Thursday, October 4, 2007
Random Items …
In case I get too ahead of myself, a reader pointed out that while ranking ahead of the media in "trust" factor, bloggers still trailed GW by 2:1. "Try getting elected with that," one noted.
A day or two ago, I asked how often the team with the best record in baseball actually won the World Series … well, my trustworthy, super productive interns, Tim Miller and Colter McElree, checked.
It has happened 45 times in history, but interestingly, the last time was 1998 (NYY) and before that, 1989 (OAK). Since Division Play began in 1969, it has only happened eight times (1970, BAL; 1975-76, CIN; 1978, NYY; 1984, DET; 1986, NYM and the other two).
Also of interest, in the 12 years since the three-round playoff began in 1995, the AL’s best record has reached the WS five times (including us in 2005), while the NL has done it four times. During that span, the team with the best overall record won just once (Yankees in 1998 above) … remember, the Cardinals won more games than we did in 05.
So Dan Fabian, a brilliant analyst in our baseball operations department, spends hours each season statistically evaluating the game, including relief pitchers. Dan has devised and developed an interesting grading system for relief pitchers over the years. I asked him how many of the Top 10 rated relievers from one year are among the Top 10 in the next year?
From 2005-07 the answer is 2 … Ryan from 2005 to 2006 and Saito from 2006 to 2007.
To Mark Newman for posting the photo of Milano and for the kind, if untrue, editor’s note in yesterday’s blog.
So I read today that fans can wake up to hear my favorite columnist’s voice on their cell phone.
Look, I can tell you from hilarious, knee-slapping experience that hearing his voice on your voicemail the first thing in the morning spouting rubbish (and profanities, although I assume those are edited out for the general public) is ABSOLUTELY THE WORST IDEA IN THE WORLD. Don’t do it.
Don’t start your day polluted.