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MLB All Star Game: Vote Love not WAR

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I saw this on Twitter, and my response was fans vote for love not WAR.  Heyman has forgotten that this is the All Star Game, where the FANS get to vote. This is not about who should go it’s about who is going to go to the All Star Game. Fans make the decision. FANS VOTE. Speaking as a fan, I have always voted with my heart and not by how good someone is playing. I love the underdogs and the comebacks most of all.  I think the Royal fans would agree with me.

http://espn.go.com/mlb/story/_/id/13038015/record-seven-kansas-city-royals-line-start-all-star-game

Is there something wrong with voting for your heart? I don’t think so, this is a known popularity contest. The only requirement is you play ball and have some talent, I can guarantee you that the biggest bats in the game are not going to be home . Fans dig the longball. Baseball purist want someone “technically” the best. I make no apologies for my votes which do include a lot of Royals. The players even understand this.

Mike Trout when asked about the Royals being the majority on the All Star ballot:

“The majority of those guys are having great years, so you can’t take it away from them. The fans have a right to vote, and they’re out there voting.”

http://www.ocregister.com/articles/trout-665438-mike-petersburg.html

Here is a little metric for the baseball purist: Sabr, has only 24.4K followers on Twitter, while MLB has 4.84M that Million followers. I am not unsympathetic to your cause, I think the best players should go to the All Star game but if you are going to make it a fan vote then there should be no complaining about how the fans vote.

 

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MLB Draft Day

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Today is the 50th anniversary of the MLB draft, everyone lining up to pick the player they think will be good for the future. I am not really interested in the draft. It one of those things you never know.  You could pick a guy and he’s great but then injuries plague a wonderful career then it is over. (Ken Griffey Jr) Then there is a guy who is released and is picked up and turns out to be wonderful.(Anyone want J.D. Martinez?) You never know what is going to happen. Maybe it sounds cheeky but good luck draftees but the only way to the ballpark is a lot of hard work and focus and a little bit of luck.

Want to see the past draft picks well check this out: http://www.baseball-reference.com/draft/

Technology vs Tradition

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Well last night Statcast made its debut. I am torn. As a baseball fan, I love the classics. I love it when a guys wear his pants up to his knees, choke up on the bat and use the classic batting stance. I love old school stats too. The Traditional values of baseball.

 

Then there is a new part that is emerging.  Technology, Statcast shows us  how fast a player is  traveling, how fast did it take the ball to leave the park. what was its trajectory? While interesting, do I want to see this every game? I don’t know.

 

 

This reminds me of the time when  my eyes were awaken during the playoffs and World Series by one Mr. Gabe Kapler. I had heard a little bit about sabermetrics but against my old school values I pushed them aside. Then Kap starts talking and I was enthralled, never before to me had metrics been done in a way where it was fun and understandable. I wondered how could you take a stat and create something. For example when it comes to a two seam fastball who hits it and who doesn’t that is a normal stat. A metrics stat is who hits that two seam fast ball the same. Blew my mind.

I am going to make a new post on Monday where I am calling it Metrics Monday and I am going to learn metrics and if I am lucky maybe Kap will give me some pointers.

New MLB Rules 2015

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Author Note: I am reposting a previous blog. I’ve noticed in the last few days people have been searching for the new rules this season. Here are the new MLB Rules 2015

Baseball is a game of tradition. Like anything in life changes happen. MLB and MLBPA have agreed to some new rules for this year. This from FOX sports

1. Managers will be required to request instant replay challenges from the dugout. The delays resulting from managers gabbing on the field while coaches and video coordinators decided whether a play was worthy of replay will be eliminated.

2. Batters will be required to keep one foot in the batter’s box between pitches, unless a special exemption is granted. When this rule was established in 2014 in the Arizona Fall League, foul balls, foul tips, wild pitches, and umpires calling time could not be used as an excuse for stepping out.

3. No delays after coming back from TV commercials.

4. Timed pitching changes; violations will incur fines.

To see the full article go to:

http://www.foxsports.com/mlb/story/pace-of-play-rule-changes-announcement-friday-manger-challenges-dugout-batter-foot-in-box-021915

Miss Baseball’s Opening Day Guide

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Happy Opening Day!. Twitter has this phrase all over and I just love it. Opening day should be treated like a holiday. I am very excited I have my day of television planned out If you are one of the lucky ones who gets to go to the stadium today. I am super jealous but also I have a few tips to make your day easier and fun. Some Do’s and Don’ts I learned working in the promotions department for the Texas Rangers

Do: Take the promotion. If you really don’t want it, give it to someone else. Believe me there are people who want 50 calendars.

Don’t: Ask a promo person to give a child a promo with an alcohol ad on it. We are not allowed. Sorry those are the rules

Do: Check your ticket to make sure you have the correct time and date.

Don’t: Yell at the promo people. If you have a problem go to Guest Services.

Do: Get to the ballpark early.  You can pass the new security measures and watch the ballplayers warm up. Promotions run out quickly so you can be sure to score one.

Don’t: Tackle a promo person for a promo. You will get one I promise. Now back off!

Do: Smile. You are about to spend some time watching America’s Pastime. Yes, traffic and parking are a nightmare but you are here now. Enjoy it!

Don’t: Be afraid to ask questions we will help you anyway we can.

Fun Fact Friday: New ballpark food

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So yesterday, I see this sweet face over his namesake food at Globe Life. The Texas Rangers are one of many clubs rolling out a new menu for the season. If you got $17.50, then this meaty potatoy goodness can be yours.
Read about it here:
http://www.nbcdfw.com/blogs/red-fever/Texas-Rangers-Unveil-Wild-New-Ballpark-Food-Menu-298540381.html

Here is the menu, try NOT to lick the screen.

All the new items will be available on Opening Day, April 10.

See the full list of new menu items below:

Fried Twinkies, $7
Twinkies, Sweet Butter, Raspberry Sauce and Powdered Sugar

Fried S’more, $8
Marshmallow, Graham Cracker, Crème Filled Cookie, Chocolate Sauce, and Whipped Cream

Chicken-Fried Bacon on a Stick, $8
Thick Cut Bacon, Maple Glaze, Old Bay, and House-made Butter

Fried Chicken Breast on a Stick, $7
Chicken Breast, Breading, and House-Made Butter

Chicken-Fried Corn on the Cob, $5
Corn on the Cob, Buttermilk Batter, and Lime

Fried Pickle Chips, $7
Pickle Chips and Ranch

Funnel Cake Fries, $6
Funnel Cake Batter and Powdered Sugar

Brisket Mac & Cheese Balls, $10
Smoked Brisket, Mac & Cheese, and House-made Butter

BLT on a Bun, $10
Thick Cut Bacon, Lettuce, Tomato, Mayo, and a Hot Dog Bun

Bacon Quesadilla, $8
Bacon, Cheddar Cheese, Mixed Peppers, Flour Tortilla, and Home-Made Salsa

Bacon & Corn Saute, $8
Bacon, Red Onions, Sweet Corn, Cilantro, and a Lime Wedge

Bacon Lollipop, $8.50
Swirly, Sweet and tastes like cured meat

Bacon Mac & Cheese, $8.50
Mac & Cheese topped with Danish Bacon

Bacon Beer, $12
Rogue Voodoo Doughnut Bacon Maple Ale

Candied Bacon, $8.25
Danish Bacon, Cinnamon, and Chili Powder

Nacho Dog, $10
All beef hot dog topped with queso blanco, tortilla strips, fresh pico, and sour cream

Texas Philly Cheese steak, $11
Smoked Brisket, Queso Blanco, Pico De Gallo, and Grilled Peppers

Holland Hot Tot’chos, $17.50
Tater tots with your choice of chicken or steak, sautéed red and green bell peppers, pickled jalapenos, buffalo sauce, and a spicy queso hollandaise served in a mini Dutch oven

The TANACO, $26
24 inch taco shell filled with ground beef and seasoned chicken, shredded lettuce, nacho cheese, pico, jalapenos, and sour cream

Captain Morgan Club

The C3 Sandwich
Boneless chicken breast breaded and fried, fried mozzarella cheese, topped with queso

Grilled Cheeseburger
Classic Cheeseburger served in between two grilled cheese sandwiches

Philly Cheese steak Burger
Beef patties sliced tender, Philly meat, peppers, onions, and queso

Nacho Burger
White queso, salsa roja, tortilla strips, guacamole, jalapenos

Fish N’ Chips
Fresh cod fish fillets, fries, tartar sauce

Autism Awareness: From Burnout to Baseball

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Look. If you had one shot or one opportunity to seize everything you ever wanted. One moment, Would you capture it or just let it slip?  “Lose Yourself” -Eminem

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This month is Autism Awareness Month, and for me I like to laugh at that. I am very AWARE of Autism. I can’t understand how in this day in age how anyone can’t be aware of Autism. It is everywhere. The Current stat is 1 in 68 and in boys its 1 in 45.

Last June, I had a nervous breakdown. What is called today as “Burnout”  It came on the heals of a very hard year where it was discovered that my second son Ian was diagnosed with Autism level 2. I had been dealing with my older son Ben’s diagnosis and getting him all the help he needed it never even occurred to me that something would be wrong with Ian. I felt like the worse mother in the world. How could I have missed this? Me?!

I was super involved in the Autism world. Reading anything I could get my hands on about Autism and attending conferences.I was an active member of a Autism mom support group.  I was even doing advance parent training with an Applied Behavior Analyst so I could basically be my son’s full time therapist.  When in April we were told the news that  Ian had autism. I thought OK I can handle this I know what to do. Come June I would start to unravel.

I remember when it happened. I am at the pharmacy where they know me and my kids by first name. My children are on six different medications. I should tell you this is not a mom and pop pharmacy but a big chain one. I am there so often they KNOW me. I was going to have to wait 15 minutes for them to finish the order. I saw a friend in passing and said Hi. I sat on a bench and when the friend was out of sight. I burst out into tears right there in the store. I came home wrapped myself in a blanket and cried for three days straight. I couldn’t do not do it again!  How was I going to help Ian? I am drowning in Autism already. There is no more I can give.

My moms support group had a therapist that they used for their group therapy and I called her. I went into therapy. She helped me get rid of my guilt for Ian. She showed me that a life of only autism was no life. I needed to rediscover myself. I went out and got some new friends, I rediscover my love of writing and started (and still working on) a novel. I went back to the love my life. Baseball.

Through the power of social media I was able to connect to baseball in a way I could not have imaged. I found Gabe Kapler and his health and fitness blog. http://kaplifestyle.com/  The advice got me healthy, I went from being sick every month to I don’t know when the last time I was sick now. I have lost count of my healthy months. His blog is my inspiration for this blog. I just saw it and said to myself “That what I want to do. Write about what I care about and tell my story.”

Social media also helped me connect with other former and current ballplayers. When I wrote about how I was too chicken to get Dean Palmer’s Autograph. https://missbaseball.net/2015/01/15/tbt-dean-palmer/

I then shared the story with him via Twitter and his wonderful reaction to my request.

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Well that was it for me. I knew right then and there that I want to be a sports writer. I want to interview ballplayers and go on television. I had a purpose in life. I am me again. I am Miss Baseball.

Now I would love to tell you that everything in my life is just wonderful but” Let’s snap back to reality.” ( that’s for you Kap) I had a set back in December when I decided I could dance like Janet Jackson at a party and tore up my knee.

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Because I was active and healthy I was treated like an athlete and after 8 weeks of intense physical therapy I am back. My first son Ben has had some issues with sleep and seizures and we are dealing with that now.

A new plus. My boys love baseball. We watch it on television. They are big Ranger fans. My boys want to play baseball. I am hoping next year I can put them in a special league and they can really play. Ben is left handed and I think I could make a pitcher out of him. Ian is my tough guy, he’s got a lot of muscle on a little body he’s going to be my big bat.

If there is one thing I have learned is Don’t stop being yourself. Autism is in my life but it shouldn’t be all of my life. My children need to see me, living my life.

From Spring Training to the World Series

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For today’s fun fact Friday, I thought I would look up the winners of Spring Training and see how it compared to who went to the World Series. I went back from 2006 and only one team was the leader in Spring Training and then went to and in their case went on to win the World Series. The San Francisco Giants in 2010 did both. Looking at all the records, I have to say Spring Training is not a glimpse of how your team is going to do. So enjoy your team getting back into the swing of things but the real season starts in April.

Jayson Nix Home Run

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I can’t see his face or number or even his name on his jersey but I know that swing anywhere. Today was the Spring Training opener for the Baltimore Orioles vs Detroit Tigers in Sarasota, Florida. The O’s lost.

Here is the recap: RECAP: Orioles’ 5-4 loss to the Tigers. http://t.co/UICZVvCW5C

As a Jayson Nix fan, I’m going to tell you what he did today.

Jayson came in the 7th inning. His usual wonderful glove work came in handy for a 6-3 double play.
Jayson got the first hit of a rally in the 8th with a single. He would later reach 3rd when DET pitcher Hardy missed a pick off attempt.
Jayson would score thanks to a single from Alvarez.
Jose Valdez comes in to replace Hardy.
The rally got the score DET 5 BAL 3
Bottom of the 9th
With two outs down by two Jayson Nix hits a Home Run to Left Field.
But sad to say it was no enough and the O’s lost.
They play tomorrow and this time I can catch on MLB.TV.
Can NOT wait for some more action from Jayson Nix!

Baseball is HERE!

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Oh if opening day is a steak dinner then right now the first games of spring training are the salad before the meal. If you have MLB.TV you can see some of the games, I can’t see my Rangers or Jayson Nix playing with the O’s today but later on I will be able to. So like a misplaced fastball, I’m outta here, it’s time for baseball. If you have MLB.TV then here is the spring training schedule. PLAY BALL!!!!

http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/official_info/broadcasts/spring_mlbtv.jsp