B.A.B.E.S. – Homeplate

January 26, 2022

Sometimes I get it right the first time….

Yesterday’s vote by the BBWAA for the Hall of Fame Class of 2022 once again caused a cacophony in the chorus of baseball pundits.  Should the allegations of steroids use should keep players such as Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens out of the Hall?  I listened to MLB Network and ESPN, and read much of the commentary online.  There was the usual disagreement, with most taking the “high road” and saying “no” to admission.   Bob Costas’s comments on MLB Network, however, had the audacity to disagree as to Bonds and Clemens.  His arguments sounded familiar.  So, I went into the B.A.B.E.S. archives and found what I was looking for – my own views expressed ten ballots ago, in January, 2013.  I think I had it right then, just as Costas had it right yesterday.  Did he read my column? Probably not, but a decade of debate has not changed my opinion.

Fame, Fortune, Fallen, Fractured, Failure: 2013 HOF vote gets an “F”

January 12, 2022

“Jarndyce and Jarndyce drones on. This scarecrow of a suit has, in course of time, become so complicated that no man alive knows what it means. The parties to it understand it least, but it has been observed that no two Chancery lawyers can talk about it for five minutes without coming to a total disagreement as to all the premises.”    Bleak House, Charles Dickens

https://www.espn.com/mlb/story/_/id/33042593/sources-mlb-players-union-hold-bargaining-session-thursday.

January 1, 2022

Happy New Year!

DC fireworks (2)

(Night game on the National Mall)

December 4, 2021

Rocky and Miles

Trophies – new and old.   We all know Miles could play… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z9Yeq9svqO8.

 

© JSR 2022

10 thoughts on “B.A.B.E.S. – Homeplate”

  1. “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. 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

    1. 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. 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. 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. 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?

    1. 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. 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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