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My Nike Commercial
7 degrees Trudeau. That's 45 degrees Trump. I'm standing in my dark driveway. Hoodie. Trying to keep warm. Its after 9. The neighbourhood prepares for a commute-less tomorrow. In the bright garage, my 15-year old daughter dances from left to right as I throw her grounders. 50 backhands. Rollers, bouncers, soft, hard. The hitting net catches the few errors. I throw about 50 more. To her left, her right, directly at her. She's Sis Bates. The ball travels through her and back to me in a second. She plays 2b. But her arm has improved a lot. Her team has 4 other SS. I don't care. I can see her playing some Sis Bates SS. 4 hours a day of working out will do that. I am beyond impressed. We are a Nike commercial tonight. Grounders when others sleep. The camera will pan back into the sky and all you will see is the bright square garage getting smaller and smaller, the ball rebounding effortlessly in and out as the words "Just do It." fade into the dark sky.

Earlier this weekend, on the road ... its 3 degrees Trudeau and 38 degrees Trump. My own personal Nike commercial. I wear my warm Nike long-sleeve. 10 minutes in, snowflakes start to float around me. YES, Its Canada and NO, not normal for May. Jogging is my reset button. Brings me back to factory settings. But you have to let the brain go...just let it run free ... let it work the thoughts out. You never quite know where it will take you. Some days, new TBC projects emerge. Some days, complex problems are resolved and sometimes complex problems are created. Today... nothing. That's fine. It means peace.

Quebec is opening but Montreal is stalled. The nusing home situation is not good. May 25th. My daughter's softball team has received word they will play this year. It is confirmed. We just don't know what the season will look like. Less issue for recreational players since they stay local. My daughter plays AAA travel. The 12 best 2004s in the province. They have no other 2004s to play of equal calibre. Travel is essential. This is their scouting year. Team Quebec. Team Canada. US Colleges. Today, it is sitll a big ball of tangled yarn.

Some notes about the site:
  • Added some College Hall of Fame information to the Player Notes section in TBC PREMIUM.
  • 2020 College Uniform Numbers and Class (Fr,So,Jr,Sr) have been added for Division I. I'm not quite certain how College Baseball will look next year. All players have been given an extra year of eligibility so I don't know if their class for this year was treated as a redshirt or if they will just repeat the same class as last year.
  • Speaking of the Draft, with only 5 rounds, it will be interesting to see how the dynamics change. For me, it will make my life a bit easier for adding the Draft data but for the players themselves, how many will sign for the $20,000 or less if they are not drafted in the 1st 5 rounds. I would imagine a whole slew of Juniors return for a 2nd Junior season in hopes of a big bonus in 2021. Perhaps Seniors will sign. Many might simply say Thank You Baseball and move on with their lives. Many high school players will also be forced into a Junior College or possibly choose a Division I college instead. The result will inevitably be a very interesting 2021 College season with likely more talent than ever as well as a 2021 draft that is extremely deep.
  • There are now 4166 players in the TBC DB with high school stats. PREMIUM only.
  • Congratulations to Seattle Mariners scout Amanda Hopkins for being the first female scout in my Draft database.
  • Name of the day: Rich Lawyer. He pitched some indy ball in 2008. I really hope he went on to actually become an attorney. I'd hire him just because.
  • Final note, and I will expand on this in future posts: I don't like when people say that you should "never let a good crisis go to waste" because the implication is that the world is being bent in the powerful's favour, which may not be in accordance with your own beliefs. BUT, in the case of baseball, having heard Rob Manfred's ideas on improving the sport on the field, I sincerely hope that baseball uses this crisis as an opportunity to fix the sport on the field. I will talk more about my thoughts on this as Spring Training 2.0 unfolds.

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