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Notes and Thoughts for May 3,2020
  • The Player Notes section in the PREMIUM section now has Expansion Draft information from 1960-1997. I haven't yet included the Montreal 2024 expansion draft.
  • There has been only listed MLB Transaction since April 1st. That is the Emmanuel Clase 80-game PED suspension
  • Noticed this interesting Baseball Card from the 2003 Topps set.
  • Some questionable naming decisions by parents. Jose Jose, Henry Henry and Scotty Scott (x2).
  • When I hear the name Kyle Lobstein, I imagine a Jewish soft-tosser. (His fastball is 87mph but I don't think he's Jewish so...)
  • As I stated in my last post, I am looking for screenshots of old College Stats and Rosters from pre-2002. Trying to build up the database as much as possible during these crazy times.
  • Sad baseball news. Miguel Marte is the first player from the TBC database to die from complications related to COVID-19. He was only 30 and living in his native Dominican Republic.
  • My office has asked us all to stay home until May 31st at which point it will be 79 straight days of working from home. Somehow I'm still married.
  • Its been 50+ days of lockdown so far. The world is a tangled ball of knitting yarn (or 200 foot electrical cord if you like that better) that will need some time to straighten out. Quebec is pushing hard to end the lockdown which gives me comfort. They seem to be pushing towards a Swedish model saying it is inevitable. Better deal with the virus now than later. But Facebook and social media is pushing back hard. The loudest people are being loud. I suspect most people are like me, prepared to negotiate with the virus. Quebec mentions herd immunity and we can't hide forever. Canada cautions against herd immunity citing no evidence. Cover-your-buttism. Canada is standing by the WHO. "Oy vay" says non-jewish Kyle Lobstein. "Oy gavult" says non-jewish John Lowenstein. "Shana Punim" says non-jewish David Eckstein. Um, that means beautiful face Dave. "I'm not jewish, how the hell should I know."

    All this to say, have a little faith that humanity is all pointing in the same direction. Ignore the public figures who paint doom and gloom. We all want the same thing. A slow return to normalcy with a fast-tracked hyper-obsessed pharma and medical world trying to make this happen sooner than later so that we can all go back to ... not necessarily our normal lives ... but our FREEDOMS.

    Talk soon

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