I’ve got nothing specifically to write about today. But here’s a few thoughts:
- Nice to hear that legendary UCLA men’s basketball coach John Wooden is doing better today. It was reported Thursday that the 99-year-old Wooden had been hospitalized and was in "grave" condition. ESPN said there were reports he had died. But that is not the case. Wooden is resting today after being admitted May 26 for dehydration.
- Great feedback on the perfect game post. I do understand where a lot of people are coming from. Life isn’t fair, and we’ve all experienced that in some capacity. I just like to see life be as fair as possible. And the way Armando Galarraga handled himself afterwards, it’s hard not to root for him. One other thing I came across this morning was that an eight-man committee chaired by then-commissioner Fay Vincent in 1991 threw about 50 or so no-hitters out of the record books, ruling that at least nine innings had to be pitched. Time passes, things change. Maybe 20 or 30 years from now, a commissioner will feel differently about what happened to Galarraga. But I’m ready to put the issue to rest. There are many things (contraction, interleague play, making the All-Star Game mean something) that I disagree with Selig on, and this is just another one.
- A former colleague of mine asked me today how I would explain that three perfect games (counting Galarraga’s) have been pitched in a four-week span, and there’s been four just in the last year counting Mark Buehrle‘s. There was a 34-year span from 1922 to 1956 where not a single one was thrown. The MLB ERA this year is 4.16. Last year, it was 4.31. Ten years ago, in 2000, it was 4.76 (the best team ERA that year was Atlanta at 4.05). A more than half a run drop in league ERA is significant over a decade’s span. Some of it is cyclical, and some of it is the change from a game consumed by steroids to one where use isn’t believed to be as widespread.
- It’s being reported that Texas is being pursued by the Big Ten Conference in its efforts to expand. The college sports landscape – most notably in football – is going to change significantly if the Big 12 breaks up. It’s worth keeping an eye on.