Larry’s Blog

Was Sign Stealing the Pivotal Factor in the Astros’ 2017 ALCS Victory?

January 16, 2020

In the 2017 American League Championship Series between the Astros and Yankees, the home team won all seven games. In light of the revelation that the Houston Astros that year used electronic devices to steal opposing pitcher signs and relay such helpful information to their batters just before the pitch, partisan claims have been made […] More

Postseason Versus Regular Season Baseball

October 3, 2019

No professional sports league in America plays as many games in the regular season as major league baseball to decide which teams get entered into post-season play to decide the year’s championship. This is done for the simple reason that the margin between victory and defeat in any game of baseball is comparatively small. It […] More

Just a Hypothetical Musing

August 26, 2019

Whether one adores President Trump or is disgusted by him, attitudes toward the man tend to be held extremely. Whether one believes him or thinks he lies most of the time, there is little middle ground. Whether or not he embraces the same visions as you, and whether you perceive him as a victim or […] More

Baseball Notes

August 12, 2019

The 2019 regular season is roughly three-quarters done, which makes this a good time to elicit a few observations about what differentiates this season from others. Among the major sports, baseball teams by far play the most games (162) in a regular season. Long before I found a calling in economics and currency market watching, […] More

One Reason for Slumping Confidence in Representative Democracy

March 13, 2019

The impact of laws on people vary, and some have such sweeping consequences that they ought to meet a higher standard of acceptance before getting adopted. It’s ill-advised for simple majority votes to result in controversial changes in sovereignty or that so affect everyday life in a way that will handcuff the future ability of […] More

Happy 210th Birthday, Abe and Charles

February 12, 2019

Abraham Lincoln and Charles Darwin were each born on February 12, 1809. No single day in history has yielded a duo that arguably went on to exert as much influence on mankind as that one. It is with a touch of irony that from present time one looks back on the legacy of those men. […] More

Jackson and Trump

September 24, 2018

Andrew Jackson, who led America from 1829 to 1837, is President Trump’s favorite former U.S. president. Photo ops of the current president at his oval office desk prominently display a portrait of the seventh president on the wall. And indeed the two men, separated by nearly two centuries, are true soul mates in temperament as […] More

Yanks May Be Hunting for a Pitcher via Trade But Such Acquisitions Tend to Be Hit or Miss

July 20, 2018

A theme in the Yankees-Red Sox rivalry this year is that the Yankees, who have an abundance of talented position players in the minors, will acquire a top gun pitcher to fortify their suspect starting rotation before the end-of-July deadline for non-waiver player trades. Such moves carry two risks. First, the Yankees have a checkered […] More

Yankees and Red Sox Next Opponents Both Have Poor Pre-All Star Game Records

July 19, 2018

Pitching match-ups in the three upcoming Yankee games and three up coming Red Sox games cast possible further light on some of the points made in my earlier posts on this Eastern Division Rivalry. The Yankees will be facing their cross-town National League representative, the New York Mets, who have a record of 39 wins […] More

Second Place Yankees Achieved Greater Success than Red Sox against Top Teams

July 18, 2018

The New York Yankees at the all-star break have the second best record in major league baseball, winning 65.3% of the 95 games that they have played. The Yankees play in the same Eastern Division of the American League as do the Red Sox, and a fairly significant gap between their records has developed since […] More

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