The only remaining Olympic Preview left to go is Mexico,so it is fitting that this week I’m sharing the neat site of Baseball Mexico. Calling itself the “world’s leading English language source for Mexican professional baseball news,” there is about an update a week. And, yes, it includes updates about how Bartolo Colon is doing in the Mexican League.
Later today (Saturday) or possibly tonight, there will be a post about the Blue Jays in Buffalo.
There will be Olympic previews throughout the coming week on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, depending on if rosters have been released. As of now South Korea and Mexico have released rosters (along with, of course, the USA and Japan), but to the best of my knowledge the Dominican and Israel have not. The order in which I do the previews will be a bit dependent on roster releases so I can’t give a hard schedule.
Today’s neat site to check out is Digital Ballparks. It’s a site filled with slideshows of images of baseball stadiums past and present from around the country and even in some cases the world. It isn’t just limited to the pros, either: the Pastores (who run the site) also have plenty of amateur and semi-pro fields, as well as ballparks that once hosted professional baseball decades ago. In some cases where ballfields no longer have their traditional form (for example, abandoned fields or fields that may have been converted to another sport), they’ll even sometimes include Photoshop work to give an idea of what it may have looked like back in the day.
While it looks like they haven’t updated the site yet for the 2021 season, it remains a fascinating way to spend time for anyone interested in baseball stadiums.
Here’s a preview of what’s to come here at the Baseball Continuum:
By the end of this week (possibly as early as today), there will be a “Famous for Something Else” installment. This one-year minor league also played several years in the NFL, but perhaps his most notable sporting moment came in yet another sports. Keep an eye open to find out who I’m talking about.
This weekend, I expect to have another interesting link to share.
Next week, there will be a column and possibly some other things.
Also in the works: an Olympic baseball preview (will happen once rosters are revealed).
A Bizarre Baseball Culture piece and Breaking OOTP are also in development, but I’m not sure when they’ll be up.
Further down the line: “International Baseball Culture” and some musings on who will be on World Baseball Classic rosters whenever the next one comes around.
Well, as you noticed, I’m back. Yes, the Baseball Continuum is back. I know that I’ve said that before, but this time it is for real. At least, to a certain degree of real.
So first I’ll be up front about it: I won’t be doing stuff every day. Maybe not even every week. But going forward, I want to have a steadier output of material. Sometimes it will be based on what’s going on in baseball, sometimes it’ll be about what I see online baseball-wise, sometimes it may have something to do with baseball history, and sometimes it might not be baseball-based at all.
And, of course, I’ll try to have some of my more “famous” (for lack of a better word) features like “Bizarre Baseball Culture” and “Breaking OOTP.” Only time will tell, however.
So, yes, the Baseball Continuum is back. So stick around.
As some of you active on Twitter may know, friend-of-the-Continuum Jen Mac Ramos’ family was involved in a horrific car accident this past weekend. A drunk driver struck their car, killing Jen’s husband Josh and leaving Jen with severe injuries. A GoFundMe site has been set up to help pay for Jen’s medical expenses and recovery, and anyone looking to donate is encouraged to head there as soon as possible.
I would not be able to claim that I know Jen, although I have often liked Jen’s Tweets and read Jen’s work, but In some way we can see a piece of Jen by reading the piece they contributed to the 2016 Baseball Continuum Blogathon. Entitled “Baseball Bonds,” it was one of my favorite pieces of that inaugural (and ultimately only, as my real job forced me to cut back) Blogathon. You can find it with only minimal edits (removing things about the Blogathon and updating Jen’s bio to note this was written in 2016) after the jump: