Daily Archives: March 15, 2016
Tyler White is not a name that many baseball fans are familiar with, but it’s time to change that. He was drafted in the 33rd round of the 2013 MLB draft out of Western Carolina University by the Houston Astros. He stands 5’11 and weighs 225 pounds. He may not be the biggest first baseman you have ever seen, but this guy can flat out hit. He has a very athletic and opened stance at the plate, which helps him cover the inside half of the plate very efficiently (see video in link below). Tyler White is currently in an intense battle for the starting first base job for the Houston Astros in 2016 against Jon Singleton, Matt Duffy, A.J. Reed, and dark-horse Preston Tucker. To read more analysis on the Houston Astros first base battle, please click the link below:
Earlier this week, some of the league’s biggest superstars spoke out on how the culture of baseball needs to change. This charge was lead by players such as Bryce Harper, Jose Bautista, Jose Fernandez, Chris Archer, Carlos Correa, and Yoenis Cespedes. All of these players have one thing in common, they love to show emotion on the field. Unfortunately, the culture of baseball frowns upon those who celebrate too much following a home run or pumping their fist after a big strikeout. Perhaps the game would be even more exciting if there was more emotion on the field by other players, but as for now, this is not the norm. To hear more about the analysis from the players, please click the link below:
When I was growing up on the Minnesota side of the St. Croix River about 70 miles north of the Twin Cities and just starting to follow baseball in the late 1950’s we had no TV at home so my sources of information about baseball were the radio, the Minneapolis and St. Paul newspapers and eventually The Sporting News. My parents were not sports fans and they pretty much felt that my interest in baseball was a waste of time that could be put to better use by doing more tasks around the dairy farm that we lived on.
For those of you that were raised on a dairy farm you know how hard the work can be. You started and finished each and every day in the barn milking the cows. You probably got up about 5 AM and went to bed between 10 PM and 11 PM before you started the process all over again the next day. There is no such thing as an eight-hour day, a sick day, a holiday or a week-end, every day is the same, work on a dairy farm is relentless.