Baseball Thoughts Under the Fedora on a Snowy Day, MLB on Pats, Rules, Tebow AAA, Nothing, Deaths in the Family & Washington ’24 Still in 1st

Snow is coming today so the best way to deal with it in my opinion is: Talk baseball!

Spring Training is nigh and the MLB got started with a fun tweet to celebrate the New England Patriots win in this years superbowl

The Patriots sixth superbowl win was great but last year’s Red Sox victory had one thing over the Patriots. The 2018 RedSox unlike every previous 21st Century Redsox team won a title without Big Papi arguablly the greatest clutch performer in history. The Patriots have yet to win a superbowl without Tom Brady and my have to wait at least another five years or more for a chance to prove that they can.

Of course that’s not a bad problem to have is it?

This is a very bad idea

Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association are discussing major rule changes that would impact the league on and off the field, an official with knowledge of the negotiations confirmed to USA TODAY Sports.

The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because negotiations are ongoing. The proposals were first reported by The Athletic.

Some of the more dramatic changes include a universal designated hitter, a three-batter minimum for pitchers and a 20-second pitch clock.

Isn’t the supposed “problem” with baseball the length of games? If that’s the case why keep giving the batter bigger advantages?

Tim Tebow will be back with the Mets at AAA this year. One fan site evaluates what he needs to make the majors this year.

1) He must display a respectable plate discipline. Tebow’s game should translate well to the modern major leagues. He is a power hitter who swings for the fences (and carries a low batting average). However, if he has a low average against minor league pitchers, it will be difficult to justify an opportunity to hit against the best arms in the world.

2) The Mets’ must have a need at the outfield position. As the roster currently stands, the Mets are not very deep in their outfield. Brandon Nimmo and Michael Conforto are the projected starters in left and right field, with Keon Broxton and Juan Lagares platooning at center field.

The team also projects Jeff McNeil as an outfielder, with fringe players like J.D. Davis, and minor leaguers Rajai Davis and Gregor Blanco also potentially factoring into the equation. However, only three of these players (Conforto, Nimmo, and McNeil) seem to be long-term solutions. If an injury occurs or a player underperforms, Tebow’s chances increase exponentially.

3) The team must be in the proper position. Tebow’s best chance at playing in the major leagues will likely come if the Mets have either a disappointing season or clinch a playoff berth earlier than expected. Considering the team’s 77-win 2018 season, a strong argument can be made that he would have received a call up last season had he not been injured.

Of course if he has a strong spring, all bets are off.

A fan struck by a foul ball during a Dodgers home game this year has died.

A baseball fan was killed after being struck in the head by a ball at a Los Angeles Dodgers match last August, a coroner has said.
Linda Goldbloom, a mother of three and grandmother of seven, died on August 29, days after attending the 
MLB game against the San Diego Padres at Dodgers Stadium on August 25.
The coroner’s report, obtained by 
ESPN’s Outside the Lines, reveals Goldbloom died due to “acute intracranial hemorrhage due to history of blunt force trauma.”

From what I understand this is the 3rd fan causality in the game’s history which makes the odds of getting killed at a baseball game due to actions on the field around a bit worse than 1,000,000,000 to one.

I think I’m willing to risk those odds.

There was another death in the baseball family as Frank Robinson two time World Series champ (1966, 1970) two time MVP, (1961, 1966) 1st Black Manager in the majors, (1975) and one of the best players to play the game died at the age of 83,

It seems to me that a lot of people tend to go on about his breaking a racial barrier and forget just how good a player he was. His stats are loaded but nobody seems to talk about it.

Finally you might have noticed I haven’t given you an update my 1924 Washington Senators in our Dynasty Online league for a while. That’s because we have a pair of players having trouble touching base due to work schedules.