Say No to the DH

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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.

They Are Bringing Back the Dead

President Donald Trump and members of his coronavirus task force are pushing officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to change how the agency works with states to count coronavirus-related deaths. And they’re pushing for revisions that could lead to far fewer deaths being counted than originally reported, according to five administration officials working on the government’s response to the pandemic

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Everything is a vanity project for this administration. We already know there are thousands in NYC alone who died with COVID like symptoms before they got tested. The state of Florida has blocked medical examiners from releasing data. None of this matters to the Trump administration though. They are a propaganda machine and believe if they can falsely make up lower numbers, those new numbers become reality.

The Hypocrisy That Is America

Today, hundreds of thousands of immigrants from Mexico and Central America are doing that work. By the Department of Agriculture’s estimates, about half the country’s field hands — more than a million workers — are undocumented. Growers and labor contractors estimate that the real proportion is closer to 75 percent.

Suddenly, in the face of the coronavirus pandemic, these “illegal” workers have been deemed “essential” by the federal government.

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For decades America’s immigration policy has been a wink and a nod agreement with those that kept America fed. There are many reasons for this, but they are mostly economical. If you keep people undocumented they could not complain that they were being mistreated including being paid under minimum wage. Well in the most American way this just worked. That was until the country elected a racist demagogue. Now the industries that supported the party of the president because they enjoyed paying low wages and low taxes have a problem, and if you eat food so do you.

Remember the Heroes

On the ward that she oversaw at Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center, a man with COVID-19 had stopped breathing. Marcos’ face was covered only with a thin surgical mask, and obtaining a more protective N95 mask before entering his room would have wasted valuable time, her colleagues say.

The 61-year-old charge nurse knew the chest compressions and other breathing treatments the patient needed would likely spew dangerous virus particles into the air that could land on her face and clothing. She would be at high risk of catching the coronavirus.

Marcos raced into the room. Fourteen days later, she was dead.

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Every paper in the country has stories like this. Remember their names, remember their stories, and make sure others do the same.

Well Said Chris Hayes

Isaac, I literally can’t get over it. I spend huge portions of my day just with this feeling of being hit in the chest by watching the utter blitheness and disregard, and casualness, and sociopathic casualness, about the vast losses. They’re not far from me. Family members of our staff. A neighbor of ours. People I know who’ve gotten very sick. It’s not some abstract thing. It’s a tangible thing, very real, and, to watch this utter disregard for it by some people, from the President on down, it is so shocking to me, and horrifying, and enraging, and almost insanity-inducing.

I keep thinking about if you went around on TV or in New York City after 9/11, and you were showing up at house parties, or on interviews, being, like, “Uh, guys, you know sixty thousand people here die from the flu. I’m not quite sure what the big deal is here.” You would have sounded like a sociopath, and you probably would have gotten punched in the face. You certainly would have gotten fired from TV. It’s not like any of that would have been the correct response, but it would have been sociopathic. What sort of maniac would you be?

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The whole interview is worth reading. Between Facebook, Twitter, and the President himself it’s a sinking reality that a large percentage of the population is so easily believing crazy conspiracy theories while denying fact and science.

There are legitimate discussions to have around stay at home orders and the best way forward. They need to start with at least the basic understanding that the virus exists. That almost seems impossible right now.

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.