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Monthly Archive: November 2009

Saturday

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November 2009

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Baseball, Chicago Style

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I enjoyed the previous book I read by Jerome Holtzman, so I decided to try another. This one was written by Jerome Holtzman and George Vass. The full title is “Baseball, Chicago Style – A Tale of Two Teams, One City”. It was published in 2001. First of all, that title reminded me of the TV comedy show from the 70s: “Love, American Style”, the stupid theme song of which is going through my head right now. And the name of that TV show reminded me of the Marcello Mastroianni movie “Divorce, Italian Style” from the 60s. And so we […]

Friday

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November 2009

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GirlieView (11/27/2009)

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Really wish some exciting Cubs things would start happening, I’m bored. I’ve got nothing to talk about. And, apparently neither do you … not even giving a Lizard this week as there were so few comments to choose from. But, I did find some amusing little ditties: Lizzies Have fun down at Boca Vista where they dispense Viagra out of vending machines in the bingo room. It’s desert vs. swamp in a no-holds barred schmoozefest. Looks to me like whoever built the signs had some Home Depot gift cards leftover from last Christmas. Here is the breakdown of this elite […]

Friday

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November 2009

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Did You Know? K's > Hits

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Happy black Friday. Did you know that 2009 saw Alfonso Soriano qualify for the batting title and yet have more strikeouts than he had hits. This was only the 9th time a Cub has achieved this feat since 1900. The interesting this is that all of them occur after 1960 and all but one occur after 1990. Here is the breakdown of this elite club of suck. Player Year SO H PA R 2B 3B HR RBI BB BA OBP SLG OPS Alfonso Soriano 2009 118 115 522 64 25 1 20 55 40 .241 .303 .423 .726 Sammy Sosa […]

Thursday

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November 2009

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Who are baseball’s best and worst baserunners?

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In The Bill James Handbook 2010 we analyze a player’s baserunning ability.  For each player, we measure his ability to move first to third, second to home, and first to home in addition to the number of outs he records on the bases and how he fares in double plays. While this year’s Handbook evaluates how each player performed in 2009, I thought it would be fun to take a look at baserunners over the past five years.  We took a look at each player’s baserunning gain (stolen bases are not included) in order to determine baseball’s best and worst […]

Wednesday

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November 2009

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And now it's…the Morning News With the Daver!

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Greetings, VFTB faithful and welcomed guests! My name is the Daver and your gracious host, Joe Aiello, has invited me to share some morning news items with you several times a week. Some of you might know me as “Dat Cubfan Daver” from Bleed Cubbie Blue and Twitter. If so, I apologize for all the bad jokes and hope to do better in the future. I’m going to try to keep these posts brief, to-the-point and, naturally, Cubs-focused (as opposed to MLB-focused). Don’t look for any rhyme nor reason beyond that. I’m just going to hit you with whatever interesting […]