On Gabe Kapler

So. Today the San Francisco Giants announced that they hired former major league player and Phillies ex-manager Gabe Kapler as the new Giants manager.  I am a less than pleased about this announcement, and not just because his reviews as a Phillies manager were . . . lukewarm. No, my real objection is this: https://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/nationals/told-of-girls-assault-at-spring-training-hotel-gabe-kapler-dodgers-didnt-alert-police/2019/02/01/45da0208-2624-11e9-81fd-b7b05d5bed90_story.html?noredirect=on

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Put Up or Shut Up: Why I Love the One Game Wild Card Format

I know, I know.  The one game playoff is an abomination that isn't a True Measure of a Baseball Team, yadda yadda yadda.  There are a dozen [1] articles out there about how baseball should do away with this latest incarnation of the wild card race and change it to something else, but I like …

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Commonly asked questions about umpire school.

1.  Did you have fun?  Oh, hell yeah.  Umpire school is one of those all-encompassing vacations where you're engaged both mentally and physically.  It isn't relaxing, per se, but it is calming to focus on only one thing every waking moment. 2.  Are umpires required to vocalize ball and strike calls, or is a hand …

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