Quote of the Day: Ian Desmond on Miguel Batista’s fastball

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Yesterday Cardinals pitcher Miguel Batista hit Nationals’ infielder Ian Desmond, setting off a little brouhaha. Desmond wasn’t too steamed about it, though:

“It was intentional, but Miggy throws like Miss Iowa. It’s no big deal.”

I had forgotten about the Miss Iowa/Batista stuff.  Fun times!

But it’s a new year now, and if you’re curious, this is the current Miss Iowa. This, in contrast, is Miguel Batista.

If I was filling out a pitching staff, I’d be inclined to go with Miss Iowa. Chemistry matters.

Jenny Cavnar to call Rockies play-by-play on Monday night

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According to former major leaguer and current broadcaster Ryan Spilborghs, Jenny Cavnar will be calling play-by-play of Monday night’s game against the Padres for the Rockies. The broadcast will be on AT&T Sportsnet Rocky Mountain Region.

Cavnar will be at least the third woman to call televised play-by-play for a major league team, joining Gayle Gardner (Rockies, 1993) and Suzyn Waldman (Yankees, mid-1990’s).

Broadcasting remains largely the domain of white men, so it’s always good when women and people of color are able to have a seat in the broadcasting booth.