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Wednesday, May 25, 2005

Do Pitch-Counts Really Matter? 

Sometimes an entire scientific community believes something for no scientific reason. For example, the medical community has agreed for a number of years now that consuming cholesterol-laden foods increases your serum-cholesterol levels, even though billions of dollars have been spent trying to prove this without any semblance of success.

My point is that a scientific community's belief in something doesn't make it a scientific fact.

Has anyone proven that pitch counts really matter? The question of pitch-counts has been driving me crazy lately. The whole "sabermetric community" talks about teams that more or less ignore pitch-counts like they're idiots, but is that just because we like calling baseball personnel idiots? Do we have any proof that pitch-counts matter? Or are we relying on anecdotes and "common sense"? Is there really a difference between throwing 130 and 110 pitches once a week?

If someone could direct me toward a study that suggests pitch-counts matter, I'd greatly appreciate it.

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Wednesday, May 04, 2005

John Rocker Update 

From today's Sports Illustrated 10-Spot:

2. Disgraced pitcher John Rocker, now playing for the minor league Long Island Ducks, had a profane exchange with a fan in Atlantic City on Tuesday night as he walked off the field after a poor outing. Rocker apologized afterward, insisting he has nothing against fans unless they're Asian, black, gay or ride the No. 7 train.

I'm not sure SI was making a joke on this one.

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Tuesday, May 03, 2005

Congratulations Joe! 

...for being accepted into the graduate program at Florida State University. Make sure to register to vote down there, since they seem to need all the help they can get.

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Monday, May 02, 2005

Help out the Angels PR Department 

As many of you know, the Anaheim Angels recently changed their name to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in order to sound more inclusive to the Southern California market. We here at Who Wants to Watch the World Series? think that this tag is rather lame and wish for the Angels organization to make some changes to it.

Chris has already suggested the Los Angeles California Anaheim Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, which is a good tag, but in my humble opinion doesn't go far enough. More areas of Southern California need representation, so therefore, in true SI fashion, I propose a new tag:

Quiero Presentarle the Los Angeles California Kenwood Lynwood Upland Saratoga Torrence Encino Riverside Angels of Anaheim. I do hope the Angels PR department takes this suggestion into consideration. Just think of the promotional possibilities...

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Random Sports Tidbits 

Former Coug News of the Day: John Olerud has signed a minor league deal with the Red Sox, who have apparently been searching for a first basemen despite the presence of David Ortiz and Kevin Millar. Expect Olerud to be called up in July and play the Doug Mientkiewicz role for the Sox down the stretch.

Ray Allen Got Game: 45 points last night as the Sonics go up 3-1. Get this guy re-signed, fast. Who doesn't want to have Jesus on their team?

Mariners Snatch Defeat from Jaws of Victory: Octavio Dotel walks the first two batters of the 9th inning of a 1-run game, with our $114 million tandom coming up... and we improve our standing in the team Suck-Ass category. Beltre strikes out looking, Sexson GIDP. The A's got a great game out of my favorite non-Mariner, Barry Zito (flakiest lefty in baseball, which is saying something), but we still got to pull these games out.

You Heard it Here First News: Sonics vs. Bulls in the NBA finals. Rematch of the 1996 finals, but with no Jordan to hold Seattle back. You heard it here first.

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