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April 28, 2005


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I feel you. Ralph is definitely missed. There is so much chatter out there that there is less time for thought. Folks leap into the fray and it becomes a fire.

Anyway, there is more dough - for considerable less work in baseball. The career longevity is longer. There are more roster spots in baseball. Hitting a baseball is not the most difficult thing to do in sports...often said, often repeated, always a lie. Guys hit the ball all the time. It's those 9 bastards with the gloves that are the problem. Major leaguers seldom MISS the ball...less than 30% generally. Fouls ball, however don't count unless you're playing cricket. And, outs is outs. Still, statistics indicate that line drives are significantly more likely to drop for hits than are towering drives that make the highlights. Bonds is so good that reporters actually count the pitches he misses.

Also, some positions in baseball require so little athleticism that guys are routinely injured simply running to a base. [Armando Benitez, Giants relief pitcher will miss four months. He tore his hamstring running to first base from the pitcher's mound. That's about 30 feet.] So, no one in their right mind chooses any sport over baseball for the money. Anyone doing that would simply be dumber than a box of rocks - and probably shouldn't be on the court anyway...they could get run over in the traffic.


Golf pays well, but no one rewards mediocrity like beisbol. No doubt that golfers work harder than middle relievers and closers.


I played little league and traveling league baseball. It was fun to play and watch when you had a direct interest in the game.

After awhile, I couldn't watch it anymore. Too boring.

I ran track in high school and college. My kid runs track now. Let me tell you, it is one boring time to sit through a full track meet, for 2 or 3 days, in the heat of the summer.

But, the 100, 200, and 400 meter sprints make up for it. Sometimes the 800 meter long sprint does too.

Baseball is boring. And urban baseball fields aren't around anymore. High school baseball fields are still around though.

I lived near Leakin Park, so we had grass area galore to play baseball and football. That's probably why I have no hoop game.

Les, we have to hook up soon, just to meet.

Lester Spence

Man I live near the Baltimore zoo, and it has one of the best basketball courts I've seen. Stays lit until 11pm too. Nothing BUT good runs.

Yeah we should get together. It only makes sense.


During the fifthy's major league baseball had clinics in urban centers .I remenber participating at Janyne field in Detroit where the likes of Al Kaline ,Charley Maxwell and Jim Bunting displayed their talents.During the sixtys this stop;Tigers took their clinics to the suburbs.At the same time rust belt citys like Detroit did not keep the ball diamonds up,they felt on hard times.Baseball require equipment catcher mask and protection,bats ,balls and gloves not to mention spikes.Basketball require a ball.The motivation is not bling but the availibility of fields and most important supervision;I didn't mention adult supervision because thats not neccessary,a brother by the name of Josh Giles who went on to coach at the collegiate level was only three years my senior.Imagine a 15 year old coaching 12 year old now.

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