Baseball on PBS


This past Sunday I watched a documentary on PBS titled, “Babe Ruth at Sing Sing.” The documentary told the story of a 1929 exhibition game between the New York Yankees – and, of course, Babe Ruth – and a team of inmates at Sing Sing prison. The documentary also discusses ideas of imprisonment and reform of the time.

According to WTVP of Peoria, IL, there are other documentaries on PBS that discuss the relationship between sport, society, and community. However, you’ll need to check local schedules to see if they will be available in your area (I haven’t found the other two in my area, yet.) I’ve posted those trailers below. Also, don’t forget that you can stream Ken Burns’ Baseball documentary for free on PBS.

~ baseballrebecca

Best of the Week: 7/5/2930 – 7/11/2020


This wasn’t posted this past week, but I found it this week (and its in keeping with my theme of the last two days), so it still counts as the Best of the Week:

~ baseballrebecca

Stat-urday, 7/11/2020


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Bo Jackson for American Library Association’s “Read” campaign, ca. 1989.

Today marks the 30th anniversary of that time Bo Jackson ran up the outfield wall in Memorial Stadium to catch a ball (check out the video I posted yesterday). In honor of that feat, below here are Jackson’s stats from his time in MLB and MiLB.

Happy Stat-urday!

~ baseballrebecca

Year Age Tm Lg Lev Aff G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BA OBP SLG OPS
1986 23 KCR AL MLB KCR 25 91 82 9 17 2 1 2 9 0.207 0.286 0.329 0.615
1986 23 Memphis SOUL AA KCR 53 212 184 30 51 9 3 7 25 0.277 0.368 0.473 0.841
1987 24 KCR AL MLB KCR 116 434 396 46 93 17 2 22 53 0.235 0.296 0.455 0.750
1988 25 KCR AL MLB KCR 124 468 439 63 108 16 4 25 68 0.246 0.287 0.472 0.758
1989 26 KCR AL MLB KCR 135 561 515 86 132 15 6 32 105 0.256 0.310 0.495 0.805
1990 27 KCR AL MLB KCR 111 456 405 74 110 16 1 28 78 0.272 0.342 0.523 0.866
1991 28 2 Teams 2 Lgs AA-A+ CHW 6 24 19 3 6 0 0 0 2 0.316 0.417 0.316 0.732
1991 28 CHW AL MLB CHW 23 84 71 8 16 4 0 3 14 0.225 0.333 0.408 0.742
1991 28 Birmingham SOUL AA CHW 4 17 13 2 4 0 0 0 0 0.308 0.471 0.308 0.778
1991 28 Sarasota FLOR A+ CHW 2 7 6 1 2 0 0 0 2 0.333 0.286 0.333 0.619
1993 30 CHW AL MLB CHW 85 308 284 32 66 9 0 16 45 0.232 0.289 0.433 0.722
1994 31 CAL AL MLB CAL 75 224 201 23 56 7 0 13 43 0.279 0.344 0.507 0.851
MLB (8 seasons) MLB 694 2626 2393 341 598 86 14 141 415 0.250 0.309 0.474 0.784
Minors (2 seasons) Minors 59 236 203 33 57 9 3 7 27 0.281 0.373 0.458 0.831
All Levels (8 Seasons) 753 2862 2596 374 655 95 17 148 442 0.252 0.315 0.473 0.788
AA (2 seasons) Minors 57 229 197 32 55 9 3 7 25 0.279 0.376 0.462 0.837
A+ (1 season) Minors 2 7 6 1 2 0 0 0 2 0.333 0.286 0.333 0.619

So There’s A Schedule – Now What?


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Freddie Freeman with the Atlanta Braves in 2013. Photo by Bruce Tuten via Wikipedia

First Adam Jones moved to Japan. Then Spring Training was canceled and the MLB season put on hold. Then they cancelled the Minor League season. And now Nick Markakis has opted out. So, even though MLB finally announced the 2020 schedule, I have to admit – I’m not all that excited.

This is what has happened in just the past few days:

  • On Thursday MLB and MLBPA announced that the initial round of COVID-19 tests resulted in 38 positive tests – 31 players and 7 staff members. Not all players who tested positive were identified; in fact, the Orioles decided that they won’t publicize whether or not there are positive test results.
  • There have been problems with teams getting testing results in a timely manner and several teams had to cancel workouts yesterday
  • Sean Doolittle and Mike Trout, among other players, have doubts about the season.
  • Nick Markakis, David Price, and others have opted out of the season.
  • Freddie Freeman tested positive for the virus and experienced severe symptoms despite following precautions.

Meanwhile, in Japan they’re getting ready to let fans back into the stadiums. Maybe someone should just find a way to broadcast those games in the U.S. – preferably during prime time.

~ baseballrebecca

Doug Glanville on Racism


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Doug Glanville in 2008.
Photo by Garrett Craig
via Wikipedia.

Doug Glanville penned a powerful piece on racism that was published on Monday in The Undefeated. It needs no summary or introduction. I’ll just post the link here:

The ‘comma effect’ on bias and Black lives: That grammatical pause helps explain how racism thrives,”
by Doug Glanville

Glanville made his MLB debut with the Chicago Cubs on June 9, 1996, and played for the Cubs (1996-97, 2003), Philadelphia Phillies (1998-2002, 2004), and Texas Rangers (2003). Since his retirement from baseball, Glanville has been a baseball consultant and analyst, and has written extensively about baseball. In addition to a book on his experiences in MLB, he has written articles for The New York Times, ESPN The Magazine, The Atlantic, and The Athletic. Check out a few of his other pieces on race:

~ baseballrebecca

Its Finally July?


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So far, 2020 has been a whirlwind of pandemic, postponements, and protests. And its only half over.

I don’t know about you, but I’m exhausted.

In a normal year we’d be well into both the Major League and Minor League seasons, rooting for our favorite players and prospects, and still holding out hope that the O’s won’t be in last place. But in 2020, the future of the minors is in question and we still haven’t even started the 2020 MLB season.

We can be optimistic and see the year as half over, or pessimistic and see the year as only half over. Either way, we can also use this demarcation as a time to take inventory of where we are.

There are still major issues in society and baseball that are yet to be resolved. As I pointed out yesterday, I spent the entire month of June posting about race issues and racism in baseball. So, its time to think a little more sociologically about these issues.

So, starting next week, I’ll devote more time and space to exploring issues more in-depth. Most weeks I’ll still have Monday Baseball Motivation, Films on Friday, Stat-urday, and the Best of the Week, but Tuesday through Thursday will often be devoted to one topic or concept. I’ll also do some housekeeping on the site, updating old posts and revisiting issues with new information. I may not post every day, but I’ll still be here!

Happy second half of the year! Congrats on making it this far!

~ baseballrebecca