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NLCS begins today

Jesse Chavez

My random, desktop image of the day reminded me that the 2018 MLB playoffs resume today. I have no horses in the race anymore so I don’t really care what happens. I haven’t seen a professional baseball game in several years now, perhaps the longest stretch of my life.

Anyway, today’s photo comes from 2012, the year Jesse Chavez started the season in Toronto and ended up in Oakland. Since pitching for my A’s from 2012 until 2015, Jesse has pitched for five different teams.

A’s win again

Inevitable out

@NBCSAthletics #mlb #athletics @Athletics

Today’s photo obviously isn’t from today’s game. This is from 2012, another season in which the A’s had the fourth best record in baseball and a payroll not in the top 28. They are currently 70-48 with a payroll under $80 million. Compare that to, say, the 59-60 Giants and their $207 million payroll or the team they beat today, the 59-60 Angels, and their $173 million payroll.

Train platform to enter car #6

Baseball motif in tile floor of Japanese metro station

I took today’s photo after watching a Swallows game in Tokyo at Meiji Jingu Stadium (明治神宮野球場). I think I was in the Gaienmae Station. Is anyone familiar with that station? Am I correct in that guess?

Happy birthday, Miguel Cabrera!

miggy detroit tigers

Miguel Cabrera

Murph tweeted this…

@DaleMurphy3 @Braves @joshdmac @CardboardHistry ‏@baseball_80s

…so I will tweet this…

murph horner auto dale murphy bob horner 86 1986 fleer baseball card

Thirty-something years have passed, yet here we are all still.

Magical season

Easy call

@RADickey43

R.A. Dickey has been extremely mediocre during his 16 years in major league baseball. He’s a .500 pitcher with an ERA a bit above 4. In 2012, however, he had a season that was anything but mediocre. He won the National League Cy Young award by a landslide.

He came into the game, pictured above, with an 11-1 record and 2.00 ERA. He was on a roll, having won his prior 9 games–3 by shutout. He had struck out 25 batters in his prior two starts, and at least 8 in each of his prior 7 starts.

This game, against the Yankees, did not go his way (other than this score of his). The Mets lost, although Dickey didn’t take the loss. He rebounded, though, and threw a shutout in his next outing.

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