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Generally Speaking:

This is a great site. It is pure baseball, no rumors, no wacky trades, just baseball, the way it ought to be.

-Kenny Sparr

I enjoy your site and its unique perspective. My favorite part is the retrospective on the careers of Andre Dawson and Tim Raines. Keep up the good work.

-John G. Duckworth

Fine site... thanks! The Negro League players are especially well done ... e.g. Josh Gibson. I also didn't know that lights in their games, predated MLB by 5 years. Its bookmarked for me, hope it continues to grow.



On "Remembering Ray Chapman":

A book detailing the history and evolution of the game and its rules were written by a retired ump a couple of years ago. Can't remember the title, but it is excellent and I would highly recommend it. One of the developments has been to replace the ball as often as possible during the game. This is to prevent nicks, scuffs etc. that affect the flight of the ball but also to have a ball that is as white as possible so it can be easily seen by a batter.

The author cited the Chapman case specifically as a major factor. In those days there was just one game ball, unless it was lost in the stands. Consequently by the end of the game, the ball was very dark. Since there were no lights in baseball at that time, the dark ball late in the game was hard to see. The author claims Mays did not likely intend to bean Chapman, but rather Chapman did not pick up the ball in time.



On "The Great Relievers of the 70s & 80s":

You neglected to mention several other key pioneers of relief pitching:
Sparky Lyle, Bill "the mad Hungarian" Hrabosky, Dennis Eckersley, Mike Marshall, Dave Righetti, and Tug McGraw.



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