Wednesday, October 19, 2005


Breaking another hit by pitch record would have been a little showy. Tying for the lead in runs scored in the 2005 playoffs thus far (8)? That's Biggio. Fox should give him that graphic about being 3rd all time in games played without a World Series appearance so he can burn it.



At 10/20/2005 01:53:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Question: Why does Chicago get to host the first two (and last two if needed) games? Why can't the series start in Houston? No one I know has the answer to this, so I figured I'd ask you :-)


At 10/20/2005 02:16:00 AM, Blogger David Sinden said...

The American League won the All-Star game. That game gave them home field advantage for the World Series.

At 10/20/2005 04:39:00 AM, Blogger Mark Hutcherson said...

This is a great day for the Astros and Houston. I'm 46 years old and I remember when I was a little kid going with my parents to the Astrodome. I still remember how big it looked to me at that age. I know it's old and not very nice anymore, but it was a big deal back then. I sure hope the Astros, win!

I wrote some comments about this win in my blog too, if anyone wants to read them.


At 10/20/2005 09:04:00 AM, Blogger pbr said...

Yeah, after the 2002 all-star tie, MLB realized that Americans won't stand for ties in any meaningless exhibition game, so they decided to create an arbitrary prize for the all star game winner - home field advantage for the winning league in the World Series. So, you can blame Bob Brenly (the NL Manager that year) for not winning, or Tony Larussa this year for not winning for the lack of home field advantage. Before that they alternated which league hosted game 1 of the World Series so if they'd left it alone 2005 would be a National League year.
Normally I'd suggest that home field should go to the team that was hit by more pitches, but Chicago took 79 plunks to Houstons 72 this year.

At 10/20/2005 02:11:00 PM, Anonymous Wesley said...

PBR, I know you are a lot bigger into taking plunks than dodging them, but Biggio had the plunk-dodge (Is that correct? If not it should be.) of his life last night. He could have taken the wild pitch in his shin guard and loaded the bases, but didn't and let a run score. There should be a stat for this: RBI by plunk-dodge.

At 10/20/2005 02:19:00 PM, Anonymous JimBob said...

I have a bit more of an issue with the 2-3-2 format than the fact that the all-star game determines which league's representative hosts the most WS games. In fact, this format has the potential to be advantageous to the "visitors". Provided Houston can manage to split the first set, they'll have an opportunity to apply a chokehold with three straight at home. I realize it saves some travel expenses (and travel days) as compared to the 2-2-1-1-1 format, but seeing Frank Thomas "earning" $8M sitting on the bench convinces me that the cost of a few extra flights is not too important...

At 10/20/2005 03:16:00 PM, Blogger pbr said...

Wesley, it's just that kind of clutch situational get-hitting that seperates Biggio from rest. (also, he would have had to step backward into that pitch, which he might not be awarded first base for. Controversy would no doubt ensue.)

Jimbob, I wonder if the 2-3-2 format is more fair given that home field wasn't originally assigned as an award, but on a rotating basis. Maybe part of the idea was to say "okay, you did nothing to deserve home field advantage, but we have to give it to someone, so we won't give you much of an advantage". It's probably the most even format not involving neutral sites or a 1-1-1-1-1-1-1 setup. Neither would work very well, although I'm starting to think NLDS games at Turner Field should be played someplace where people will actually go.


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