Posted at 9:48 AM on May 12, 2005
by Bob Collins
The Arizona Republic reports that there really will be a World Series in the form of "a long-awaited showdown of the world's best players from 16 top baseball-playing nations competing for their home countries."
Have you seen the list of potential managers of the Kansas City Royals now that Tony Pena has been gassed. The Strib says Al Newman would be interested. But also says Larry Bowa plans to contact the Royals too. Larry Bowa? Why would any franchise want to hire Larry Bowa? Tom Powers, writing in the Duluth News Tribune, says getting the first gig is the hardest.
And life's tough for Pena. Pitch.com says his resignation came at about the time he got a subpoena from a guy who says Pena was having an affair with his wife.
Steve Treder in the Hardball Times has posted his second part of his excellent treatise on closers. "As we saw last week, the Closer pattern has been the most stable, and the most universally applied, of all top reliever modes throughout history. This point would suggest that itís here to stay. In a discussion on this topic on BTF a few weeks ago, a well-informed and reasonable poster opined that, all things considered, he doesnít expect to see significant change in the Closer model in the coming decade or two," he notes. He also says that's wrong.
And, finally, John Rocker is back. Fox has a piece that Rocker considers himself the modern-day Hank Aaron and Jackie Robinson. Well, except for being a racist, and trying to hang on with the Long Island Ducks and all.
Posted at 10:37 AM on May 12, 2005
by Ben Tesch
Pitcher Perfect: Why can't anyone throw a baseball faster than 100 mph?
In almost every measurable physical activity, athletes show improvement over time. Jumpers jump higher and farther, and runners and swimmers go faster. Since the late 1950s, the high-jump world record has improved by more than 10 percent, the 100-meter-dash mark has improved by 5 percent, and swimming's best 100-meter freestyle has dipped 12 percent. Pitchers, though, don't seem to be getting any faster. Noam Scheiber of Slate looks into the physics of pitching.