Baseball and Not Baseball

What I Learned This Week

June 30 Pitcher Result Chart

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June 30

June 30

June 18 Update on Pitcher Results (Smyly, Sanchez Taking Close Losses)

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Results by Pitcher through June 18

Results by Pitcher through June 18

Here are the updated results by pitcher. It seems to pass the “eye test.” Smyly and Sanchez have worse records than the other regular starters, but they show up a lot on the one and two run losses. Sanchez seems to be the best pitcher to me despite the Tigers having a 5-6 record in his starts. All the Tigers are getting between 4 and 5 runs of support per start except for Smyly who is only getting 3.36 (ESPN).

Oakland

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During our recent trip to the San Francisco Bay Area we also went to Oakland to see the Tigers play. We had 4 tickets, but my oldest daughter could not make it so I used Twitter and 3 connections to give away the last ticket to Chris the A’s fan. Chris was good company and from Chris I learned that part of the stadium in the outfield that had changed the most from the late 80′s was called Mt. Davis in “honor” of the owner of the Raiders who got the boxes installed as part of a package to return the Raiders from LA.

We took the train- Bart this time- from near out hotel in Millbrae. It takes a long time to get to Oakland from there, but I really don’t like parking at away games and the BART platform is connected to the O.CO Coliseum area by a pedestrian overpass.

It was hat day in Oakland, too.  Oakland is still getting used to the metal detectors it seems as it took 20 minutes to get in the stadium. The metal detector lines were all held at one point to allow a back up at the ticket scanning area to clear as well.

Oaklanders Like Hats

Oaklanders Like Hats

These are the hats they like

These are the hats they like

Concession lines were ridiculously long. Some people said that this is because many vendors and other support workers work for both the Giants and the A’s who are rarely scheduled at home on the same weekend. Normally lines are not as bad and you can find vendors in the stands. At this game the few vendors were able to stay in a mid-level path in the 100 sections and have fans come to them! I did find a good barbecue place in the outfield. It was nowhere near as good as the KC barbecue place, but it was better than typical ballpark fare.

We had seats near the Tigers bullpen. The seats were good. I won’t speak of the game except to note that it didn’t worry me that Coke was warming in the late innings. It also didn’t worry me that he gave up a single before an error by the shortstop and a catcher’s interference. It also didn’t worry me that he gave up a grand slam- the fifth homer against the Tigers that day. This got us to the train platform before the real rush of fans came.

Oh no!

Oh no!

San Francisco

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This Saturday we visited San Francisco to see the Giants play. We were visiting my daughter who lives in Palo Alto now so we took Caltrain to the stadium. It was great. It cost $14 round trip. It dropped off about 2 blocks from the stadium. There was a Safeway on the block between the station and AT&T Park where we bought water. An express train skipped the first few stations on the way back and got us quickly back to Palo Alto. My youngest daughter was also excited to be on the upper deck of a two-level train.

It was hat day which led to long lines to get in the park. But, once the gates opened we were in the park within about 10 minutes despite being wrapped 2/3 the way along the walkway between the stadium and the water in right field.

Free!!

Free!!

My daughter had Twin gear from a previous trip. She was not able to score a ball or autograph before the game. We did see Eduardo Escobar give a ball to a reluctant 2-year-old. He set the ball on the pad over the railing. When she did not grab the ball he gently pealed her fingers off the rail and wrapped them around the ball.

Twins Gear Fails

Twins Gear Fails

Overall I thought the park was nice. I don’t think I’d rate it as highly as others. I found the concourses too narrow to navigate easily when crowded. The view was great, but not as good as Pittsburgh.

The weather was typical late spring in San Francisco. It was warm until it became bitterly cold because of the wind.

View from Above the Foul Pole

View from Above the Foul Pole

The vendors had some fun things though. Cotton candy had 4 colors. Hot chocolate vendors carried  huge containers on their backs from which to dispense drinks.

4 Colors of Cotton Candy

4 Colors of Cotton Candy

Cocoa Tank

Cocoa Tank

Garlic Fries Come with Mints (How Civilized)

Garlic Fries Come with Mints (How Civilized)

Most importantly the Twins lost!

Results by pitcher through 50 games

Smyly starts 2-5; Porcello starts 8-2; JV starts 7-4; Max starts 8-3; Sanchez starts 4-4; Ray starts 1-2.

The Tigers are 10-6 in one run games.

Results by Pitcher

Results by Pitcher (Click to Enlarge)

2014 So Far

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MOSTLY BASEBALL

My goal a few years ago was to write a post a week or so to keep myself professionally active. Of course it is easy to get out of the habit. I also started tracking in person baseball games. It’s also easy to get out of that habit when you give up your season seats.

This year I’ve been to 4 Tigers games. I’ve had great seats at 2 of them. Folks resell at a good value if you are willing to go on a Tuesday in April or May. The most memorable play was a 2-5-3 strikeout by Cabrera. There was a wild pitch and the catcher threw to get an advancing Kinsler. Cabrera delayed then broke for first.

I also saw a game in Baltimore when at an AFT conference. The conference hotel overlooked the stadium. In fact I saw the Orioles walk off from the hotel lounge the next night.

Yesterday and today I looked at Pinterest as a place to store professional and baseball articles until I get to them. I guess it will work. Of course I have to remember to check in.

Below you will see the view from my Baltimore room and a strangely blank home run plaque on Eutaw Street.

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AMATYC Saturday

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The general session link is posted separately. It was entertaining, but not applicable broadly.

I saw what the Dana Center was doing. A report is available. They always could lead to a resource for Math 081. J. Phelps- who we used as a consultant- is willing to send us a list of things to consider when making changes with regard to communications and assessment. I will share when it arrives.

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Resource Link for Morning General Session

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OpenStaxCollege.com and WebAssign #amatyc

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We (HFCC) really need to look at Openstax. Over the next two years we can save all students $100+ dollars as books are developed. This is a huge takeaway from the conference.

You can still have online homework through WebAssign.

Vendor Visit AMATYC

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Openstax, a free textbook provider, will have online homework support. Look for roll outs over the next few years.

ALEKS is better tied to courses. There are not huge resource lists when a student wants help on a problem.

Hawkes finally has an online product. They may be worth considering again.

Some Pearson titles (Tobey/Slater/Blair) have iPad instruction. It doesn’t look ready for prime time, but may be soon.

Casio still has better calculators at a lower price than TI. We probably still won’t adopt them.

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