Comments on: Bloops: The Invisible Fastball http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/15921 This and that about baseball stats. Tue, 16 Jul 2013 17:01:55 +0000 hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.6 By: Miranda Kisak http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/15921/comment-page-1#comment-177671 Thu, 27 Oct 2011 14:55:04 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=15921#comment-177671 Great post. I'm facing a couple of these problems.

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By: nesnhab http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/15921/comment-page-1#comment-174809 Sat, 22 Oct 2011 14:34:23 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=15921#comment-174809 @17 it's just as bad in the Washington DC metro area and we have an MLB team. Once football season starts, other than the Nationals, you cannot get a baseball game on the radio, ever, until the World Series.

Game of the Week, playoffs--it does not matter. It will always be a college football game, or some guy talking about football. If you're near a computer, you can always choose espnradio.com.

The weird thing is, if there was a sport that was more ill-suited for the radio than football, I can't imagine what it would be. Football is for TV. Didn't they figure this out in, say, 1960? Who is listening to these games?

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By: scott-53 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/15921/comment-page-1#comment-174728 Sat, 22 Oct 2011 09:16:16 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=15921#comment-174728 Great story. Collected baseball cards from 1964-1973. Had no idea that minor league baseball was so popular in the late 40's. (42 million attendance in 1949)

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By: Timothy P. http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/15921/comment-page-1#comment-174558 Fri, 21 Oct 2011 22:41:46 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=15921#comment-174558 This was a great story, I read the whole thing. Minor league baseball in North Carolina, it seems that every region of this great country loves baseball. The Caribbean, the far east, and the USA all love baseball.

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By: bluejaysstatsgeek http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/15921/comment-page-1#comment-174532 Fri, 21 Oct 2011 21:37:49 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=15921#comment-174532 Steve, thanks for for the bloop. It is a great story. Thank you also to the people at SI for making it available online.

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By: 704_Brave http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/15921/comment-page-1#comment-174444 Fri, 21 Oct 2011 18:15:32 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=15921#comment-174444 @15 Rich,
Yes, that has a lot to do with it, although this is Braves country (150+ TV games a year locally). When Sternberg made his comments about Rays attendance a couple weeks ago, the (unfounded) speculation of relocation to Charlotte was a topic on sports talk radio and needless to say it wasn't nearly as positive as I'd like it to be. It would be difficult for the Charlotte market to support 81 games, but odds would be better if there was some groundswell of support for it.

A lot of things start with grassroots movements these days. It happened with college football here and the Charlotte 49ers will kick off in 2013. The problem is that I'm just not sure the support is there for a third pro franchise here. The Panthers haven't historically drawn great crowds although the Hornets did for several years in the late 80s-mid 90s. Apathy describes the city's relationship with the Bobcats but 3 NASCAR races and the PGA golf tourney do very well each year and have huge crowds.

Furthermore, it's been a challenge to get the AAA Knights to relocate uptown from Fort Mill, SC and I'm not sure if that effort will culminate in a new stadium or not. A lot of the resistance comes from one local lawyer pushing for a MLB-ready stadium at some point. The rest of the resistance is as a result of how the Hornets left and the reluctance to use public funds on another stadium project (like the Bobcats did).

To me, Charlotte is a semi-viable choice for a MLB team but only if it is the Rays. There are a lot of northern transplants here and no doubt 18 games would sell out right off the bat (NYY and BOS). The tough draw would be the Tuesday night Royals game.

Verdict: not quite ready for MLB, not quite sure of the appetite. It's a tough one due to metro area size and due to lots of transplants, but I guess time will tell. Doesn't help to have local media outlets not so high on baseball, especially during pennant races/playoffs. (Also, disclaimer to Rays fans: I'm not advocating relocation beyond Tampa, just conjecturing.)

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By: Andrew Lucis http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/15921/comment-page-1#comment-174429 Fri, 21 Oct 2011 17:43:34 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=15921#comment-174429 Great stuff, man

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By: Rich http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/15921/comment-page-1#comment-174415 Fri, 21 Oct 2011 16:58:10 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=15921#comment-174415 @ 13
Do you think it's because they don't really have a local team?

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By: Ed http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/15921/comment-page-1#comment-174412 Fri, 21 Oct 2011 16:49:03 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=15921#comment-174412 @3 I don't think B-R has any way of tracking when every single person who's ever played minor league ball has died. Obviously they could do it in this particular case but generally speaking, it would be a near impossible task.

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By: 704_Brave http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/15921/comment-page-1#comment-174403 Fri, 21 Oct 2011 16:26:48 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=15921#comment-174403 @11 - Paul E -
I completely understand, but when not one segment (morning or afternoon) is devoted to any sport other than football, it really baffles me especially when hosts are seemingly dedicated to bashing baseball when the rare opportunity presents itself. I realize that the Panthers are the big game in town, but I got fed up with it.

I couldn't imagine letting my kids play football with 100% probability of injury. It's just nuts.

Oh well, thank God for MLB Network and B-R.com!

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