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 [Baseball, Ray] Welcome to the 2019 Season!

charlieluce

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It measures just 9 inches in circumference, weighs only about 5 ounces, and it made of cork wound with woolen yarn, covered with two layers of cowhide, and stiched by hand precisely 216 times.

It travels 60 feet 6 inches from the pitcher's mound to home--and it can cover that distance at nearly 100 miles an hour. Along the way it can be made to twist, spin, curve, wobble, rise, or fall away.

The bat is made of turned ash, less than 42 inches long, not more than 2 3/4 inches in diameter. The batter has only a few thousandths of a second to decide to hit the ball. And yet the men who fail seven times out of ten are considered the game's greatest heroes.

It is played everywhere. In parks and playground and prison yards. In back alleys and farmers fields. By small children and by old men. By raw amateurs and millionare professionals. It is a leisurely game that demands blinding speed. The only game where the defense has the ball. It follows the seasons, beginning each year with the fond expectancy of springtime and ending with the hard facts of autumn.

Americans have played baseball for more than 200 years, while they conquered a continent, warred with one another and with enemies abroad, struggled over labor and civil rights and the meaning of freedom.

At the games's heart lie mythic contradictions: a pastoral game, born in crowded cities; an exhilarating democratic sport that tolerates cheating and has excluded as many as it has included; a profoundly conservative game that sometimes manages to be years ahead of its time.

It is an American odyssey that links sons and daughters to father and grandfathers. And it reflects a host of age-old American tensions: between workers and owners, scandal and reform, the individual and the collective.

It is a haunted game, where each player is measured by the ghosts of those who have gone before. Most of all, it is about time and timelessness, speed and grace, failure and loss, imperishable hope, and coming home.

-- Ken Burns, "Baseball"
 

moondog548

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Machado reportedly signs with SD Padres for 10 years and $300 million. FINALLY NEWS!

Interesting that he hit that 10/300 mark that was the benchmark from the beginning. The fact that one of these two super-FAs got that number is probably a good thing for keeping everyone relatively calm in this time of labor tensions. The fact that the team grabbing one of these guys is San Diego is AWESOME. If it doesn't happen this year, their prospects are poised to start coming up and contributing soon, and this team should be the next hot young thing!

Allegedly the Sox told Machado they couldn't hit 10/300... hopefully that's because they were banking on Harper instead and he end sup on the South Side. I still deep down want him on the Cardinals, but really seems impossible. As long as he doesn't end up a Cub I'm happy!
 

nonsense

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Here's hoping I can catch a few more games this year. I can't say I expect much out of the Jays, but that's the status quo and not the outlier of a few years back.

Who'm I cheering for in the NL?
 

moondog548

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Here's hoping I can catch a few more games this year. I can't say I expect much out of the Jays, but that's the status quo and not the outlier of a few years back.

Who'm I cheering for in the NL?
Jays are my defacto AL team (and you have a lot to be excited about. Vlad Jr. and Bo Bichette are on the cusp, and a solid returning roster!)

So anyhoo, I humbly offer your Birb-bros in St. Louis as a second team to follow! ;-}
 
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