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Let the Games Begin and SABR

This Thursday, the Tigers spring season starts with an afternoon game against the Reds. I’ll have to check WXYT’s radio schedule to see if this game’s on the radio, but man is it nice that baseball’s back. Then on Thursday (our time), the World Baseball Classic starts. I remember two years ago when the Yankees played the Devil Rays in Japan, it was cool watching baseball when I got up in the morning. This time it looks like they’ll be doing a lot of tape delays and that first game between Korea and Chinese Taipei will be aired at 1:30 am on ESPN 2. The first live game will be at 4:30 on March 3. I’ll have to think about getting up early to check out that game.

You can see the entire WBC television schedule here.

The Don Lund SABR chapter had their meeting this Saturday and I gave a brief presentation on the Hardball Times Baseball Annual 2006. David Fleitz followed me with a presentation on his book “Cap Anson: The Grand Old Man of Baseball.” Unfortunately he left before I was able to pick up one of his books from him. And then Steve Weingarden gave a very interesting presentation on the effect that the succession of general mangers have on a team. You can check out his entire dissertation at the Business of Baseball website.

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