Two neat links and a look at what is ahead

We start today with two neat links, both about diamonds. One from the present, one from the past.

The first is this article from Emma Baccelieri on the Long Time, a sandlot ballfield and performance venue in Austin with idiosyncratic rules and a deep love of the game. Home of the amateur adult-league Texas Playboys (which includes the architect of the field), the games held there raise money for local causes. A fascinating read about something I’d never heard about until today.

The other is an article at Atlas Obscura by Jonathan Goldman about the Dyckman Oval, a venue in northern Manhattan which was the center of Black Baseball in New York City until its late 1930s. Now covered by housing, playgrounds, and community center basketball courts, it’s a forgotten part of New York City’s baseball and Black history, without even a historical marker to indicate that it was once a stadium that often had people like Joe Louis, Jesse Owens, and Fats Waller sitting in the stands. Hopefully something is done to change that.

Moving on now to what you can expect in the coming days and weeks:

  • Tomorrow, there will be a tradition unlike any other; My bare-bones no-explanations-given postseason predictions.
  • Reactions to the postseason.
  • An incredibly stupid thing about mascots, which is to say it’ll be amazing.
  • Ruminations on the ultimate baseball trip that I’d have if I had several million dollars and/or a bunch of sponsors.
  • Possibly finally the first “Glick on Gaming” segment.

Thank you coming to the Baseball Continuum, see you again soon!

Coming up in the week ahead…

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Coming up in the week ahead, here’s what I have planned (it is, of course, continually subject to change):

  • An incredibly stupid thing about mascots, which is to say it’ll be amazing.
  • Something also quite stupid/amazing that is not quite a return to Bizarre Baseball Culture but is somewhat adjacent to it.
  • Possibly finally the first “Glick on Gaming” segment.

And, of course, there could be new things if inspiration strikes.

The possible week ahead

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Here’s a possible look at the week ahead on the Continuum. As always, this could change due to… life.

  • Another post on possible neutral field game sites (similar to this post), this time focused on international possibilities.
  • Possibly the first true “Glick on Gaming”.
  • Ruminations on how the Little League World Series is a lot less fun without the international teams.

Stay tuned!

A few neat links

So, I’ve been slacking with updates this past week due to “real world concerns”. So to make up for it, here are three neat links:

First off, there’s Clem’s Baseball. It has a giant array of diagrams showing how ballparks have changed over the years, including how they’ve adapted for other sports like football.

Want to stay up to date on Japanese baseball? Jim Allen has been in Japan for decades and once worked the sports desk of Japan’s biggest English-language paper. Now, he writes about Nippon Pro Baseball on his blog.

Going back to ballparks to wrap it up: Stadium Page. This is, not surprisingly, a webpage about baseball stadiums, but the real treat comes in its page of “Unrealized Concepts” such as the Brooklyn Dodger Dome and the thankfully-abandoned plan to demolish most of Fenway Park and replace it with a new stadium.

And there you go- three neat links. Here’s hoping it won’t take me almost a week for my next post.

Change of plans

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Due to some other stuff going on with me as well as a strike of inspiration, here’s the updated schedule for the blog:

  • Tomorrow (Friday), there will be a post about other possibilities for neat neutral-site games similar to the Field of Dreams game set to be played tonight.
  • After that (Saturday), there will be a post about morning baseball.
  • On Sunday, there will be a neat link.

Thank you for coming to the Baseball Continuum!

Looking ahead…

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Last month (July) was the most-visited month at the Baseball Continuum since 2019! Thank you!

Here’s what you can expect in the coming days:

  • The “What If?” on the Sydney Olympics baseball dream team.
  • Thoughts on early morning baseball.
  • A neat link!
  • Another neat link!

And, of course, there may be more as well…

Introducing “Glick on Gaming”

Back on the 4th of July, I said that that I wanted to start doing some non-baseball stuff on here as well.

This new feature, Glick on Gaming, is one such feature.

As the name suggests, it is about gaming. Video gaming, to be more precise. It’ll be an irregular feature with no real schedule, basically coming along whenever I finish a video game or want to talk about it. The form it will take will also be highly variable: sometimes it could just be a few short lines, other times it may be a long essay, review, or rumination.

Among the games you can expect to see covered in the opening parts of the feature are Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, Kingdom Hearts, and Red Dead Redemption II.

So keep an eye out!

The Week Ahead

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It’s time for a look at what you can expect from the Baseball Continuum in the week ahead:

  • Olympic update. There have been some late changes to some Olympic rosters due to things like injury or suspension (two members of the Korean team have been replaced after they were found to have ignored social distancing during a recent increased COVID outbreak, for example), so I’ll note that.
  • Final Olympic preview and thoughts on the Olympics in general: Exactly what it says on the tin, complete with my prediction as to how the medals will turn out.
  • Potentially a “Neat Site” will be shared.
  • Possibly the first of a new feature that isn’t about baseball.

Stay tuned!