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Written by Joe Tetreault | 03 January 2011

FIXING BASEBALL Economist Jonathan Halket offered a three point plan to fix baseball at the Hardball Times last week. I'll happily endorse the removal of public financing from stadiums. Ending that measure of corporate welfare is an obvious fix. However, relegation strikes me as an obvious failure of imagination.

Baseball doesn't have a problem with competition, it has a problem with competency.  The Rays have the worst stadium in baseball, they have revenues that would make even the most miserly owner pucker in fear. And yet in the last three seasons they have made the playoffs twice and got all the way to the World Series.  If they can compete, in the same division as the Red Sox and Yankees spending two and three times what they can in the most generous of circumstances, then any team can and should.  Baseball has a problem of competence, not competition.

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Written by Joe Tetreault | 31 December 2010

PLINKETT!!! Revel in the awesomeness no comments

Written by Joe Tetreault | 31 December 2010

WHY CABLE IS DOOMED This is hardly the only reason, just another in a long series of reasons. When you provide telecommunications services and your company cannot adequately communicate internally, people begin to question your capacity to function.  It would be like Dell taking orders by phone and fax, but not online for their PCs. The hassles I went through trying to get AT&T Uverse set up when I lived in Stamford, because the website, the stores and the phone support all had different ideas of whether the services was available where I lived.  So it is not a cable only problem. But it is bound to increase cord cutting as time progresses. no comments

Written by Joe Tetreault | 31 December 2010

RAISE A GLASS TO RING IN THE NEW YEAR Let us toast JC Bradbury as he departs from blogging

And as an added bonus, let us toast Jonah Keri at the end of his eleven and a half year run at IBD.

Thanks to both for many great reads over the years and may their work continue to enjoy a prominent place in baseball and economic circles.

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Written by Joe Tetreault | 30 December 2010

AND CT RESIDENTS THOUGHT THIS WEEKEND WAS A BIG SNOW JOB

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Written by Joe Tetreault | 30 December 2010

NOW WITH 100% MORE SURGEON GENERAL WARNINGS

Oney Guillen's Tweeting harmful to Sox

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Written by Joe Tetreault | 30 December 2010

MORE ZERO TOLERANCE IDIOCY

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Written by Joe Tetreault | 30 December 2010

GODSPEED BILL LAJOIE Murray Chass remembers baseball's honest man. no comments

Written by Joe Tetreault | 30 December 2010

THE FUTURE DOMAIN OF HOBBYISTS TJIC is absolutely right. Eventually photog snobs will sniff that Kodachrome was always preferable to digital for clarity of images, much like music snobs sniffed about vinyl in the nineties. Nothing sells like nostalgia, the familiar feel of what once ours when once we were young. It's why the Wii gets plenty of Super Mario Brothers downloads, and why you can still get a Sega Genesis on Amazon.

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Written by Joe Tetreault | 30 December 2010

CREDIT WHERE IT IS DUE 30 for 30 is pretty damn nifty. That doesn't get you off the hook, ESPN, but it helps.

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