Yesterday, Bloomberg reported that MLB will stop using paper ballots for All-Star Voting. Apparently, online voting significantly overshadows the number votes by paper ballot. I will miss them. I think Mike Oz of Yahoo Sports put its best.
Today, Baseball Prospectus' Effectively Wild daily podcast did a season preview of the Texas Rangers. It is very interesting to hear the views of people who do not regularly cover the club. The second half of the podcast is an interview with Anthony Andro of Fox Sports Southwest. Give it a listen.
I remember October 17, 1989. I was in college and walked across the hall to watch the World Series game with a friend. Being in a dormitory, we thought something was wrong with our tv signal. We didn't have cable. It didn't take long to figure out the problem was in San Francisco.
What I most remember is seeing the players looking for their loved ones after the quake. Concern and fear were all over their faces.
We spent hours watching the Special Report on ABC. My friend had a brother who was attending Stanford University. He tried for several hours calling his dorm room. No cell phones which probably wouldn't have worked anyway. His brother was fine.
Ken Rosenthal, Fox Sports, was at Candlestick Park that night. He has written an article remembering the event 25 years later.
Bryan Curtis of Grantland writes an interesting piece exploring the history of articles proclaiming the death of Baseball through the decades. Spoiler: Almost immediately after baseball began, people have been trying to declare it in decline and for obsolescence.