Say No to the DH


If you pick up the glove to play the field, which a pitcher does, you should pick up the bat to hit. The DH has always been evil, and now the evil will take root in the National League.

Baseball in a Covid World

The days get longer, the temperatures get warmer, and the green returns to the trees. This can only only mean one thing. It’s baseball season. The sounds, the smells, and me yelling at my TV that they should never bunt. The many things that come alive when the calendar turns to April.

As many things in our world have rightly stopped, baseball is on hold. However thanks to technology I have found my fill. First came the Chinese Professional Baseball League with its five teams, and now we have the Korean Baseball Organization. They are playing under the rules that will be our normal for a while. That means no fans, but it’s still baseball. You can find most CPBL and KBO games on Twitch, but ESPN has picked up the rights in the US to the Korean League which means there is one game a day. Most games start at 1AM or 4AM eastern, but they are shown again during the following day.

While the Mets are not coming back for a while I can root for the Chinatrust Brothers in Taipei and the LG Twins in Korea. It’s more fun to pick a team, and the Brothers were the first team I saw on Twitch from that league and someone who knows the KBO compared the Twins to the Mets on twitter. I was sold.

It might be something small, but there is just a small sense of normal when you hear the crack of the bat. Give it a try, and enjoy some good baseball!

The Year Doctor K Was Born

Those of you younger than, say, 40 years will have to imagine, for Gooden’s insane ’85 — a 24-4 record, a 1.53 ERA, just 13 home runs allowed and 268 strikeouts against 69 walks in 276 ¹/₃ innings pitched, all in his age-20 season — celebrates its 35th anniversary without quite being matched. Nor had folks witnessed quite as dominant a campaign in the 71 seasons that preceded it. By Baseball-Reference’s Wins Above Replacement measure, Gooden’s 1985 ranks as the best major league season by a pitcher in the past 106 years.

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I was 6 years old during Gooden’s rookie year, and it did not take long for his starts to become appointment viewing in my house. I still remember like it was yesterday sitting on the beach with my dad listening to Doc finish off another one of his complete games.

2019 – 2020 NBA Predictions

Eastern Conference

1.    Boston Celtics

2.    Milwaukee Bucks

3.    Philadelphia 76ers

4.    Toronto Raptors

5.    Miami Heat

6.    Indiana Pacers

7.    Chicago Bulls

8.    Brooklyn Nets

Western Conference

1.    Houston Rockets

2.    Los Angeles Lakers

3.    Denver Nuggets

4.    Los Angeles Clippers

5.    Utah Jazz

6.    Golden State Warriors

7.    Sacramento Kings

8.    Portland Trailblazers

2020 NBA Champions

Los Angeles Lakers

2019-2020 NHL Predictions

Eastern Conference

Metropolitan Division

  1. Washington Capitals
  2. Carolina Hurricanes
  3. New Jersey Devils

Atlantic Division

  1. Toronto Maple Leafs (President Trophy Winner)
  2. Tampa Bay Lightning
  3. Florida Panthers

Wildcard Winners

  1. Boston Bruins
  2. Buffalo Sabres

Eastern Conference Playoffs

1st Round

Toronto over Buffalo

Boston over Washington

Tampa Bay over Florida

Carolina over New Jersey

2nd Round

Tampa Bay over Toronto

Carolina over Boston

Eastern Conference Finals

Tampa Bay over Carolina

Western Conference

Central Division

  1. Nashville Predators
  2. Colorado Avalanche
  3. Dallas Stars

Pacific Division

  1. Las Vegas Golden Knights
  2. San Jose Sharks
  3. Arizona Coyotes

Wildcard Winners

  1. St. Louis Blues
  2. Calgary Flames

Western Conference Playoffs

1st Round

Las Vegas over Calgary

Nashville over St. Louis

San Jose over Arizona

Colorado over Dallas

2nd Round

Las Vegas over San Jose

Colorado over Nashville

Western Conference Finals

Las Vegas over Colorado

Stanley Cup Winner: Las Vegas Golden Knights

Pay the Women Now!

Pay the U.S. women’s soccer players a bounty. They’re an American treasure. – The Washington Post

I don’t want to hear another word about whether the Americans scored too much or over-celebrated. This is a team in full attack mode, fighting not just to win a World Cup, but to prove a larger point about their worth. They’ve been denied fair pay compared to their men’s team for years and they’re out to make a statement about just how good they are, both on the pitch and in the court of public opinion. You don’t make up a chronic pay gap with ladylike restraint. You do it by kicking through a wall.

There is never anything to add to a Sally Jenkins’ article.

It’s Time for the Mets to Find a New Bench Boss

Brandon Nimmo doesn’t agree with Mickey Callaway’s thoughts on slump | Newsday

“I’m definitely not a Vladimir Guerrero,” he said, referencing the Hall of Famer famous for hitting bad pitches. “I can’t swing outside the zone and be successful. It’s going to be me capitalizing on mistakes rather than expanding the zone.”

We have now hit the point where the Mets players are disagreeing with their manager to the press. It has been clear for a while Callaway has no feel for the game, and it’s time for the Mets to make a change before this season gets away. It’s obviously all not on him, but it also felt that the new GM agreed to hold on to him while holding his nose. Mets fans deserve better than the status quo.