Off-Season Schedule

I tried to be spontaneous once. Didn’t work out as I’d planned.

Bad jokes aside, here’s the general idea for the off-season. I’ll be posting at least three times a week for most of the winter (except right around Thanksgiving). Everything is subject to change but I’ll try to stick to the below as much as possible:

  • Oct. – Dec.: 2005 review. I’m still doing research and ironing out the exact format, but this is going to be pretty thorough. I plan to tackle one position a week starting next week.
  • Nov. 4 – 6: AFL road trip. I’ll be attending First Pitch Arizona this year. Some pretty big-name prospects out there this winter.
  • Nov. 19 – 27: Break time. My wife and I are celebrating our 10th anniversary this year. The least I can do is stop blogging for a week and a half, right?
  • Dec. – Jan.: Prospects from 1996, Revisited. Lesson learned: Don’t plan a huge research project during the baseball season if you’re also covering the season on a daily basis and have a full-time job, family, etc. But I’m stubborn, so I’m going to finish this thing if it kills me.

Those are the big ones. I also have some Bruce Bochy stuff I’m working on with a few esteemed colleagues. That should run at some point during the winter.

And, of course, whatever else comes up that might be of interest to us. Some possibilities include off-season meetups and maybe even a book (along the lines of the Best of 2003 compilation; I probably would have to charge for this, so I’ll only do it if there’s overwhelming interest).

Finally, I’ll also be working on a long-delayed musical project if anyone is interested in following that.

Okay, there it all is. We should have plenty to talk about until spring. :-)

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  1. Happy #10, my friend.

  2. I think that most in the media are off-base on “the call” in last night’s Sox/Angels game … I think the umps got it right! I hate to say this, but I’m respecting the way Scoscia is handling this … and I think that’s because he KNOWS the umps got it right!

  3. That was one of the worst decisions I have ever seen an umpire make. Eddings called Piezynski out. If you saw the earlier at-bat where Molina struck out on a ball in the dirt, Eddings did not make the fist-pump (his out motion) until the tag was made. Eddings made that motion immediately after the strikeout in question. The replay shows that Paul caught the ball cleanly (notice that no dirt was kicked up and that Paul knew he caught the damn ball). Thus, Edding’s call was correct. His decision to change his mind was idiotic.

  4. I think it’s one of the best calls I’ve ever seen made … during the first set of replays that I saw, I felt I saw the “change in direction” … in other words, I saw the ball going up as it went into the glove … that’s what I look for on a “trap” … but whether the ball was in the dirt or not (and I agree that “no dirt kicked up” is the best evidence that it was a catch), it was CLOSE … it was a judgement call … so the actual decision about catch/no-catch can NOT be “the worst call of all time” … I totally agree with the umps when they say “at best, the replay is inconclusive” … which means you HAVE to go with the judgement of the ump …

    I saw the ump call “no contact” (ie. when he moved his right arm out, that was signaling that it was NOT a foul ball) … then call “strike 3″ (with the same motion that he uses on every swinging strike, is my understanding from his comments and the comments of one TV guy) … but HE NEVER *CALLED* THE BATTER OUT …

    So, Richard, I think you are wrong to say that the ump changed his mind …

    After he signaled strike-3, he looked to the catcher to see a tag … he never saw a tag … so he never called OUT … when AJ got to first base, he called AJ *SAFE* …

    I think the ump knows that he never called AJ out … I think AJ knows the ump didn’t call him out … that’s why he ran …

    Josh Paul is the one who made the mistake that has created this controversy … that’s where I stand.

    It’s an umpires job to verbally call outs … and for players to play on until that call is made … that’s true of tag outs also …they stay silent until they have an out to call!

    It’s unfortunate that in the case of a “dropped 3rd strike” there are actually 3 things for the ump to call: is it a foul ball? is it a swing/strike? is it an out?

    In the absense of rules / standards for the umps to follow for making all 3 of these calls, I think Eddings did OK … I think he made 3 right calls (not a foul, yes a swinging strike, not an out).

  5. Richard, I’m going with LM in this case. I don’t know if Eddings changed his mind or not but I know Josh Paul threw the ball. When in doubt, the play is alive. That’s the thinking on AJ’s part. Smart move. Josh Paul didn’t know if Eddings was calling AJ out or not and threw the ball away assuming his job was done. Dumb move.

    Scioscia respecting the call and not complaining too much, a classy move. After all, Crede’s hit is the one that won’t the game, not AJ’s smart move.

  6. I’m with Richard here, ’cause Eddings called him out if we are to judge from the Molina instance, which is the reasonable and most recent precedent. Eddings either changed his mind, or his actions are inconsistent. In either case, he blew it. Trying to hang this on Paul is ridiculous.

  7. Check out what the ump is doing in this picture from the infamous 1941 “Mickey Owens dropped 3rd strike” …

    http://www.grandstandsports.com/pages/8603.htm

    I’m interested to see the “Molina instance” … if you find a URL to video of that, I’d love to see it …

  8. The other point I’d like to restress in response to dprat’s comment is this … we don’t know the whole story just from VIDEO … because a key element in the events is the AUDIO … when does Eddings CALL THE OUT … verbally! Paul doesn’t see ANY of the hand signals … so they seem irrelevant to Paul’s actions … they were irrelevant to AJ’s actions … he didn’t hear an out call … so he ran to 1st base …

    Also, the first anti-Paul article has surfaced … http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/news;_ylt=AoaPvEpGh573W2zpDfA8JtMRvLYF?slug=rs-angels101305&prov=yhoo&type=lgns … I like the headline … “E-2″ … right on!

  9. During the 1993 and part of the 1994 season, the White Sox used a cheat light in the outfield of then Comiskey park to signal batters what pitch was coming.

    It was mounted just to the left of the scoreboard and only visible in the batters box.

    It was not used by all players on the team, in fact some players probably didn’t even know it existed, only the “trusted” players used it.

    Hawk Harrelson would look at a tv that had a shot of the pitcher and catcher, steal the sign and push a button that would activate the light. Getting a light signaled an offspeed pitch of some kind, not getting a light meant fastball.

    I do not know if they are still using any devices or technology to steal signs. Does anyone else know?