Great Moments in Prognosticating

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Tweet from MLB.com’s Bill Ladson, just before the Padres-Nationals game got underway:

Tweet from MLB.com’s Bill Ladson, just after the top half of the first ended:

 

Strasburg allowed three runs on three hits in that inning. Indeed, the first batter he faced, Will Venable, hit a double. He added a triple his second time at bat.

This isn’t intended as a slap at Ladson. But it is why, when people ask me why HBT doesn’t do more look-aheads to the day’s action, make predictions or do things like “keys to the game” posts, I look at them like they’re crazy.

It’s baseball. If you want to hear talking heads talk the hell out of upcoming games tune in to an NFL pregame show. You can’t predict baseball.  Too many variables. Too many games. Almost nothing in the way of an effective, team-based before-the-fact strategy.

Derek Jeter wants to get rid of the Marlins’ home run sculpture

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Derek Jeter, part-owner of the Marlins, met with Miami-Dade County mayor Carlos Gimenez on Tuesday afternoon at Marlins Park, Douglas Hanks of the Miami Herald reports. They discussed potentially removing the home run sculpture from the ballpark, something that has been on Jeter’s to-do list since he took over.

Gimenez said of the sculpture, “I just don’t think they’re all that crazy about it. I’m not a fan. We’re looking at it. … We’ll see if anything can be done.”

According to Hanks, the sculpture is public property because it was purchased as part of the Art in Public Places program, which requires art to be installed for the public in county-owned buildings. Michael Spring, the cultural chief for Miami-Dade who was present with Jeter and Gimenez on Tuesday, had previously said that the sculpture was “not moveable” and was “permanently installed” because it was designed “specifically” for Marlins Park. On Tuesday, Spring said, “Anything is possible. But it is pretty complicated. And I wanted the mayor and the Marlins to understand how complicated it really was. We got a good look at it today, and they saw how big it was. There’s hydraulics, there’s plumbing, there’s electricity.”

With Jeter having traded Giancarlo Stanton, Marcell Ozuna, and Dee Gordon this offseason, the home run sculpture is arguably one of the last remaining interesting things about the Marlins in 2018. Naturally, he wants to get rid of it.