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March 31, 2017

It’s Friday

But Sunday’s coming.  Time to get your B.A.B.E.S. picks in.

For those of you who recognize the Easter message in that statement, I hope you don’t consider it a sacrilege that I apply it here to MLB’s Opening Day.  Of course, if you are on this distribution list you already know that I consider baseball a Divine creation, so perhaps no apology is necessary.

From the picks I have seen so far, some of you either have received special revelation from above or are just expecting a miracle. But there is also that tried-and-true strategy – the deal with the devil. I may have to pick those Damn Yankees myself this year because they look reborn (24-6 in Spring Training).  Will you NYY lovers take the bait?

 

Let me know by Sunday.

 

March 26, 2017

By this time next Sunday

Your selection work will be done and the MLB players’ long season will begin.

ATL@NYM starts the season at 1:05 EDT.  That’s the first Sunday Day Game Opener in my memory.  In fact, there will be three Sunday Opening Day day games, with BAL@TOR and BOS@PIT preceding the now traditional ESPN Sunday Night Opener, World Champion CHI@STL.

Of course there really are no traditions left. Remember when CIN, the very first professional team, always played the season opener?  Notice the interleague game on Opening Day? And shouldn’t the Cubs get to open at home as one last celebration of ending the curse? I guess they will delay that until their home opener on April 10 against LAD (a night game at Wrigley, by the way – tradition?).

Oh well, at least B.A.B.E.S. is building its own tradition. This will be our 10th year.  In nine competitions we have had nine different winners.  All of you who are looking for your first title, take heart!  And get your picks in by next Sunday.

 

March 20, 2017

Spring Training Report

Have you been paying attention to Spring Training?   If not, here are a few highlights for you to consider when making your picks:

The Colorado Rockies’ camp has looked more like a M*A*S*H unit than a baseball camp.

Most teams must think it has been Spring Break rather than Spring Training, with so many players out of camp for the Workd Baseball Classic. My team, the Astros, have been without 5 key players for the entire camp due to the WBC (Correa, Altuve, Bregman, Beltran and Gregorson – 6 if you count Aoki). Although the WBC has had some very exciting games, it will be interesting to see how the greatly disrupted camps impact the upcoming season.

We know one disruption already, with Salvador Perez suffering a knee injury.  He is supposed to be okay, but those events are the kind that could kill the WBC. Also, with the USA advancing to the semi-finals for only the 2d time, there is more opportunity for disaster. I hope none occurs because I really like watching the WBC games.

Finally, Tim Tebow got a few hits, made a few catches, and managed to get assigned to the Mets’ low-A team. Not bad, but also not-coming-to-a-MLB park near you soon.

Even so, one member has already picked the Mets to be World Champs. I wonder if he was counting on Tebow?

Looking forward to getting your picks on or before April 3.

 

March 4, 2017

Did you know?

 

That it has been 108 years since the Chicago Cubs won back-to-back World Series?  Could this be the year they finally break the curse?

And adding to the mystery of the Cubs finally winning one World Series, for the first time in recorded history there was no recorded snow fall in January or February in Chicago.  What in the name of Joe Maddon is going on here?

I hope you are thinking carefully about that, as well as starting to make your B.A.B.E.S. predictions for 2017.

The age of the winners of the last 3 Rocky’s has been 15, 14 and 85, respectively.  Isn’t is about time we get some production from the middle of the order?

For those of you with short memories, here are the predictions you must make:

–  the winner of each division and the two wild card qualifiers from each league; the pennant winners from each league and the World Series Champion.

– the MVP, Cy Young winner and batting champ from each league.

The outline and point system can be reviewed here:  https://babesbaseball.wordpress.com/membershipcompetition/.

Send me your selections by replying to this email and completing the list below by Noon on April 3.

 

 

10 comments

  1. jenniferstonerose

    “Off Season”, what’s that? Way to go Scott….glad to see you finally created a blog so all can have the benefit of the baseball thoughts that I must hear everyday!

  2. eric

    WAS Scott Brosoius 3b home grown ? A good guy in the 90’s. Scott, I like your balancing of the Yanks from the 90’s as opposed to present day. I agree, It is honestly not the same- too many bad trades. Eric

    • babesbaseball

      Eric, Brosius was drafted by OAK and played there 10 years before being traded to NYY for Kenny Rogers in 1997 (funny, huh?). Brosius became a free agent after that season but resigned with NYY and contributed to World Series wins in 1998-2000.

  3. Jed

    Great thoughts in the spirit of the season Scott. But no reference to the Evil Empire? That should have been a softball for you….
    Jed

  4. babesbaseball

    Thanks, Jed, but due to my Advent pledge to love my enemies (12/1/12), I refrained from the many opportunities to include NYY in the piece, including making them the evil force that created the need for the Christmas Story in the first place.

  5. Carl Rose

    okay Scott … Sitting here waiting for your January installment. After all it is January 7th! Having withdraws. Can’t wait to see if the Dodgers bought enough players. I mean properly filled out the roster with capable players. I don’t view it as buying players as much as I believe they are trying to win now as they begin to rebuild a depleted farm system.

    Not buying that are you?

    • babesbaseball

      Your wait is over, and your work has begun. Before we talk about LAD, we must start thinking about the strength of Spain’s rotation, or whether Canada has enough power on the left side of the infield. So many questions in today’s integrated, global world.

  6. Jed Morrison

    Re: the Cardinals “uncharacteristic” World Series fielding snafus, the ESPN radio commentary I heard the other night BEFORE Game 1 was that the Cardinals outfield were the three worst fielders in the league, and under some fielding analytics tool I’ve never heard of (sort of like WAR or some similar acronym), they actually predicted that the Cardinal gloves would lose the game for them. Pretty interesting!

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