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Baseball Question of the Day: What’s your best Little League war story?


Today’s question is open-ended: what’s your best Little League war story? Or Babe Ruth or high school baseball war story. Or softball war story. Or even your best sandlot war story. Basically, I want to hear about your greatest baseball (loosely defined) triumphs and tragedies.

I played Little League and Babe Ruth baseball and, as I have said in the past, I was not very good. My enthusiasm got me through age 15 or so, but my talent was never really there. I never hit a big home run. I probably only had one or two defensive plays that were notable. My absolute highlight as far as displaying good baseball skills go was the time when my Babe Ruth team was facing a pitcher who had an unusually good-for-the-ninth-grade breaking ball. He was mowing my team down. My third time up I just decided to turn my brain off, guess breaking ball and swing where he kept leaving it out of the zone. I got lucky and connected for a double, after which I told everyone on the team how I had “made an adjustment” or some such crap. As far as highlights go that wasn’t much, frankly. It was all I had.

My best baseball memory, though, goes back to Little League.

My brother and I were on the same team. He was one of our pitchers and I was the kid they stuck in left field to keep him out of harm’s way. I came to bat and the opposing pitcher hit me in the back with a pitch. I don’t think he meant to — kids that age don’t know where the ball’s going half the time — but it hurt pretty bad. The guys on my team all yelled at the opposing pitcher and started up with the usual chatter you might hear in that situation.

The next half inning the opposing pitcher came to bat. My brother was on the mound and he beaned the kid. On purpose. And he made it very clear right after it happened that he did, in fact, do it on purpose. There may have been some crotch grabs and stuff involved. My brother was immediately ejected.

My brother was a better player than I was but his heart wasn’t really into the game like mine was so he quit not long after that. But he definitely went out on top.

How about you?

Buster Posey has opted out of the season

Buster Posey has opted out
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Buster Posey has opted out of the 2020 MLB season. The San Francisco Giants have issued a statement saying that they “fully support Buster’s decision. Buster is an integral part of our team and will be sorely missed, but we look forward to having him back in 2021.”

Posey and his wife are adopting identical twin girls who were born prematurely and who are currently in the NICU and will be for some time. They are stable, but obviously theirs is not a situation that would be amenable to the demands of a baseball season as it’s currently structured.

Poset had missed all of the Giants’ workouts so far, Recently he said, “I think there’s still some reservation on my end as well. I think I want to see kind of how things progress here over the next couple of weeks. I think it would be a little bit maybe naive or silly not to gauge what’s going on around you, not only around you here but paying attention to what’s happening in the country and different parts of the country.” He said that he talked about playing with his wife quite a great deal but, really, this seems like a no-brainer decision on his part.

In opting out Posey is foregoing the 60-game proration of his $21.4 million salary. He is under contract for one more year at $21.4 million as well. The Giants can pick up his 2022 club option for $22 million or buy him out for $3 million.

A veteran of 11 seasons, Posey has earned about $124 million to date. Which seems to be the common denominator with players who have opted out thus far. With the exception of Joe Ross and Héctor Noesí, the players to have opted out thus far have earned well above $10 million during their careers. Players that aren’t considered “high risk” and elect not to play do not get paid and do not receive service time.