OT: Baseball Books (edited to include top recommendations)

OT: Baseball Books (edited to include top recommendations)

Submitted by LLG on May 6th, 2018 at 3:26 PM

I've become more interested in baseball this year, and I was wondering (for those people on the Board who are fans of baseball), what are your 2 or 3 favorite baseball books?

Also, when your teams is out of the running for the playoffs, what maintains your interest in the game?  Do you follow individual players or have teams that you cheer for in the top tier?  Or do you just somewhat stop watching all together until it gets closer to the playoffs?

Edit -- here are your top recommendations

Ball Four: My Life and Hard Times Throwing the Knuckleball In the Big Leagues by Jim Bouton and Leonard Shecter

The Boys of Summer by Roger Kahn

Men at Work: The Craft of Baseball by George Will

The Glory of Their Times: The Story of the Early Days of Baseball Told by the Men Who Played It by Lawrence S Ritter

You Gotta Have Wa by Robert Whiting

Where Nobody Knows Your Name: Life in the Minor Leagues of Baseball by John Feinstein

Ty Cobb: A Terrible Beauty by Charles Leerhsen

Only the Ball Was White: A History of Legendary Black Players and All-Black Professional Teams by Robert Peterson

The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach (Fiction)

Baseball sweeps EMU

Baseball sweeps EMU

Submitted by Wolverine Devotee on May 2nd, 2018 at 8:56 PM

The Battle for Washtenaw County was a great one for Michigan this year.

After coming back from a 4-0 hole and winning 6-4 in the 8th last night at Ray Fisher Stadium, Michigan made the short drive to EMU to face them in the second game of the season series.

There would be no drama this time. 

The game was scoreless until the 5th, when Michigan did major damage.

Brock Keener, hero of last night, drove in Miles Lewis for the first Michigan run. Two sac bunts brought Keener home to make it 2-0, and then Dom Clementi blasted a 2-run homer to make it 4-0 Michigan. Freshman Blake Nelson then hit a 2 run double, followed by a Miles Lewis RBI single to make it 7-0. 

The Wolverines adding 3 more runs just an inning later in the 6th on three consecutive RBI doubles by Jordan Nwogu, Dom Clementi and Jonathan Engelmann. 10-0 Michigan.

EMU added 2 runs in the 6th & 7th innings and 1 in the 8th, but Michigan ended any bleak hopes of an EMU comeback with two runs in the Top of the 9th on a RBI groundout and a passed ball. 

Michigan beats EMU, 12-5 at Oestrike Stadium and sweps the series.

Michigan has won 8 straight in the rivalry, their best run since the Middaugh teams of the late 80s who won 12 straight.

Michigan resumes B1G play in a weekend series at Rutgers starting on Friday at 3pm. 

Michigan Baseball - Clutch Hitting and Pitching in Comeback Win Last Night

Michigan Baseball - Clutch Hitting and Pitching in Comeback Win Last Night

Submitted by Lordfoul on May 2nd, 2018 at 8:49 AM

Anybody else catch the baseball game against Eastern last night on B10 Network?  

Michigan looked down and out entering the 6th with a 4-1 deficit.  The home team mangaged a run in the bottom of the 6th to cut the deficit to 4-2.  After a baserunner getting hit by the ball submarined a promising bottom half of the 7th, the 8th brought a string of impressive play and a timely rally for the good guys.

In the top half of the 8th, Eastern put men on 2nd and 3rd with one out and looked poised to slam the door on Michigan's comeback hopes.  Michigan brought in hard throwing reliever Jack Weisenburger - a Michigan legacy who's dad and granddad had both played baseball and football for the Wolverines.  Weisenburger impressively shut down the Eastern threat, sandwiching a walk between two swinging strikeouts and giving Michigan a managable shot at a comeback.

In the bottom half of the inning Michigan capitalized on the opportunity.  A single and two walks loaded the bases with nobody out.  Senior catcher Brock Keener provided the heroics, stepping to the plate to deliver a clutch 3-run triple into the gap in right center.  Michigan would add an insurance run to head into the 9th with a 6-4 advantage.

From there Weisenburger shut the door on Eastern, putting in a 1-2-3 inning with another strikeout.  Ballgame.

I don't get to watch too many Michigan baseball games, but I'm glad I caught this one. Eastern is admittedly terrible so a loss would have been a serious hit to Michigan's postseason hopes I would imagine.  Regardless of the opponent, this clutch comeback made me proud to be a Wolverine.

Go Blue!

https://mgoblue.com/news/2018/5/1/baseball-how-keener-the-catcher-who-h…

 

OT: What if every MLB team made the playoffs?

OT: What if every MLB team made the playoffs?

Submitted by Mr. Elbel on April 30th, 2018 at 9:31 PM
http://www.espn.com/mlb/story/_/id/23244608/radical-ideas-series-every-… As a Tigers fan, this idea appeals to me given that the playoffs seem like a far-fetched dream that's at least years away. Normally teams don't go from 119 loses to the WS in 3 years so I'm not holding my breath. Anyway, an interesting idea that in no way is ever happening but would certainly make the end of the season fun and give me a reason beyond fan loyalty/love of the game to invest in the team for the back end of the season. What say you?

OT: The Supreme Court Might Reconsider MLB’s Antitrust Exemption

OT: The Supreme Court Might Reconsider MLB’s Antitrust Exemption

Submitted by LLG on April 30th, 2018 at 6:37 PM

"In the first case, Wyckoff v. Office of the Commissioner, two former scouts have accused MLB teams of illegally colluding to depress the market for the services of professional and amateur scouts. Meanwhile, the second case — Right Field Rooftops v. Chicago Cubs — involves a claim that the Cubs have unlawfully attempted to monopolize the market for watching their games in-person by purchasing a number of the formerly competing rooftop businesses operating across the street from Wrigley Field and also blocking the view of some of the remaining rooftops by installing new, expanded scoreboards . . . .

Ultimately, only four of the Supreme Court’s nine justices must vote to accept an appeal in order for the Court to agree to hear the case.

And in one potentially promising development for the plaintiffs, both MLB and the Cubs initially waived their right to file opposition briefs outlining the reasons why the Court shouldn’t take the cases, only to have the Supreme Court officially request that they file opposing arguments. This stands in contrast to the recent appeal in the Miranda minor-league wage collusion case, where the Supreme Court opted to deny the appeal without even hearing from MLB, after the league similarly waived its right to file an opposition."

https://www.fangraphs.com/blogs/the-supreme-court-might-reconsider-mlbs…

hat tip How Appealing

Erik Bakich gets 200th M win today as Baseball beats Iowa 10-2

Erik Bakich gets 200th M win today as Baseball beats Iowa 10-2

Submitted by Wolverine Devotee on April 28th, 2018 at 7:24 PM

Michigan's 20 game win streak came to an end last night at Iowa, as the Wolverines could not climb out of the 4-0 they dug, losing 4-2. 

Today started similarly as Iowa took a 2-0 lead after a 2nd inning homer. But this time Michigan climbed out of the hole and then some. 

Just a half inning later, Michigan tied the game at 2 with a run by Christian Bullock and a sac fly for Ako Thomas. 

Michigan took the lead in the 3rd on a solo shot by freshman phenom Jesse Franklin and added to it with a 4th inning bases loaded walk drawn by Jonathan Engelmann and then a sac fly by--you guessed it--Jesse Franklin to make it 5-2. 

The Wolverines made it 7-2 in the 5th with a sac bunt by Brock Keener and a wild pitch that scored Jordan Nwogu.to Michigan up 7-2. 

Michigan added 3 runs in the 8th inning on RBIs by Nwogu and Engelmann, as well as another bases loaded walk. 

Michigan would go on to win 10-2. Erik Bakich's 200th career win at Michigan (200-131-3) in 6 seasons at the helm. 

Michigan is now 25-12 and 12-1 in the B1G. 

The rubber game is set for tomorrow at 12:05pm. 

Baseball's win streak up to 20; beats PSU 14-2 for series sweep

Baseball's win streak up to 20; beats PSU 14-2 for series sweep

Submitted by Wolverine Devotee on April 22nd, 2018 at 5:01 PM

That crazy 8-7 eleven inning game yesterday was just a blip on the radar.

Michigan, winners of 19 straight games, took on last place Penn State today at Ray Fisher Stadium in the series finale.

Michigan raced out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning on RBI singles from the freshmen pair of Jesse Franklin & Jordan Nwogu while another run scored on a passed ball.

Nwogu smacked a 2 out solo shot over the wall drawing an applause from Alumni Field which is across the way from Ray Fisher Stadium. 4-0 Michigan.

The 4th inning was a big one for the Wolverines today. Jonathan Engelmann knocked in a 2 RBI single with bases loaded to make it 6-0, and then again the freshman Jesse Franklin struck. A 3-run bomb to make it 9-0 Michigan after 4 innings.

The 6th wasn't too bad either. Blake Nelson, another freshman, drove in Engelmann with an RBI single to make it 10-0 Wolverines. North Dakota transfer Miles Lewis singeled just inside the left field line, allowing Blake Nelson to then score to make it 11-0. 

Harrison Salter then bashed a 2 RBI single up the middle with Ako Thomas adding another run on an RBI single to make it 14-0 Michigan.

The offense was great today but the story was pitcher Karl Kauffman who had 11 strikeouts on the day. Penn State had no chance. Kauffman's day was done after the 7th when he allowed a PSU run, but finished the day with 3 hits, 1 walk, 1 run allowed and 11 Ks. Pretty good.

Penn State got another run later on but nothing else. 

20 straight wins for Michigan. They beat Penn State, 14-2 and sweep the series.

Michigan is now 24-11 and 11-0 in the B1G. 

A much tougher test awaits Michigan next weekend on the road when they face Iowa. They are the best team Michigan has faced in the B1G so far, so the win streak will be put to the test. 

Still, 20 straight wins in baseball is extremely impressive no matter who you play. Especially when your last loss came against an NAIA team with the season outlook being shaky.

Baseball's win streak at 19 after 11th inning walkoff over PSU

Baseball's win streak at 19 after 11th inning walkoff over PSU

Submitted by Wolverine Devotee on April 21st, 2018 at 6:46 PM

Michigan slugged Penn State yesterday, 19-5 in a game that was 19-0 until the 9th when PSU added some garbage time runs.

Today was a much different game to say the least.

PSU is very bad just like their softball program. They're in last place in the B1G with a 1-14 record. Still, the game of baseball is very weird especially college baseball.

Michigan got out to a 1-0 lead in the 2nd inning on a Blake Nelson RBI, but PSU tied the score in the 3rd at 1-1, but not for long as Jonathan Engelmann and Jesse Franklin knotched RBIs to give Michigan a 3-1 lead.

Then the trouble started.

Penn State put up 4 runs in the 5th inning, chasing Ben Dragani and going up 5-3. But the Wolverine battled back, with Christian Bullock hitting his first career home run in the bottom of that same 5th inning to cut the PSU lead to 5-4.

PSU increased their lead in the 7th to 6-4, but Michigan again would not go away and let their streak die. Michigan had bases loaded in the bottom of the 7th with Jordan Nwogu up to bat. The Ann Arbor freshman came up big, nailing a 2 run double to tie the game at 6-6. 

It appeared the comeback was complete in the 8th when Jonathan Engelmann's sac fly gave Michigan the 7-6 lead, but Penn State hit a one out solo shot to tie the game at 7-7. Into extras we went.

In the 11th inning, Michigan put two men the corners in Dom Clementi and Brock Keener. Freshman Jack Blomgren sent Clementi home with a walkoff squeeze bunt.

Michigan beats Penn State, 8-7 in 11 innings. The team's winning streak is now up to 19 in a row. 

A loss here would've sucked as PSU is really bad. The streak might not last forever so make sure it ends against a decent team at least. 

Michigan is now 23-11, 10-0 in the B1G. 

They'll face Penn State tomorrow in the series finale at 1pm. There are only 5 home games left the rest of the regular season so make sure you get out and check out this team as well as Michigan Softball who is also on a win streak of their own at 13 straight.