Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Odin's Day Oddity

February is still too early to panic, right?  Oh well, maybe it's still time to swing for the fences.

Monday, February 27, 2012

Monday Minutiæ

When dealing with a serious story like the Ryan Braun drug test, it's important to keep things in perspective and not blow things out of proportion.

Since the news broke that Braun won his appeal and won't be suspended for 50 games, the main contention against Braun has been that he still tested positive but escaped consequences due to a technicality.  Proponents of this contention say that the forty-four hour delay in submission doesn't alter the integrity of the testing process, and therefore Braun is dirty--which among other things means his 2011 NL MVP award is dirty. 

That knee-jerk reaction has one enormous assumption--that the forty-four hour delay had no effect whatsoever on the results of the tests.  I'm not sure that average baseball fans know enough about chemistry/toxicology to safely rely on such a critical assumption.  Personally, I do know that urine is a waste product of the body, and therefore much different than blood when it comes to toxicology tests.  One thing I don't know is the rate at which epitestosterone breaks down in a urine sample.  That seems to be an important factor in the science of steroid testing, no?

Since we are talking about scientific processes here, let's keep in mind that reproducibility is one of the main principles of the scientific method.  If the extended delay really did alter the result of Braun's test, it would be scientifically reproducible.  Right? 

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Saturday Shuuto

Wendy Thurm's take.

Ryan Braun's take:

Friday, February 24, 2012

The Inner Uriah Heep

Dave Cameron at Fangraphs writes:
This is the unfortunate power of confirmation bias. As humans, we often take incomplete bits of information and force them into a predetermined world view because they reinforce our current belief system, and we’re wired to want to be right about things. So, despite the fact that we’re often handed pieces of information that should fall far short of being the basis for a strong opinion, we take that information as evidence that the thing we already believed to be true is indeed true, and we fortify our opinions to the point where our conclusions far outstrip what actual evidence we have.
In Colorado, a two hour delay in specimen collection is enough to get a Driving Under the Influence Per Se charge dismissed. Did you know that?

Friday Fathomings

Why can't every game broadcast be like this?

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Highlights from my first pack of 2012

Eric Hosmer isn't the only PFBL favorite that I pulled.

It's that time again...Valentine's Day! My lovely wife Kristi bought me a double pack of Topps 2012. Don't worry, I returned the favor. I personally delivered flowers and chocolates to her at work. Since this was my first pack of Topps 2012, I thought I might share with you, loyal OSITF readers, some of the cool cards I pulled.  Click any card to enlarge.

6 days till pitchers and catchers report...

They don't call it the evil empire for nothing!
[Rated PG-13 for some adult language]

Happy Valentine's Day from OSITF!

Saturday, February 11, 2012

It's Baseball Season!

Thank you football, I've never been more glad to turn my attention to baseball.

As Rogers Hornsby said, "People ask me what I do in winter when there's no baseball. I'll tell you what I do. I stare out the window and wait for spring."

Well Mr. Hornsby, from my vantage point the sun is shining bright and the snow is melting, even though it's still falling, but hey, that's Spring time in Colorado for you.

9 days till pitchers and catchers report...

Thursday, February 9, 2012

11 days till pitchers and catchers report...

If the Oakland A's move to San Jose, they will play in Cisco Field. Now where have I heard that name associated with baseball? ...oh yeah, that was it.

Monday, February 6, 2012

14 days till pitchers and catchers report...

If you were on the edge of your seat like me, you can bid on José's dreads.

Friday, February 3, 2012

17 days till pitchers and catchers report...

Looks like the Marlins are making good progress on the construction of their mini-golf course baseball stadium.