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Archive for October 2008

OT – Thomas “Hitman” Hearns & Boxing on Youtube

October 22, 2008

Sometimes, I forget how much I loved Boxing as a kid. I’d splay out on the floor playing Title Bout (from the makers of Statis-Pro Baseball, Basketball, Football, etc…) getting acquainted with hundreds of top fighters from the pages of history by playing tournament after tournament. My Dad would take interest every time I asked […]

25 Years Ago Today: Baltimore Orioles – 1983 World Series Champions!!!

October 16, 2008

I can’t believe a quarter-century has flown by. I was 13-years-old when Cal Ripken snared Garry Maddox’ liner 25 years ago for the last out of the 1983 World Series on a Sunday afternoon at Veterans Stadium. Sitting in front of the television in my family living room that day, I couldn’t have comprehended that […]

The “L” in Orioles & the “O” in Loss

October 15, 2008

In recent years, I’ve been told over and over again by wannabe sabermetricians that pitchers’ won-lost records are “meaningless” or “worthless” or some such nonsense. The effects of run support, defensive support, plain old luck and the litany of things beyond a hurler’s control are not foreign to me; but I’m not about to swallow […]

Dominicans in Baseball’s Amateur Draft

October 5, 2008

The legend of poverty stricken kids in the Dominican Republic honing their baseball skills with gloves fashioned out of milk cartons, tree branch bats, and balls made of old socks is pretty familiar to even a lot of casual fans by now. Even in this age of big league clubs operating baseball academies and millionaries […]

2008 – MLB Statistical Leaders from the Dominican Republic

October 1, 2008

Well, another Major League Baseball regular season has come to an end, and measuring the impact of players from the Dominican Republic is an inexact science. The first pitch of the 2008 season was thrown by a hurler from the DR (Washington’s Odalis Perez), and Minnesota’s Alexi Casilla struck the ball that was coralled for […]