Scouting report from Rotoworld forums helped teacher win $1 million with “MLB 2K11” perfect game

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Back in May we wrote about the Louisiana music teacher who won $1 million by throwing a perfect game in “MLB 2K11” using Roy Halladay versus the Astros.

His name is Brian Kingrey and now he’s the subject of Google’s latest nationally televised commercial, which includes interviews with his students and tells the story of how he knew nothing about baseball before starting to play the game.

My favorite part of the video? Kingrey learned about stats by studying Baseball-Reference.com and then got a scouting report on Astros hitters from members of the Rotoworld forums.

The Angels to lower the right field wall

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The Los Angeles Angels announced today that they will lower the right field wall at Angel Stadium from 18 feet to eight feet.

The stated reason: to make room for a new out-of-town scoreboard and “philosophical changes.” Obviously, though, helping out lefty power hitters is on the agenda too. As it was, Angel Stadium was in the bottom ten of all parks in allowing homers for lefties.

One of their own lefties is Kole Calhoun, who is a pull hitter. Another one could be Shohei Ohtani, who is a lefty hitter. Although, as a righty pitcher, that could harm him against opposing lefty batters. I’m assuming, though, that the Angels ran a bunch of numbers to establish that this move helps them more than it hurts them, or else they wouldn’t be doing it.