The Midnight Snack – Tuesday

‘Sup peeps?

Jiminy Cricket:  Young cricket phenom Kieran Powell is considering a transition to baseball. Much like rugby star-turned-NFL player Jarryd Hayne, Powell seems poised to break into American baseball sooner rather than later.

Powell is a left handed batsman, which I assume would translate to a left handed batter in the MLB. According to Sports Illustrated, Powell worked out for the Milwaukee Brewers and the New York Mets. Next week, he is slated to try out for several other teams including the Dodgers and Cubs.

If you need a refresher about cricket, our friend Old Gator has been writing a series of articles about cricket and baseball here.

The Winter of Prof’s Discontent:  Winter has officially assaulted Cheeselandia. Today we didn’t get out of the single digits. Sunday was even worse – the high didn’t get above 4. Every year is worse than the year before. Actually, this year hasn’t been as bad, technically, as the last couple of years, but emotionally and mentally it gets worse and worse.

So what do I do to combat the Satan’s Icebox blues? I think about baseball. And I know I’m not the only one.

The Baseball Hall of Fame posted this interesting article about winter and baseball. It features a really cool photograph of Ty Cobb and another player, Ed Walsh, packing snowballs into baseball sizes in order to show each other a new way of throwing curveballs. How cool is that?

6 thoughts on “The Midnight Snack – Tuesday

  1. Although Kieran Powell is a ‘cheating lefty’ with the bat, he bowls and throws with his right hand. His bowling has only ever been part-time, and medium pace at that, so he won’t be trying out for the rotation. However, he has shown some promise with the willow in his hands with a Test match and one-day game average around 27.5 runs per innings. That’s good but not great – the best are typically around 50 – although he could be expected to improve over time especially as he’s only 25 years old.

    It’s interesting that he’s trying out for MLB teams. The West Indies cricket team, of which he was a member 2011-2014, recently has been a poor shadow of its great predecessors due, in large part, to the difficulty in recruiting suitable athletes at a young age. Apparently, the saturation NBA coverage beamed into the West Indies is encouraging most young athletes to look at basketball as their first and only choice in sport.

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  2. Hey Prof, I feel your pain, as we are right in the middle of a blizzard as I type this. The schools are all closed (and the kids are happy — or would be if they were awake) and my daughter will be very relieved, as she gets another day to put the finishing touches on her big first semester Social Studies project for 9th grade. Luckily I have the option of working from home, as long as the power doesn’t go out.

    As snowy as the winters are here on the east coast, I much prefer them to what I endured for 17 long (and I mean ice-age long) winters in Cold Lake, Alberta when I was stationed there from 1993 – 2010. Here we get more snow, but the winter is much shorter and milder, with freeze/thaw cycles. In Cold Lake, it was a much more dry climate, with a lot less snow, but we usually saw the first snowfall in mid-October (as opposed to mid-December or later) and at least once a winter the temperature went down below -30 C (and usually below -40) and stayed there. Many times we saw the temp never come above -25 C (-13 F) for literally weeks. And no freeze/thaw… the first flake that fell in October was the last one to melt — in April or May. In 17 years, the only month that we never saw snow in, was July… seriously.

    Just remember one thing amid your sojourn in Satan’s Icebox… pitchers and catchers report in 36 days… that’s just about 7 weeks.

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    1. Start planning now on how you can get outta there. There’s no way I could live up there. I lived in Colorado for 10 years, the winters were comparatively mild, but I still couldn’t stand it. One of the happiest days of my life was when I moved back to Fla. True, I don’t have MLB close, but it’s only 2 hrs away.

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  3. Here’s a fun piece of information, Prof. The first sub-tropical storm of the season is twirling in the Atlantic.

    On January 13th.

    Oh my, Oh my.

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