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Taking Back the Ballparks - Los Angeles Angels
  by SoSH U at work

Sticking to a name has never been a strong suit for the franchise. Born the Los Angeles Angels, that soon gave way to the California Angels, the Anaheim Angels, the tonguesore of the recent past and even their new name, whatever the hell that is.* Similarly, the ballpark has gone from Anaheim ...

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Posted: February 12, 2018 at 02:48 PM
Taking Back the Ballparks - Mets voting thread
  by SoSH U at work

It’s time for the Mets vote.

Here are your choices.

1) Citi Field
2) City
  If this is your selection, choose between Field or Park
3) Gotham Grounds
4) Metropolitan Stadium
5) Willets Point.

Voting will run through this time next Monday, at which point the team with a name Al Michaels ...

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Posted: February 05, 2018 at 12:10 PM
Taking Back the Ballparks - New York Mets
  by SoSH U at work

As alluded to in the opening piece, the Mets have one of the least objectionable corporates name for a ballpark, at least of those names without an existing tie to the franchise. Citi Field sounds good, simple, and could easily be mistaken for a name without a corporate tie-in if not for the ...

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Posted: January 29, 2018 at 10:00 AM
Taking Back the Ballparks - Royals voting thread
  by SoSH U at work

Well, this one looks to be academic. We’ve only got three choices, and I believe that’s two too many.

If it goes as expected, we’ll end voting early and get on with the next entrant.

Choose 1)
A) Kauffman Stadium
B) Monarchs Field
C) Royals Stadium

Posted: January 26, 2018 at 09:59 AM
Taking Back the Ballparks - Kansas City Royals
  by SoSH U at work

As you might have noticed, we’re alternating between AL and NL parks in this exercise, just like they used to do with the All-Star Game before All-Star Game hosting duties became a prize for successfully extorting local municipalities.

The good folks of Kansas City have been spared such a fate, ...

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Posted: January 18, 2018 at 12:35 PM
Taking Back the Ballparks - Pirates voting thread
  by SoSH U at work

We didn’t get a lot of nominees, but there were enough quality ones to give the electorate a decent choice on a potential replacement, though the only name the park has known is in the mix.

As always, choose 1)

A) Allegheny Park
B) Foundry Field
C) PNC Park
D) Roberto Clemente Park
E) Three ...

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Posted: January 11, 2018 at 01:39 PM
Taking Back the Ballparks - Pittsburgh Pirates
  by SoSH U at work

Part 9: Pittsburgh Pirates
As mentioned, I haven’t been to all that many of the parks on this list. I have been to PNC, on the back end of a double dip with Cleveland the day before. While Jacobs Field was a really nice place to watch a ballgame, it was truly overshadowed by its rival 100 miles ...

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Posted: January 03, 2018 at 10:00 AM
2018 Hall of Merit Election Results: Chipper, Thome, Rolen and Vlad Elected!
  by JoeD has the Imperial March Stuck in His Head

The Hall of Merit welcomes four new members. Chipper Jones was the unanimous #1 this year, receiving all 30 first place votes. Jim Thome (653) edged Scott Rolen (617) for second place. Rolen had more second place votes (13-12), but Thome had 14 third place votes to Rolen’s 9. Both were named on all ...

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Posted: December 28, 2017 at 11:14 AM
Taking Back the Ballparks - Mariners voting thread
  by SoSH U at work

The nominating thread for the Mariners provided one of the liveliest collection of suggestions yet. Alas, none of them were Safeco, which I thought was the prohibitive favorite.

Our committee has chosen the Top 5, per usual, and opinion was split on whether to include Safeco anyway. I’m going to ...

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Posted: December 14, 2017 at 10:00 AM
Loser Scores 2017
  by Mike Emeigh

The fine print:

Bill James came up with Loser Scores after the 2010 season, in an effort to measure how the Pirates’ string of losing seasons compared to other lengthy stretches of bad baseball. I’ve updated the totals every year since then.

You compute Loser Scores in this fashion:

1. A ...

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Posted: December 12, 2017 at 10:41 PM

 

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