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Cleveland Indians and Attendance

Having a winning team will help the Cleveland Indians and next year should be their turn-around year. But, it may not help them in attendance, Cleveland schools opened August 10th this year the second week in August. That’s about the standard time every year. One could argue they get out early in May. But, those of us who live in the northern part of the USA know most years the weather in May is, iffy. Ballpark attendance for the cold weather teams does not rise until June.
As for it still being August and, sunset in Cleveland after 8 p.m even into September it’s still a school night, parents do not want to take their kids to weeknight games.

My Tribute To Mickey Mantle Who Passed Away 20 Years Ago Today

 Spring Training 1951

Spring Training 1951 Photographer Ozzie Sweet Registered Copyright Holder Paul Plaine Ballpark Prints LLC

Cover Shot for Sport Magazine March 1960  Photographer Ozzie Sweet  Registered Copyright Holder Paul Plaine Ballpark Prints LLC

Cover Shot for Sport Magazine March 1960
Photographer Ozzie Sweet Registered Copyright Holder Paul Plaine Ballpark Prints LLC

 

 Mickey Mantle 1960 Photographer Ozzie Sweet Registered Copyright Holder Paul Plaine Ballpark Prints LLC

Mickey Mantle 1960 Photographer Ozzie Sweet Registered Copyright Holder Paul Plaine Ballpark Prints LLC

Mickey Mantle 1964 Photographer Ozzie Sweet  Registered Copyright Holder Paul Plaine Ballpark Prints LLC

Mickey Mantle 1964 Photographer Ozzie Sweet Registered Copyright Holder Paul Plaine Ballpark Prints LLC

The trades you don’t make are your best ones.

Today in the media it is evaluation day of who is the winners and losers in MLB’s annual July 31st trading deadline. Watching the 4 pm countdown yesterday on Fox Sports (I’m on the Jersey Shore in rented beach house) and seeing my team the NY Yankees standing pat made me very happy. My first thoughts were of that old baseball adage. “The trades you don’t make are your best ones.”(1)

I am 100% a fan of baseball and enjoy watching games of all the teams, and all that goes on from the fall Hot Stove League to the August Waiver Wire, and everything in between. I just love it.

After the 4 pm deadline that is 4:15 pm as the commissioner office needs that extra 15 minutes to approve last of the last minute deals. Then the conversation starts who won who lost. After reviewing all the transactions, it struck me that the players being traded were for minor leagues who are not the front-line prospect, as one would expect.

But all of the stories surrounding the Yankees and trades it was only about their rated front-line prospects, and late last night 21 year Luis Severino one of the prospects every team wanted was called up. He’s scheduled to make his major league debut Tuesday night. I expect a lot of second-guessing from the media and fans next Wednesday.

As of today, the Blue Jays who were voted this year’s trading deadline winners are 6-games behind the Yankees, so should all know by the end of this season if standing pat was the right decision.

1- The trades you don’t make are the best ones.
Attributed to Branch Rickey and also Bill Veeck

Sports Illustrated Lays Off Entire Photography Department

Reprinted article from The Huffington Post by Catherine Taibi
When I started out in photography in 1971 working in commercial studios while attending photography school, Sports Illustrated was a job you dreamed about. A few others were Life, Look and Smithsonian Magazine. As my career path changed slightly I ended up working with these great magazines and photographers. Seeing this news as a photographer just saddens me. 
SPORTS ILLUSTRATED 2014

2015 Team Spring Training Pitchers & Catchers Report Dates

1970 Washington Senators

1970 Washington Senators

 

Spring Training 2015 is 30 days away let the countdown begin. I will be leaving February 24th with a two-day stop in Washington DC to visit US Copyright office. My other countdown is after two years this coming Monday we will be  moving into our new place in Bronxville NY. It is going be such a relief not thinking about real estate properties.

In 1970 Sport magazine hired Ozzie Sweet to photograph spring training and spend a little extra time shooting the Washington Senators two new players Denny McLain and Curt Flood. Plus shoot Ted Williams for the cover of the spring training issue.

Over the next 30 days, I will be posting images from Ozzie Sweet and my spring training trips.

 

2015 Cactus League Reporting Dates

Team Pitchers & Catchers First Workout Position Players First Workout Location
Angels February 19 February 20 February 24 February 25 Tempe
A’s February 19 February 20 February 24 February 25 Mesa
Brewers February 20 February 22 February 25 February 26 Maryvale
Cubs February 19 February 20 February 24 February 25 Mesa
Diamondbacks February 19 February 20 February 24 February 25 Scottsdale
Dodgers February 19 February 20 February 25 February 26 Glendale
Giants February 18 February 19 February 23 February 24 Scottsdale
Indians February 18 February 20 February 22 February 24 Goodyear
Mariners February 20 February 21 February 24 February 25 Peoria
Padres February 19 February 20 February 24 February 25 Peoria
Rangers February 20 February 21 February 25 February 26 Surprise
Reds February 18 February 19 February 23 February 24 Goodyear
Rockies February 20 February 21 February 27 Scottsdale
Royals February 19 February 20 February 24 February 25 Surprise
White Sox February 19 February 20 February 24 Glendale

2015 Grapefruit League Reporting Dates

Team Pitchers & Catchers First Workout Position Players First Workout Location
Astros February 20 February 21 February 24 February 25 Kissimmee
Blue Jays February 23 February 27 Dunedin
Braves February 20 February 21 February 25 February 26 Orlando
Cardinals February 19 February 20 February 24 February 25 Jupiter
Marlins February 20 February 20 February 24 February 24 Jupiter
Mets February 19 February 21 February 24 February 26 Port St. Lucie
Nationals February 19 February 21 February 24 February 26 Viera
Orioles February 19 February 20 February 24 February 25 Sarasota
Phillies February 18 February 19 February 23 February 24 Clearwater
Pirates February 18 February 19 February 23 February 24 Bradenton
Rays February 22 February 23 February 27 February 28 Port Charlotte
Red Sox February 20 February 21 February 24 February 25 Fort Myers
Tigers February 19 February 20 February 23 February 24 Lakeland
Twins February 22 February 23 February 27 February 28 Fort Myers
Yankees February 20 February 21 February 25 February 26 Tampa

 

New Year and My Hall of Fame Ballot

It’s that time of the year when we make New Year resolutions. I always try to think of something that’s a self-improvement that becomes part of my life, i.e. like making the bed every morning before I head out to my studio. Last year’s resolutions were each month to make one new meal that we never did before and to blog once a week. Well, we had 12 exciting new dinner meals, on the blogging front I started off strong but because of  other commitments I trailed off. So this year I will recommit myself to first blogging on a regular base and expand from their.

 

If I had a Vote

 

Player                     Vote                        Year

†Rich Aurilia                                             1st

Jeff Bagwell                 √                            5th

Craig Biggio               √                             3rd

Barry Bonds               √                             3rd

†Aaron Boone                                             1st

†Tony Clark                                                1st

Roger Clemens            √                            3rd

†Carlos Delgado                                          1st

†Jermaine Dye                                             1st

†Darin Erstad                                               1st

†Cliff Floyd                                                   1st

†Nomar Garciaparra                                   1st

†Brian Giles                                                  1st

†Tom Gordon                                               1st

†Eddie Guardado                                          1st

†Randy Johnson                  √                       1st

Jeff Kent                                                        2nd

Edgar Martínez                                             6th

†Pedro Martínez                √                         1st

Don Mattingly                                              15th

Fred McGriff                                                  6th

Mark McGwire                                              9th

Mike Mussina                    √                         2nd

†Troy Percival                                                 1st

Mike Piazza                        √                           3rd

Tim Raines                          √                          8th

Curt Schilling                                                  3rd

†Jason Schmidt                                                1st

†Gary Sheffield                                                1st

Lee Smith                                                        13th

†John Smoltz                      √                           1st

Sammy Sosa                                                     3rd

Alan Trammell                                               14th

Larry Walker                                                     5th

Tomorrow at 1pm we will find out how the BBWAA  voted  

5¢ A Pack A Lifetime Of Fun

Sy Berger creator of Topps Baseball Cards passed away Sunday December 14.
To this day every spring I drive to the store when Topps Baseball Cards go on sale and buy a few packs sit in my car and open them. Not because I’m a collector (anymore) but because it still gives me a feeling of being a kid again. Thank you Sy Berger for a lifetime of fun.

 

 

Sy Berger'  2004 Topps Bseball Card

Sy Berger’ 2004 Topps Bseball Card

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Is the Hall of Fame tarnishing the Golden Era?

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Why isn’t Jim Kaat in the Baseball Hall of Fame?

Originally posted on Kaat's Korner:

Wow! What a backlash from friends, current Hall of Famers, baseball fans from all teams and all areas of the country. I wish I could personally thank you for your sentiments and well wishes. I want to say up front that this post is not intended to be one of bitterness, disappointment or “sour grapes.” I have a wonderful life, had a wonderful career and whether I have a plaque in Cooperstown — though a very high honor — will not have any affect on me personally.

I understand the process and I understand the difficulty to receive 75 percent of the votes necessary for induction. I told friends I guessed I would get 10 votes — maybe 11 at the most and possibly as few as eight. I embrace the process, having been through it a few times. I am a big horse racing enthusiast, like my friend, the…

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