Notes from the Diamond #9: How About Never

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  1. This is excellent, I appreciate the fearless moral clarity.

  2. Another mind-expanding column, Rusty. I hope George F. Will is a subscriber. His towering intellect and knowledge of baseball would appreciate your insight, from once suggesting that the proliferation of new and trendy food times should have the Home Plate ump shout “Das Gustibus” instead of “Play Ball” as the last two words of the National Anthem to his observations in Men at Work, a keen insight into Tony LaRussa, Tony Gwynn, Orel Hirsheiser and Cal Ripken Jr. have stood the test of time. Oh yeah and one last thing as Columbo used to say. I think Joe Maddon is a genius, given what he was able to do with the Rays during his tenure here. Management bought into it and nobody has ever delivered more bang for the buck, except perhaps Billy Beane…

  3. Avatar for dsalem dsalem says:

    Thanks, Eric. I don’t know if fearless is apt here. But to the extent Note #9 plus others in the series shed useful light on perceived moral failings, credit for powering that light should be given primarily to ET’s guiding spirits, Messrs. Hunt and Guinn.

  4. Avatar for dsalem dsalem says:

    Thanks for your comments, Bob. 'Tis interesting to note that Mr. LaRussa has been credibly accused of having orchestrated during his tenure as Chisox manager impermissible sign stealing similar to what the '17 Astros executed. One wonders whether and to what extent Mr. Will has modified his highly favorable assessment of LaRussa since the publication of “Men At Work” in light of more recent revelations respecting LaRussa’s corner-cutting methods. FWIW, I still think highly of LaRussa as a baseball strategist and on-field manager, albeit less highly than I did when “Men At Work” was published initially in 1990.

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