Archive for March, 2011

Pennant Race Gazette–April 1, 2011

Thursday, March 31st, 2011

American League

AL East                             W      L        GB

  1. New York                1       0       —
  2. Tampa Bay              0      0           1/2
  3. Boston                    0       0          1/2
  4. Toronto                   0       0          1/2
  5. Cleveland               0       0          1/2
  6. Baltimore                0       0          1/2
  7. Kansas City             0       1        1
  8. Detroit                     0        1       1

AL West                               W      L        GB

  1. Los Angeles               1       0       —
  2. Minnesota                  0       0          1/2
  3. Texas                         0       0          1/2
  4. Oakland                      0       0         1/2
  5. Chicago                       0       0        1/2
  6. Seattle                        0       0         1/2

Yesterday’s Results

  • NYY 6  DET 3     (East)
  • LAA 4  KC  2       (2nd Tier)

National League

NL East                              W      L        GB

  1. Atlanta                    1       0        —
  2. Philadelphia            0      0           1/2
  3. Cincinnati                0      0           1/2
  4. Florida                     0      0           1/2
  5. Houston                   0      0           1/2
  6. New York                  0      0           1/2
  7. Pittsburgh                 0      0           1/2
  8. Washington              0      1         1

NL East                                  W      L          GB

  1. San Diego                    1       0         —
  2. Los Angeles                 1       0         —
  3. Chicago                        0      0             1/2
  4. Colorado                      0      0             1/2
  5. Milwaukee                    0      0             1/2
  6. Arizona                        0      0             1/2
  7. San Francisco               0      1              1/2
  8. St. Louis                       0      1           1

Yesterday’s Results

  • ATL  2  WAS  0     (East)
  • SD  5  STL  3 (11)  (West)
  • LAD  2  SF  1           (West)
  • CIN  7  MIL  6     (Not Tier)

Radio Station WFAN and Sports Manangement

Thursday, March 31st, 2011

I was listening to WFAN 660AM  in New York, and Sweeny Murti, Yankee Beat Reporter, was speaking with Joe Benigno and Evan Roberts about the up and coming MLB season.  It’s Openning Day and do you think they were talking about the great pennant race that’s beginning today?  No, Sweeny was saying how the Yankees are not the favorites to make it to the post-season.  Instead of talking about the potential for a 4 or 5 team pennant race in the AL East, Murti’s focus ON THE FIRST DAY OF THE SEASON is firmly fixed on October.  I didn’t here any analyses of the other league either.  Six months of  great baseball is instantaneously made invisible.   Yesterday, Mike Francesa was doing his yearly prediction of the over/under of individual team victories for the up-coming season.  Again, by discussing individual teams, the concept of  pennant races commencing was absent.

Sweeny went on to say that “the ultimate” experience will be seeing the two teams that win the division and the wild card.  Instead of taking the season to watch who wins a pennant, we are given the treat of seeing which team will win the wild card.  Since the wild card is there to increase participation in the post-season, the 162 game season is reduced to a competition for the post-season, instead of season long pennant races.

WFAN  not only has talk shows, but also is involved in the broadcast of  major sporting events such as: MLB’s New York Mets; NFL’s New York Giants; NBA’s New Jersey Nets; and numerous NFL and NCAA contests.  Boomer Esiason and Craig Carton’s show in the morning is simulcast on MSG, which is owned by the Dolans  The Dolans own the NBA’s New York Knicks and the NHL’s New York Rangers.  Mike Francesa’s show in the afternoon is also simulcast on YES, which is owned by the New York Yankees.  This makes for a cozy relationship that leads to on-air personalities acting  as public relations and marketting spokespeople for every major sports team in the New York metropolitan area.  It is interesting to note that all are proponents of the Wild Card; and a serious discussion of Pennant Races is not allowed.

While WFAN broadcasts on the Public’s airwaves,  they provide “entertainment” for the fan, as part of product promotion for sports ownership.  It appears that a more accurate presentation of the station’s interest would be represented if they changed their call letters to  WBOSS

Posnanski Named Inaugural Writes of the Year by BBA

Tuesday, March 29th, 2011


“The Baseball Bloggers Alliance today named writer Joe Posnanski the winner of the inaugural Writer of the Year Award, honoring the top internet writer.  Posnanski, who writes for the print version of Sports Illustrated as well as maintaining his own log and Twitter account, was the overwhelming selection from the BBA.

Posnanski received 218 points, including 35 first place votes from the 110 ballots cast.  Bob Neyer, formerly of ESPN and now at  SB Nation, was second with 12 first place selections and 136 points overall.  Rounding out the top three was former Boston Globe writer Peter Gammons, now working at MLB Network and with 135 total points and  20 first place votes.  ESPN writer  Buster Olney and Hardball Talk blogger  Craig Calcaterra were the only other nominees to tabulate ten percent of the total vote.”