Monday, October 27, 2014

The October of Baseball, Part 2

Baseball used to be about pitching duels. Gibson vs. Marichal, Drysdale/Carlton, McLain/Palmer, Cuellar/Lonborg, Catfish Hunter/ Stottlemeyer, McDowell/McNally   Seaver/Sutton, Tiant/Lolich. It seemed like every team had at least one ace and even a team's third or fourth starter  often pitched late into a game. Pitch counts were never an issue, as batters were more aggressive. Today? The game's strategy is to wear down the starting pitcher by being selective at the plate.  The idea is to get the star players (starting pitchers) out of the game as quickly as possible so that a team's marginal players can be exploited. At the same time, non-aggressive pitch-taking hitters are in demand - as long as they can hit deep in the count or can feast on a team's bullpen.  Historic statistics - more important in baseball than any other sport, have become almost meaningless due to the steroid era combined with the new trends of the day. Our simple, easy to follow statistics (era, rbi's, batting average, walks, etc.) have been replaced by sabermetrics - complex formulas that are all but replacing those simple stats.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Lake McDonald in Glacier National Park

This photo of Lake McDonald in Glacier National Park in north western Montana was taken at first light on an early September morning. I had located the spot the day before and was out well before sunrise to set up and wait to see what the new day would look like.  This turned out to be one of the only mornings without high wind during the week I camped there.  Lake McDonald is on the west side of Glacier NP and being ten miles in length and a mile wide is the largest lake in the Park.


Gill Photography

Guest Post from Dave Gill. Thank you Dave!!! Stunning!!!

Sunday, October 12, 2014

The October of Baseball, Part 1

Marty here. October used to be one of the most exciting times of the year for sports, primarily because of the baseball playoffs and World Series. Today, I can tell you the remaining four teams in the playoffs, but not much else. Twenty years ago I could have named the eight regular starters of those four teams, plus their 4-5 starting pitchers and their closer. Today? I can name maybe a handful of players on each team - at best. Come to think of it, maybe not. Kansas City? I'm happy to see that their back in the playoffs. They were a great rival of my team team of the 70's, the Yankees. They were also good for a period in the 80's, but not much since. Good for them. With cable nowadays I could watch a baseball game every day from April through September. There is more exposure now than there ever has been. Yet I barely watch any of them. If MY generation is losing interest, what hope is there for the current generation of potential fans? So what's the problem?