My Morning in Exile

I’m the king of multitasking, there is none higher, sucka part-time bloggers should call me sire:

  • Chiba Lotte Marines’ fans don’t want Bobby V. to go.
  • My initial take on the Jake Peavy-to-the White Sox thing; To be updated when Peavy rejects the deal later today, which I think he almost certainly will.
  • Manny ain’t talking. He doesn’t have to, but man, he should at least say that rather than offer his B.S. excuse.
  • I don’t like the sound of the ballpark of the future, but given that I was promised flying cars and colonies on the Moon by now, I’m not going to get too worked up about it.
  • For the love of God, we need better nicknames.
  • Finally, the Dodgers want to condescend to our wives, girlfriends, mothers and daughters. How dare they? That’s our job!

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    lar
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    lar
    I would’ve posted this on CtB, Craig, but I’m not sure everyone over there even reads the full posts. I much prefer the discussion around these parts… You know how one of the big complaints against older sportswriters is their selective memory when it comes to players’ performances, attitudes, and demeanors from prior generations? Like, how, in their minds, everyone in the 50s and 60s and 70s was just the absolute perfect ballplayer who would never do the same kind of drugs/tv commercials/other-immature-or-non-professional activities that today’s players seem to do in spades, even though we know that to be untrue… Read more »
    Craig Calcaterra
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    Craig Calcaterra
    I dunno, Lar.  I happen to have Bill James’ NHBA in my office right now, and I opened it up to the 70s.  His list of good nicknames from that decade is as follows: Sugar Bear (Larvelle Blanks) Downtown Ollie Brown Pudge (Fisk) Dirty Al (Gallagher) Rojo (Doug Rader) The Rooster (Burleson) Chicken (Fred Stanley) The Bird (Fidrych) Bigfoot (Bob Stanley) From this list only Pudge’s and to some extent Fidrych’s remain in popular consciousness. Add in Charlie Hustle and the other, more well-known ones of that era.  My guess is that at any given time before then there were… Read more »
    Melody
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    Melody

    I’m not at all surprised about the level of support for Bobby V (despite remembering very well my thoughts on his departure from the Mets…)  I saw the documentary shown on ESPN that was made by a couple of NYU students about Valentine and the Marines, and he has a level of celebrity in Japan that’s just amazing.  He really seems happy there in a way that he wasn’t with an MLB team.

    And I’m with you on the absolute ridiculousness of the Dodgers’ proposal… blech.  Made a comment over at NBC on that one.

    lar
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    lar
    That’s fair, Craig. Obviously there were more than we remember today. Maybe I’m wrong. I just did a super-quick, super-simple query of the lahman database. The lahman db, like Baseball Reference itself, includes player nicknames. So, for Albert Pujols, you might find “The Machine”, “Prince Albert”, “Phat Albert”, or “El Hombre” while for Ivan Rodriguez you might see “Pudge” or “I-Rod”. I can’t vouch for all the nicknames (is Jim Miller really known as “Rabbit”? Who’s Jim Miller?), but someone must think that they’re well known enough to be included. Anyhow, I did a super-quick query and looked for any… Read more »
    YankeesfanLen
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    YankeesfanLen

    Re: ballparks-
    Doesn’t that picture look like NYS in white?

    Craig Calcaterra
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    Craig Calcaterra

    Lar—Great spreadsheet. I think I may need to cry “uncle” here.  Maybe it’s not a lack of nicknames, just the fact that we tend not to use them very often.  That’s less a baeball problem than it is a societal one in that our papers and broadcasts just don’t use the vernacular like they used to.  My heart and temerament are in the 1930s and 40s, so maybe this is just my problem.

    Will
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    Will

    Count me out on the Ballpark of the Future. I am heartily irritated by the obnoxious half-inning gimmicks that keep coming up in the park. It’s almost as if they’re embarrassed by the baseball game and want you to pay attention to anything else. AAA ball is particularly annoying about that: “Stand up and scream for the Domino’s Pizza Scream!” No. “Now let’s do the Q-Doba chant for a free burrito!” No. “Who wants a Security Service Field T-Shirt?!” Not me, pal. Phooey.

    lar
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    lar
    (FYI for those who clicked on the spreadsheet earlier: I added a few more “sheets” to it to cover nicknames throughout the 20th century. See “Baseball Nicknames”) Craig, No need to cry “uncle”. I wasn’t trying to prove you wrong or anything. I’m right with you… I think it’d be nice to have more good nicknames and to use them more often. When I saw “Oil Can” Boyd instead of Dennis Boyd on that 1988 Topps baseball card, I thought it was the coolest thing ever. Same with Rock Raines (it just occurred to me, but did he get that… Read more »
    bigcatasroma
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    bigcatasroma

    Re: stadiums

    I don’t know about everyone else, but the music, the races and crap, all the “interactivity” – makes me like the ballpark *less* than if it was just a diamond and some grass.  I think, while catering to certain segments of the population (i.e. kids, casual fans) MLB (and other sports for that matter) may be losing more “diehards” than they think . . .

    Matt S
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    Matt S

    Craig,

    Appreciate all the great posts. BUT I think your take on the Peavy trade is a bit off. I see very little value (measure in WPA vs. dollars) in it for the Chi. Sox, especially if they have to pick up his option year as a condition to the trade going through. See Fangraphs excellent post on the subject here: http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs/index.php/peavy-to-the-white-sox

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