COVID-19 Forces Baseball To Make Changes – Some Good, Some Not

When it comes to sports, from a spectator’s view, I guess I’m a bit of a purist. I have never appreciated the Designated Hitter rule in baseball. Nor have I, as many, perhaps most, fans have, embraced the NHL system of breaking ties. But as a means of deciding a game, it seems to reduceContinue reading “COVID-19 Forces Baseball To Make Changes – Some Good, Some Not”

COVID-19: Oops Too Soon

The perfect poached egg takes about four minutes in a pot of water that has come to a boil then removed from the heat and the lid placed on it. Removing the egg before the time is up will result in a half-cooked mucky slimy mess. Oops, too soon. Many a teenaged romantic dalliance hasContinue reading “COVID-19: Oops Too Soon”

MLB: No-Hitters and Geeks

Major League Baseball (MLB) is suffering a sharp decline in attendance so far this year. Compared to the same point last year some 800,000 fans have opted to stay away from ball parks. Home runs are up, strikeouts are up, even overall revenue is up, but seats remain empty. I’m no expert, but I thinkContinue reading “MLB: No-Hitters and Geeks”

MLB Should Rethink Intentional Walks and Pitching Changes

The Major League Baseball season is well underway, even as both NBA and NHL seasons come to dramatic ends. Soon all sports focus, with the exception of some soccer fans, will be on the boys of summer. The trend over the past few years has been to alter the game such that it moves alongContinue reading “MLB Should Rethink Intentional Walks and Pitching Changes”

Watching Baseball with a Hall of Famer

This year’s version has been an exceptionally entertaining World Series. Some late nights due to extra innings, but very enjoyable. If you read this blog regularly you may know that I have a difficult time with fantasy and time-travel, yet even I can appreciate the greatness of 1989’s film Field of Dreams. So it wasContinue reading “Watching Baseball with a Hall of Famer”

#TBT Whither the Two-Handed Fly Ball Catch

With no teams of interest to me in the NHL playoffs I have been watching a lot of baseball recently. Even some basketball. I could not help but notice that the one-time unwritten rule of fly ball catching, namely to use two hands, has been all but erased from the game. This was something thatContinue reading “#TBT Whither the Two-Handed Fly Ball Catch”

Whither the Two-Handed Fly Ball Catch

With no teams of interest to me in the NHL playoffs I have been watching a lot of baseball recently. Even some basketball. I could not help but notice that the one-time unwritten rule of fly ball catching, namely to use two hands, has been all but erased from the game. This was something thatContinue reading “Whither the Two-Handed Fly Ball Catch”

Bryce Harper is Proof the Times are a Changin’

Please click on the photo below to see my article posted on Baseball Hot Corner. DCMontreal – Deegan Charles Stubbs – is a Montreal writer born and raised who likes to establish balance and juxtapositions; a bit of this and a bit of that, a dash of Yin and a soupçon of Yang, some PeaksContinue reading “Bryce Harper is Proof the Times are a Changin’”

Like Crying, There’s No Clocks in Baseball

It’s the best time of year for baseball fans, and with a few game-free days before the World Series, some stories that might have slipped under the radar are getting prime exposure. None more so than a piece on an experiment in the Arizona Fall League with a pitch clock. Much like the play-clock inContinue reading “Like Crying, There’s No Clocks in Baseball”

World Cup 2014, Fair Play, and a 7-1 Match Result

But tell me, what part of fair play, role modeling, and Beautiful involves running up the score to 7 goals? Okay, it’s been a few days since the German drubbing of host-country Brazil in the semi-final of FIFA’s World Cup 2014. FIFA has long touted their support of fair play, particularly at its flagship event.Continue reading “World Cup 2014, Fair Play, and a 7-1 Match Result”