Whittier College to be home to the first humanities-based baseball studies program in the country

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“What’s your major?”

“Communications. Yours?”

“Baseball.”

“Whoa.”

Whittier College will be the home of the Institute for Baseball Studies, the first humanities-based research center of its kind associated with a college or university in the United States. The Institute is a partnership between Pasadena-based Baseball Reliquary and the College.

The coolest part is that the department is being headed up by two directors, Terry Cannon from the Baseball Reliquary and Joseph Price, a Whittier religious studies professor. Because of course it’s religious studies. I can only assume Adjunct Professor Annie Savoy was unavailable.

I like that this is a humanities program as opposed to, say, a straight stats/analysis thing like many schools have dabbled with. And that it’s not in the athletic department or something. The humanities side of baseball takes a lot of shots because it’s the part of things that lends itself to nostalgia and sepia-toned baloney, but it’s also where all of the deep and rich connections to real life and the culture that make baseball somehow different than other sports reside. Partly because of its age, partially because of its pace, baseball just blends with life and society better and a program to explore all of that sounds like a load of fun.

White Sox slugger Jiménez sidelined with bruised foot

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CHICAGO — Chicago White Sox outfielder Eloy Jimenez has a sprained right foot, likely sidelining the slugger for a pivotal season-ending series against the crosstown Cubs.

The White Sox had dropped a season-high five in a row heading into the weekend set, falling out of first place in the AL Central. They are hoping to get back on track heading into their playoff appearance since 2008, but the health of Jimenez is a concern.

Jimenez, who is batting .296 with 14 homers and 41 RBIs, was injured sliding across home in the seventh inning of Chicago’s 5-4 loss at Cleveland on Thursday. Manager Rick Renteria said the 23-year-old left fielder will need “to be off his feet” for a few days.

“There’s inflammation in there and they want to calm it down” Renteria said. “We’ll know more in a few days.”

The White Sox trailed the first-place Twins by a game heading into the series with the Cubs. They are just one ahead of the third-place Indians. The AL postseason begins on Tuesday.