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Monthly Archive: September 2009

Wednesday

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September 2009

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Jake who?

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Well it’s nice to be back in Guitar Town, the Cubs are now officially out of the race but I got to see them play twice in AT&T Park in San Francisco, it’s always nice to see the Cubs play in person. It was especially interesting to hear the boo birds in somebody else’s park – at one point SF was closing on the Rockies but the Cubs effectively knocked them out of playoff contention. Sorry Giants fans but that’s paybacks for 1989. AT&T is a nice venue to see a ballgame from – you even get the fog for […]

Tuesday

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September 2009

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Billy Williams

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I was reading a very technical and very detailed statistical treatise, which required much more intense concentration than I was able to muster at the time. I decided to set that book aside, temporarily, and lighten things up a bit. This one was on the shelf and it fit the bill. The complete title of this book is “Billy Williams – My Sweet-Swinging Lifetime With The Cubs”, although a more accurate title might be: “Billy Williams – My Sweet-Swinging Lifetime (a small part of which was spent with the Chicago Cubs, who really didn’t appreciate me)”. The book was written […]

Monday

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September 2009

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Who are the MVP leaders based on Total Runs?

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Teams are clinching playoff spots almost daily now that we’re in the last week of the season, but has anyone sewn up the MVP award? As we did last week for the Rookie of the Year candidates, let’s use the Total Runs metric first introduced in The Fielding Bible—Volume II to see who the MVP leaders are for each league. The key to Total Runs is that it takes into account three other components of the overall contributions of a player besides hitting: baserunning, playing defense, and playing an important defensive position. In the National League, the engraver probably finished […]

Saturday

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September 2009

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Cubs Essential

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The title of this one is “Cubs Essential – Everything You Need To Know To Be A Real Fan”. Additionally, the cover proclaims: “Stories, Statistics, Facts, Figures, Anecdotes, Trivia…And More”. Written by Lew Freedman (“a sportswriter with the Chicago Tribune, where he has worked since 2001”). Published in 2006. The book follows the Cubs from their inception (“1876…the year of Custer’s Last Stand”), through Ryne Sandberg’s induction/enshrinement into the Hall of Fame (2005). There are trivial facts and trivia questions sprinkled throughout the book. There is also a Chicago Cubs All-Time Roster (listing players who have appeared in at least […]

Friday

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September 2009

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GirlieView (09/25/2009)

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So this morning I attended a 90-minute presentation on the current state of Health Care Reform. It was a fantastically informative presentation and I thought I’d share it with all of you because I know how important this information is to you …Kidding! I did attend the presentation, and it was fantastic, but it’s not an off day! 🙂 So, let’s move on to this week’s Cubs. Lou said he wants an RBI guy next season. What’s on your wish list? Share with us and as usual I’ll keep tabs and report back. Lizzies (note new “Weekly Winner” designation. In […]