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Meach and Lulu

A little hint to my life ahead. 

It’s a short story about Mildred Meacham, who played baseball in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League and Alex Fulmer, a 17-year-old high school senior who plays baseball for Team USA.

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15 Responses to Meach and Lulu

  1. Roger says:

    Will you be writing for MLB.com? That’s a nice match!

  2. Eric says:

    MLB.com and Joe. Merry Christmas to us!!
    Let it be so, please.

  3. Dan says:

    Maybe now we’ll see the intentional walk outlawed.

    • invitro says:

      It shouldn’t be outlawed. I favor allowing a batter to decline a walk, and start the count over at 0-0, with a second four balls awarding two bases. (This is Joe and/or Bill James’ suggestion, I think.)

      • Karyn says:

        Wouldn’t that slow the game down a bunch?

        I’m open to the idea of just pointing to first. Don’t waste my time with four looping throws to the standing catcher; just send the guy along and face the guy you want to face.

        • invitro says:

          I’m not in favor of slowing down the game, and I support your proposed change, also. And I support other proposed changes to speed up the game, mostly enforcing a timer on the hitter and pitcher. And Bill James’ proposal to limit the number of pitching changes, although that doesn’t have any chance, as it would also limit the number of commercial breaks. (On pitching/hitting timers, I’d like to see a study of the change in the time of a plate appearance over time.)

        • invitro says:

          I also have a pet wish for a new baseball league with rather radically different rules. I call it XLB. First, a strikeout is 2 strikes and a walk is 3 balls. Next, seven innings instead of nine. Next, eight players instead of nine, with a hope that great fielding will become as important as great hitting. Next, some change to promote base-stealing attempts, but I haven’t figured out how to do that yet. And all teams have to wear 70’s/80’s-style knit uniforms at least one game per week. And fans get to design and then vote on a special fan uniform that is also worn one day per week. Finally, the league would produce (subsized, if necessary) baseball cards that would be sold in wax packs, 15 cards for 50 cents. Fans could design and vote on a subset of the cards. The commissioner would be yours truly. XLB: Xtreme League Baseball!

          • invitro says:

            Theirs MOAR: each team would be required to have one female player in the lineup at all times. (Teams could DH for the woman instead of the pitcher if they wanted to.) And fans would be encouraged to bring in their own food and drinks from outside the park. Anyone would be allowed to sell food and drinks outside the park, in stalls or from their car trunk. After the game, fans could vote on their player of the game, which would be an official league statistic. XLB: A New Baseball League for A New Millennium!

  4. Rick Rodstrom says:

    You claim your story was not approved by Major League Baseball. I have a hunch they approved of it all right.

  5. Steve says:

    Had a feeling that was where you were headed, Joe. Great to see it, and looking forward to what you’ll have in the new year.

  6. Drew says:

    Joe,

    I’m happy as long as you are happy! Selfishly: I hope that your blog continues to exist for non-baseball stories, as your talents are too otherworldly for just one topic.

    Best of luck!

  7. Mike Higgins says:

    OH, this is exciting news! Though as an avid Poscast listener, I was hoping that someone was going to allow you and Michael Schur to call the occasional game together.

  8. Hezekiah says:

    It’s nice that Lulu likes baseball, but I don’t agree with the advice, “Never let anyone tell you what you can’t do.”

    Lulu seems like a nice girl, and she should enjoy every second in which she gets to play ball. But she doesn’t have any future in baseball at any higher level. No girl does and no girl ever will.

    That’s not sexist or insulting, any more than it would be to tell a 6’5″ 245 pound boy he’ll never be a jockey. Lulu will never play baseball again, after she graduates from high school.Telling her “follow your dreams” is just silly.

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