New doc about the professional Negro Baseball Leagues just dropped. Directed by Sam Pollard (MLK/FBI, the excellent Mr. Soul, Citizen Ashe and more), it traces the players, umpires, visionary businessmen (and one fierce businesswoman), journalists and jubilant spectators who created a vibrant Black sports community in the decades after World War I. Now in theaters and available for streaming.
The Philadelphia Phillies face off against the Houston Astros in this year's fall classic. [more inside]
A League of Their Own: A League of Their Own Season 1, Ep 0
Following the journey of the WWII All-American professional women's baseball league players as they travel across a rapidly changing U.S.
" A well paid slave is, nonetheless, a slave." The story of Curt Flood. He threw away a $90K a year (1969 dollars) career in baseball to be the guy that sued MLB over the reserve clause that kept players under contract at the team's whim until they retired. He paid a huge professional and personal price to make today's $25 million a year contracts possible. His impact on sports is up there with Ali or Jackie Robinson.
Stove League: Episode Sixteen Season 1, Ep 16
In the first season finale, the parent company Jaesong moves its investments into heavy industry... and moves to disband the Dreams and cut their losses. GM Baek has just one week to find a new owner to buy the team or the entire franchise will cease to exist, the staff will be let go, and the players dispersed throughout the league. [more inside]
Stove League: Episode Fifteen Season 1, Ep 15
After upper management goes behind Baek's back to complete a ruinous trade meant to undermine the team, the front office scrambles to recover from the loss. Meanwhile, Kyeong-min faces his own enemies from corporate. [more inside]
Stove League: Episode Fourteen Season 1, Ep 14
Baek Seung-soo proposes a wild trade: bringing back Lim Dong-gyu. Meanwhile, the manager is under fire from accusations of game fixing. [more inside]
Stove League: Episode Thirteen Season 1, Ep 13
Steroid rumors unsettle the league. The CEO tries to sew chaos in the management team with accusations and reassignments.
Stove League: Episode Twelve Season 1, Ep 12
The Dreams try to make the best of their alternate training site, finding an unexpected chance to face off against the Lim Dong-gyu and the Vikings, who are in a similar predicament. Meanwhile, Yu Min-ho continues to struggle with the yips.
Stove League: Episode Eleven Season 1, Ep 11
To spite GM Baek, the CEO cancels travel for spring training, forcing the team to do cold weather training. Baek and his team look for ways to make up ground, including reaching out to past staff members who have left the fold. [more inside]
Stove League: Episode Ten Season 1, Ep 10
Players are paid ten months a year and entitled to take two months off. Richer players go to warm climates during the off-season and hire special trainers. The less accomplished players can use the club facilities, but without any coaching. Would providing coaches be a way to close the wealth gap or would it be coercion to take the players' off-seasons away from them? No one seems to agree.
Stove League: Episode Nine Season 1, Ep 9
The CEO's plan has worked and Baek Seung-soo has been forced to resign. His allies on the management concoct a plan to get him reinstated.
Stove League: Episode Eight Season 1, Ep 8
A hatchet job interview with the team's new pitcher and the hiring of Baek's brother cause controversy. [more inside]
Stove League: Episode Seven Season 1, Ep 7
With the roster already set, ownership instructs GM Baek to negotiate contracts for the coming year... with a budget that has been cut by thirty percent.
Stove League: Episode Six Season 1, Ep 6
The Dreams need to hire a new analyst for their statistics division. The existing department head is clinging to old ideas and stick with ex-players, but Lee Se-young wants to open up hiring and bring in a fresh thinker. One of the applicants surprises everyone.
Stove League: Episode Five Season 1, Ep 5
Baek and Lee (with Han as an unplanned tagalong) head to the United States to scout an under-the-radar pitcher, but signing him may be trickier than planned. [more inside]
Stove League: Episode Four Season 1, Ep 4
Baek and Lee's investigations into the botched drafts uncover multiple mysteries that add up to one very broken system. [more inside]
Stove League: Episode Three Season 1, Ep 3
Something about the team's recent draft picks doesn't make sense. Baek and Lee launch their own investigations trying to find out the story beneath the story. [more inside]
Stove League: Episode Two Season 1, Ep 2
Trade rumors cause animosity between a star player and the new GM. Rumors that the new exec has little to no knowledge of baseball cause dissent in the operations office. But the seemingly inscrutable new boss has a plan. [more inside]
Stove League: Episode One Season 1, Ep 1
Ted Lasso + Moneyball, as a K-Drama. [more inside]
Stove League: Season One Season 1, Ep 0
After a fourth straight last place season, Korean pro baseball team The Dreams hires a new General Manager to come in and turn things around. Baek Seung-soo has built several championship winning sports teams... none of them baseball teams. Facing shrinking budgets, infighting between the coaching staff, and a team deeply set in their ways, Seung-soo uses his outsider's insight and the help of the league's first female operations manager Se-young to upend the Dreams' culture in a bid to create a championship winning team. [more inside]
Baseball baseball! This best of seven series begins Tuesday at 8 eastern.
Time for the MLB baseball semifinals, the National League Championship Series (LA Dodgers vs Atlanta Braves) and the American League Championship Series (Boston Red Sox vs Houston Astros)!
Let's get ready for some baseball!
With his major league baseball debut right around the corner, a star pitcher lands in prison and must learn to navigate his new world. [more inside]
Star Trek: The Next Generation: Evolution Rewatch Season 3, Ep 1
Wesley's private hobby is shamefully exposed when his microscopic replicator cells are detected throughout the Enterprise. [Season premiere] [more inside]
Brockmire: Season 4 (Full Season) Season 4, Ep 0
Fourth and final season, largely set from 2030 to 2033. Earth has been ravaged by the climate crisis; Brockmire is tasked with saving baseball.
The World Series begins tonight! A seven game series, Houston Astros vs Washington Nationals. Come in here for all your livewatch needs!
J. Henry Waugh is an accountant, albeit an unhappy one. However, each night after he comes home from work, Henry immerses himself in a world of his choosing: a baseball league in which every action is ruled by the dice. [more inside]
The serieses have started, so come on in and discuss and livewatch!
Any interest in a thread? Technically it's already started with the NL Wild Card game last night, but we still have the AL Wild Card game, both division series, both championship series, and the World Series ahead of us.
From MeFi’s own Linda_Holmes comes a heartfelt debut about the unlikely relationship between a young woman who’s lost her husband and a major league pitcher who’s lost his game.
L.A. Dodgers vs. Boston Red Sox. Best-of-seven series starts tonight at 8pm eastern; come on in here to chatter, predict, and livewatch.
Two best-of-seven series to determine who will go to the World Series! The L.A. Dodgers vs. the Milwaukee Brewers for the National League Championship, and the Houston Astros vs. the Boston Red Sox for the American League Championship.
Come on in here to discuss the baseball playoffs as they get underway!
As a 1950s suburban community self-destructs, a home invasion has sinister consequences for one seemingly normal family. [more inside]
An unknown comes out of seemingly nowhere to become a legendary baseball player with almost divine talent. [more inside]
Predictably irrational meets Moneyball in ESPN veteran writer and statistical analyst Keith Law’s iconoclastic look at the numbers game of baseball, proving why some of the most trusted stats are surprisingly wrong, explaining what numbers actually work, and exploring what the rise of Big Data means for the future of the sport.
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Immigration Courts Season 5, Ep 6
- President Trump appoints to the head of the VA his White House doctor.
- Egypt has a Presidential election, the winner of which will almost certainly be strongman Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, since one of his opponents was arrested and three more intimidated into withdrawing. His only opponent, Mousa Mostafa Mousa, was a supporter of his!
- Sinclair Media Group's continued efforts to turn local news into Fox News 2, including must runs trying to push the idea of a "deep state" working against Trump, and trying to push an idea that national media outlets push fake stories. (Links below fold.)
- And Now: Baseball's Back, And Local News Knows Exactly What That Means. (It means weird concession food.)
- Main Story: Immigration Courts, which are a complete mess. One judge said of them, "In essence we're doing death penalty cases in a traffic court setting." Furthermore, they're not criminal courts but civil courts, meaning many guarantees, such as for legal council, are not available, and they're not part of the Judicial Branch, but instead, of the Executive Branch, and Jeff Sessions can in fact review cases himself. In some, children as young as three are actually asked to represent themselves before a judge. Just to drive home how stupid that is, LWT produced a bit of a court show in which everyone but the defendant (H. Jon Benjamin!) is three or four: Tot Bench.
The Houston Astros vs the LA Dodgers in a best-of-seven series.
Brockmire: Rally Cap Season 1, Ep 1
In 2000, Kansas City Royals radio announcer Jim Brockmire (Hank Azaria) had it all, until he found out his wife Lucy was being (very) unfaitful and an on-air, booze-fueled rant ended Brockmire’s career. He's been out of the public eye (and country) for 17 years until he gets brought back as an announcer for the minor league Morristown Frackers, owned by Jules (Amanda Peet).
Elementary: High Heat Season 5, Ep 19
Holmes and Watson investigate the murder of a man Sherlock considered one of New York's worst private investigators. [more inside]
An African-American father struggles with race relations in the United States while trying to raise his family in the 1950s and coming to terms with the events of his life.
Pitch: Don't Say It Season 1, Ep 10
Ross warns the Padres that Ginny is dangerously close to her pitching limit. (Season finale) [more inside]
Pitch: Scratched Season 1, Ep 9
The news catches wind of rumors about Mike waiving his no-trade clause. Meanwhile, Evelyn and Will join forces for a business venture, but Amelia worries their plan relies on Ginny's fame. [more inside]
Pitch: Unstoppable Forces & Immovable Objects Season 1, Ep 8
A rain delay at Petco Park leads the team to hold Kangaroo Court in the clubhouse to pass the time. Meanwhile, Mike considers trading to a new team; and an unexpected visit from Ginny's brother causes friction with Amelia. [more inside]
Pitch: San Francisco Season 1, Ep 7
Tensions rise when Livian Duarte is set to catch against San Francisco, moving Mike to first base. Elsewhere, Amelia and Oscar team up to combat the latest scandal involving Ginny. Mike gets flashback duty. [more inside]
Pitch: Wear It Season 1, Ep 6
Ginny feels the pressure after signing a huge deal with Nike, which leads to a wild night of rebellion. [more inside]
Pitch: Alfonzo Guzman-Chavez Season 1, Ep 5
The Padres are on edge, as rumors of the team potentially trading Blip emerge. Meanwhile, Oscar tries to navigate working with the Padres' interim president; and Mike attempts to mend his relationship with Amelia. [more inside]
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