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Posts for April 2020
2020 College + Spring Training Stats
2020 Division I College Stats: I refreshed the data with respect to the stats only. Most likely a few conferences were missing a game or two but now they should all be up to date. I will be completing the accessory data soon. Team Records, uniform numbers, player class.

2020 Spring Training Stats: For whatever its worth, I added Spring Training stats. Only about 15 games per team. Cut short due to the pandemic OBVI-OUSLY. Its possible that there are more "spring training" games later on if the season re-starts. If there are, I will update the stats again. They will be combined. Not interested in another Mexican League (2-part season) fiasco.

News and Notes for April 19,2020
Another week at home. Many more to come. I'll be one of the last to go back since I am able to WFH (work from home as we say in the industry). The collective morale of the collective is starting to burn. The novelty of forced lockdown and perpetual LFH (living from home as we say in the industry) is wearing off. The movement towards opening up is gaining steam and is headed towards 1.21 gigawatts of power, at which point Doc and Marty will leave their homes and socially distance in 1955.

I continue to be positive and focus on the good news wherever I can find it. You kinda have to know where to look for it. I continue to run and exercise and I try to eat well but that's not always easy when you're not respecting social distancing rules with the the BBQ chips. "6 feet!" I yell at the Ruffles bag. It crinkles back at me, its pink chip-clip glaring at me. Its not that I am anxious to run free through the world. I am anxious for a change in trajectory from sustained gloom to sustained hope. Right now, I feel as if we are fighting hard to get there.

The epicenter of Canada is Montreal but I am not in the city and my area, though affected, is spread out and moderately socially distanced by default. As I jog the streets each day, I am seeing less and less people walking on the streets as well as less and less concern for distance. I suspect the novelty of both quarantine and spring has worn off. I can palpably feel the morale starting to wane and the weak characters around me (not in my house) continue to get weaker.

Other Notes:
  • Though not much new to add, data projects are still in turbo mode with lots of new stuff around the corner.
  • I added information for the Futures Game to the Player Notes, available only in the PREMIUM section.
  • The High School section, also a PREMIUM feature is moving along with 2922 school/seasons and stats for 3338 players. This means 3338 players who already had player profiles have high school stats integrated with their college and/or pro stats. There are thousands of more high school players on the high school team page. I bet you are in there...
  • Why is when I search on Baseball Card Player Name (I use this as a default search for when I look for specific players), 2 of the cards in the first row are for Dick Pole and Rusty Kuntz?
  • Speaking of some other great baseball names, what about Max Power, Jackson O'Boy and Owen Sharts.
  • Still without a team since 2004, I adopted the Astros as my team (BANDWAGON!) after they won the World Series. Mostly because I loved the way Alex Bregman played and I loved the broadcasters. On a Florida spring training trip in 2019, I bought myself a beautiful Astros-orange #2 Alex Bregman t-shirt and an Astros baseball cap. While at my beer-league softball game, one of my teammates, who apparently works as a distributor for the '47 brand, saw my Astros gear and said he had many samples remaining that happened to be Astros caps and so he brought me 2 at the subsequent game. So now I had 3 Astros baseball caps and I wore them proudly. Fast forward to the banging scheme and I found myself reluctant to wear them anymore. That's part I.
  • Part II ... I was in Florida again this part March and I had planned to buy a new hat because all of mine had become unwearable. My Blue Jays hat was dirty and the Astros hats were now gauche. So I decided to go the college route ... but you Americans did not tell me what happens when you buy a college hat. Apparently in the US of A, if you wear a college hat, it means you went to that school. It is a bat-signal to alumni or fans of your school to gather around you and pepper you with questions. In my country, we don't wear college hats. We don't have school athletic pride. Its not a thing. So after buying my Navy/Gold Michigan hat, In 7 days, I had 12 different comments from friendly Floridians asking me if I was from Michigan. One of the commenters caught me while I was walking up the boardwalk to exit the beach. Wearing my #8 Ripken t-shirt with the "M" hat, he looked me up and down and said "I'm Confused ... where are you from??." I yelled at him. Inside of my head of course, but it was loud... "ITS NOT A SIGN! I JUST LIKE THE HAT! I LIKE RIPKEN! IT DOESN'T MEAN ANYTHING" . But now I know so before my next jaunt to the US (and who knows when that will be), I will read the Ann Arbor Wikipedia page and maybe memorize the Wolverines fight song and start to play along a little bit. I'll buy a Tim Allen t-shirt and a #91 Fedorov jersey. Maybe a Barry Sanders #20. I'll be ready next time... I'm talking to you beach-guy. I'll be ready!!

    I added Team USA Stats to the "Other Stats" section. These are college players who played for Team USA in the summer. Usually the top College Players of the year. Underclassmen. They play Internationally mostly. Maybe they played in the Olympics too. The stats won't be linked so you can't see the full Team USA stats. You can only view by player. For now. The data goes back to 1984. I am missing 1988. The Team USA web site made a mistake for 1988. So...

    So for COVID-19, we're still locked down here. But there are rumors that kids may go back to school in May. The tactical retreat may soon be done. Phase 2 looks like it will be a bit less restrictive. My daughter's AAA softball team received word they are committed to making something of their season. They do batting practice on ZOOM. They do workouts twice a week on ZOOM. Tomorrow is pitching practice on ZOOM. Whether it means they play locally only or only in adjacent provinces (no US), I don't know. But I'm encouraged by their dedication.

    When the poop hits the fans, you find out a lot about the people in your life. Though I haven't lost any friends, I am finding that about half the people in my life have been impossible to talk to during this pandemic. Their fear is palpable. Their outrage is scary. It is clear they watch the mainstream news almost constantly. They parrot worse-case scenarios. You can almost hear the shaking in their voice. That contagious feeling of doom that permeates your skin and shakes the very ground you stand on. "We'll be indoors until they find a vaccine". If they hadn't said it, you wouldn't have felt this. The truth is that it is these people, and what the pandemic has done to them, that scares me far more than the virus.

    Stay positive. Stay away from the negative people and more importantly, don't become one. Be that strong, positive, courageous person. What makes you courageous is that in the face of adversity, the same adversity billions of other are facing, you have chosen to be positive and make the most it. Tell the people the good news you have heard. Tell them the best case scenario can happen too. Send them positive articles. Maybe its because I have been through worse things than this. Maybe its because I have faith that things will work out, no matter what the issue is. Maybe I have learned this is the only way to be.

    TBC Flips the Turbo Switch
    It has been 2 weeks since I have posted an update. 24 days of isolation in the books. Time goes both slow and fast. Life is both good and bad. It is both restful and stressful. There are a lot of dichotimies these days. The world has become a simple place with a complex problem, the ultimate dichotomy.

    I hear the peak is coming soon and it will be rough. Here in Quebec, we have the most reported cases in Canada and 94 deaths thus far. We all pretend we have the virus. Households avoid each other. Twice this week I saw drive-by birthday parties. Balloons and honking as they approach houses and stop for 3 minutes before driving away. It seems as though everyone is respecting the Government measures here. I saw a note that Quebecers were the best in North America at isolating. I don't know if this is true. During my daily jog, I see rainbows in windows and chalk on driveways. "Ca va bien aller" they say. It will all be okay.

    The spring weather has been generous so far and people have been walking in droves. I see people walking together apart. Couples walk across the street from other couples and talk. I jog between, trying to split the difference like a triple in the gap. My daughter and I throw and a father/daughter throw further up the street. A ball rolls away from the little girl to my daughter and she throws it back and looks at me. "Should I have touched it?" she asks me. "I guess not" I reply. A Tesla nearby with a couple inside are talking to another couple, 12-14 feet away. We're a compliant town. We're all outside together and yet so far apart. Conscious at all times of the virus we all pretend to have.

    Quebec extended the shutdown until May 3rd. School is cancelled until then and will likely be cancelled for the spring. My oldest will likely miss graduation. A trip to Virginia. My youngest will likely miss her u16 AAA softball season and a chance to attend Nationals. A trip to Toledo and Buffalo are likely cancelled. We cross our fingers we can play in Canada but all signs point to extreme caution this summer. Who knows what this will look like in a week let alone 2 months.

    I remain hopeful that a world with a single focus can overcome. I hear rumblings of treatment options. The agile private sector is trying to help produce medical equipment. The lumbering governments who were slow to get moving are picking up steam, relaxing red tape to allow for these treatment options. Maybe this will help. Maybe the virus will die in the summer. Maybe closing international borders for a while will secure a continent. I don't know. Nobody knows. But we all prepare for the worst and hope for the best and we protect those that we love and those who are at risk and we buy time for the high-achievers to achieve.

    Though baseball is on hold, The Baseball Cube has flipped the turbo switch. There are many projects in full throttle. Some bigger than others. Here is a list of what is going on behind the scenes:

  • Sequence# added to MLB stats for proper ordering within 2019 season
  • Talent Ratings for 2019 season were (finally) updated.
  • College Ballparks for 2019-2020 were updated for Division I.
  • Minor League Coaching Staffs for full-season 2020 teams were added. Whether they play or not, the coaching staffs will remain.

  • High School historical stats and rosters. 2608 School/Seasons so far with 2499 players having batting and/or pitching stats
  • 2020 College Baseball Player Profiles for Division I (updated daily)
  • 2020 Final College Stats for Division I (with other divisions to follow)
  • SUPER PROFILE page. more information to come on this TBC PREMIUM feature in upcoming posts.
  • Addition of undrafted free agent signing information as well as signing scouts for recent UDFA and drafted players.
  • Player Profiles for Non-Division I College Players. (Why Not)
  • College boxscore history. (Slow experimental project). >=1 year away still.
  • Team USA national team (College players) historical stats.
  • DL History 2001-2012
  • Enhancement of Jobs in Baseball section.

    Stay safe and pray for 2020 baseball.

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