Posted on: June 2, 2011 4:17 pm

Taking turns in 1st - that's fair

AL East Week 8, as of Thursday morning, June 2:  Taking turns in 1st - that's fair.

New York Yankees  (27-23) --> (31-23)   wk 4-0, last week 3-3 :  Rebound out west
Boston Red Sox      (29-22) --> (30-26)   wk 1-4, last week 5-1 :  Feast or famine, 2 games back
Tampa Bay Rays     (27-24) --> (29-26)   wk 2-2, last week 2-3 :  Treading water, 2 & 1/2 back
Toronto Blue Jays    (26-26) --> (28-28)   wk 2-2, last week 3-4 :  Exchange rate dropping, 4 back
Baltimore Orioles     (24-26) --> (24-30)   wk 0-4, last week 4-2 :  Slip sliding away, 7 back

As the lead changes, the marathon runners pace themselves.  NY Pitching still surprises, Sox slugging tries to outrun starter's struggles. Upcoming series in the Big Ballpark renews the fun.

Category: MLB
Posted on: May 23, 2011 8:44 am

Everyone can be in 1st... the world doesn't end

AL East, Week 7:

Everyone can be in 1st...  and the world doesn't end.

The Rays stabbed by Marlins, make room in 1st for all.  Red Sox roll as A-Gon pounds and Albers grooves.  Yankees use all avenues.  Jays stay close and Orioles nearby.

New York Yankees  (20-17) --> (25-20) wk 4-3 +1 sunday  Small ball or large, it's all good.
Tampa Bay Rays     (23-16) --> (26-21) wk 2-5 +1 sunday  Split w/ Tor, NY, Slide vs. Marlins
Boston Red Sox      (19-20) --> (25-21) wk 5-1 +1 sunday  Beat Det, Cubs.  Rolls but BP still an adventure
Toronto Blue Jays    (19-20) --> (23-23) wk 4-2 -1 sunday  Houston?  Still hangs close
Baltimore Orioles    (18-20) --> (21-24) wk 2-4 +1 sunday  Swats Nats, needs to Buck up

Rumor has it Bartolo Colon survived his visit to the Island of Dr.Moreau.  It is better to play good than to look good?  Scoring runs - On base .335, Slugging .448, works on the west caost, too?

Rays pitching continues to shine as whip = 1.20 Philly-like.  Could add some slugging.

Red Sox slugging large last 7 days, Wakefield ageless wonder.  Hoping to fix clutch hitting as they lead league in LOB.  Trend or anomoly?

Jays, like Sox do it with bats.  Will pitching hold up?  Bautista machine well oiled.

Orioles arms need stem cell treatment.  Great clutch hitting but 7 day ERA = 5.76.

Posted on: May 16, 2011 8:12 am

Everyone on a roll... the cheese stands alone

AL East Week 6:

Heat rises as everyone wins 4 of 6 for the week ...  plus Sunday bonus.  ..except the sleepy Yankees.  

Tampa Bay Rays     (19-14) --> (23-17)   wk 4-2   +1 Sunday  -  Beats up on Indians
New York Yankees  (18-13) --> (20-17)   wk 2-4   - 1 Sunday  -  Snoozes vs. KC, Sox
Boston Red Sox      (15-18) --> (20-20)   wk 4-2   +1 Sunday  -  Climbs by beating Twins, Yanks
Toronto Blue Jays    (15-18) --> (20-20)   wk 4-2   +1 Sunday  -  Climbs by beating Twins, Sox  -  Bautista = is a beast
Baltimore Orioles     (14-18) --> (19-20)   wk 4-2   +1 Sunday  -  Sweeps seasick Mariners

Saturday night Jorge Posada opts out of playing when discovering he's slated to bat ninth.  Really?  How surprised could he have been that slumping hitters bat last?  Help me understand:  a player is designated by the manager as the DH because.... he's a good hitter?  Or because he is a hot hitter right now?  A bonus, no fielding - just hit.  Which of those fits you, Jorge?   

Sunday night bonus:  Sox Rock, Yanks tank.  Whipped cream on the week's dessert seemed so appropriate.  One team fights uphill, one team sleeps yet again.  Sominex OD in NY?  It sure didn't feel like the intense rivalry we expect.  Missing the drama and player intensity (mostly from the dower NY side).  Calling Thurmon Munson.

Fight was missing, and has been for 2 weeks or so ( vs. Detroit, KC, Boston).  New York has made 13 errors in its past 10 games.  Tex, Arod and Cano look like zombies.  Gardner back to his old ways - pop up a bunt?  Send him to camp to learn to drop a bunt on the ground.  And, by the way, can you run?  Disgraceful.  Rope-a-dope?  Certain about the dope part.  Nick Swisher better stop smerking when he Ks, looking skyward and smiling.  The answer isn't in your stars, dude - it's in yourself.  Running out of haircut versions?   Scientology surely isn't helping.

Props to the surging Rays, slugging Jays and reawakened Red Sox.  The East is beginning to look like we all knew it would be, with teams besides the Yanks --> 20-8 over the last 8 days.  Yanks?  2-5.  But trend isn't destiny.  Watch as the very same glee my friends in beantown feel now can turn on a dime.  But enjoy it for now.  

Category: MLB
Posted on: May 12, 2011 11:46 am

What CBS doesn't want us to know... or do

===   What CBS doesn't want us to know... or do  ===

Let's cut to the core of the matter:

The message board site code is a mess, many users have complained but CBS is in no rush to fix things... unless users push the issue.

  • Beta site fiasco
  • Expanding browser glitchs
  • Posting delays, errors and misleading messages
  • Refresh bounces to random pages
  • Cookie and page script overload
  • HMTL miscoded to "can't read" pages
  • Thread list clogged with player page and article comments
  • Reputation system "broken... serving no useful purpose"
  • Post scores don't apply to user value or recognition
  • Blank posts as site doesn't work with IE9 and other brower versions
CBS has said:
 - It may dump the "faster" beta site
 - The value system is "broken and no longer serving a useful purpose"
 - The admins have repeated that CBS remains "unwavering in it's stance" to make no fix before some future total revision

Is this really the way CBS wants to treat the userbase it seeks to attract and also be seen by sponsors, clients, shareholders and the public?   We all share a place we care about and the unified voice of all of us is the only way to move CBS.

What changes do you really want right now?
Post your voice here to be heard and make a difference - it's a feedback board, not just for questions - CBS can't hide from the users it depends on.  Tell CBS to do the right thing now.  If you are already fed up and don't need more, post your voice here now. If you are curious, read on and then post to tell CBS we all deserve better.


The basics on one example:  the broken reputation system

CBS knows the reputation system is broken, refuses to fix it, misleads users about it and permits abuse.

The more fitting term for this is Fraud.

The business model:

  • Users come to for 2 things: content and the connection with others
  • CBS provides resources in exchange for traffic, getting lots of free content and the attraction of the community that the userbase becomes as it grows
  • It's a barter arrangement - and as incentive, the currency users are paid in is reputation
  • Reputation gives users a status and defines levels of privilege (and sanctions for misbehavior)
  • So it's both the badge users strive for and the sheriff as well
CBS benefits in the exchange:

  • CBS benefits from the discussions, imported news and articles, and the banter that attracts users and keeps them coming back
  • CBS benefits from the site hits in ad revenue, merchandising, and fantasy fees
  • CBS benefits from the volume, referrals and repeated return of users   
But users are misled:

  • CBS tells them one version about how they keep score but delivers quite another
  • CBS enjoys the benefit of their contributions but pays off in counterfeit currency
  • CBS "scores" each post, promotes it's "value", prominently displays it but doesn't credit the user/author despite what they imply
  • CBS acknowledges the system " broken and no longer serving a useful purpose" but continues to use it anyway
  • CBS doesn't alter it's FAQ however - it just perpetuates the deception
  • CBS admins are fully aware that nefarious users abuse other users via the system, but continue to allow it anyway
  • CBS asks for patience while looking at other options but remains "unwavering in it's stance" to make no fix, however small or temporary
Fraud is defined as dishonesty calculated for advantage and proved with 5 elements:

  1. A false statement of a material fact = the provided FAQ's definition of the reputation system as CBS's promise to users,
  2. Knowledge on the part of CBS that the statement is untrue = the admission "the system is broken" and serves no useful purpose,
  3. Intent on the part of CBS to deceive the users = offering the FAQ while knowing it is incorrect and doing nothing to fix the system,
  4. Justifiable reliance by the users on the statement = continually sending users back to the FAQ despite admins knowing it misrepresents the actual system now in place,
  5. Injury to the users as a result = admitted abuse of ratings to attack users, distortion of site privileges, inaccurate ratings of status,
  6. and in addition,  ... knowing and saying nothing is no defense:  "...when a person has a duty to speak, silence may be treated as a false statement."
Is this really the way CBS wants to treat the userbase it seeks to attract and also be seen by sponsors, clients, shareholders and the public?

In simple terms, what all this adds up to is a stunning admission of how little CBS is committed to the userbase here while at the same time being perfectly happy to benefit from their contributions and the cha-ching of the ad revenue from their site hits.  I am submitting this with the sincere hope that someone in authority will finally decide to do the right thing.  Say yes to the fix.

Posted on: May 9, 2011 9:07 am

Spring Rays shine - Did Yanks bring spf 50?

AL East Status - Week Five
:  Shining Rays, quiet songbirds, and the Yanks tote lumber.

With 32 games played for most clubs, 20% of the season is enough to take stock of who they are so far.  Grades at the one fifth point:

Rays: A
The Rays once again did what Boston wished for - another recovery week plus a day 5-2, now 6 over .500 and sharing 1st.  Pitching is carrying the streak, Whip = 1.18, dropping both the Blue Jays and Orioles.  And Longoria is back.  Good balance of pitching with slugging.  Tampa Bay Rays:  3.23 era / .399 slugging  (20-14)

Yankees:  B
The Yankees looked sluggish dropping 3 of 4 to the Tigers and asleep at the plate. Despite the slumping play of Arod, Cano, and Posada they held onto a share of 1st Sunday with a 12-5 win banging out 16 hits and 5 HRs to cover 4 errors by several players who are still asleep, now in the field.  Slugging still, pitching good enough, could use consistency and better basic averages. New York Yankees:  3.70 / .461  (19-13)

Red Sox:  B-
Back at Fenway but can't build the streak they want.  Although they looked good against LA (their favorite punching bag these days), they lost an 11-0 finale and then gave up 9 to the Twins.  Home cooking is helping but pitching is still inconsistent, pen a question, and bottom half of batting order is still behind in production.  Lots left on base, BA-Risp is 30 points *under* their basic average.  Boston Red Sox:  4.31 / .393  (16-18)

Jays:  C+
Tough competition vs. Rays, is anyone hitting besides Jose Bautista and Adam Lind?  BA-Risp is .234.  Toronto Blue Jays:  3.87 / .393  (15-19)

Orioles:  C
Has the Buck factor faded?  Hitting just .233, pitching hurting of late, ranked 28th in run differential.  BA-Risp is keeping them around ranked 10th, 36 points above their basic average, Baltimore Orioles:  4.78 / .372  (14-19)

What happened to the Cervelli Great Gazoo helmet?   We'll take a grand slam with lighter headgear anytime.  

Category: MLB
Posted on: May 5, 2011 6:19 pm

Gravity, and it's opposite - comedy

Irony of the week:

April 28 - vs, Chicago White Sox

Eduardo Nunez starts at SS resting Jeter in what was called a planned day off.  He gets 2 hits, scores 3 runs. Great!  ..but maybe embarrassing.  But wait:   the divine law of intangibles works in mysterious ways:  Filling in at shortstop, Nunez made two errors: a fielding mistake to start the game and a throwing miscue that led to three unearned runs in the seventh.  The Lord giveth, the Lord taketh away.

Fast forward one week  -  May 5th - vs. Detroit Tigers

Eduardo Nunez starts at SS resting Jeter (sore hip from day before) in what was called a planned day off.  He gets 2 hits, 1 RBI.  Great!  ..but embarrassing, too.  But wait:   the divine law of intangibles works in mysterious ways:  Filling in at shortstop, Nunez made two errors: a fielding mistake early in the game and a throwing miscue that led to two unearned runs in the seventh.  The Lord giveth, the Lord taketh away, Part Deux.

Turn *on* the Cosmic face saving device?  Bring balance back to universe.  It's the law, like gravity.  And it's opposite - comedy.

Category: MLB
Posted on: May 3, 2011 11:21 am

Birds, Brains, Cities

Birds with brains that were large in relation to their body size were more likely to succeed in cities, researchers say.

May 3rd, 2011   -   NY Times   -      Link ---> BirdBrains

This looks to be good news for the Ravens and Falcons but less so for the Seahawks, Eagles and Arizona Cardinals.  It's unclear how the findings may apply to team fans (other than the Eagles) - bird brains though they may be.  Songbirds prefer rural settings so the Blue Jays, Orioles and St. Louis Cardinals are in trouble.  Pigeons are exempt as they are the rats of ornithology.

Posted on: May 1, 2011 2:38 pm

AL East: Month One is Done

End of Month One:  April in the East

After a good week for sunshine and birds:  Rays 4-1, Jays 4-2, O's 4-1, Yanks 3-3 hold 1st with subs and sac-flies while Red Sox find their hole familiar.     April, 2011 (before sunday's games):

New York Yankees  (12- 6) --> (15- 9)  wk 3-3
Tampa Bay Rays     (11-11) --> (15-12)  wk 4-1
Toronto Blue Jays     ( 9-12) --> (13-14)  wk 4-2
Baltimore Orioles      ( 8-12) --> (12-13)  wk 4-1
Boston Red Sox        (10-11) --> (11-15)  wk 1-4

Rays did what Boston wished for - a fast recovery, now 3 over .500 and knocking on 1st.  Pitching is carrying the streak, ERA = 3.40, Whip 1.19.  And Longoria is due back, adding an Xtra-Ray.

O's rebounded this week from recent slump, but pitching slides to 4.47 and still not much hitting.  Buck dancer's choice.

Jays hang near .500 with their offense led by Bautista 9 Hrs, .361 in April.  Pitching is holding opponents to under .238, best in the East.

Sox drop 4 of 5, to O's & Sea after good west coast boost.  Last Monday they were near even, now 4 under .500 after some bullpen let downs  - Bard isn't writing sonnets, Jenks not showing strengths.  Clutch hitting is suffering, with 202 LOB near bottom of the league - Youk mired around .218, Crawford still a woeful .155 and hearing it from fans. Salty, Cameron, McDonald, and Vtek are still struggling.  Maybe the incoming Twins can offer some lighter lifting, but who knows?  Minny is due to rebound.

The Yankees slugging has been carrying the club (.475, 43 HRs) and now the starting pitching is contributing, dropping the ERA to a better 3.79 (from an early 4.84). The problem is the weak distribution of hits, with more potential runs LOB - Posada and Gardner really hurting, Swisher having one good game but still not seeing the ball well.

 - They can't continue using a leadoff hitter who's never on base and a DH who hits less than .123 despite his homers. 

Category: MLB
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