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August 8, 2007
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*Did Mike Bascik purposely make it easy for Bonds to go deep? The argument isn't wholly illogical, but I find it very unpersuasive for such a serious charge. Occam's Razor suggests that Bacsik is just a bad pitcher, albeit one who was willing to try to make Bonds hit the ball and not just get a free pass.

*Dennis Martinez was 2-19 in his career against the Yankees. In a similar vein, Larry Jackson has to have been the all-time master of beating up the weak teams; from 1957-68, Jackson was 39-8 with a 2.20 ERA against the expansion Mets and Astros, 20-11, 3.08 ERA against the Cubs (when not pitching for them) but no better than .500 against any other team; against the rest of the league he was 124-148, with a 3.57 ERA.

*Spinlessness from Barack Obama on Bonds. Via Instapundit.

*Why on earth is this dispute being decided by a federal court?

*Val Kilmer wants to ban the Koran.

*Maybe we could keep secrets better if there was money in it.

Posted by Baseball Crank at 8:02 PM | Blog 2006-14 | Comments (2) | TrackBack (0)

I don't think Bascik grooved one, but I do think a certain blogger came up with such a theory in order to get hits.

Posted by: paul zummo at August 9, 2007 9:03 AM

I think it is a mistake to call Bacsik a bad pitcher. Sure, he is not a great (or even very good) major league pitcher. A bad pitcher doesn't even get a sniff of the major leagues. I have trouble throwing strikes to little leaguers during batting practice. That is a bad pitcher.

As far as banning the Koran . . . . Philosophically I'm opposed to the idea of banning a book. However, if one were to ban a few that one isn't a bad one to start with. Either way, that politician better get some seriously good bodyguards. The religion of peace doesn't take kindly to that sort of talk.

Posted by: largebill at August 9, 2007 10:16 AM
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