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

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The Commissioner - Baseball Fever Administrator
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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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g. It is important to remember that many contextual clues available in face-to-face discussion, such as tone of voice and facial expression, are lost in the electronic forum. As a poster, try to be alert for phrasing that might be misinterpreted by your audience to be offensive; as a reader, remember to give the benefit of the doubt and not to take umbrage too easily. There are many instances in which a particular choice of words or phrasing can come across as being a personal attack where none was intended.

h. The netiquette described above (a-g) often uses the term "posts", but applies equally to Private Messages.

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A Link to your Baseball Fever Blog does not require written consent and is recommended
Quotes must be attributed. Non-baseball quotes are permissible as long as they are not religious or political

Please adhere to these rules when you create your signature. Failure to do so will result in a request to comply by a moderator. If you do not comply within a reasonable amount of time, the signature will be removed and / or edited by an Administrator. Baseball Fever reserves the right to edit and / or remove any or all of your signature line at any time without contacting the account holder.

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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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When a post is submitted to Baseball Fever, it is forwarded by the server automatically and seen immediately. The moderator may:
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b. Immediately delete the thread as inappropriate for Baseball Fever. Examples include advertising, personal attacks, or spam. This is the case 1% of the time.

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.

d. Edit the message due to an inappropriate item. This is the case 1% of the time. There have been new users who will make a wonderful post, then add to their signature line (where your name / handle appears) a tagline that is a pure advertisement. This tagline will be removed, a note will be left in the message so he/she is aware of the edit, and personal contact will be made to the poster telling them what has been edited and what actions need to be taken to prevent further edits.

The moderators perform no checks on posts to verify factual or logical accuracy. While he/she may point out gross errors in factual data in replies to the thread, the moderator does not act as an "accuracy" editor. Also moderation is not a vehicle for censorship of individuals and/or opinions, and the moderator's decisions should not be taken personally.

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  • Originally posted by GiambiJuice View Post
    Depending on whom you ask, Satchel Paige might've faced Babe Ruth at some point. He definitely faced Mantle in the Major Leagues, and Mantle got the best of that matchup, batting .800 (4 for 5).
    I need to qualify my statement to say that Benton was the only pitcher in an official Major League game.I remember Buck O`Neil stating that Satchel did face the Babe in an exhibition game in Chicago around 1938(long after Ruth had retired).O`Neil said that Ruth hit a monster blast to center his first time up.Buck said that was probably the only time in his life Satchel was speechless as he silently watched the flight of the blast.

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    • In 1906, Red Sox pitcher Joe Harris performs the unusual feat of umpiring and playing on consecutive days. On August 23, St. Louis and Boston were set to play a game in Boston, with Winter pitching for Boston and Powell for St. Louis. No umpire turned up, so Harris was pressed into service as the base umpire. St. Louis won the game, 3-1. Harris pitched the next day, losing his 17th game of the year.
      "You can't hit what you can't see" - Walter "Big Train" Johnson

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      • The record for the most hits in a MLB game by a player who didn’t start the game is held by Tom Paciorek, of the Chicago White Sox.
        Coming into the May 8, 1984 game against the Milwaukee Brewers as a replacement left fielder, Paciorek recorded 5 hits in 9 at-bats during the 25-inning marathon.
        "You can't hit what you can't see" - Walter "Big Train" Johnson

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        • Mack Jones played ten seasons in the majors, posting a good 120 Adjusted OPS+. With a home run off Nelson Briles on April 14, 1969, Jones hit the first ever home run in major league baseball in Canada - in fact the first ever hit outside of the United States.
          Your Second Base Coach
          Garvey, Lopes, Russell, and Cey started 833 times and the Dodgers went 498-335, for a .598 winning percentage. That’s equal to a team going 97-65 over a season. On those occasions when at least one of them missed his start, the Dodgers were 306-267-1, which is a .534 clip. That works out to a team going 87-75. So having all four of them added 10 wins to the Dodgers per year.
          http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p5hCIvMule0

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          • In his first full season, Carlton Fisk tied for the league lead in triples. No catcher has led the league in that category since.

            I'm not sure if any catcher did it before him...
            My top 10 players:

            1. Babe Ruth
            2. Barry Bonds
            3. Ty Cobb
            4. Ted Williams
            5. Willie Mays
            6. Alex Rodriguez
            7. Hank Aaron
            8. Honus Wagner
            9. Lou Gehrig
            10. Mickey Mantle

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            • Originally posted by GiambiJuice View Post
              In his first full season, Carlton Fisk tied for the league lead in triples. No catcher has led the league in that category since.

              I'm not sure if any catcher did it before him...
              Tim McCarver in 1966 led the NL outright with 13, one more than teammate Lou Brock.
              "Heck, all I got was a $100 check. I should have kept it and framed it, but I had to eat".

              Infielder Bob Hegman, when asked if he received a World Series ring for playing one inning of one game with the World
              Champion 1985 Kansas City Royals.

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              • Originally posted by GiambiJuice View Post
                In his first full season, Carlton Fisk tied for the league lead in triples. No catcher has led the league in that category since.

                I'm not sure if any catcher did it before him...
                Buck Ewing
                Mythical SF Chronicle scouting report: "That Jeff runs like a deer. Unfortunately, he also hits AND throws like one." I am Venus DeMilo - NO ARM! I can play like a big leaguer, I can field like Luzinski, run like Lombardi. The secret to managing is keeping the ones who hate you away from the undecided ones. I am a triumph of quantity over quality. I'm almost useful, every village needs an idiot.
                Good traders: MadHatter(2), BoofBonser26, StormSurge

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                • Originally posted by Spindlebrook View Post
                  Tim McCarver in 1966 led the NL outright with 13, one more than teammate Lou Brock.
                  Yep,as a matter of fact he led the Majors that year.

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                  • If 1884 counts, Ewing led the NL with 20 that year.
                    Born to an age where horror has become commonplace, where tragedy has, by its monotonous repetition, become a parody of sorrow, we need to fence off a few parks where humans try to be fair, where skill has some hope of reward, [and] where absurdity has a harder time than usual getting a ticket." -- Thomas Boswell, 1984

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                    • While pitching in the minor leagues in 1923, Iron Joe McGinnity went 15-12 in 42 appearances...at the age of 52. He tossed 206 innings and allowed only 44 walks.

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                      • Originally posted by Cowtipper View Post
                        While pitching in the minor leagues in 1923, Iron Joe McGinnity went 15-12 in 42 appearances...at the age of 52. He tossed 206 innings and allowed only 44 walks.
                        I always thought he died at a young age. Never knew he pitched so long.
                        "(Shoeless Joe Jackson's fall from grace is one of the real tragedies of baseball. I always thought he was more sinned against than sinning." -- Connie Mack

                        "I have the ultimate respect for Whitesox fans. They were as miserable as the Cubs and Redsox fans ever were but always had the good decency to keep it to themselves. And when they finally won the World Series, they celebrated without annoying every other fan in the country."--Jim Caple, ESPN (Jan. 12, 2011)

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                        • Don Kolloway is the only player on record with 2 home runs and 4 stolen bases in a single game. In fact no other player on record even had 2 home runs and 3 stolen bases in the same game.

                          Kolloway finished with totals of 29 home runs and and 76 stolen bases in his 12 year career.

                          http://www.baseball-reference.com/bo...94106280.shtml
                          My top 10 players:

                          1. Babe Ruth
                          2. Barry Bonds
                          3. Ty Cobb
                          4. Ted Williams
                          5. Willie Mays
                          6. Alex Rodriguez
                          7. Hank Aaron
                          8. Honus Wagner
                          9. Lou Gehrig
                          10. Mickey Mantle

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                          • The last time a batter led the league in slugging percentage with a mark below .500 was 1945, when Snuffy Stirnweiss paced the AL with a .476 percentage.

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                            • A few gems from Jayson Stark:

                              Jonathan Lucroy had two seven-RBI games in 2012, which is two more than Chipper Jones had in his entire 2,499-game career.

                              Aaron Hill hit for the cycle twice in a span of 10 games in 2012. All 767 San Diego Padres that have batted have zero.

                              On August 1, the Mets had an inning in which they got three walks, a hit batter, and three stolen bases - but didn't score.

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                              • Last year, lefty Angels batters faced lefty pitchers a total of eight times. Next fewest for any team was 292.

                                (from blogger Jeff Sullivan)
                                My top 10 players:

                                1. Babe Ruth
                                2. Barry Bonds
                                3. Ty Cobb
                                4. Ted Williams
                                5. Willie Mays
                                6. Alex Rodriguez
                                7. Hank Aaron
                                8. Honus Wagner
                                9. Lou Gehrig
                                10. Mickey Mantle

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