Two weeks

Until Opening Day!

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Insomnia, baseball, fatigue, and performance

The current time is 1:43 a.m., and as I endure my inability to sleep, I decided to Google “baseball insomnia.”  One of the myriad items that came up in the search results was this 2013 article from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine: “Studies link fatigue and sleep to MLB performance and career longevity.”  The very first sentence of the article states, “Two new studies show that fatigue may impair strike-zone judgment during the 162 game Major League Baseball season, and a MLB player’s sleepiness can predict his longevity in the league.”

To which my initial reaction was, “Well, duh.”

But even as I continue to marvel at the seemingly obvious bits of common sense that prompt these kinds of studies, as I read, I had to admit that sometimes there is a benefit to it.  In this case, while it seems like it would make perfect sense that fatigue and sleep would be an indicator of success in baseball, the real question becomes: what are teams doing to combat fatigue?  For, as Scott Kutscher points out as a result of the study, “teams may be able to gain a competitive edge by focusing on fatigue management.”

It is, understandably, common for a team to want to play its best players day in and day out throughout the season.  I would be curious to see a study on a player like, say, Cal Ripken that analyzes his performance in April of each season versus in September.  I’m sure such a study exists (or something similar to it), I’d just have to make a point to look for it.  Granted, Ripken’s consecutive games streak record would not exist now had Orioles management focused more on fatigue management, which would be a deprivation to the game as we know it today.  Nevertheless, it is something to think about.


Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Don’t forget to wear your green!

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Quote of the day

He’s got power enough to hit home-runs in any park, including Yellowstone.

~Manager Sparky Anderson, on Willie Stargell

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Sparky Anderson (Baseball HoF)


Happy Pi Day!

Today marks 20 days until Opening Day!  While we continue to wait patiently, the Baseball Hall of Fame has created this fun page of baseball stats and facts that revolve around π.  Read up and enjoy some pi(e), and regular season baseball will be here before we know it!

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Santana performs national anthem

I love this rendition of the national anthem, performed by Carlos Santana and his son Salvador prior to Game 4 of the 2014 World Series.


Quote of the day

As far as sleeping goes, you’re up and ready to go at six in the morning. Spring training was always a combination of relaxing and working, and I missed that quite a bit. I missed being around the ball field. A baseball. A bat. The smell of the uniform, you might say. Talking baseball. Seeing opponents as well as the Cubs.

~Lou Boudreau

 

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Lou Boudreau (Bowman)