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The sabr law firm made another appearance on “Parks and Recreation” last night


Michael Schur, the creator of NBC’s “Parks and Recreation” is known by certain baseball fans as “Ken Tremendous,” one of the geniuses behind the late, great “Fire Joe Morgan” blog. FJM was famous for skewering faulty, dense and otherwise clueless baseball analysis and commentary. If someone was being dumb about baseball stats, extolling grit over actual performance or otherwise had their head up their butt, FJM would eviscerate them.

Last season on “Parks and Rec” there appeared, briefly, the sign for a law firm which gave a wink to all of that stuff. Last night, on its final season premiere, Schur and/or a like-minded writer and/or set-designer struck again, this time with an expanded version of the same joke:


That may be the first time someone has gave even a passing thought to Win Shares in years.

The Dodgers will have a Spanish-speaking coach on every minor league team

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From the “wait, teams didn’t do this already?” files, comes news from the Dodgers. Dylan Hernandez reports:

The Dodgers have a Spanish speaker on the coaching staffs of each of their six minor league affiliates, which makes sense considering how many of their players are from Latin America.

But what seems like a common-sense practice is, in fact, a groundbreaking measure implemented by the organization’s new farm director, Gabe Kapler.

As Hernandez notes, Kapler was inspired to do this by his experiences playing in Japan.

But man, I am really surprised teams don’t already have, as a matter of policy, Spanish-speaking coaches on every team and at every team facility.

The Brewers announce a “Timeless Ticket”

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This is different. The Brewers are selling something called a “Timeless Ticket.” It’s literally a bronze ticket — sorry, the pic was a close as I could get — that you can use to get into one future Brewers game. Any Brewers game. The details:

  • Each ticket is individually numbered, comes complete with a certificate of authenticity and is packaged in a specially-designed gift box.
  • Each ticket is authenticated by Major League Baseball and includes its own registered ID number under the MLB Authentication program.
  • The ticket weighs approximately one pound, is 6.25” by 3.5,” and sits in a wood display base.
  • The cost of the ticket (which includes the brass engraved ticket and the actual ticket to the game of the owner’s choosing) is $1,000.

They describe it thusly:

This unique opportunity allows the owner to redeem their Timeless Ticket for an actual ticket to any single future Brewers game at Miller Park, whether it’s in 2015 or 2050 or whether it is Opening Day or the 7th game of the World Series.

Which, while that sounds rather fun, still doesn’t sound like a great deal. Maybe the Brewers never make the Series? Then you’ve paid $1,000 for, what, a late July tilt with a special concert after the game from Toto? I mean, that’s sweet in its own way, but still not worth $1,000.

I get the sense that the Brewers weren’t selling many of these, so they sweetened it a little:

The Milwaukee Brewers today announced a new, added value to the limited edition Timeless Ticket. The unique offer includes one ticket to any Brewers Opening Day or Postseason game, plusan added opportunity to redeem it for a ticket to nine additional Brewers home games (excluding Opening Day and Postseason). 

OK, so now you get 10 tickets for $1,000, at least one of which is a hot ticket. That plus a big hunk of bronze is getting closer, probably.

Still: I’d rather have a tour of the chocolate factory.

Indians prospect arrested for aggravated burglary and underage drinking

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Indians prospect Justus Sheffield was arrested Monday on charges of aggravated burglary and underage drinking. From the Tullahoma News:

According to Tullahoma police, Sheffield was arrested for allegedly breaking into a residence on Cumberland Avenue around 4:30 a.m. Monday . . . According to police, Sheffield had a “strong odor of an intoxicating beverage on his person and admitted to having a few drinks of alcohol.”

According to the police report, Sheffield broke into the house after no one would answer the door when he knocked. Then he confronted one of the residents when he “ran into his room and started yelling and threatening to beat him up for messing around with his girlfriend.”

Sheffield is 18. He was the 31st player selected in this past summer’s draft. No word on what the scouting report said about his makeup.


Dave Stewart calls the Dbacks more of “a true baseball team” because they don’t emphasize analytics

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This is all kinds of fun. Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic spoke with Diamondbacks general manager Dave Stewart about James Shields. Stewart talked about the budget and about how Shields is a guy the Dbacks may be interested in if the right deal could be reached. Typical stuff.

Not as typical: Stewart’s speculation as to why, maybe, Shields may be willing to take less money to go to Arizona than he might elsewhere:

“I think James is a throwback guy by the way he goes about his business and the innings he pitches,” Stewart said. “I think the fact that Tony (La Russa) is here and that we have more baseball people – he probably sees us as a true baseball team vs. some of the other teams out here that are geared more toward analytics and those type of things.

“Sometimes, there are concessions the player will make to be here. It’s the case that he likes what we’re doing with our organization from our end, all we can hope is that there will be concessions enough that he can be here.”

I realize that a lot of people like to denigrate some organizations for their perceived over-reliance on analytics and things. And I know that some players have had issues dealing with front offices who do things differently than other teams do. For example, there has been some grumbling from certain players about how, say, the Astros go about their business.

But this is the first time I’ve heard someone suggest that those differences make some baseball teams “true baseball teams” and others, well, I dunno, phony ones.

In other news, I suspected that there was a cultural change going on with the Diamondbacks, what with the firing of Kirk Gibson and Kevin Towers and all of the attendant de-grit-ifying going on down there. But I guess maybe not?