Month: November 2015

Wiffle Ball!

Wiffle Ball!

The Tacoma Rainiers are often forgotten when it comes to sporting events in the northwest. A new addition to Cheney stadium will be added for next season that could invoke a passion in children that lasts a lifetime.

In time for the beginning of next season, a new regulation-sized wiffle ball field will be added to Cheney Stadium. The Rainiers have partnered with the Ben B. Cheney Foundation and Metro-Parks Tacoma to create the new Attraction. If the name Cheney sounds familiar, it is because we have one on the campus of Pacific Lutheran University. Ben B. Cheney is the grandfather of student Andrew Cheney.

“I think it is a great opportunity for Cheney Stadium to take a little bit of focus away from food and alcohol aspect, and focusing on kids, who are just as much apart of the stadium as the adults are,” Andrew Cheney said.

With the new Wiffle ball field, kids in the stands will have the opportunity to emulate what they see during the game. The next Major League Baseball player could get their start on Cheney Stadiums Wiffle Ball Field.

“Of course. Wiffle ball is a game that I think almost everyone played as a kid growing up,” Andrew Cheney said. “It might not spark the interest from kids to play the game of baseball, but it will help spark the love for the game.”

The Ben B. Cheney Foundation is creating opportunities for kids to get involved with the game of baseball. An opportunity to play could create a passion that belongs to that kid for their entire life. Make Cheney stadium a destination during the spring and summer months.

Trader Jerry

The Seattle Mariners may have the same uniforms when they take the field in 2016, however the players wearing them, will not be the same. New General Manager Jerry DiPoto has a vision of what he wants his team to look like. We are witnesses to his plan unfolding before our eyes. In the end, we may like what we see.

The baseball offseason in the Northwest has been an extremely active one. New General Manager Jerry DiPoto has wasted no time in reconstructing the roster. DiPoto has made his moves by way of trade, guaranteeing some new faces on the opening day roster.

A criticism of former General Manager of Jack Zduriencik is that he had no identity throughout his time in Seattle. In his early years, he tried to find players who played with speed and athleticism. After a couple of losing seasons, he change his philosophy. Zdurencik added power bats to the lineup. The change was a quick fix, but inconsistent.

Dipoto has had an idea of what he wanted the ball club to look like from the moment he was introduced as General Manager. If the player’s buy into his philosophies, Mariner fans could see a very different product, both on the field and in the standings.

Robot Referees Won’t Make Mistakes

Robot Referees Won’t Make Mistakes

I am so frustrated with authority figures making mistakes while officiating sporting events. Umpires, referee’s, line judges it makes no difference. We have the technology, why not make machines to enforce rules? Human error would finally be erased from sports. Could you imagine how much better the games would be? I can, and they would be much, much worse.

The University of Miami pulled off a miracle, 8 lateral pass, kick return for a touchdown to beat Duke on Oct. 31. At first, the world was in awe. Later the world realized the touchdown was awful. Referee’s made four total errors on the final play of the game, which would have taken the game winning points off of the board. In response the NCAA has banned the officiating crew for two games without pay.

That doesn’t change the the bogus fact, that the Blue Devils lost to the Hurricanes.

On Nov. 1, the Seahawks got away with something that could have altered the outcome of the one point game. Pete Carroll made the mistake of calling a second straight time out. This should have resulted in a penalty, giving the Dallas Cowboys a first down. Instead the referee’s told the world they made a mistake, and the game continued on.

Major League Baseball umpires never catch a break. Networks use pitch tracking technology to show if a pitch truly should have been a strike or not. Based off of that technology, those home plate umpires are the worst officials in all of sports.

Basketball referees turn to a monitor to decide if a players foot was on a line, to judge intent on a hard foul and to see if a game changing shot left a players hand before time had expired. It’s 2015, shouldn’t technology have been developed to where the court itself can alert the teams if a player is out of bounds, or on the three point line?

Every major sport uses reply to review crucial points in a contest. It seems that when authority figures go to the replay booth, is the only time they get a call right. I don’t even see the need for human referee’s anymore. Maybe we should get rid of them.

While we are at it, I am tired of seeing base running mistakes, fumbled snaps and turnovers. Let’s build machines that play the sports for us. I would be intrigued to see a Super Bowl match up between Tom Bradybot, and Arron Robo. Two perfect teams, with perfect officiating seems like the perfect sporting experience.

Perfection in sports would take away everything we love about them. I love seeing a hitter take advantage of a mistake pitch, and follow it by unleashing a bat flip that disgraces the pitchers entire family. The internet explodes every time Steph Curry puts a defender on roller skates. Stories of persevering over adversity wouldn’t exist. Even the mistakes made by referee’s get the attention of the viewing audience.

Mistakes lead to emotion. Frustration with referee’s, heartbreak for those affected, elation if your team benefits. As a sports fan, I want the events to be full of errors. Sports are unlike anything else, the imperfections are what makes them perfect.