Calvin Peete

A couple of links today:

— Calvin Peete was miraculous. There’s no other way to say it, really. He died on Wednesday at the age of 71. I wrote a few words about him.

— I’m hoping most of you saw this already on Twitter or wherever, but I’m doing a little baseball poll here. Hoping to put up some of the results quickly; already we have had a couple thousand respondents and the results are pretty interesting.

Also I’m getting ready to start promoting my upcoming book The Secret of Golf: The Story of Tom Watson and Jack Nicklaus. I believe we’re going to have some giveaways for people who preorder … the book comes out on June 9.

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2 Responses to Calvin Peete

  1. Andy says:

    Has anyone seen the Felix Hernandez article that Joe mentioned he was writing during spring training?

  2. invitro says:

    I don’t know if there’s a place to discuss the poll, so I’ll use this. The change to MLB I’d most like to make is not listed in question #10: it’s to reduce the number of playoff teams, from 5 per league to probably 2, although I could live with 1 or 3. I do strongly favor the 2nd wild card, as it rewards the teams that finish 1st, 2nd, and 3rd in the league, and such a reward is badly needed with the swollen playoffs.

    I don’t think I have strong opinions about any of the other questions. I would definitely go for strikes/balls being entirely objectively called, but my recollection of the data on umpire accuracy tells me that umpires are calling balls/strikes well enough now that this is no longer a major issue (I think it *was* a major issue before technology got involved).

    I do think the game is too slow, and maybe that’s my problem. I think I would support a serious reduction in pitching changes, like requiring a pitcher to pitch at least a full inning (or 3 outs, or something similar) unless injury (and the injury would require the pitcher to be placed on the 15-day DL, or perhaps a shorter DL). But on the rare occasions that I watch a baseball game on TV now, I notice general slowness more than pitching changes or anything else particular. I would probably favor a radical change like going to 2 strikes / 3 balls.

    My most favored change to baseball *culture* would be for baseball card manufacturers to find a way to once again sell a pack of 15 baseball cards for about 50 cents. 🙂 And to put out only one set a year.

    I don’t enjoy baseball nearly as much as I did in the 1980s and 1990s, and I’m not sure why. I have had a general decrease of interest in sports that I think is natural, but I also like enjoy the NBA more now than I ever have, and more than I did 1990s MLB (but not as much as 1980s MLB).

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