The Interleague DHilemma of 2013

Time for the NL to adopt DH

Time for the NL to adopt DH

June 25, 2012
Inland Empire, CA

I woke up this morning to this story on ESPN.com about the changes to be made to the MLB in 2013.

The Houston Astros will be moving to the American League, which will balance the divisions. Interleague will be expanded to the entirety of the regular season. That, of course, brings up the DH rule.

According to ESPN, the MLBPA is unlikely to approve doing away with the designated hitter. The opinion is that the game is already complicated enough and having two sets of rules is even more so, for the fans. This means that our beloved National League could say goodbye to the chess piece of the line-up, the Pitcher’s Spot.

Here is my initial reaction via Twitter.com:

“@IEdodgerBUM: I don’t like adding the DH to the NL but, it seems there will be no choice. Pitchers should be ballplayers, not princesses. #MLB #MiLB”

“@IEdodgerBUM: Designating a Hitter is saying, “my pitcher can throw but, he can’t play baseball” #MLB #MiLB”

“@IEdodgerBUM: Its just my opinion and I’m sure it will sell tickets either way but, I think baseball is going backwards.”

“@IEdodgerBUM: #Interleague will be a season long thing, tho. It could get confusing switching rules every 4th day. #DHilemma #MLB #MiLB”

“@IEdodgerBUM: I respect the DH, doing the most difficult thing in #sports for a living but Instead of gaining DH, it feels like losing the Pitcher’s Spot.”

Baseball has always been 9 guys per side, playing baseball. To me, hitting for the pitcher is absurd. In my defense, I am an old school type.

It’s not going to end my world or my love of the game to see the Dodgers use a DH. In fact, I can see the many benefits of having a DH. It’s not completely crazy, AL.

It does worry me,though, that losing the Pitcher’s Spot eliminates some of the late-inning excitement of match-ups vs pinch hitters in NL parks. It’s the Senior Circuit. It’s history. This is the way our ancestors played😉

The fact that I’m “blogging” about my “tweet” proves that I’m a forward thinker. I’m not “afraid of change”. I will continue to “Root, Root, Root” for the MLB no matter what they do.

I am just a strong advocate of preserving history, especially of America’s Pastime. I don’t want it to become something that Babe Ruth, Jackie Robinson or even Willie Mays wouldn’t recognize.

Nothing is set in stone.

Perhaps I’m over-reacting to a decision that hasn’t been made. IDK. All I know is that I’m sure I’m not the only fan who would miss the “old way” of the National League.

Peace.
Love.
Sport.

@IEdodgerBum

If I Had A Wall

Inland Empire, CA
Thursday, June 14
2012

A Wall

I would pepper it.
I would run it out.
I would look to double it up.

Over and over again.

I would do this so many times.
Each particular piece of the wall will be analyzed for response to a line-driven baseball.

I will analyze the patterns of time from point of wall contact to ground contact as well as distance from wall to ground contact.

That will factor into distance from ground contact to Second Base in relation to average OF arm velocity.

I will know almost immediately after bat contact whether or not I can make it a double.

Ideal ball parks:

Lake Elsinore Diamond
Fenway
Coors
Yankee

Now, if I only had a wall.

Recycling Tip: Cans and Bottles

Inland Empire, CA
Thursday, June 14
2012

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Recycling for Small, So Cal Businesses:SoCalRecycling.com
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Try this before it gets too hot out there!

Keep can and bottle beverages in garage, basement or clean dark room.

To heighten efficiency, move cans and bottles to your fridge at coldest time of the day (usually early morning/late evening).

That means less work for your electricity plus, you don’t have to wait to pop the top on a cold drink. It’s already cold.

You may also apply this concept to your home and save $ on heat/ac.

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Read this to learn what SD Padres affiliate and former California Angels affiliate, Lake Elsinore Storm, is doing to Go Green via MiLB.com – Lake Elsinore Storm
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Twitter: @IEDodgerBum
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Dodgers: Philly, Seattle, Los Angeles, Uribe: Monday, June 11, 2012

Monday
June 11, 2011

Wierd Fact: In the NL West, Dodgers are only second to Colorado in Runs Scored yet, lead them by 14 Games, more than .200 in Win Percentage.

In Runs Against, Dodgers are best in the West and the rest fall into the same standings order.

Score one for Defense!
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FREEWAY SERIES (6/11-13)

The Angels rode the Freeways to Chavez Ravine for a 3 game set before the White Sox (6/14-16) show up for 3 more, this week

LAA stumbled early but, finds themselves 3 short of AL West lead and on a 3 game win-streak. 6-4 in their last 10.
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ROAD TRIPS:

LAD still boasts the best record in MLB at 39-22 followed by Washington’s 35-23. Anaheim is 32-29.

After a memorable sweep at the Liberty Bell, the Boys in Blue dropped 1 and picked up 2 vs the Mariners in Seattle having 7 W’s out of the last 10 games.

Also, Uribe was activated from the D/L, today. He was 3/10 with a 3B and a HR in Rancho Cucamonga.

http://www.rcquakes.com
http://www.twitter.com/quakes_baseball

BOX SCORE:
LAA vs LAD 6/11:
http://scores.espn.go.com/mlb/boxscore?gameId=320611119&teams=los-angeles-angels-vs-los-angeles-dodgers

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Instant Replay

Here’s a list of situations that Instant Replay may be helpful:

-Strike 3 and Ball 4: Disputing every pitch will definitely slow the game down. Strike Zones aren’t always the same. They are also specific to each individual umpire. On strike 3 or ball 4, however, the zone should be consistent and a challenge should be allowed on borderline pitches and blatent bad calls should be checked by the “extra official” watching the close ups. This also might help check swing disputes.

-Bunts Fair/Foul: This one is more about whether or not the ball hits the batter or enters the field of play. It would also be helpful for swinging and “accidental bunts”.

-Plays at the plate: This should be fairly obvious. Every Run is important. Safe or Out can be the difference between W and L so, should be a priority.

-Outfield Fair/Foul: Most of the time, the outfield umpires make the effort to get to fly balls down the line. It wouldn’t hurt to give them a little help on the deeper line drives. Stopping or continuing play as it happens might be difficult.

I’ve weighed the options. Both sides of the argument make valid points regarding the issue of instant replay in Major League Baseball.

Some believe that this could slow the game down. The NFL and NBA take time outs for officials to watch replays. This does take time.

I subscribe to the “extra man” idea regarding instant replay. When this game and its rules was invented there was nowhere near the type of technology that exists today.

Slow motion and replays will be valuable but, with the advanced camera work on the field we have now, an umpire paying attention to the play via a close-up can overturn a missed call almost immediately.

If there is any doubt, technical crews can show multiple angles of replays quickly. With proper communication the right call can be made relatively fast.

The key won’t be so much the replay itself but, in knowing when to overturn calls. This game is an imperfect one. Like the strike zone, the umpires’ “styles” will vary so, the matter of opinion will exist.

I believe it’s important to allow the umpires enough respect to make their own calls. Instant replay should be helpful without dominating the game itself.

In the future, these theories can be expanded to player statistics; RBI vs E, SB, BA, etc.

PHOTO: Las Cruces, New Mexico – Pecos League Baseball

Las Cruces, New Mexico

Las Cruces, New Mexico

Las Cruces Vaqueros

NEW POST @BaseballWay.com: Jackie Robinson Day 2012

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Hello again, baseball fans! It’s that time of year again. The 2012 MLB season is in full swing and today, April 15 is Jackie Robinson Day.

I plan to spend the day in my Dodger hat, watching MLB Network and Fox Sports for all the festivities of the day!

As if you didn’t know, I compiled a short bio of Jackie Robinson and what he has done for the game and our culture. It’s posted now at www.baseballway.com

Here is an excerpt concerning the relationship between the Brooklyn Dodgers and the Los Angeles Dodgers from the West side point of view.

I can only imagine how exciting it must have been to watch Jackie, especially with his style of play. He brought an aggressive speed to the game I’ve only read stories about but, today’s fan might take for granted.

As a Dodger fan, Jackie Robinson’s legacy is that much more special to me. I’m well aware of the pain that comes to Brooklyn over losing the most beloved team in New York. I recognize what happens when a city really identifies with it’s team. They become part of the family. They are representing your block, your burough, your hood, your way of life. It’s never easy letting go when the love is so strong.

In case you are a Brooklyn-ite who still dreams of Ebbets Field, for what it’s worth. We’re taking good care of them in Los Angeles. I can only speak for me but, as a Los Angeles sports fan I feel like we received a gift.

There was a time when we were all the way out here with the closest Major League Baseball game thousands of miles away.  We looked east for our Heroes of The Diamond and until “the move” could never feel that sense of pride in a team the way you all felt about “Them Bums”.

I bet alot of you have moved on. Maybe most of you are too young to really feel anything either way. I love Chavez Ravine, L.A. and Southern California but, I feel it’s important to let you know that supporting the Blue, White (and Red) always makes me think of Brooklyn, of Jackie Robinson and Pee Wee Reese and everything we’ve accomplished together.

-@IEdodgerBUM
California

Make sure to check out the full post on BaseballWay.com.

Thanks for reading.

Kershaw for 2011 MLB Cy Young!

Every once in a while, the MLB Facebook account asks a question about the game that catches my attention. This morning they posted a pic of our ace in the hole with this:

MLB on FaceBook

MLB on FaceBook

“You Decide: The NL Cy Young race will come down to _______ vs _____ ”

Almost none of the replies were for Kershaw. Here’s how I responded:

“Wake up, Facebook! Its Kershaw vs Kershaw!

The only pitcher better than Clayton Kershaw in the NL is, yep you guessed it, Clayton Kershaw!

The kid delivers every appearance. You can’t argue with his numbers. The fact that the Dodgers are sub-par record-wise should only benefit his bid for NL Cy Young.

Where others would have already given up on the season, #KShaw shows up in a big way consistently. The only pitcher in MLB who can beat CK at anything is himself!

Go Dodgers!
@IEDodgerBum
@BaseballWay”

LA Dodgers' Clayton Kershaw

LA Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw

What do you say?
Is there really anybody more deserving of the Cy Young in 2011 than “This Kid”?

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i Still Expect 2011 PostSeason for the #Dodgers. 8/17/2011

2011 NL Wild Card as of 8/17 via ESPN.com

2011 NL Wild Card as of 8/17 via ESPN.com

Okay, #Dodgers are 55-66, 13.5 GB in the #NLWest and 16 GB in the #NLWildCard race with 51 G ’til 162.

The last 10 games, LA is 4-6 and Lost 2 in a row. If there’s any silver lining it’s this. The Dodgers are losing heartbreakers! It probably doesn’t feel so good but look at this analogy:

A boxer is knocked out in Round 3. Its ugly. Even supporters feel doubt. The fights over. Even Disney couldn’t craft enough hope for this story…..There’s somethin’ to cry about.

The Dodgers are not being KO’d. These games are not ending without a fight! In Philly, we were within 1 run of the hottest team in the NL all 3 games (except the 5-3 L). Most of August (W or L) were separated by no more than 4 or 5. That’s Slam Range!

If anything, we’re losing decisions that can VERY easily go the other way. Yea “heartbreakers” for the other team! We can hang with the best of ’em still!

We just swept Houston! I didn’t see a lot of buzz about that….

If the PostSeason started today PHI, MIL and ARI would hold division, Wild Card to ATL.

Starting AUG 19, we have 24 of the 49 or so remaining games vs the NL West. That means, in the race for the West, we have plenty of opportunity make up some ground.

Our toughest series’ will be @STL Aug 22-24 and @ATL Sep 2-4 but, the reason I don’t like to rely too heavy on stats and probability is because an entire season can be reversed in the blink of an eye: a “ground-ball with eyes” or a “dying quail”, to quote Bull Durham.

Look, in the NL, there are 12 teams ahead of the Dodgers with only 4 playoff spots available. Its an obvious long shot but I’ve said before:

“I’ll take a long shot over no shot, in a heartbeat”

We’ve got the Brews again tonight from Milwaukee at 5pm. Tune in!

Dodgers AUG Schedule

Dodgers AUG Schedule

As long as we have a game to play we are just as entitled to the W as any other team, regardless of numbers.

Besides, everybody knows that YOU are the biggest factor in our team’s success. Buy tickets, wear your gear, listen to Vin, root for THIS Home Team!

Stay faithful, stay supportive, Stay Blue.

– @IEDodgerbum

#MLB @MLB “Verlander ‘W’ , How Many in 2011?”

Facebook: Major League Baseball

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more.

Verlander is solid. Plenty of guys have triple-digit heat but, only the great ones keep control of it for 6+ innings per game.

Detroit Tigers - Justin Verlander 2011

Detroit Tigers – Justin Verlander 2011

He’s got plenty of swag now. Will it last the same way and for how many years after his credible performance, thus far, in 2011?

His team can help him win. Offense and Defense are alive in Detroit’s clubhouse if all is timed right, Justin Verlander will win “more” games this season.

@IEDodgerBum
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