Thursday, August 29, 2013

News and notes from MLB Week 22

by: Dan Howard
Staff Writer

With school beginning for most kids the next few days I’d like to start my post with a baseball math problem. Using the Pythagorean Theorem (c²=a²+b²), what is the distance from home plate to second base? Here’s a hint; it’s the same as the distance from first base to third base! For extra credit, is the pitching rubber in the geographical center of a baseball diamond?

Old Geezer Update; my week – old granddaughter, Arionna Nicole Howard, and her parents are doing fine. I never thought at 49 years old I’d be a rookie at anything, but this Grandpa stuff is soooo new to me!

On those rare occasions I’m wrong, I’ll be the first to admit it (ha, ha!). Last week I mentioned that I thought Arizona’s Paul Goldschmidt is the front runner for National League M.V.P. WRONG! That distinction goes to St. Louis’ Allen Craig.

I think everyone in the world knew that Craig was going to hit a grand slam on Monday night.

I’ve said it before, Dusty Baker has forgotten more about baseball than I’ll ever know, but I really believe the Reds should have walked Craig with the bases loaded.

For a moment on Tuesday night, I thought that Mark Berry, Jay Bruce and Zack Cozart were going to do a Three Stooges routine at third base.

After going a couple of months without giving up any earned runs, J.J. Hoover serves up two grand slams in less than a week.

I love the lineup shakeup on Wednesday night. Hitting Brandon Phillips second and moving Jay Bruce to cleanup seemed to work real good scoring nine runs in the first two innings.

Useless Trivia; the five RBI Jay Bruce collected tied his career high. Bruce also drove in five runs on September 29, 2009 in a 7 – 2 win against St. Louis at Great American Ballpark.

I don’t think Cincinnati Enquirer writer C. Trent Rosecrans should expect a Christmas card from Brandon Phillips.

Question for Phillips; do you kiss your mother with that mouth?

I would have never imagined the Reds scoring ten runs in a game started by the Cardinals Adam Wainwright.

More Useless Trivia; the last time Cincinnati defeated the Cardinals by ten runs or more at St. Louis was on July 27, 1991. The Reds won the game 13 – 1 and collected 20 hits in the victory, 19 singles and one double by Jeff Reed. Reed also drove in three runs.

A couple of weeks ago I wrote that San Diego’s Will Venable is a Reds killer, after this past weekend you can add Milwaukee’s Khris Davis to that list.

With 30 games left through Thursday, Baltimore’s Chris “Crush” Davis should break the Orioles single season record for home runs. Davis hit number 47 on Wednesday at Boston; the club record is 50 set by Brady Anderson in 1996.

After scoring 23 runs in his last three starts, Homer Bailey is relieved he finally gotten some support this season.

Homer Bailey’s career record at Busch Stadium after Wednesday now stands at 1 win 5 losses.

I think St. Louis Cardinal fans have officially forgotten Albert Pujols.

I don’t know if Albert Pujols reads this blog, but he sure has my prayers during this difficult time in his career. Four years ago I was diagnosed with plantar fasciitis in my left foot. I cannot adequately describe the pain other than, please forgive my language, it hurts like hell. The doctor told me that the inflammation would eventually subside, but expect a year of suffering. He was right. I suffered for about a year, and then, thank God, the pain disappeared. Anyone diagnosed with this affliction there are many stretching exercises that you can do to flex that area of your foot, I also recommend using insoles that support the arches of your feet. Prayer helps a whole lot too!

I think the fans of the Milwaukee Brewers and the New York Yankees ought to be thankful that Major League Baseball is not like the Australian Rules Football League (A.F.L.). The Essendon Bombers of the A.F.L. has been banned from the postseason due to its players using illegal substances. In Australian Rules Football the top eight teams make the playoffs, Essendon was seventh and had clinched a berth in the postseason. Barred from the playoffs was not their only punishment, the team was fined $2,000,000, lost draft picks for the next two years, and the team’s manager was suspended for 12 months.

There are two things I could care less about, Ben Affleck named as Batman and Johnny Manziel being suspended for half of a football game.

I heard the talking heads on ESPN claim they think that the Ohio State Buckeyes are overrated because their non-conference schedule is not that tough. If I were a fan of Buffalo, San Diego State, California or Florida A&M, I’d be very upset right now.

Here’s the answer to the baseball math question. Remember, a baseball diamond is a perfect square, tilted to form a diamond shape, with 90 degree angles at each base placed 90 feet apart. Draw a straight line from second base to home plate and you’ve got a hypotenuse. To solve, we know each base is placed 90 feet apart, multiply 90 times 90 (a²) plus 90 times 90 again (b²). The sum equals 16200 (8100+8100). To find the length of the hypotenuse (c²), take the square root of 16200. The answer is 127.28 feet or nearly 127 feet 4 inches. Halve that figure and the geographical center of a baseball diamond is approximately 63 feet 7 inches inside any base. The pitching rubber is 60 feet 6 inches from home plate. Who said blogs aren’t informative?

Have a blessed week. GO REDS!!!

Dan Howard

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