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Thursday, November 18, 2010

Players and coaches revisited

When I started this blog back in late December, I wasn't exactly sure what form it would take.

I knew there would be stats. Baseball-Reference and its infinite home runs, batting averages and ERAs, sees to that. But I also knew there might be other gems out there on the Web about these players that might just be a Google search away.

As I went on, I kept finding more and more information on these players. It ended up being enough to write veritable articles on their playing careers. Helping along greatly in that realization was Google News Archive. I could cull enough information from there, put it together and link back to stories others might never search for.

It was about March or so where the blog settled into its current format. Rather than some of the first-person pieces I wrote early on, things moved toward something I was more comfortable with, something that could be a straight news article.

Given that, I've decided to essentially redo the original couple months worth of posts. If the randomizer picks a player that is in need of being redone, it will be. This comes up today because the randomizer picked card 679, that being one-time Louisville Redbirds pitching coach Mark Riggins.

I originally wrote about Riggins Jan. 25, focusing on his coaching of Rick Ankiel. But it was a brief post, worthy of getting another look.

When these redos come up, the CMC Tally should stay the same. But I'll also look at that again. My definition of major leaguer has changed slightly, as well. The problem comes with the coaches, managers and trainers. What makes them a major leaguer?

For Riggins, I initially had him slated as not making the majors. He had a brief playing career where he didn't make the majors. But, as a coach, he made St. Louis in 1995. He was a coach in the majors, something I didn't take into account in his first tally calculation.

One other addition, I think I'll start adding a "<" to the tally lines that change, just to make it easier to identify the change made for that day.

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