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Baseball Fever Policy

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This announcement describes the policies pertaining to the operation of Baseball Fever.

Baseball Fever is a moderated baseball message board which encourages and facilitates research and information exchange among fans of our national pastime. The intent of the Baseball Fever Policy is to ensure that Baseball Fever remains an extremely high quality, extremely low "noise" environment.

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And a group of forum specific super moderators. The role of the moderator is to keep Baseball Fever smoothly and to screen posts for compliance with our policy. The moderators are ALL volunteer positions, so please be patient and understanding of any delays you might experience in correspondence.

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This document was based on a similar policy used by SABR.

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It is considered appropriate to post a URL to a page which specifically and directly answers a question posted on the list (for example, it would be permissible to post a link to a page containing home-road splits, even on a site which has advertising or other commercial content; however, it would not be appropriate to post the URL of the main page of the site). The site reserves the right to limit the frequency of such announcements by any individual or group.

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c. Move the thread. If a member makes a post about the Marlins in the Yankees forum it will be moved to the appropriate forum. This is the case 3% of the time.

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  • Originally posted by HollandsComet View Post
    I keep hoping someone will bring back the old Longines clock at one or more of the current ballparks. I always thought they added a nice touch of class...
    those clocks were sales devises then.
    mechanical devises like these are too expensive these days and wouldn't appeal to the apple zombe generation...
    Last edited by Paul W; 01-20-2012, 05:52 PM.
    the turd in the punchbowl
    reality really sucks.
    enjoy the game more...

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    • Lotta loudspeaker horns to get the message across in this Redland/Crosley shot from 1932-1934.

      Last edited by alpineinc; 01-20-2012, 06:24 PM.
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      • Speaking of Cincy, this is pretty neat. 9/27/1968, and the Reds are already prepared for expansion the following year, with "'69" listed for the new clubs already. And it looks like the $100 bonus for hitting the sausage ad is not extended to the visitors.



        http://www.legendaryauctions.com/Lot...x?lotid=115628
        Last edited by alpineinc; 01-20-2012, 06:48 PM.
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        • Originally posted by alpineinc View Post
          Speaking of Cincy, this is pretty neat. 9/27/1968, and the Reds are already prepared for expansion the following year, with "'69" listed for the new clubs already.
          That is awesome! I love it!
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          Archie Bunker: All I can tell you, Edith, is I'm surprised at you! Dragging me off to a moving picture like that! It was absolutely disgusting!
          Edith Bunker: Well, I'm sorry, Archie, how was I to know? I thought it was a religious picture, "Cardinal Knowledge!"

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          • Here's a scoreboard comparison at Crosley between 1967 and 1968. Images staggered to line the scoreboards up horizontally.

            "National" and "American" removed, and the stats headers just moved up, but looks like the top score areas in each column do not have actual manual openings to change letters/numbers yet - looks like the '69 teams are just painted on the big board at this point.

            All sponsors are the same except for David's Buffet - and whoever gets that lower left ad get the bonus of "It's A Hit" as well, lighting up on every official scorer's decision.


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            • Originally posted by alpineinc View Post
              Here's a scoreboard comparison at Crosley between 1967 and 1968. Images staggered to line the scoreboards up horizontally.

              "National" and "American" removed, and the stats headers just moved up, but looks like the top score areas in each column do not have actual manual openings to change letters/numbers yet - looks like the '69 teams are just painted on the big board at this point.

              All sponsors are the same except for David's Buffet - and whoever gets that lower left ad get the bonus of "It's A Hit" as well, lighting up on every official scorer's decision.


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              The above right photo is from Friday, September 27, 1968, during the final series of the season (the Giants would win a 15-inning marathon 3-2). The expansion teams apparently weren't there the whole season, however, the one below is from Sunday, June 9 during a doubleheader (Cards 10-8, Reds 7-6 in 12). No expansion teams there, and the league names are red and green instead of yellow as they were in 1967.



              BTW, the top left photo is from a Sunday, July 30, 1967 doubleheader (Cubs 8-4, Reds 3-2). ... I also just noticed that for the out-of-town scores, the inning numbers are not centered, but move up and down to designate top or bottom of the inning.
              Last edited by mjrbaseball; 01-21-2012, 02:39 PM.
              mjrbaseball

                 Now batting ... the center fielder ... number 7 ... Mickey ... Mantle ... number 7.  

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              • Originally posted by alpineinc View Post
                How about an 1890 patent with sketches of electric scoreboard prototypes! Interesting stuff indeed.





                http://www.legendaryauctions.com/Lot...x?lotid=117487
                This reminds me of what they had in the movie 8 men out when people weren't at the game in person.
                The one constant through all the years, Ray, has been baseball. America has rolled by like an army of steamrollers. It has been erased like a blackboard, rebuilt and erased again. But baseball has marked the time.

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                • out of town scoreboard showing football information



                  here is a football stadium showing the out of town scores
                  in what was the new meadowland stadium,
                  now officially call Met Life Stadium and

                  in 2012 it will unofficially be called GIANT STADIUM
                  IMG_0814--nfl_medium_540_360.jpg
                  and a photo of the shea stadium scoreboard
                  showing the score of the ny jets football game (lower right)

                  photo credit for shea scoreboard=gary dunaier flickr.com
                  Last edited by drdg; 01-22-2012, 09:13 PM.
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                  • Wow

                    talk about a wow factor
                    the baseball scoreboards went from having basic information
                    history here
                    http://www.mentalfloss.com/blogs/archives/58720
                    to a new HD video screen like the one in texas
                    that can show a live portion, a recorded portion,a grahic portion
                    and give you the line score all in one
                    like 4 screens in one and picture in picture and ads
                    Last edited by drdg; 02-26-2012, 09:18 PM.
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                    • Maybe I am getting old, but I don't see any "wow factor". That presentation seems to be more of a distraction than an enhancement. (And the P.A. announcer is way over the top.)

                      I miss Bob Sheppard.
                      Last edited by mjrbaseball; 02-27-2012, 02:03 PM.
                      mjrbaseball

                         Now batting ... the center fielder ... number 7 ... Mickey ... Mantle ... number 7.  

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                      • oops double post
                        Last edited by mjrbaseball; 02-27-2012, 02:00 PM.
                        mjrbaseball

                           Now batting ... the center fielder ... number 7 ... Mickey ... Mantle ... number 7.  

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                        • Originally posted by mjrbaseball View Post
                          Maybe I am getting old, but I don't see any "wow factor". That presentation seems to be more of a distraction than an enhancement. (And the P.A. announcer is way over the top.)

                          I miss Bob Sheppard.
                          well said!
                          the turd in the punchbowl
                          reality really sucks.
                          enjoy the game more...

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                          • Here's a preview image of the new scoreboard coming to Comerica Park for the 2012 season:
                            Tigers_500.jpg

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                            • Suggested guidelines:

                              The line score of the game in progress must be the most prominent feature of the scoreboard, and must remain visible from 5 minutes before the scheduled first pitch until 15 minutes following the end of the game. The number of the player at bat, along with the ball-strike-out count, must be displayed in an area adjacent to the line score.
                              mjrbaseball

                                 Now batting ... the center fielder ... number 7 ... Mickey ... Mantle ... number 7.  

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                              • Originally posted by mjrbaseball View Post
                                Maybe I am getting old, but I don't see any "wow factor". That presentation seems to be more of a distraction than an enhancement. (And the P.A. announcer is way over the top.)

                                I miss Bob Sheppard.
                                I agree. I think the scoreboard shown earlier in the thread from Milwaukee County Stadium in 1957 was better than any of the new digital boards.

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