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WIth No Fans in Stands, what Does MLB do with Foul Balls

Be Alert for Foul Balls

The amount of foul balls, ball in the dirt cast offs from the catcher and pitchers asking for a new baseball for whatever reason has always made me wonder just how many baseballs are used in one Cubs game. Now, with the pandemic in play, I wondered what they do with all those baseballs…especially since players have nobody in the stands to throw (unless you consider a Patrick Mahomes cardboard cut out an option) inning ending balls to.

Lucky for me, the Chicago Tribune has the in-depth coverage of a foul ball’s destiny in these COVID times.

Some clubs have been more frugal than others when it comes to collecting baseballs. Betts, for instance, took it upon himself to grab that abandoned ball after making a nifty grab in the sixth inning of Thursday night’s season opener against the San Francisco Giants.

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Silhouette Cutting Mat Alternative

I go through Silhouette cutting mats like poop through a goose, it seems, and experienced all of the horror stories imaginable.

  • Loss of stickiness
  • Cut through the mat due to a sharper blade than expected
  • Dog-eared corners due to consistent use

Paying for replacements was driving me up a wall and I found myself using the Silhouette mats longer than I should. Then, a few weeks ago, I caved. I went with a mat from Amazon that was not the Silhouette brand but received decent reviews and it came with three mats instead of the just one.

The brand is Nicapa (never heard of it) and the mats come in a standard 12 x 12 grid perfect for the Cameo. Have to say…I highly recommend these mats! They have all the stick of a Silhouette mat and I have not been able to tell the difference between the two (other than the price). If you hate replacing mats as much as I do, give the Nicapa StandardGrip Cutting Mat for Silhouette Cameo a try.

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When Will Pat Hughes Reach the Hall?

His name is synonymous with the Cubs. A comforting voice through the trials and tribulations of a lengthy Cubs season. Per an article in the Chicago Tribune, is Pat Hughes ready for Hall of Fame induction? Please say it’s so!

So hold off on booking trips to upstate New York for the big party. See who the finalists are in October. Wait for the announcement at baseball’s winter meetings in December to see if he joins the club with Jack Brickhouse, Harry Caray and Bob Elson.

Phil Rosenthal

With Pat and Ron and Len and JD holding down the booths for Cubs radio and tv broadcasts, Cubs fans ave no shortage of talented opinions and voices to listen to. One hall of famer amid the four announcers will surely raise the game of the rest.

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FiveThirtyEight Analyzes the Most Dangerous Foul Balls

In order to be alert for foul balls, it helps to know the most dangerous locations for foul balls to land. Enter FiveThirtyEight. The site analyzed the most dangerous ballpark locations to define where fans need to be most alert. According to the analysis, Camden Yards and PNC Park average the most foul balls per game…meaning fans of the Orioles and Pirates are most in need of being alert for fouls coming their way.

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Stable Genius

President Trump seems to have a different vocabulary for everything. For example, he tweeted that his 45.6 million viewers represented “the highest number” of people in history watching his State of the Union address, whereas the rest of us might consider 48 million and 62 million — the viewers President Obama and President George W. Bush had for theirs — “higher” numbers. Similarly, scientists say burning coal is a pollutant and health hazard, while he calls it “clean” and “beautiful.” He even sees himself as a “stable . . . genius,” and we see, well, him. How would POTUS call Sunday’s Super Bowl? Probably as though it’s an entirely different sport, one that he would call TrumpRulesFootball. Here are his rules.

Boston Globe

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Yankees Know to Be Alert for Foul Balls

In recent news from the Yankees (outside of their free agency signings and announcing Aaron Boone as their new manager), the team is also looking to keep fans safer next season. The Yankees are extending protective netting near the field after a 1-year-old girl was hit with a foul ball last season. Fans should have a reasonable expectation of safety when at the park and not have to constantly be alert for foul balls. Story below:

The New York Yankees announced Wednesday that they will expand protective netting at Yankee Stadium in time for the 2018 opener, months after a young fan was critically injured by a foul ball.

Story from USA Today

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Joey Votto and his foul ball antics

You truly do need to be alert for foul balls when playing the Reds. Joey Votto, or the Dennis Rodman of MLB, is a weird cat that does whatever Votto wants to do. Witness as he takes routine foul ball and launches it upward at Wrigley. Much to the dismay of @lovablewinners

The Official Site of Major League Baseball

Source: Joey Votto took a Kyle Schwarber foul ball and launched it into the Wrigley stands |