Long before Ken Griffey Jr., Wade Boggs and Ozzie Smith became baseball Hall of Famers, they highlighted another exclusive list: the Springfield Nuclear Power Plant softball ringers.
Yes, it’s been 25 years since plant executive C. Montgomery Burns concocted a ruse to win a corporate softball championship against bitter rival Shelbyville by using major league baseball players in place of his actual employees.
Other numbers provide some glimpse into how Boston’s offense can be so proficient at making contact and getting on base without scoring, and it isn’t all about the lack of the Large Father.
According to Fangraphs, the Red Sox have been the second-worst baserunning team in baseball, tallying -5.4 baserunning runs to date. They also have grounded into the third-most double plays. This provides some explanation for the baserunners-to-runs ratio.
Is that enough to absolve Ortiz’s absence as the reason for the woes? Definitely not. Losing the MLB leader in OPS and extra-base hits is going to have some impact.
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But, with all the talent in the lineup, and the numbers they’ve tallied, the question as to why the struggles are so acute isn’t all on Ortiz’s big shoulders.
Elite Mens Jacob Tamme Jersey Closing with a more serious tone, Obama noted the Cubs’ visit happened to be on Martin Luther King Jr. Day and discussed the impact sports can have on the country.
It is worth remembering, because sometimes people wonder, ‘Why are you spending time on sports, there’s other stuff going on,’ that throughout our history sports has had this power to bring us together even when the country’s divided, he said. Sports has changed attitudes and culture in ways that seem subtle, but that ultimately made us think differently about ourselves and who we were.