• Josh Donaldson’s 2019 would rank #3 on the Twins’ list of best seasons at the hot corner (ranked by rWAR, post-1961 relocation to Minnesota, minimum of 50% of games played at 3b):

    1. Koskie, 6.3, 2001
    2. Killebrew, 6.2, 1969
    3. Donaldson, 6.1, 2019
    4. Killebrew, 5.9, 1966
    5. Gaetti, 5.8, 1986
  • My hypothetical 2020 Hall of Fame ballot, ranked by enthusiasm:

    • Larry Walker
    • Scott Rolen
    • Andruw Jones
    • Todd Helton
    • Derek Jeter
    • Barry Bonds
    • Roger Clemens

    Bonds & Clemens get votes only because Seligula was inducted. Jeter’s fielding was brutal at shortstop.

  • Unpopular Opinions(?) I’ve Mostly Formed, vol. 1, no. 1.

    1. Paul
    2. George
    3. John
    4. Ringo

    1. George
    2. Paul
    3. Ringo
    4. John

    I vacillate between the order of 1 & 2 in the first group, but the second is pretty set.

  • Observations:

    • It was fun to see which photos I recognized.
    • I expected a Prokudin-Gorsky photo, but didn’t see any.
    • I loved the shift to contemporaneous recordings.
    • Suddenly: COLOR!

    Historic street view: an image for each of the 181 years since the dawn of photography | Aeon

  • Two Years with Micro.blog

    Two years ago today I made my first post to my Micro.blog-hosted microblog. I’m very impressed with how Micro.blog’s feature set, shaped by @manton’s emphasis on deliberative development & sustainable growth, has expanded over time. I have some wishes for the platform’s future, but right now is the appropriate time to communicate my gratitude for a place:

    • sheltered from the cacophony of the big social media platforms,
    • that doesn’t set traps to manipulate & monopolize my eyes & my mind,
    • that recognizes my ownership of my creative endeavors & discourse, and
    • where the health of the community is central to the agenda.

    Thank you, Manton & @macgenie, for tending to Micro.blog & its users with such care. Thank you, @cheesemaker, for your development efforts, especially in your partnership on Sunlit. Thank you, friends reading this, for your gifts of companionship, dialogue, & warmth these last two years.

  • Poems for a Federal Holiday

  • My hypothetical 2019 Hall of Fame ballot, ranked by enthusiasm:

    • Larry Walker
    • Edgar Martínez
    • Scott Rolen
    • Roy Halladay
    • Andruw Jones
    • Mike Mussina
    • Todd Helton
    • Mariano Rivera
    • Barry Bonds
    • Roger Clemens

    No reason to keep Bonds & Clemens out with Seligula inducted in 2017.

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