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flyingron last won the day on December 27 2020

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  1. There have been some other articles in the other media that mention the sponsorship. Apparently FTX was big into buying sports sponsorship, having their name until recently on the Miami area, etc... An amusing statistic in one article said that FTX's valuation at its peak was greater than all the MLB franchise net worth put together. The Atlantic article on SBF: Indeed, SBF put particular emphasis on the idea that you could trust his exchange in an industry notorious for its gamblers and grifters; as if to make that message even clearer, FTX paid to sponsor MLB’s umpires—those supposed arbiters of truth and fairness—as opposed to its players.
  2. I always thought that it was a particularly bad sponsor for the aspect of the game that is guided by integrity. I hope they don't have some goofy contractual reason they can't ditch it.
  3. The logo that MLB umpires have been sporting for a bit over a season (that displaced the memorial on the sleeves) looks like its headed for oblivion. The CEO issued a public apology: "I f--ked up." https://www.cnbc.com/2022/11/10/crypto-billionaire-sam-bankman-fried-blames-himself-for-ftxs-collapse-admits-he-f-ed-up.html
  4. I haven't played the game since I was eight or so. I kind of got browned off back then because I got beaned too many times (that and taking a ball to the face when playing third base in a rundown situation). I've been an avid watcher of the game at all levels (mostly minor league) and always keep a scorecard.
  5. Yer outta here for arguing balls and strikes
  6. Ball/Strike call simulator (interspersed with an article on roboump). https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2022/sports/baseball/umpire-pitch-ball-strike-game.html
  7. It's amazing how they know which one to do at any given time.
  8. Love it. I remember in my youth hanging out in the old Memorial Stadium in Baltimore. If a fan caught a fly ball, the announcer would come on the PA and say "Give that fan a contract!"
  9. Black socks they never get dirty, The longer you wear them the stiffer they get, Sometimes I think of the laundry, But something inside me says "Don't send them yet."
  10. Spray-n-wash (or its equivalent) BEFORE every time they go into the wash. As others have pointed out, once you've run through the dryer, the stains are likely set forever. A little of Febreze "in wash" will also help with the smell if you have that problem.
  11. Maybe we should borrow a concept from cricket and make the fielder ask "howzat?"
  12. Just get rid of the pitcher all together. Get one of those t-ball things and plop it on the plate.
  13. Depends on the league. In a lot of the leagues, there's not a whole lot of the nonsense that led to the clock being put in for the majors. Of course, you have leagues where the kids are emulating their idols and spend a lot of time goofing around before the pitch or stepping out of the box and adjusting themselves between pitches.
  14. flyingron

    Time play?

    It's a time play. It only is not if there is a force out (this is not) or the BR is himself put out before he reaches first (not that he just doesn't reach first before the third out).
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