Author Archives: Ray Wyvill

An Appreciation: The Natural

The nature of baseball itself has a dramatic effect on devotees.  The world has many digital-choice realities that dictate how we live.  For those in the Mid-Atlantic about half of the year is spent in short sleeves. The other is … Continue reading

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The Ultimate Hall of Fame

Professional baseball dates its origin to 1869.  The game thereafter expanded in uncontrollable fashion.  Various leagues and associations were formed.  The dynamics of capitalism winnowed out losing ventures.  By the early years of the 20th century things had settled, for … Continue reading

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The Changing Game: Relief Pitching

Professional baseball is a system.  Within the confines of the game changes apply pressure to one or multiple components.  The system reacts to the pressure with responses of its own.  This can all happen in a short period of time.  … Continue reading

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Code Breaking and Baseball

The Divisional tie-breaker game between the Colorado Rockies and the Los Angeles Dodgers on Monday, October 1 turned on a dime.  With none out in the bottom of the fourth inning Pitcher German Marquez struck out Dodgers’ First Baseman Max … Continue reading

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The Davey Maneuver #Nats

One of the most discussed topics around Nationals’ baseball all year has been first-year manager Dave Martinez.  Much of the dialog has closely resembled a scene from old black-and-white horror movies where the villagers gather near the castle with torches … Continue reading

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Part 2: The Two Worlds of Baseball

The very nature of baseball is the absence of frenzy.  It is our only major sport without a game clock.  So it should be no surprise that the game takes its sweet time doing things.  Since the introduction of a … Continue reading

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The Two Worlds of Baseball

This is Part 1 of a 2-part series. Baseball changed irrevocably in 1969.  Prior to that year the two leagues were comprised of ten or less teams apiece.  At the end of the year the team with the best record … Continue reading

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Let’s Go (fill in the blank)!

With Labor Day at-hand summer stands at the threshold waving goodbye.  With her, she will take the last of the faintest of hopes remaining for this Nationals’ season.  What began with such great anticipation will surely grind to an unsatisfying … Continue reading

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Umpiring: A Look under the Hood

Baseball churns along here in mid-August to its old and familiar rhythm.  The Division chases warm up for some and chill for others.  The number of days left on the schedule begins dwindling.  And even the most office-bound of fans … Continue reading

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A Notable Anniversary

Lost in the pantheon of baseball-related books, movies, and entertainment is a small forgotten gem.  On August 5 we will mark the 65th anniversary of the  1953 Kraft Television Theater airing of a live performance of Old MacDonald Had a … Continue reading

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