Happy 75th Anniversary…

In my last blog (The Race to 100 Losses), I gave the first update on MLB teams and their potential to enter baseballs dubious 100-loss club. I figured that it was time to update the states of these possible members. I am going to list the team, their current record as of August 26,2014, how many games they have left, and lastly what record they will need to post to make it in to ‘The Club’… Starting with the American League…Texas 51-79/32/11-21, Houston 55-77/30/7-23, Boston 57-74/31/5-26, Minnesota 58-72/32/4-28, Chicago White Sox 59-71/32/4-29. The National League looks like this…Colorado 53-77/32/9-23, Arizona 55-76/31/7-24, Chicago Cubs 58-72/31/3-28, Philadelphia 59-72/31/3-28, San Diego 60-70/32/2-30, New York 61-70/31/1-30. Also in my last blog, I researched the relative suckiness of records by city of cities that had more than one team. Texas seems to be ‘winning’ this season, as the Texas Rangers and the Houston Astros are equally abysmal, followed again by Illinois with the White Sox and Cubs bringing sorrow to the Windy City. This may be a season where nobody gains admission to the 100-loss club, although I think that the Texas Rangers have a reasonable chance…
Pitcher Tim Lincecum has been taken out of the San Francisco Giants starting rotation and sent to the bullpen. I was a little surprised that this has happened, but not because of the way he was pitching. Let’s face it, he was struggling, and I am surprised that it took this long. I guess when you have a guy who recently tossed a no-no and has won two N.L. Cy Young awards, it is a bit of a shock to the system when he gets sent to the pen. Manager Bruce Bochy said the Lincecum was fine with the decision, and that he knew that he needed to work on some things to get back to being an effective pitcher again. Lincecum has lost four out of his last five decisions with just one win in his last seven starts. He had a 4-game winning streak prior to coming off the rails. I hope that ‘The Freak’ can get his groove back.
Today is the 75th anniversary of the first Major League Baseball game to be televised. It was a double header between the Cincinnati Reds and the Brooklyn Dodgers from Ebbets Field in Brooklyn NY. The legendary Red Barber called the game, which was won by the Reds 5-2, with the Dodgers taking the second game 6-1, on an experimental TV station that would eventually become WNBC-4. Only 3,000 people were able to enjoy game in from their homes. People were able to listen to MLB games on the radio since 1921, but this was a whole different thing. Last year’s World Series attracted more than 14 million viewers. Let’s face it, TV changed everything…literally. On August 26, 1939, no one could have imagined how this gimmick, this fad, this folly that was seen by only 3,000 people from the comfort of home would become the world-changing behemoth that it became. I suppose that no one could have imagined that only 5 days later, Germany would invade Poland and World War II would begin. As I said, TV changed everything socially, politically, morally, and any other way that you can think of. There are those that rate the advent of TV as the single biggest invention of the 20th century. It would be hard to argue…
There was more history made on Sunday (August 24th) as softball legend Michele Smith became the first female analyst to call a nationally televised Major League Baseball game. In case you don’t remember, Michelle Smith is a softball legend and 2-time Olympic Gold Medalist. She was in the booth with Ernie Johnson and MLB Hall of Famer John Smoltz for the call of the Dodgers-Braves game from Turner Field in Atlanta.

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