In 1881 the future National League wanted to upgrade its image and target a more upscale fan base by doubling ticket prices, banning gambling, and outlawing alcohol sales. Several team owners who happened to be brewers refused to accept the new rules and banded together to form what would eventually become the American League. The National League attempted to discredit the new league by dubbing it the Beer and Whiskey League. This, of course only made the new league more popular. Duh!

Wednesday, April 07, 2004

Updated Links and news briefs.

Just put up the links for the AL Central. Will get around to the AL East in the next week or so. Winners for the most creative blog names: Exile in Wrigleyville (White Sox) and Eye of the Tigers.

In baseball news:
* Joe Mauer is out indefinitely as he awaits knee surgery. Bummer!

* Paul Abbot took the Yankees for 5.1 no-hit innings before getting touched for two runs. All in all, a very good performance. Warning to Rays fans: don't expect too many. Abbot is not a bad guy and is a serviceable end-of-the-rotation pitcher. Just don't expect a 16-win season. By the way, The Drays may have one of the best performance pitches I've heard in a long time. In Seattle, if a Mariner gets four hits in a game, someone wins a year's supply of free groceries. In Tampa Bay, if a Drays pitcher strikes out ten or more batters, everyone with a ticket stub gets 10 free hot wings from HOOTERS. That is soooo awesome.

* The White Sox's bullpen managed not to blow a lead. Particularly amazing is the fact Koch actually got the save. I have to give Guillen credit for not giving up on Koch (as I surely would have based not just on the other day's performance but on his entire year last season) and sending him back out there for the save.

* Check out the following numbers from the three Texas/Oakland games:

Game 1

HitsRunsKBBLOB
Texas1144421

Oakland
954413


Game 2
HitsRunsKBBLOB
Texas51714

Oakland
73816


Game 3
HitsRunsKBBLOB
Texas725416

Oakland
518414



Ok, so why should you care about these numbers? Well, to be honest, I'm not entirely sure other than I'm amazed that Chan Ho "out of the" Park pitched a far better game than I had thought. 8K and 1BB is a pretty nice ratio. What makes me particularly interested in these numbers, however, is that they are all fairly low-scoring games. Has Texas pitching really improved or has Oakland's offense been seriously downgraded? It's too early to say for sure but it does intrigue me. By the way, this is Texas's first win against Zito.