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March 19, 2016 [LINK / comment]
New page: Stadium diagrams
In the process of assessing my progress toward rendering all Major League Baseball stadiums (since the second decade of the 20th Century, that is), I have created a brand-new page: Stadium diagrams. It is unique in that it does not compare the stadiums per se, but rather my renditions of them. It shows the number of variations (major changes from year to year), lower-deck versions, upper-deck versions, football and other sports versions, and also lists particular features such as entry portals and support beams.
Arroyo's future in doubt
Former Cincinnati Reds pitcher Bronson Arroyo, who signed a minor league contract with the Washington Nationals this year, in hopes of returning to the majors, has suffered a health setback: a partially torn rotator cuff. It's not as bad as originally thought, but he will still be in rehabilitation for at least four weeks. If he doesn't improve, he may decide to retire. See washingtonpost.com
The Nats are red hot!
Granted, it doesn't matter one bit, but it's nice to point out that the Washington Nationals have the second-highest winning percentage in this majors this spring, .800 (12-3). The winningest team right now is the Arizona Diamondbacks, who are 14-4. The Nats' game against the Mets today was called off because of weather. Speaking of which, we had snow here in Virginia today. Up until now, it has been a very warm March. Rookie pitcher Lucas Giolito performed very well in his first (unofficial) major league outing.
Adam LaRoche retires
Former Washington Nationals first baseman Adam LaRoche has decided to retire for personal reasons, even though he still has one year left on his contract with the Chicago White Sox. My first thought was that he must have a lot saved up if he doesn't need the $13 million in salary he would have been paid. But then we learned it was in reaction to being told by The Management that LaRoche's son was spending too much time with the team in the dugout. It's one of those awkward situations that depends on the personalities involved, and in this case, the team mates didn't seem to mind at all. White Sox executive vice president Kenny Williams is taking some heat for what happened. See MLB.com.
LaRoche racked up 255 home runs, 882 RBIs, and an average of .260 during his 12 years in the majors. Eighty-two of those homers were when he was with the Nationals, from 2011 through 2014. I didn't always give him as much credit as he was due, and it's worth pointing out that he played a key part in both the Nationals' division championships, 2012 and 2014. Besides Chicago (AL), LaRoche also played for Atlanta, Pittsburgh, and Arizona.
Adam LaRoche made it to second base after hitting a single for the Chicago White Sox last July 21, in a game against the St. Louis Cardinals at U.S. Cellular Field.
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This (or that) year's
January 10, 2016 ~ Cooperstown calls Griffey, Piazza
January 17, 2016 ~ ABC field trip to Highland (& Bath!) County
January 21, 2016 ~ R.I.P. Glenn Frey
January 26, 2016 ~ Sweet Briar College is saved!
January 31, 2016 ~ Presidential campaign begins
February 6, 2016 ~ Fall bird migration season 2015
February 20, 2016 ~ Life bird: Virginia Rail!
February 21, 2016 ~ 2016 primaries: populists propel polarization
March 10, 2016 ~ Yes, another Wrigley Field update!
March 26, 2016 ~ Trump triumphs, Republican Party implodes
April 4, 2016 ~ Opening Day(s) in America, 2016! (& Sportsman's Park update)
April 18, 2016 ~ R.I.P. Alan L. Clem
April 21, 2016 ~ Flying out to So. Dak. (& back)
April 30, 2016 ~ Trump & Clinton take commanding leads
April 30, 2016 ~ Migration season reaches peak
May 7, 2016 ~ Trump secures victory; Sanders fights on
May 21, 2016 ~ ABC field trip to Reddish Knob
June 7, 2016 ~ ABC field trip to Highland County
June 9, 2016 ~ FOD [first-of-decade] Prothonotary Warblers!
June 14, 2016 ~ Birding on Hite Hollow Road
June 16, 2016 ~ Holy $#!+ -- Nationals win big showdown with Cubs
July 1, 2016 ~ Nationals sweep the Mets, widen NL East lead
July 3, 2016 ~ Kentucky Warblers, and more!
July 8, 2016 ~ Soras breeding in the Valley!
July 13, 2016 ~ Redistricting reform movement is growing
July 16, 2016 ~ The Nationals' starting rotation
August 5, 2016 ~ New page: Stadium profiles!
August 7, 2016 ~ Magical mushroom tour*
September 7, 2016 ~ To the northeast: Baseball road trip, 2016
September 18, 2016 ~ East by Northeast: Big city scenery travelogue
September 25, 2016 ~ Nationals win National League East Division
September 27, 2016 ~ Lucky! 13 warblers on Betsy Bell Hill
October 2, 2016 ~ Nationals' regular season ends on a high note
October 5, 2016 ~ Shenandoah National Park birding (II)
October 14, 2016 ~ Nationals flinch, Dodgers advance to NLCS
October 14, 2016 ~ Shenandoah National Park getaway
October 16, 2016 ~ World War II aircraft show (II)
October 25, 2016 ~ Holy cow: Cubs beat Dodgers, win NL pennant!
November 3, 2016 ~ The Cubs win the World Series!!!
November 4, 2016 ~ New month arrives, & new birds too
November 6, 2016 ~ Campaign 2016 grinds to a nasty, ugly end
Blog highlights have been compiled for the years 2010-2012 thus far, and eventually will be compiled for earlier years, back to 2002.
The "home made" blog organization system that I created was instituted on November 1, 2004, followed by several functional enhancements in subsequent years. I make no more than one blog post per day on any one category, so some posts may cover multiple news items or issues. Blog posts appear in the following (reverse alphabetical) order, which may differ from the chronological order in which the posts were originally made:
- Wild birds (LAST)
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- Latin America
- Culture & Travel
- Canaries ("Home birds")
- Baseball (FIRST)
Also see: My blog practices.
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