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Only in Baseball

We have played 94 games and we need another quality starting pitcher. How many position players have pitched in games this season for the Astros?

This only happens in baseball. Commentary is talking about the Angels’ Ty Skaggs leaving us two weeks ago today, on the first day of their roadie in up Arlington. The Angels returned to play at home this past Friday against the Mariners and all the Angels were wearing his jersey with the number 45. His mom threw out the first pitch. The team pitched a combined no-no to top it off and won 13 zip, the day before he would have turned 28. At the end of the game, all the Angels took off the 45 and placed them on the pitchers’ mound. You can’t make this stuff up.

Then Sports Center tweeted this:

The Angel’s combined no-hitter last night was the first in the state of California since July 13, 1991 – the same day Tyler Skaggs was born. #SCFacts (vis @StatsBySTATS)

Only in baseball.

Commentary is enjoying the robust discussion we are having amongst Democrats on issues that we need to advance. I laugh when I hear GOPers talk about the direction left we are headed as a party. Like they have room to talk. Their leader, Donald Trump is a racist. He displayed his ugly racism again yesterday and the whole world saw it and the GOP was silent, as usual. Shut up.

Commentary has said it before. I oppose making judges non-partisan. It just gives more power to the big law firms. See this from today’s Trib:

After a punishing election for Republican judges, state leaders are set to take a long look at Texas’ often-criticized judicial selection system — a partisan election structure that Texas Supreme Court Chief Justice Nathan Hecht has described as “among the very worst methods of judicial selection.”

This summer, Gov. Greg Abbott signed a law creating a commission to study the issue — signaling that the GOP-led Legislature could overhaul the system as soon as 2021. That move comes after Democrats killed a sweeping reform proposal that Abbott had quietly backed.

In Texas, one of just a few states that maintains a system of partisan judicial selection all the way up through its high courts, judges are at the mercy of the political winds. They are required to run as partisans but expected to rule impartially. They are forced to raise money from the same lawyers who will appear before them in court. And in their down-ballot, low-information races, their fates tend to track with the candidates at the top of the ticket.

That means political waves that sweep out of office good and bad, experienced and inexperienced judges alike. And while sweeps are perennial problems for the judiciary, 2018’s elections “set records,” said Tom Phillips, a former Texas Supreme Court chief justice.

And this:

The bipartisan commission, whose enabling legislation Abbott signed into law last month, is to include 15 members: four individuals each chosen by the governor, lieutenant governor and House speaker; one chosen by Hecht; one by Texas Court of Criminal Appeals Presiding Judge Sharon Keller; and one chosen by the state bar’s board of directors.

The commission is charged with weighing every conceivable option for judicial selection reform, and producing a report by Dec. 31, 2020.

Here is the entire read: https://www.texastribune.org/2019/07/15/texas-partisan-judicial-elections-reform-abbott-support/.

Don’t be surprised if the commission is heavy on the GOP side. If it is, don’t participate, play or pay attention.

First baseman and DH Tyler White has pitched in 4 games this season and catcher Max Stassi in one of course.

We lead MLB with nine grand salamis and Jake Marisnick will probably get booed tonight in LA.

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