At Bat. It's the greatest app for the end of Winter.
Did you have yours on yesterday when Willson Contreras and Anthony Rizzo hit back to backers?
No, it doesn't count for stats or wins, but maaaan... does it ever count for my poor baseball-deprived heart.
When this happened, Len Kasper and Ron Coomer were talking to Jed Hoyer, and Willson's homer "interrupted" the chat.
Len had to call the call and after, he apologized.
To which Jed said, "Interruptions for home runs are always fine."
Yeah, they are.
If you look here on ESPN and search down the headilines (and they haven't changed it yet), you'll see that Ian Happ doesn't just play center field or second base for the Cubs.. he's also playing college basketball for the Wisconsin Badgers!
It looks like this:
Of course, if you click on it, you'll get the real story which looks like this:
But hey, judging from Happ's performance on the field, there's no reason to think he's not a killer basketball player too.
I am so bummed about Ben Zobrist's back.
Not a good way to start after all the health talk during the off season, but I hope he doesn't try to get out there too soon.
Heal that thing, dude.
Everybody knows you can play.
Jesse Rogers has a nice Joe Maddon article on the 6-trips-to-the-mound rule change.
Joe's not concerned about people stealing signs, he's concerned about communication.
And Willson Contreras has two new guys to learn to communicate with, so yeah I get that alot.
And you can find how long the average game lasts ("The average time of a nine-inning game was 3 hours 5 minutes last season, about 14 minutes longer than the average game in 2010."), but I cannot find anywhere... on average, what was the actual time spent on mound visits during a game?
They're supposed to last 30 seconds, plus the walk out and back... I'd really like to know.
Okay that's all I have.
The game today will be 2:05 on your At Bat app.
Tuesday's 2:05 Central time game vs the White Sox will be on TV, WGN, with Lester on the mound.