LADY AT THE BAT: Casual Friday: Progression & Regression

Friday, April 17, 2009

Casual Friday: Progression & Regression

The Yankees are all about the pinstripes, in every sense of the word. The rest of MLB is more casual. This is the second post in a Friday series called Casual Friday, in which I take a quick look around the rest of Major League Baseball.

*April 15th was MLB's annual observance of Jackie Robinson Day. Unlike last year when players had the option of wearing number 42, this year every player, coach and manager wore it. Good call, MLB. Seeing the number scattered around on different teams last year looked completely silly.

*April 15th was also the day the University of Central Florida's Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sports released a report about the state of diversity in MLB. The percentage of black players in the game has risen to 10.2 percent, up from the all-time low of 8.2 percent in 2007. Roy S. Johnson over at Yahoo doesn't want to get too excited about it, however, and I think he's right.

*The Toronto Blue Jays have the best record in the AL East. Are they really that good? Probably not. The reason they're leading the division is really very simple: They haven't played teams in the AL East yet. All of their opponents have been in the Central and the West. They don't play an AL East team until the beginning of next month when they play the Orioles. After that series it's right back to the heartland. They don't play any back-to-back series against AL East teams until mid-May. Let's see where they are in the standings at the end of May before we declare them this year's Tampa Bay.

* Looks like yet another third baseman named Alex will need hip surgery this season. The Royals Alex Gordon will go under the knife shortly to have his own right hip tear repaired. Something tells me that, unlike coverage of another Alex, this post will be one of the last times this particular Alex will be mentioned before he comes off the DL and starts playing again.

* Chris Carpenter of the Cardinals has been on the DL eight times since 1999. This week he went on it again with an oblique tear. Some guys just can't get a break. They're too busy getting tears.

* Nats win! Nats Win! Congratulations to the Washington Nationals who got their first win of the season last night.

Until next week, ladies and gentlemen.



Chrissy said...

I liked MLB letting only those players who wanted to wear Mr. Robinson's number wear it. To some players, unfortunately, his contribution really doesn't mean anything to them. To ask them to wear his number is pointless. Yeah, it looks good on the outside but if it doesn't resonate with those players then it detracts from the day in my opinion.

One year Bobby Abreu was talking about wearing the number and he said something to the effect of he didn't know anything about Jackie Robinson or what he did but MLB said he should wear the number so he was wearing it. That's ridiculous.

Bernadette Pasley said...

Good point. I'm hoping maybe that being forced to wear the number led to some players actually doing some research to find out about Robinson.