Saturday, December 28, 2013

Probably Missed It

The other baseball draft.  Yep, there are two of them.  It happens each year at the end of MLB Winter Baseball Meetings.

Not to worry though as most are probably barely aware of the (main) June baseball three day draft these days.  But this one is quite unique - The Rule 5 Draft.  I think the basic reason this draft exists is help prevent teams from stock piling minor league players who have some real potential to make it to the big leagues.  This is a good thing for those players who do get drafted in Rule 5.

Once a minor league player has been playing in the minors for four or five years and they are not on the MLB team's 40 Man Roster (which means they are protected), any other MLB can draft them.  The receiving MLB team pays the other team 50K for the right to do this.  And the drafting MLB team MUST keep the player on their next year's 25 Man Roster (these are the 25 guys who show up to play each MLB game).  Also, this draft is in done in reverse standing order from the previous season, so last place team gets first pick.

For the 2103 MLB Rule 5 Draft, only nine teams drafted.  The other 21 teams passed.  Currently, as a fan, I follow three teams: The Atlanta Braves - home town team, NY Mets - favorite team growing up, Houston Astros - they drafted my son.  So I was curious if any of the three drafted and if so, who.

Astros - selected LHP Patrick Schuster from the Diamondbacks

Braves - did not make a selection

Mets - selected RHP Seth Rosin from the Phillies

Great, I thought this would add an interesting dimension for the upcoming season, it would be fun to follow these guys on the 25 Man Roster for the Astros & Mets.  However, this was not to be as both teams immediately traded their Rule 5 Draft picks away.  Rosin was traded to the Dodgers and Schuster to the Padres.

Why draft a Rule 5 and the next day trade?  Are these back room deals?   I'm sure there are many reasons why an MLB team would do this, but the vision that keeps on coming back inside my head is of Don Corleone as he scratches the side of his chin...

"Some day, and that day may never come, I will call upon you to do a service for me. But until that day, consider this... a gift"

Friday, December 27, 2013

1961 - Baseball Cards

I'll trade you a Roger Maris and a Tom Tresh for a Micky Mantle.


Actually I cannot honestly remember if that deal happened or not, but I do recall vivid memories of me and my buddies - Johnny, Eddie, Tommy, Mickey, and Ronnie trading baseball cards in the Northern NJ suburb of Mine Hill in 1961.

That was more than 50 years ago but that is where my attraction to the game of baseball started.

Oh yeah, regarding the big baseball card trades made, it really did not matter as the fate of most of the cards was the same:

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Jelly Beans, M&Ms, Oreos, Pretzels, Orange Slices, and Bananas

If this was Jeopardy, that would be the answer to the question:

What do marathoners eat during a marathon?

Looking at the course map for the upcoming Georgia Marathon, they provide these six food items to the participants while on the course : )

And they also provide water & Powerade (17 times) to wash everything down!

Although I have a huge amount of respect for the marathon distance and those who do them, I really am not a fan of this distance.  Of the 45 races so far for me, only three have been marathons.  Marathons are hard.  I am more of a fan of the half marathon distance, although half marathons are also hard, they are not as hard as a full marathon.  However, it is my intention to do this marathon.

The reason:  I want to do the Great Saunter (32 mile walk around Manhattan) again and this marathon is about six weeks before the Great Saunter.  So over the next few months I will build up my walking distance to acclimate my body and mind to walking for up to 10 hours (or more).  I will use this marathon as an interim goal.

What I really like about the Great Saunter, it is not a race.  It is a saunter.  Saunter, according to the dictionary, is to walk along in a slow and relaxed manner.  So the goal is to basically see Manhattan at about 3 MPH, it is not about who can do the 32 miles the fastest.

Back to the Georgia Marathon - one of the things I really like about it, it is walker friendly.  The following is from their FAQ page:

Although the 15 minute mile pace (4 MPH) is faster than what I need for the Great Saunter, this should set me up to be able to complete and enjoy the Great Saunter.

So that's my goal.  Maybe I should start acclimating my body for the marathon foods  : )

Why do I get the feeling Buddy the Elf would actually like this marathon???

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Number 45 - 26th Annual Jingle Jog 5K

It's not too often when you show up at a race and find more people dressed in Santa hats or as an Elf than not :)  For race number 45, I did the 26th Annual Jingle Jog 5K and there were plenty of festive dressed people, they even gave us jingle bells for our shoes...

What I really like about this race, they encourage all to  purchase and bring an unwrapped gift to donate.  The Salvation Army truck is there, with the band playing Christmas songs.  It was just nice.

This is really just a fun race with a big theme - Christmas!  It is not a serious race (for those who actually do take racing these serious).  In other words I suspect one would not qualify their time in this race for the Peachtree Road Race.  The course started and ended in the Perimeter Mall parking lot, parking was super easy.

It was a quick course with many of the people just enjoying it - running, walking, jogging, it did not matter - folks were there for a fun time.

I was quite amazed at the sponsors at the end of the race - you could actually get stuffed partaking of it all:

Trader Joe's (hot cider!) with Santa and Mrs. Claus 
Firehouse Subs
Jim & Nicks Bar-B-Q, sliders & Brunswick Stew
Uncle Julio's
any many more!

I do  a lot of races and I do not think I've ever seen so many at a finish line.  It was nice of them to provide this.

After the race, it was still before 9:00 AM, had plenty of energy - headed up to Suwanee Greenway and walked another 12 miles.  The energy was gone after that!  It was a good morning.