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Home Run Heaven

So far, 21 home runs have been hit out of the new Yankee Stadium. Thanks to Long Island Newsday, they put together a list of stadiums that are the best and worse for hitting the long ball. 

Here’s a breakdown of the stadiums:

Home Run Friendly Parks

  • U.S. Cellular Field (White Sox) 2.76 a game.
  • Great American Ball Park (Reds) 2.64 a game.
  • Oriole Park at Camden Yards (Orioles) 2.55 a game.
  • Rangers Ballpark in Arlington (Rangers) 2.52 a game.
  • Comerica Park (Tigers) 2.49 a game.

Home Run Unfriendly Parks

  • Dodger Stadium (Dodgers) 1.48 a game.
  • AT&T Park (Giants) 1.48 a game.
  • Kauffman Stadium (Royals) 1.52 a game.
  • Rogers Centre (Blue Jays) 1.54 a game.
  • McAfee Coliseum (A’s) 1.54 a game.
Until then, see ya at the park!

WBC: November is Better

WBC Ratings

With the World Baseball Classic over and Japan the winners again for a second time, the viewer ratings came out. 1.3 average rating for the WBC on ESPN up to the semifinals. A 37.8 rating in Japan for their first-round games. Interesting.

November is Better

One thing that must be pointed, and as I said in the past, November is much better for the World Baseball Classic. I wrote about this back in January and again, with the platform of MLBLogs, reiterate that the timing of this was not good. My mind was put to rest when Chipper Jones told Long Island Newsday that the “Classic should be moved to the fall.” His main concern, as is mine, is that the players are in “game-shape” and “injuries will probably be minimal.

All I ask is that the Classic is kept alive and going, but just move it to November after the World Series.

It will be a homerun for everyone.

Until then, see ya at the park!

No More Ink

One-by-one they close.

The news is about newspapers, which are very close to my heart. The Seattle Post-Intelligencer stopped the presses yesterday and went to an all digital format. The Rocky Mountain News ceased all operations two-weeks ago and other major newspapers are in trouble.

It was the late 80’s when I got my start as a newspaper sportswriter and loved every minute of it. Working my way up to Long Island Newsday, where I got my feet wet, covering a Saturday afternoon football game and then rushing by car back to the newsroom to bang out my piece for the Sunday edition, was the dream. As the years went by, I switched to all digital writing, with an occasional piece appearing in a newspaper.

When I speak to classes about writing, I tell them I’m a newspaperman first because that’s what I am. But, the uncertain future about newspapers is sinking in. They are going away slowly and many writers are finding themselves on the unemployment line. I still have all my columns in my portfolio and cherish them. I still have the memory of the sports departments that I strolled in to write my piece. Slowly, the memory will fade and newspapers will forever be remembered.

Until then, see ya in sports!

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