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Here Comes the Clock–But It May Turn Out More or Less OK, as Replay Did

New rules this year will speed the games. Clocks on the scoreboard and behind the plate will check the time between innings. If a pitcher hasn’t finished his warm up pitches when the alarm goes off, too bad. Also I … Continue reading

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IF MY READING OF THE RULES IS EVEN CLOSE TO CORRECT, IT APPEARS THAT IT WILL TAKE $80 MILLION OR MORE TO ASSIGN YOAN MONCADA TO A MINOR LEAGUE TEAM

I spent some insomniac time researching the international signing bonus “pools” and “slots”–the system mlb and the union have devised to regulate the int’l market for young players until they figure out how to build an extraterritorial draft (or until … Continue reading

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RIP HOF JUNIOR SEAU

Just too clear; just in time for the 2015 Super Bowl.  Junior Seau, 1969 — 2012, has been inducted into the nfl HOF.  RIP. Maybe I’m getting old, but I don’t enjoy football as much as I used to.  Seems as if … Continue reading

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Giants Nation? 2014-15 Winter Hibernation.

Somebody toss a Paloma or a M-80 into Sabean’s cave, make sure he awakens in time to get to Fan Fest, where he’ll likely see a park full of puzzled, but respectful, looking fans.  The return of Cain and Pagan = two major off-season … Continue reading

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Blocking the Plate

The new rule provides that unless the catcher is in possession of the ball, the catcher cannot block the pathway of the runner as he is attempting to score. If, in the judgment of the Umpire, the catcher, without possession … Continue reading

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WHO DOESN’T LOVE A ROAD TRIP?

One of my favorite SF Chronicle stories appeared in September 1982, featuring a b/w photo of Jeff Leonard coming off the team plane, in street clothes, and pausing at the top of the SFO tarmac steps to look down at … Continue reading

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Donald Sterling banned for life because he’s as obnoxious as most racist Americans, rich and not rich alike

Anybody else a bit uneasy to see Sterling get the shaft for comments he apparently made in private to a person he considered a confidante? The right to privacy is the right to be left alone. It’s source is the … Continue reading

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