out two of the greatest hitters of all time.There really isn’t a written rule that states that girls can’t play in the MLB, but every time you mention it to someone high and mighty in baseball, they just laugh at you. Always. But, girls and baseball have made progress. There have  been some female major-league umpires, and here’s an interview with a particularly famous one

here. Hopefully, there will be more girl umps in baseball in the future, and maybe even girl players.

Monday, February 1, 2010

Target Field

With so many things going on with free-agents this off season, everyone seems to be forgetting some of the other excitements of the winter in baseball. For example, I haven’t heard anyone mention the Twin’s new ballpark that will open on April 12. It’s a mystery to me why I haven’t heard anything because it is going to be the Twin’s sixth ballpark since the team started as the Senators. And it’s the first field specifically made for the Twins. 

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Pretty nice stadium right? Of course everybody’s going to make a big deal out of it once the season starts, but I’ll be the only one who talked about it before hand. Maybe I haven’t heard about it because I don’t live near any Twins fans? I don’t know. Here’s a little history about the Twin’s old field, The Metrodome.

  • The Metrodome opened officially in 1982
  • The Vikings and Twins wanted a new stadium since the early sixties, but the city of Minneapolis rejected for years
  • It cost The Industry Square Development Corporation 14.5 million dollars for the land where the Metrodome is
  • Construction on the Metrodome started in December, 1979

And so, I still wonder why I haven’t heard anything about the Twin’s new stadium. The Twins must feel so unpopular right now.