October 9th, 2013

An introduction

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For as long as I can remember, the first thing I have done every morning is sit down and read about baseball. I invite you to pour a cup of coffee, turn on your computer and check out BERNIE’S BASEBALL WORLD.
My goals are simple. I want us to celebrate baseball together. I want this to be the best baseball blog available. And I’d be honored if you participate. If you wish-please leave comments, suggestions and questions. I’ll always try to respond.

I have lots of opinions on matters of baseball. This will sort of be written from a “stream of consciousness.” I’ll just share what I’m thinking.

Even though I watch baseball all the time, I still see things I’ve never seen before. Like our fingerprints, no two games are alike. Something different happens in every game we watch.

In my opinion, baseball has never been more exciting to watch. Yes, I loved and admired the players and teams of my developing years. But the players today are amazing. I can’t really describe their talent. They’re fearless. They’re mature. And they have more passion than they show. Most love the game as we love the game.

Here are some things that I’m thinking about as I write this:

I’m wondering how happy Shin-Shoo Choo will be in the coming off-season. He is a free agent. Everything went well for him this past season. He hit for average, hit for power, got on base, stole bases, played solid defense and did everything the Reds needed of him as a leadoff hitter. He didn’t get to progress in the postseason, but at least he was there. So many teams can use him. But the price will be steep. Congratulations Mr. Choo.

One of the best trades of the season came when the Indians obtained Yan Gomes and Mike Aviles from Toronto for Esmil Rogers. The trade helped both clubs. All three players figure in the plans for their respective teams next season.

I’m very concerned about the shoulder of Rangers pitcher Alexi Ogando. He just didn’t look like he was finishing his pitches at the end of the season. He looked hurt.

We don’t hear much about him due to the great players on his own team, but Juan Uribe made a fantastic contribution to the Dodgers. Now he has a chance to get another ring. He’s a clutch player and a tremendous asset in the clubhouse.

From a scouting perspective, Hunter Pence doesn’t do anything correctly regarding his hitting and throwing mechanics. But he gets the job done. And done very well. He just looks awkward in the process. What a great year he had.

Josh Donaldson just doesn’t get the credit he is due. Like Adrian Beltre, he flies under the radar. Both are so good. Add Chris Johnson to that list. They just go about their business without much fanfare. All three had great years.

Two players on the Houston Astros I really enjoyed watching this season were left-handed outfielder Marc Krauss and left-handed starter Brett Oberholtzer. They offer their team energy and ability as possible building blocks in specific roles.

The game of baseball is changing so quickly. From the three-run homer, we are moving to great pitching, defense, bunting and gap doubles. It’s every bit as exciting as the long ball. Especially for true baseball fans like us. We just want our teams to have the right recipe for success.

I’ll never quite understand why we get blessed when we sneeze? Sit on an airplane or stand in a crowd of complete strangers. Sneeze. Wait a second. You’re bound to hear, “Bless You.” Thank you. What’s up with that? It’s very kind. And appreciated. But these are complete strangers. I’m just wondering.

A manager can win six or seven games by making the correct in-game roster moves or by handling the bullpen properly. Of course it helps to have good players, but don’t ever think a good manager doesn’t matter.

I use fastball velocity as a guide throughout an entire game. I want to see if velocity has decreased or even increased inning to inning. Command and movement on pitches is still must important, but velocity matters when used in comparison inning to inning.

I find myself doing this: When I meet someone that doesn’t speak English, I tend to speak to them in a much louder voice. Much louder. And they still can’t understand me. What’s up with that? Just a natural reaction, I guess.

Just a hunch. I think if replay is, in fact approved and used, we’ll find the umpires to be correct more than we think.

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I’m done for now. And Welcome To Our World.