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BASEBALL AND GENDER POWER IN PALAU.

BASEBALL AND GENDER POWER IN PALAU. David Walter argues that baseball is the key to the government of Palau and that baseball has reversed the gender power relationships in Palau. Walter says: “Before the 20th century, Palau was a matriarchy. … Continue reading

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SOME WAYS THAT BASEBALL IN PALAU IS DIFFERENT.

SOME WAYS THAT BASEBALL IN PALAU IS DIFFERENT. David Walter gives a number of differences in the way baseball is played in Palau. Kids learn to play with bamboo bats and coconut-leaf balls. Pitchers chew betel nut…. Monsoons rain out…. … Continue reading

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PALAU—A NATION GOVERNED BY BASEBALL PLAYERS.

PALAU—A NATION GOVERNED BY BASEBALL PLAYERS. Palau is an archipelago in the Western Pacific with about 20,000 inhabitants. David Walter at the Deadspin website tells how baseball has dominated the cultural and sporting life of Palau since the 1920’s. (link … Continue reading

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SOME OF THE RANKINGS BY WINS ABOVE REPLACEMENT FOR GENERALS.

SOME OF THE RANKINGS FOR WINS ABOVE REPLACEMENT FOR GENERALS. First place in the WAR rankings for generals goes to Napoleon with a WAR of 16.679. Julius Caesar comes in second with a WAR of 7.445. Arsht points out that … Continue reading

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MONEYBALL COMES TO RANKING GENERALS.

MONEYBALL COMES TO RANKING GENERALS. Ethan Arsht has used sabermetric methods from baseball to rank almost every general in history. His article is here on the Towards Data Science site (link via Tyler Cowen at the Marginal Revolution site). Specifically … Continue reading

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WHAT WOULD ROBOT UMPIRES SOUND LIKE?

WHAT WOULD ROBOT UMPIRES SOUND LIKE? Buster Olney in this article on the ESPN website said that there are a lot of baseball people who think that a robot strike zone is inevitable. He agrees with them and thinks that … Continue reading

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HOW DO FANS FEEL ABOUT ROBOT UMPIRES CALLING BALLS AND STRIKES?

HOW DO FANS FEEL ABOUT ROBOT UMPIRES CALLING BALLS AND STRIKES? Baseball America in its issue for December 8-22 reported on the results of a telephone survey in October of 715 adults, of whom about one third were baseball fans. … Continue reading

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COMPETING AT BAKING.

COMPETING AT BAKING. I posted here that: “When our children were very young, my wife Mary Jane found it amusing when I confessed that I have never liked playing Ring Around the Rosy because nobody won.” Mary Jane and Annalisa … Continue reading

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OGDEN NASH AND BASEBALL HISTORY.

OGDEN NASH AND BASEBALL HISTORY. One reason that being part of a league with a history is appealing is that baseball fans generally love the history of baseball. As an example of the interest in baseball history of fans who … Continue reading

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PLAYING BASEBALL USING 19TH CENTURY RULES.

PLAYING BASEBALL USING 19TH CENTURY RULES. In addition to the display board, our league keeps the same categories that we started with in the first couple years. The league still has severe limits on substitution that originated when we the … Continue reading

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