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Monday, February 16, 2009
I'm no fan of the WBC, but I could become one if this sort of thing happens more often:
Kim Byung-hyun's nine-year career in Major League Baseball (MLB) is full of dumbfounding affairs ― allowing a game-tying homer in the ninth inning for the second-straight game of the World Series, a middle-finger gesture to home fans of the Boston Red Sox and several refusals to pitch.
Maybe he lost it somewhere in 2003. You know, back when he lost all of his control, velocity, and effectiveness.
(Thanks to Neate Sager for the heads up)
Today is President's Day. As I've noted before, my favorite president of all time is William Henry Harrison. I can't help myself: I'm a sucker for the stars that burn brightest and then burn out. Plus, as THT's Dave Studeman mentioned in a comment last month, WH2 (as I like to call him) once proposed marriage to one Hannah Cooper, the daughter of William Cooper, who founded Cooperstown, which is now home to the Baseball Hall of Fame. In missing out on having a home of sorts in Cooperstown, WH2 has something in common with Alan Trammell, my boyhood hero, which gives me another reason to love the guy. I could go on about him all day, actually. In blustery weather for an hour and a half, and then die of pneumonia a month later.
But before I do, here's what's happening Today at THT:
If this Presidents' Day is like all of the past Presidents' Days at my house, I will be overwhelmed with gift-giving and candy and preparing the goose for the big Presidents Day dinner tonight. That said, I will do my best to have a full posting schedule today.
Many are speculating in the comments to the Marlins post this morning about where the Marlins might move if Miami falls through. The discussion thus far has focused on Las Vegas, as it often does when new potential Major League cities are mentioned.
For what it's worth, I've often been dubious of Las Vegas as a big league city. Unlike football and boxing, baseball is not driven by big events. There are 10 times as many home games. Season ticket sales matter, and that's all about attracting the locals who will come on Tuesday and Wednesday nights, not the folks who drive up from L.A. on the weekend. Moreover, you have to ask yourself who would put up the money for a stadium? Not the hotels or gaming companies, brother. Why would they build a place designed to draw upwards of 30-40,000 potential customers away from their casino floors 81 nights a year? The only way they'd even consider it is if you could put slots in the place, and while MLB has gotten more lenient with respect to gambling ties in baseball (e.g. lots of ballparks accept casino advertising now), I really can't see the masters of the game allowing ballparks to turn into gaming parlors.
Another factor: a disproportionate number of Las Vegas' working population works nights. The blackjack dealers, the restaurant workers, etc. Sure, many of the potential fans would be tourists, but if you're going to make a case for Vegas, you're going to have to make it on the size of the media market, and a big part of that population simply isn't going to be at home to watch the broadcasts, let alone make it the ballpark.
I'm not saying Las Vegas is a non-starter, but given its unique demographics and economy, there are some major practical hurdles to consider. The solution: I say someone convince Paul Allen to build a stadium in Portland and call it a day.
Whose got his number?