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    July/August game thread

    Is there something about everyone working remotely that makes showing replays extra tricky?
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    2020 youth sports what are leagues doing

    My son is playing in a U15 league that has rules similar to what Saints Rest describes - except the (masked) umps are calling balls/strikes from behind the plate. And they make the 1B wear a mask when holding a runner on. Each team has their own game balls - pitcher and catcher can use dugout...
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    Covid and MLB

    I can't believe the players union signed off on masks being optional for the plate ump.
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    2020 youth sports what are leagues doing

    My son's U15 baseball team is going to start practice on Monday. They've scheduled ~20 in state (VT) games against other club teams even if all of the O-O-S tourney's get cancelled. The boy is beyond excited that he's actually going to get to play this year. I am guessing there is going to...
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    2020 youth sports what are leagues doing

    I am curious as to what's going to happen to summer baseball in NE. None of the four tournaments (2 in MA, 1 in CT and one in NY) my son's team is scheduled to play in this summer have been cancelled yet - but I'm not optimistic. Given that these all require hotel stays, I'm assuming they'll...
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    Baseball Drills (Covid-19 Version)

    My kid's a freshman in HS and he still hits rolled up socks off a tee (or soft toss) into a wall inside when we can't go outside. This is good for anyone who doesn't have a net or something else to hit into outside.
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    2020 youth sports what are leagues doing

    Vermont is keeping schools closed for the rest of the academic year...which surely means no HS baseball. The Vermont Principals Association (sports governing body) has not cancelled spring sports yet, but only because they are holding out (foolish) hope that the governor will reconsider and...
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    2020 youth sports what are leagues doing

    My son's school (in NW Vermont) just canceled all extra curriculars through March 31, with a decision on whether or not spring sports happens or not to be made then. My kid lives for baseball - he's going to be heartbroken if the HS season is cancelled.
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    2019-20 Offseason Discussion

    "I wish there were a picture of George Washington riding a horse on my favorite baseball team's cap." Said no one, ever.
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    Whose Departure From the Sox Devastated You Most?

    I can't believe jose melendez did not answer Phil Plantier.
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    Whose Departure From the Sox Devastated You Most?

    I played SS in Little League and idolized the Rooster. My older sister had a wall of her bedroom covered in Pudge Fisk posters. And the kid next door (the only other Sox fan I knew in a town full of mfy fans) was a Lynn fanatic. That was a rough off-season in our neighborhood.
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    Robo strikezone: Not as simple as you think -- Baseball Prospectus

    Bad for elite receivers who can't hit, but good for everyone else. I do wonder though - when the automated strike calling is installed everywhere in MLB and MiLB - will this create a divide between what catching skills are most desirable in the amateur and pro ranks? I can see top tier D1...
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    Coaching Attention Challenged Kids

    If there's anyway to break instructions down to two things - that's helpful. Remembering three things in a row is challenging for these kids (I'm Dad to an ADHD 14yr old). We've never really had to worry about him in sports - he's a pretty hardcore competitor and seems to go into hyper-focused...
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    2019-20 Offseason Discussion

    The Padres traded Allen to Cleveland last season. He was part of that three team deal w/ Cincy.
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    All-Time Favorite Baseball Teams that Weren't Your Team

    Honorable mention to the '79 "We Are Family" Pirates...but 5yr old me fell in love with baseball watching Catfish and the '72 A's. Was not a Sox fan until we got WSBK on cable in '77.