Updated Baseball Fever Policy

Baseball Fever Policy

I. Purpose of this announcement:

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.

Baseball Fever is administrated by three principal administrators:
webmaster - Baseball Fever Owner
The Commissioner - Baseball Fever Administrator
Macker - Baseball Fever Administrator

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.

II. Comments about our policy:

Any suggestions on this policy may be made directly to the webmaster.

III. Acknowledgments:

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

IV. Requirements for participation on Baseball Fever:

Participation on Baseball Fever is available to all baseball fans with a valid email address, as verified by the forum's automated system, which then in turn creates a single validated account. Multiple accounts by a single user are prohibited.

By registering, you agree to adhere to the policies outlined in this document and to conduct yourself accordingly. Abuse of the forum, by repeated failure to abide by these policies, will result in your access being blocked to the forum entirely.

V. Baseball Fever Netiquette:

Participants at Baseball Fever are required to adhere to these principles, which are outlined in this section.
a. All posts to Baseball Fever should be written in clear, concise English, with proper grammar and accurate spelling. The use of abbreviations should be kept to a minimum; when abbreviation is necessary, they should be either well-known (such as etc.), or explained on their first use in your post.

b. Conciseness is a key attribute of a good post.

c. Quote only the portion of a post to which you are responding.

d. Standard capitalization and punctuation make a large difference in the readability of a post. TYPING IN ALL CAPITALS is considered to be "shouting"; it is a good practice to limit use of all capitals to words which you wish to emphasize.

e. It is our policy NOT to transmit any defamatory or illegal materials.

f. Personal attacks of any type against Baseball Fever readers will not be tolerated. In these instances the post will be copied by a moderator and/or administrator, deleted from the site, then sent to the member who made the personal attack via a Private Message (PM) along with a single warning. Members who choose to not listen and continue personal attacks will be banned from the site.

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.

VI. Baseball Fever User Signature Policy

A signature is a piece of text that some members may care to have inserted at the end of ALL of their posts, a little like the closing of a letter. You can set and / or change your signature by editing your profile in the UserCP. Since it is visible on ALL your posts, the following policy must be adhered to:

Signature Composition
Font size limit: No larger than size 2 (This policy is a size 2)
Style: Bold and italics are permissible
Character limit: No more than 500 total characters
Lines: No more than 4 lines
Colors: Most colors are permissible, but those which are hard to discern against the gray background (yellow, white, pale gray) should be avoided
Images/Graphics: Allowed, but nothing larger than 20k and Content rules must be followed

Signature Content
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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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Most concisely, the test for whether a post is appropriate for Baseball Fever is: "Does this message discuss our national pastime in an interesting manner?" This post can be direct or indirect: posing a question, asking for assistance, providing raw data or citations, or discussing and constructively critiquing existing posts. In general, a broad interpretation of "baseball related" is used.

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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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VIII. Role of the moderator:

When a post is submitted to Baseball Fever, it is forwarded by the server automatically and seen immediately. The moderator may:
a. Leave the thread exactly like it was submitted. This is the case 95% of the time.

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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Frank Howard was my Man

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  • Frank Howard was my Man

    I'm 46 years old and I remember Frank Howard very well, about 6-7 215 pounds and wore glasses. He could hit some mammoth shots. Too bad he didn't play for a really good team like the Yankees back then.

  • #2
    I got to meet Mr. Howard when he was a coach for the D-Rays a few years ago and got his autograph...

    He is a big, big man!!!!
    "There are three things in my life which I really love: God, my family, and baseball. The only problem - once baseball season starts, I change the order around a bit.
    ~~Al Gallagher

    God Bless America!

    Click here to see my baseball tribute site!

    Click here to see the best pitcher NOT in the HOF!



    • #3
      In Game 1 in '63, Howard, then with the Los Angeles Dodgers, comes up in the first inning against Ford and hits a line drive over shortstop (Kubek actually jumped for the ball). It is hit so hard, it goes all the way to the left center field wall on the fly, (this is pre-renovation at the Stadium) over 400 feet and caroms back so quickly to Mantle in centerfield that Howard stops at first with what had to be the longest single in Stadium history. Frank Howard may have hit the ball harder than anyone in the game (he's sure in the top 5).
      After 1957, it seemed like we would never laugh again. Of course, we did. Its just that we were never young again.


      • #4
        ...and in Game 4, Howard gets the only 2 hits off Ford -- one of them a MONSTER home run -- to help Koufax and the Dodgers complete the sweep.

        How sweet that was!


        • #5
          Game 2 was my first WS game. Watched Johnny P extend his pinstripe scoreless streak to 19.1 before Ron Perranoski got the last two. Sweet? Absolutely, but we both know how it could have been much sweeter!
          After 1957, it seemed like we would never laugh again. Of course, we did. Its just that we were never young again.


          • #6
            Of course it would have meant more if the winners had worn caps with a "B," but tell the truth: Didn't you get some satisfaction from having a team called the Dodgers cream the Yankees in 4?

            Given our history, a large part of being a Dodgers fan was wishing the worst for the Yankees. For me, '63 met that goal, and provided some measure of redemption, even if the winners were wearing the wrong uniform.


            • #7
              Can anyone give me the regular lineup for the Senators when Frank Howard played for them. Like in the early 60's I guess. Wasn't Brinkman the shortstop or something?


              • #8
                Here might be typical lineup from circa 1968, the first year that Howard led the A.L. in homers with 44:

                CF Del Unser
                RF Ed Stroud
                1B Mike Epstein
                LF Frank Howard
                2B Bernie Allen
                C Paul Casanova
                3B Ken McMullen
                SS Ed Brinkman/Ron Hansen


                • #9
                  Thanks I appreciate that.


                  • #10
                    I came across two beautiful 8X10 photos of Frank Howard. One is from his playing days with the Senators, and the other is as a Yankee coach.

                    I would like to have just posted the pictures. But, they are very large, and "vB code" evidently does not allow you to resize images. So, I linked each photo to a small thumbnail-sized image below.

                    Click on the thumbnail of Frank in a Senator cap to see the photo of him with Washington (not the same shot as the thumbnail); click on the thumbnail of Frank in a Tampa Bay hat to see the shot of him as a Yankee coach.


                    • #11
                      Frank was a Yankee coach under both Dallas Green and Stump Merrill in the late 80s and early 90s. He is now back in the organization, and serves as a spring training instructor. This year he even managed the AAA Columbus Clippers for a while on an interim basis.


                      • #12
                        Did any of the other players on the 68 team becomes coaches or managers, like Brinkman or Mike Epstein?


                        • #13
                          I believe at one point in the '80s while Howard was coaching, Brinkman was also a coach with the White Sox, Unser with the Phillies, and Hansen with the Expos.


                          • #14
                            Frank Howard

                            I saw Frank Howard in '66 or '67 hit a home run to dead center field in DC in what is now RFK Stadium. I was eight or nine at the time. As I remember it, the pitcher seemed to turn his back and duck to get out of the way of the shot. The ball contiually rose on a straight line and hit the wall past the fence in center (where the Longines clock kept time), the ball still on the rise when it hit. I have never seen a ball hit so hard. The only batter close to hitting the ball that hard, that I have ever seen, is Dave Winfield in the '80s.

                            As kids, we all worshiped Howard in the DC area. He was about the only shining light DC baseball had (Bosman was a very good pitcher, I can't take that away from him). The Senators were our team. We rooted for Frank, Eddie Brinkman, Ken McMullen, Epstein, Casanova, et al, through thick and thin. From this team, I learned DEFINITELY that winning isn't everything. Loved that team so much I even followed the Rangers for two or three years after DC got Shorthorned in '71.

                            Baseball in DC '03!


                            • #15
                              Growing up in Northern Virginia in the late `60's and beyond, me and my buddies worshipped the `Nats although there was little reason to do so. Frank Howard was The Man, the Gentle Giant who was a fearsome slugger. In `68 thru `70, he posted up some MVP type numbers only to lose out to Denny McLain, Killebrew and Boog Powell. Epstein was a slugger, but he got shipped off to Oakland for Don Mincher.

                              Remember Frank's 10 homers in 20 AB's streak in `68? Shawn Green rivaled that this past season, 35 years later.

                              Remember Frank homering in his home park at RFK in the `69 All-Star Game?

                              Brooks Robinson once talked about seeing a ball leave Frank's bat, and he instinctively came out of his normal crouch. The ball just ticked his left ear lobe, never seen. Brooks looked over his left shoulder and saw the drive carom off the left field wall on the fly. At the end of the inning, he sat down in the dugout and was shaking visibly, once he realized how close he came to sustaining a serious injury.

                              In the Senators last game ever prior to being "Bob Shorted" to Texas, Frank homered against the Yankees, and the fans went wild. The `Nats were leading 7-5 going into the 9th, but the game was officially forfeited due to fans running on the field.

                              God bless you Frank....thanks for the memories.
                              "Two hundred million Americans, and there ain't two good catchers among 'em."
                              - Casey Stengel