Sunday, October 31, 2010

BE MINE VALENTINE

Tom Haudricourt has been blogging for four straight days that the Brewers haven't made a decision yet in their search for a new manager.  It's coming across as bitterness for being scooped.  You see, Tom, first you make a decision, then you negotiate, and if that works out you make an announcement - but not during the World Series lest you suffer the wrath of Bud.

"I just made contact with Valentine and he said he had not heard from the Brewers" - TH

You think?  Did you ever hear of agents?

The Brewers know who they want.  They obviously aren't saying just yet in case the negotiations don't work out.  All indications are the Bobby Valentine is who they want.  I think that would be a very good choice.  He is the anti-Ken Macha.  I liked Ken Macha, but if your going to fire your manager it seems to make most sense to bring in someone totally different.

Monday, October 18, 2010

NFL OVERTIME RULE

This has nothing to do with baseball.  And I'll get back to writing about baseball soon - promise.

I have been telling people for years that the NFL should modify their overtime rules so that the team scoring last in regulation play automatically kicks off in overtime.  They can keep it sudden death like it is now.  Just make that one simple change and take the randomness out of it.

In yesterday's Packers-Dolphins game, the Packers scored last in regulation.  They did in fact have to kick off in overtime like they would have under this new rule.  Yet the game was a perfect example of how well this new rule could work.

At the end of the game with under 20 seconds left on the clock, the Packers faced a 4th and goal from the 2-yard line.  They came to the line obviously intending to run a pass play - there was no one but Aaron Rodgers in the backfield.  Except for a total and inexplicable collapse of the Dolphins defense, they probably would have run a pass play.  But because of an astute observation by Daryn Colledge who had no defender for three yards in front of him, Rodgers was able to follow him into the end zone untouched.

OK, so now the Packers are down by one.  If they kick the extra point, they have to a) make it, b) kick off to the Dolphins and give them at least one more play from scrimmage, and c) kick off to them in overtime.  But, if they go for a 2-point conversion and make it, they win the game.  What would you do?  Of course you'd run the play!  They already had it called.  They could have run the same play they were going to run anyway and try to win right then and there.  No overtime.  Game over.  Now that would have been exciting.

Friday, October 1, 2010

100 RBI TRIFECTA

Casey McGehee and Corey Hart each collected their 100th RBI on the season last night giving the Brewers three players who have reached that total.  This is the third time the the Brewers have had 3-100 RBI players on the team.  The first was in 1979 when Gorman Thomas, Cecil Cooper and Sixto Lezcano accomplished the feat.  The last before this year was of course 1982 when four players topped the 100 RBI mark (Cooper, Yount, Thomas and Oglivie).

In the context of all of baseball, having three or more 100 RBI guys is not particularly uncommon.  It's happened 131 times since 1901 - a little more than once per season.  Four 100 RBI hitters has been accomplished 25 times.  The 1936 New York Yankees had 5-100 RBI hitters - the current Major League record.

The 1997 Cleveland Indians and 2003 Boston Red Sox each had 3-100 RBI guys on the team yet the team leader had only 105.  That is the record for fewest RBIs by the team leader on a teams with three or more 100 RBI hitters.  Right now, the Brewers leader is Ryan Braun with 103.  They still have a chance at that record.

Noticeably absent from the Brewers list is Prince Fielder who led all of Major League baseball with 141 RBI last season.

 
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