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Out There in the Fields: Part 3
2005-05-02 08:30
by Jon Weisman

Where you, the reader, provide one interesting, concise fact about a team other than the Dodgers, so that in learning about others, we learn more about ourselves. Like watching E! True Hollywood Story: Justine Bateman.

Out There in the Fields: Part 2

Update: The impressive Bateman-Dodger connection continues. Oh, and by the way: Save Arrested Development!

2005-05-02 09:41:44
1.   Jacob L
I'll try to think of something enlightening to say about another team, but in the mean time, thought I'd mention that, while I was in college, I knew Justine Bateman's stalker. Claimed to be a Balkan prince.
2005-05-02 09:42:41
2.   Ben P
According to a chart in the Washington Post this morning, through April 30 the Nationals were 13th in the majors in average home attendance with 30,951. Not bad, given that they play in a creaky old stadium rather than a sparking new one and the team hasn't really started it's big marketing campaign yet (slogan: "Let Yourself Go").

Also of note: The Dodgers are leading the league in attendance and it's really not close. They're averaging 49,235. The Yankees are 2nd with 45,667 and the Angels are 3rd with 40,601.

2005-05-02 09:43:37
3.   mcrawford
I'm getting an error when I click on "Out There in the Fields: Part 2." Anyone else?
2005-05-02 09:50:54
4.   Jon Weisman
2005-05-02 09:55:46
5.   the OZ
The Giants' strength of schedule to date is the third weakest in all of baseball, having played the Rockies 6 times, Pirates 3, and Brewers 3.

14 of their 24 games have been at home, with a three-game set in ARI this week.

They don't take an East Coast road trip until June, and don't visit the Marlins or Braves until after the ASB. It's the ultimate "stay as close as possible until Bonds returns" schedule.

2005-05-02 10:17:56
6.   FirstMohican
Re: #2 - Angels in 3rd. Wow. Anyone here make it to the occasional Angels game?

Re: #5 - It's a covert MLB sched making operation entitled "keep the Giants close so ESPN pays any attention to the NL West."

To the Giants' credit, they should be getting destroyed, but they're not; and as soon as they got M. Alou back, they lost Benitez.

San Fran has scored 3 less runs than LA thru 24 games.

Did anyone (honestly) believe that Atlanta would be 2nd in the majors with a 2.97 ERA? Is everyone as surprised as I am at Colorado's MLB worst 6.37 ERA?

2005-05-02 10:19:51
7.   Spageticus
This doesn't add any news from around the league, but I was curious. The end of the AP story on the Royals game said when Lima plunked Alex Cora they glared at each other for a few seconds before Cora sprinted off to first.
What's the deal with that? Bad blood?
2005-05-02 10:37:15
8.   DXMachina
The Red Sox starter tonight against Detroit is likely to be Jeremi Gonzalez, just up from Pawtucket, who was 0-5 with a 6.97 ERA for Tampa Bay last year.

Not good news for Red Sox Nation when you add in the factoid Gammons mentioned in his column that the Sox bullpen's opponents' OPS is .838, worst in the American League.

2005-05-02 10:41:27
9.   Jacob L
I believe the official "Are The Orioles For Real?" clock has started. (Notice the question mark inside the quotes.) I'm leaning toward a no, but I think they have a better shot at being for real than the Chisox.
2005-05-02 10:50:07
10.   Marty
Talk in Pittsburgh is that Jim Leyland (isn't he about 150 now?) is interested in coming back to manage the Pirates if they choose to axe McClendon.
2005-05-02 11:47:55
11.   Mark
The D-Backs are on track to break the record for team turnaround, by a long margin. For them to duplicate last year's season, they would need to go 36-101, a Kansas-City-esque .262 win percentage.

Speaking of KC, the Royals are on track to win 45 games this year, which would put them square at fifth all-time worst record.

How's this for league parity: in the past three seasons (including this one, assuming the Royals remain on pace), we have seen 3 teams crack the top (?) 20 worst teams of all time.

2005-05-02 12:12:43
12.   dzzrtRatt
As I recall, during the dark and twisted saga of the Dodgers' efforts to trade away Shawn Green, Brad Penny and/or Kaz Ishii, there was a day or two when it looked like DePodesta was working on a deal to bring Jon Garland (5 wins, 1.38 ERA) and Paul Konerko (7 homers, 17 rbis) to LA. Konerko LA knew about, but Garland was Chicago's #5 pitcher. I guess DePo knows something.

Adrian Beltre's current line: .248 BA, .274 OBP, 2 home runs. Manager attributes it to "adjusting to a new league." Yeah, just like Richie Sexson. Or Vlad Guerrero last year, or Gary Sheffield.

Paul LoDuca's current line: .352 BA, .420 OBP, 1 home run.

Shawn Green's: .271 BA, .339 OBP, 3 HR.

Alex Cora's: .255 BA, .296 OBP, 1 HR, only 1 walk.

Steve Finley's: .149 BA, .227 OBP, 4 HR.

Juan Encarnacion's: .288 BA, .380 OBP, 4 HR.

Koyie Hill's: .182 BA, .300 OBP, 0 HR.

2005-05-02 12:32:42
13.   Eric Enders
"Adjusting to a new league" used to be a legitimate phenomenon, back when trades between leagues were banned, and when the two leagues had separate umpring crews. There was a standard adjustment period for getting used to the new umpires and pitchers that one had never seen before.

Now, of course, it's just a lame excuse, possibly the lamest excuse in baseball. With the advent of interleague play, free agency, many more spring exhibitions, and a single all-MLB umpiring crew, "switching leagues" is no longer any different than simply switching teams is. But people continue to use it as a crutch...

2005-05-02 12:57:03
14.   brendan glynn
And the advent of videtape in the clubhouse. they can study tape if they have never seen a pitcher before. Not perfect but not bad either.
2005-05-02 13:34:40
15.   Bob Timmermann
I helped Justine Bateman at the library once. The subject matter has to remain confidential. Librarians have ethics.

The Giants are batting Jason Ellison at leadoff now. Ray Durham has been exiled to the #6 slot most of the time. Michael Tucker still has a job. Perhaps Brian Sabean was a big fan of "L.A. Law" and is confused.

2005-05-02 14:20:26
16.   regfairfield
Not quite sure why they would jettison Durham, seeing as he has a OBP in the low 350s, despite his .220 batting average.

Ellison does have a .500 OBP, but I doubt that's going to last long.

2005-05-02 14:32:43
17.   Jon Weisman
So at 11 last night, I couldn't fall asleep - which is incredibly unusual for me these days. Flipping through channels - and there's the Justine Bateman program. And I'm wondering - there was no drug scandal with her, no crime - what's this gonna reveal? That she doesn't have the acting chops of Meryl Streep?

After 20 minutes, the only scandal was this: Justine got accepted to Dartmouth, but Family Ties producers wouldn't adjust her schedule so that she could go.

2005-05-02 16:52:59
18.   Jacob L
That, and she had a stalker who threatened to kill her during a theater run in Berkeley. This guy was a real piece of work. I once had a discussion with him on the finer points of celebrity stalking. He compared himself favorably to John Hinkley.
2005-05-02 16:53:30
19.   MackJohnny
The Baltimore Orioles, in their 8-game winning streak heading into tonight, outscored their opponents 62-28 despite having the soon-to-be-rotting carcasses that are Rafael Palmeiro and Sammy Sosa expending many of their at-bats stinking up the 4 and 5 slots in the order. To be fair, Sosa did hit two home runs during that span, though they were both solo shots that came in the same game, April 24, against Toronto; the two dingers lifted his batting line to a season high of .299/.341/.532. Unfortunately, he has since fallen to .270/.305/.450. Palmeiro is limping along at .238/.295/.313.

I made a prediction when the O's traded for Sosa that he would most likely end up with between 25 and 30 homers this season. So far, that's about what he's on pace for.

2005-05-02 17:32:06
20.   patsweetpat
A friend of mine was an assistant on "Men Behaving Badly," when Justine Bateman was on it. Apparently her weight became a significant issue. She kinda ballooned. He says it was one of those things where the producers didn't know how to broach the subject, but she kept gaining more and more weight and it became a major problem.

He also said she was really nice.

2005-05-02 17:46:09
21.   patsweetpat
We Mariners fans think Ichiro may have a legitimate shot at .400 this year.

Since making a stance adjustment late last June, he's hit at a .398 clip (and that's in 480 at bats... about 2/3rds of the length of an average season).

Ichiro has a reputation for being a relatively slow starter, and heating up as the season goes along. In seasons prior to this one, he's averaged .277 for April. Right now, in this current season, he's sitting at .346

To repeat: we M's fans think Ichiro may have a legitimate shot at .400 this year.

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