I discussed the “minor league city downgrades” list on NPR over the weekend


That post I did last week about upgrades/downgrades between major and minor league cities got a lot of attention. People in El Paso and Cincinnati were particularly upset with me. But hey, if I lived in El Paso or Cincinnati I’d probably be upset a lot of the time too. It’d probably be my default mood, actually.

But most people did take it in the spirit of good fun — and completely subjectivity — in which it was intended. Even the folks at NPR’s “Only a Game” show, which invited me on to discuss the list on Saturday. Here’s the audio:


If you can’t listen to that where you are, there’s a transcript here.

So, NPR achievement: unlocked. Which gets me one step closer to my weird and likely singular lifelong dream of meeting Eleanor Beardsley.

Donaldson ejected for kicking dirt on plate after home run

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Minnesota’s Josh Donaldson managed to get ejected while hitting a home run.

Donaldson barked at plate umpire Dan Bellino for the second time in the sixth inning of a 4-3 loss to the Chicago White Sox on Thursday.

With the score 2-2, Bellino called a strike when the 2015 AL MVP checked his swing on a 2-0 pitch from Reynaldo Lopez.

Manager Rocco Baldelli came out to speak with Bellino, and Donaldson homered down the left-field line on the next offering. After rounding the bases, Donaldson kicked dirt at home plate as he crossed it.

Bellino ejected him immediately, and Donaldson, realizing he had missed home plate, returned to the plate to touch it and then argued as he kicked more dirt on it.

Donaldson also had argued with Bellino on a 1-1 breaking ball in the first inning that appeared to be high but was called a strike, leading to a strikeout.

“We need Josh on the field, out there playing, and at third base,” Baldelli said. “That’s when we’re at our best. And so that’s really the end of it. I think we can move past it at his point, and go from here.”

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