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Check your heater

Posted at 9:41 AM on June 6, 2006 by Ben Tesch

Wired's gadget blog Gear Factor points us to the potential Father's Day gift of a digital speed-sensing baseball so you can see how fast you're throwing.

I actually remember owning this as a kid, but a more simpler version — you couldn't put in the distance, so it was fairly inaccurate, so the game became more of "how high can you make the numbers on the ball go" and involved very little actual ball throwing. It didn't last very long, because it was either a) a piece of crap, or b) I wore it out from its "unintended usage".

Draft underway

Posted at 1:22 PM on June 6, 2006 by Ben Tesch

The baseball draft is underway, and you can follow along on

With the 20th pick in the 1st round, the Twins selected Chino Hills High School (CA) right fielder Chris Parmelee:

A smooth left-handed swing provides line drives now and presents the kind of power potential scouts like. His arm may play in right field and he's a good baserunner, but the bat is what will get him drafted.

With the 64th pick, the Twins selected Joilet Catholic Academy (IL) left fielder William Benson:

He has a power-speed combination that excites scouts. A football star as well, his interest lies on the diamond. He's raw, but projectable.

More picks:
#96: Tyler Robertson - LHP - Bella Vista High School (CA)
#119: Whitney Robbins - 1B - Georgia Tech
#126: Garrett Olson - 3B - Franklin Pierce College
#156: Devin Shepherd - RF - Oxnard High School (CA)

Ridiculous All-Star voting

Posted at 4:05 PM on June 6, 2006 by Ben Tesch

So, apparently while Jeter (possibly deservedly) is leading the All-Star voting as we speak, the rest of the leading lineup is kind of ridiculous:

C - Jason Varitek
1B - David Ortiz
2B - Robinson Cano
SS - Derek Jeter
3B - Alex Rodriguez
OF - Manny Ramirez
OF - Johnny Damon
OF - Vladimir Guerrero

Doing a rudimentary midwest-educated round-up: Sox, Sox, Yanks, Yanks, Yanks, Yanks, Sox, Yanks, Angels. Perhaps we need to adjust All-Star voting with a market size factor?

Evil numbers.

Posted at 11:56 PM on June 6, 2006 by Josh Lee (2 Comments)

I spent most of tonight's Twins game scanning the box score for any interesting numbers with "6"s in them, until it occurred to me that you are probably as enthusiastic about another spoooooky 6/6/06 coincidence as I am, i.e., not at all. So here are some other numbers from the Twins' 4-2 loss to the Mariners:

3: The number of pinch-hitters Gardenhire sent to the plate in the 8th and 9th innings: Tiffee for White, Punto for Castro, and Luis Rodriguez for Batista. This is what is known in technical terms as "shuffling the deck chairs on the Titanic."

4: The number of hits that Joe Mauer got tonight, in 4 at-bats. (4-for-4? 4-4-4? Spooooky.) And Derek Jeter still leads all shortstops in All-Star voting.

5: The number of innings it took for Scott Ullger to finally wave a runner home, despite the sinking feeling that must come with the knowledge that any time a Minnesota runner holds up at third, he will inevitably be stranded there.

Oh man, now I have that crazy song stuck in my head again.

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