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12/12 OT Thread

It's past 1:00 AM, so technically I can start this.

Finals really, really, really suck. If you went to college, what did you major in (just undergraduate)?

I'm a GIS Junior right now, interning a local Chamber of Commerce creating maps for them. I really want to integrate GIS in baseball more, so let me know if there are openings. Things like Pitchf/x and similar systems are already being used, but it'd be pretty sweet if I could do more in-depth analysis on where balls are hit, positioning of fielders while certain batters are up, adjusting dimensions to benefit the home team, etc. What do you think?

I put a poll up to see what my dad and I should do for Spring Break. The whole family went to Surprise last year and we really enjoyed it, but it's just going to be me and him this year. I'm not 21 so Vegas is (kind of) out of the question.

THIS DAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY

1913 The Reds trade outfielder Bob Bescher to the Giants for Buck Herzog. Herzog will play shortstop and will manage the team replacing Joe Tinker.
1930 Among the many changes to the rule book, the rules committee decides a ball which bounces bounces into stands will no longer be a home run, but will become a ground rule double.
1933 The A's swap Lefty Grove, Rube Wallberg and Max Bishop to the Red Sox for Bob Kline, Rabbit Warstler and $125,000.
1941 The Dodgers obtain Arky Vaughn from the Pirates for right-hander Luke Hamlin, 1B/OF Jimmy Wasdell and catcher Babe Phelps. The future Hall of Fame infielder, who will have his stint in Brooklyn interrupted by WWII, plays four seasons for the club compiling a .291 batting average.
1950 The owners vote to drop the bonus and high school rule which was designed to prevent the wealthier clubs from buying up all of the available talent. The rule required all 'bonus' players had to stay on the major league roster one season in the minors.
1952 Peter J. McGovern becomes the president of the Little League replacing Charles Durban who resigned due to ill health. The league which started in 1939 with two leagues has now grown to 1,800 leagues in 48 states and international sites.
1966 Voting 4 to 3, the U.S. Supreme Court refuses to review Wisconsin's suit to block the Braves move to Atlanta.
1975 The Tigers trade pitcher Mickey Lolich and outfielder Billy Baldwin to the Mets in exchange for outfielder Rusty Staub and pitcher Bill Laxton.
1979 Re-entry free agents second baseman Rennie Stennett, catcher Milt May and outfielder Jim Wohlford sign with the Giants. The combined total of the contracts is nearly $5 million.
1986 The Mets trade Kevin Mitchell‚ a rookie who played six positions for the eventual world champs, along with prospects Stan Jefferson and Shawn Abner‚ and two additional minor leaguers to the Padres for outfielder Kevin McReynolds‚ southpaw Gene Walter‚ and a minor leaguer. Mitchell will be traded to San Francisco during the season, and in two years, the San Diego native will become the National League's Most Valuable Player playing for the Giants.
1998 After being given his last rites, Hall of Fame outfielder Joe DiMaggio appears to make a miraculous recovery defying the doctors' dire predictions. In mid-January, the 'Yankee Clipper' is allowed to go home after a 99-day hospital stay, but will die at his home in Florida on March 8th after a long battle with lung cancer.
1998 Signing a seven-year deal with the Dodgers, Kevin Brown (18-7, 2.38) becomes baseball's first 100+ million dollar man . The right-hander, much to the chagrin of the other owners, is the first major leaguer to earn an average salary of $15 million per season.
2007 In a six-player deal, the Orioles trade former American League MVP Miguel Tejada to the Astros in exchange for pitchers Matt Albers, Troy Patton and Dennis Sarfate, outfielder Luke Scott, and third baseman Michael Costanzo. The acquisition of the four-time All-Star shortstop is the latest move in a busy off season for Houston which includes signing free-agent second baseman Kaz Matsui and trading reliever Brad Lidge to the Phillies for Michael Bourn.
2007 Free-agent Aaron Rowland (.309, 27, 89) and the Giants agree to a 60-million, five-year deal. The 30-year old Gold Glove center fielder is expected to bat fifth and will help fill the void in the outfield created by the departure of Barry Bonds.
2007 Paul Lo Duca and the Nationals agree to a $5 million, one-year deal which puts the former Mets catcher behind home plate for Washington. The free-agent backstop became expendable and needed in the same instance when New York traded Lastings Milledge to get the Nats starting catcher, Brian Schneider.
2008 The Yankees sign their second ace this week as the club reaches an agreement with free agent A.J. Burnett. The Bronx Bombers ink the former Blue Jays right-hander to an $82.5 million, five-year deal after giving CC Sabathia $161 million over seven years two days ago.
2008 The Pirates sign Ramon Vazquez, the only player with major league experience added to the club during the winter meetings, to a two-year deal worth $4 million. The versatile infielder played all four infield positions last season while compiling a career-high .290 batting average with Rangers.
2008 Reeling from its second consecutive season-ending collapse, the Mets continue to overhaul its much-maligned bullpen which had 29 blown saves in 72 chances (40%). Scott Schoeneweis joins Joe Smith and Aaron Heilman in becoming the latest New York reliever to be traded as the southpaw is dealt to the Diamondbacks for Connor Robertson, a right-hander acquired by Arizona in the Dan Haren deal.
2008 The Royals signed free-agent right-handed reliever Kyle Farnsworth to a $9.25 million, two-year contract which includes a club option for 2011. The Yankees dealt the 32-year old fireballer to Detroit at the trade deadline last season.
2009 Brandon Lyon (6-5 2.86 ) and the Astros finalize their $15 million, three-year deal. The Tigers' former right-handed reliever, who saved 26 games for Arizona in 2008, hopes to be the club's closer, but may be used in Houston as the set-up man to get to Matt Lindstrom.

Wish me luck on my finals!

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