The Rangers should sue Bud Selig for gross stupidity.

If the Rangers end up losing the World Series tonight, they can thank Selig.  It was his inane idea to tie the home field advantage in the series to the winner of the all-star game.  If they had home field advantage like they would have had under the old system, the series would likely be over and they would be celebrating a title.

But like a lot in baseball, the home field has been “Seliged.”

Definition – (1) To screw up something that without intervention would have been much better.

(2) To do things just for the sake of change despite the lack of need for any alternation.

(3) Just being stupid.

It would be bad enough if the Cards were a division winner and got home field with a worse record than the Rangers.  But this team fell backwards across the line into the playoffs as a wild card team.
In no other sport does something as stupid as an exhibition game determine home field advantage.  What would baseball have done if the 2011 game had ended in a tie like it did several years ago?  Knowing Bud, they would have had the first 4.5 innings in St. Lewis … Read more at FryingPanSports

Amazing Benefits and Features of Manual Pitching Machines

Every softball and baseball player knows how important a pitching machine for them is and how beneficial it is to them during their practice sessions. Every player wants to improve his skills and become a better player that he could be and to achieve this goal in becoming the best player then you will need a lot of practice and a lot of determination. You can’t achieve this goal without doing anything and without exerting any effort. Looking for a partner that will stay for you for long hour practices can be hard. Not everyone can stay with you practicing and pitching balls for you to bat; you probably need the help of a pitching machine.

Manual pitching machines have many special features compared to any other type of pitching machines. Some pitching may able to pitch balls for you automatically with the use of electricity or a battery but this manual one doesn’t need any of that, it is really a real power saver and it contributes a lot to the environment. Other pitching machines can’t offer that to you only the manual one can. They are operated by pulling the handle or the lever of the machine. It … Read more at FryingPanSports

Changes to Baseball Equipment

Changes to Baseball Equipment

Baseball game basics have remained the same throughout the years, but there have been a number of changes to baseball equipment that users should be aware of before making any purchases. For example chest protectors, face masks, and gloves used to be optional for baseball games, but now they are required for any professional match. A shin guard should also be worn to protect the catcher’s leg from high speed balls.

The mouth guard is another addition to league baseball, and was originally invented by the creator of the Red Sox team. This mouth device was very similar to those that were worn by football players and boxers, with its purpose to protect the player’s teeth in case the ball hit them in the face.

The face mask is has been around for a long time in baseball, first used in 1876. However, it has undergone many design changes to make it lighter and easier to play with. The mask protection is called a rat trap, and it provides good protection and an excellent view of the surroundings.

Gloves started to be used during the 1870’s, but their designs were very different from the ones that you find … Read more at FryingPanSports

Major League Baseball shoots itself in the foot again.

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It’s bad enough if you shoot your friend in the foot. When you intentionally shoot yourself in the foot, you deserve whatever pain results. That is exactly what the pinhead owners of MLB did in signing a new contract with the Umpire’s union without mandating more use of technology for calling balls and strikes.

Until a couple of years ago, the fans were convinced that the umps were blind but recent developments in TV coverage have removed all doubt. Fox and other networks provide a pitch by pitch analysis of the missed calls using computer technology. We can clearly see a ball that is way low being called a strike and a ball just below the letters being called a ball. The union has run the game for years. They have prevented any use of instant replay or other technology that has even been instituted in college football. The reason is simple. The union does not want to allow their dues paying members to look as bad as they are.

The problem is that it doesn’t matter how good the players are, it will be the umpires and their bad calls that will determine as many games in 2010 as … Read more at FryingPanSports

I'm ready for the baseball playoffs now.

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Inter-league play is over. The All Star game has been played. Now, I have had enough baseball and am ready for the playoffs. Baseball has only another 3 weeks until football and the NFL steals the spot light and doesn’t give it back. Baseball has a following but it is losing ground against other sports particularly football.

Proof of how totally football overshadows baseball can been seen most clearly in the steady decline of the TV ratings for the World Series. It has fallen about 50% in the last 10 years while the ratings for the All Star game have held fairly steady. Why? Because no one plays football in the middle of July.

Baseball has to take maximum advantage of the period when it is the only major league sport in the docket. The schedulers seem dedicated to having all the games between the Boston and the Yankees in the first few weeks of the season. But that is when both the NBA and NHL has its playoffs. A good marketing guy would never put their best games and highest draws on opposite a tough competitor. They should have waited until the MLB was the only show on TV.… Read more at FryingPanSports

The Commissioner suspends the entire National League for 50 Games!

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By Bill Smith

Just kidding, but if things keep going they way they have been it could happen. Baseball thought it finally had a handle on the steroid problem—not so much. What it does have is the very short end of a very long stick.

Manny Ramirez of the LA Dodgers is the latest one to be caught. He was taking female fertility drug HGC. He reportedly was prescribed the drug by a doctor in Florida. HGC was added to the no-no list in 2002. He has been suspended for 50 games—the first failed drug test by a player in the program. According to team mates, Manny brings leadership any locker room west of the Massachusetts boarder. Baseball can only hope he isn’t leading players to massive suspensions. To the further frustration of baseball, Jose Canseco said that Manny was using in his first book Juiced. Maybe Canseco is a member of the psychic network.

The reason that Baseballs stick is so long for the most part is the fault of the sport’s leadership. Baseball really didn’t want to even admit there was a rock called steroids let alone look under it. Sammy Sosa went from looking like a … Read more at FryingPanSports