The Ethics of Tanking

In many leagues, free agents are awarded to teams in reverse order of the standings. This is intended to promote some measure of parity during the season and keep all teams engaged.

The practice is common and helps a league's bottom-dwellers stay competitive despite encountering bad luck, particularly if...

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Coming to terms with who BABS is

She's my mistress, I know.

Many of us have found great value in BABS, but we have also been trying to make her into someone else. We're not satisfied with all that she provides us; we need her to give us more. It took me a few weeks in the...

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The Tactical Power of Doing Nothing

The following story is going to sound irrelevant, but bear with me…

I recently joined a small band with some friends in my community. There are five of us: a lead guitarist, a rhythm guitarist, a bassist and a drummer. I play the keyboard. We are all in...

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Foraging for Florida Fandom, Part 7

Epilogue

The goal of my journey was an attempt to figure out why First Data Field in Port St. Lucie, FL was a bustling center of activity in March and a cavernous sinkhole in April. Was it just the downgrade from the...

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Foraging for Florida Fandom, Part 6

Sunday, May 21 Clearwater Threshers at Lakeland Flying Tigers (Phillies at Tigers)

The final stop on my tour was the opposite end of the home-and-home series from the previous night’s game. Driving up I-4, I made good time, arriving just 97...

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Foraging for Florida Fandom, Part 5

Sunday, May 21

This was my most challenging travel day as I was going to try to catch two games, both with 1:00pm start times and 40 miles apart. I figured I could see the first few innings in Tampa, leave around...

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Foraging for Florida Fandom, Part 4

Saturday, May 20 Lakeland Flying Tigers at Clearwater Threshers (Tigers at Phillies)

The 90-minute drive to Clearwater was mostly uneventful, though I always do enjoy the magnificent views crossing over Tampa Bay on the Sunshine Skyway Bridge. As I turned onto the...

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Foraging for Florida Fandom, Part 3

Saturday, May 20

My two stops this day took me to Port Charlotte and Clearwater. These parks were 97 miles apart, but I benefited from a 3:05pm start time for the early game. I figured I could stay for most of that contest before heading north for the 6:15pm game...

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Foraging for Florida Fandom, Part 2

Friday, May 19 Bradenton Marauders at Fort Myers Miracle (Pirates at Twins)

After dropping my wife off at Fort Lauderdale airport at 4:30pm, I zoomed across Alligator Alley to try to make a 6:30pm start time in Fort Myers, on the...

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Foraging for Florida Fandom, Part 1

About 10 years ago, I took a tour of the Appalachian League and wrote about it for BaseballHQ.com. Since I had grown up around major league baseball all my life, I always wondered what the spectator experience was like in the minors,...

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