Archive | January, 2009

Twitter and British Baseball

As well as here at BaseballGB, you can now get a British perspective on baseball via Twitter.  Both Joe and I have created accounts.  If you are already on the Twitter network, please feel free to ‘follow’ us.  If you’ve not joined up yet, why not take the plunge? Joe’s page is: My page is: […]

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You Are the Scorer: Number 13

Scenario: The first two batters of an inning strike out. The third hits a home run. The fourth draws a walk. The fifth hits a pop-up to the first baseman for an easy catch in foul territory but the ball is dropped, causing the first baseman to be charged with an error. The next pitch is drilled over […]

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Has Boras messed up Manny’s deal?

It seems as though the standoff between Manny Ramirez and Scott Boras and the Dodgers is showing no sign of ending any time soon.   Months after the Dodgers made a contract offer – $45m for two years seems to be the most widely reported figures – Manny is still without a team.   Even […]

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If I Never Get Back by Darryl Brock

(Ballantine Books, 1991), 470 pages. The Cincinnati Red Stockings of 1869 have an important place in the history of baseball.  As the first all-professional team, they can be said to be the pioneers that paved the way for the multi-billion dollar industry that exists today.  The team and the early days of pro baseball are […]

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You Are the Scorer: Number 12

Scenario: While facing the first batter of game, the home team’s starting pitcher suffers a knee injury and has to be replaced. The batter has a full count when the new pitcher enters the game. As the official scorer, you must choose whether the original pitcher’s statistics or the new pitcher’s statistics will be affected, based on what the outcome is of the plate appearance. Which of […]

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Combination Signs courtesy of the MLB Network (and another reason to save ‘MLB on Five’)

If you haven’t seen it yet, I would highly recommend watching a recent video published on about ‘combination signs’.  These signs are used by a catcher to relay the selection of pitches to the pitcher in a coded way, making it harder for the runner on second base to work out what is coming the batter’s way.  […]

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