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Archive for November 2008

Strange Doings In the Dominican Republic: Winter League Baseball Weirdness

November 23, 2008

I’ve been meaning to put together a comprehensive, team-by-team post about winter league baseball in the Dominican Republic since play began five weeks ago.  With the regular season schedule more than halfway complete, that post still isn’t ready but I have to comment on something I’ve noticed that’s largely slipped under the radar. In 2006-2007, […]

Major League Pitchers Never Stop Learning

November 23, 2008

I ruined any snowball’s chance in hell I may have had of being a big league pitcher by stubbornly refusing to put much thought into my repertoire until I was in my mid-20’s.  Since my fastball topped out in the 86-87 mph range, that didn’t get me very far, and I still look back wistfully […]

Mike Mussina Retires, Orioles Fans Exhale & Cooperstown Awaits

November 21, 2008

I wish the Moose well, first of all, and wish him contentment and happiness in his newly announced retirement.  Like many Orioles fans, I felt like I’d been stabbed when he left a lost-at-sea Orioles franchise after the 2000 season to join the hated New York Yankees, winners of three straight World Series at the […]

Hit King LUIS POLONIA – The Aguilas’ Atomic Ant Breaks Dominican Hit Record

November 16, 2008

  Luis Polonia passed Miguel Dilone as the Dominican League’s all-time leader in hits last night.   Considering the league’s official website calls Polonia “la Hormiga Atomica” (roughly the Atomic Ant), I was tempted to say he crawled to the top of the leaderboard, but anybody who’s seen Little Looie race around the basepaths knows that wouldn’t […]

The return of the BALTIMORE Orioles

November 12, 2008

“I wouldn’t believe it if I didn’t witness it myself!” “I never thought I’d live to see this day!” No, I’m not talking about Barack Obama winning the election. (Well, that too).  I’m talking about the BALTIMORE Orioles new road jerseys, unveiled today at a rally in downtown Baltimore. Following the 1972 season, then-owner Jerry […]