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Fanning Not a Pisces?
Longoria is New PISCES Coach
US Archivists @ ECM
Salemites @ Pisces
Wilson Replaces Ford

March 25, 2007

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Presidents @ Domains

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Some predicted that the Washington Presidents would be too distracted by the rookie nomination process used to determine the next new roster member. Despite the fact that that process will not conclude until after next season, the complexity of the process was deemed significant enough that this season's team would lack focus. This game does not prove that line of thought. A focused offense soundly, roundly defeated the Cosmic Baseball Association's newest team, the Interland Domains, in this cosmic baseball game.

In the top of the ninth inning a brief controversy erupted when the Domains sent pitcher in to relieve President manager Karl Rove protested to umpire Mark Foley who conferenced with his fellow umpires. Rove requested that either the relief pitcher be clothed or another reliever be used. The umpires denied the request and nakedelectricity came in to pitch. Jimmy Carter grounded out to thirdbase, John Quincy Adams drew a walk and James Garfield hit into a double-play.

March 15, 2007

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2007 Season Opener: Beats @ Pisces

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The Pisces and the Beats are picking up where they left off at the end of last season when the Pisces beat the Beats in the 2006 Cosmic Universal Series. And it continues the perpetual battle between these two teams for the owner of owning the title "flagship team of the Cosmic Baseball Association." The fact is the Pisces own that honor and title by virtue of the plain fact that the Pisces were the first cosmic baseball team created. The Pisces were created nearly a year and half before the Beats. It must have been supposed that if the Beats performed exceptionally well on the cosmic playing field they might have a shot at usurping the flaghip title. That premise is doubtful but also moot since the Beats have not traditionally performed exceptionally well on the field.

In 25 seasons the Pisces have a summary winning percentage of .525. In 23 seasons the Beats have a winning percentage of .492. The Pisces have appeared in the Cosmic Universal Series six times and have won five times. The Beats have appeared in the CUS three times and have zero victories.

One final note: the 2007 Cosmic Baseball Season has been dedicated to the memory of Elinor Stein Lampert, who would have been 79 today...the ides of March.

March 14, 2007

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Rose Confesses to Gambling on Baseball Games

Pete Rose, today, on a sports radio talk show admitted to betting on baseball games every night while he was manager of the [Cincinnati Reds] team and that the Dowd Report was correct when it said he did so.

Rose at Baseball-ReferenceThis is a second confession to the act. In January 2004 in his autobiographical My Prison Without Bars (written with Rick Hill) Rose revealed he had bet on Major League Baseball games while managing. In today's radio program Rose said, he thought he was going to be reinstated when he met with commissioner Bud Selig before his book came out in 2004. Rose said he met with Selig about a year before the book came out and told him everything that was in the book. "I really thought I was going to be reinstated. Something changed [Selig's] mind," Rose said.

But in 2004, Rose was quoted as saying he bet four or five times a week. Today he modified the rate: "I bet on my team every night. I didn't bet on my team four nights a week. I was wrong,"

Nevertheless Rose he believes he is good for baseball, "I'm the best ambassador baseball has." He would like to manage again but his status prohibits him from being involved in on-field baseball activities and makes him ineligible for election to the Hall of Fame. His 4,256 hits remain the most ever by a major league baseball player.

Pete Rose Timeline The "lifetime ban" was imposed in 1989 when an investigation by attorney John Dowd for the Major League Baseball Commissioner, A. Bart Giamatti revealed that Rose had bet on baseball games in violation of MLB rules. At the time, Rose lied and denied the allegations for at least fifteen years.

Is this modified confession another quest for redemption? There are indications that MLB is considering Rose's reinstatement. MLB has approved a Pete Rose exhibit that will be on display at the Great American Ballpark in Cincinnati for the next eleven months. Rose's comments on the radio today may be part of the campaign.


March 12, 2007

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Jack Kerouac Memorial Game

The American writer, Jack Kerouac, would have celebrated his 85th birthday today, if he had not passed away on October 22, 1969 in Florida. Born in a house on Lupine Street in Lowell, Massachusetts, Kerouac became a co-founder of the Beat Generation, a literary/cultural movement that emerged after World War 2. His second novel, On The Road, published in 1957, became a youth generation classic and a standard hipster travelogue.

Each season the Cosmic Baseball Association hosts the Jack Kerouac Memorial Game. This season the game was played between characters created by Kerouac for his novels and members of Kerouac's family.

Kerouac's interest in baseball dates to his childhood when he invented the "Summer Game", an imaginary baseball league. In 1948, while revising the draft of his first novel, The Town and the City (1950), he devised an arithmetic formula to calculate his revision work in the form of a batting average.

The Town & the City Revision "Batting" Averages, July-August, 1948

On June 3, 1948 Kerouac wrote in his journal,
Still sick as a dog but working. Did 24 pages today. I worked out an intricate mathematical thing which determines how assiduously I'm getting my novel typed and revised...

Source: Windblown World
[Kerouac's Journals: 1947-1954]
edited by Douglas Brinkley, Viking, 2004. p. 89

In 1948 the members of the Beat Generation had already coalesced. Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, William Burroughs, and Lucien Carr had already met and the mutual osmosis of ideas had already begun. Burroughs was now living in New Orleans, Ginsberg had moved to an apartment at 1401 York Avenue in New York City and Kerouac was living in Queens with his mother.

By the 1990s the Beat Generation had become popular and reconsidered icons on cultural radar screens. To the right is a table representing the number of web pages indexed by the Google Search application on March 10, 2007.


March 5, 2007

Season 2007 Main Plate

Event Calendar for the 2007 Season

March 15Regular Playing Season Begins
April 15Spring Meetings in Boston, MA
June 28Open Player Draft
July 20Summer Meetings in Staunton, VA
September 30Regular Playing Season Ends
October 9Fall Meetings in Washington, DC
November 22Cosmic Universal Series XXVI
January 26, 2008Winter Meetings in San Antonio, TX
February 11, 20082008 Rookie Player Draft

March 4, 2007

Index of Cosmic Team Rsters

The unofficial "cosmic underleague"

l'essentiel est invisible pour les yeux (said the Fox to the Little Prince)

The "underleagues" are alive and well at the Cosmic Baseball Association, albeit not official and not commonly seen. The number of teams that competed for the newly created spot in the CBA's regular playing league (regular season starts March 15) attests to the thriving commotion down below.

The "league history" of the Cosmic Baseball Association is still being written by a team of scholars at the Cosmic Baseball Research Alliance. Several rough drafts of several, but not all, chapters have been circulating for some time. The available records make compiling a rough chronology possible.

Link to CBA Chronology
CBA Executive Bulletin No. 8
31 December 2001
CBA's first regular playing league was the Sharp League, created in1981. The Sharp League consisted of the first cosmic baseball team ever created, the Paradise Pisces. The CBA's second official league was the Flat League, which was created in December 1981. The Flat League served as a pool that the Sharp league fished in for new talent.

In 1985, the Sharp League morphed into the Overleague (with five teams). The Flat League was renamed the Underleague. Like its predecessor, the Flat League, the Underleague, with its non-restrictive membership policy, served the purpose of developing future cosmic players and teams. This league structure remained in place until 1997 when a third league, the Middleleague, was sandwiched into the picture.

The three-league system was used until 2004 when the CBA returned to the two-league design with the deactivation of the Middleleague.

In 2006 as a result of "contraction" only four cosmic baseball teams remained active and the two league system was replaced by one official Cosmic Baseball Association Regular Playing League. (The CBARPL remains in effect today.)

Contraction advocates argued that reducing the number of teams would free up resources for more creative pursuits. Number crunchers were pitted against poets and the scribes were wrapped up in arguments that became purely tautological. Expansion advocates argued that the increase in data creates opportunities for the imagination. Despite the implementation of computerized systems including advanced office automation applications, the task of managing the statistical data alone has become complex. But not impossible to manage, claim the expansion advocates.

Link to LSST News/EventsA report was recently published by the Cosmic Baseball Research Alliance (COBRA) that researched the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST) Project and its plans to manage a phenomenal amount of celestial data. The COBRA report suggests that an overwhelming quantity of data can be managed and mined for useful purposes. The LSST is expected to generate 30,000 gigabytes of data per night when it becomes operational in 2013 atop of a mountain called Cerro Pachon in the Andes in Chile. The telescope itself is being built at a cost of $467,000,000 and will account for data quantities that will be in the petrabyte (quadrillion) range (1 petrabyte=1,000,000,000,000,000 bytes; 1 gigabyte=1,000,000,000 bytes; 1 megabyte=1,000,000 bytes, 1 kilobyte=1,000 bytes, and 1 byte=8 binary digits ("bits"). The ability to search and analyze so much data led the online internet company Google to join the LSST membership roster. Other members of the LSST Corporation [it is a 501(c)3 corporation] include a variety of universities and astronomical organizations. At the heart of the project is the construction and emplacement of an 8.4-meter telescope with a 3 billion pixel digital camera on a mountain 8,800 feet above sea level. The telescope is designed to observe and take pictures of the heavens.

LSST will provide useful data on Near-Earth Objects (NEOs). Some NEOs could present a hazard to life on Earth. For example, in December 2004 there were reports that asteroid Apophis had a 1 in 37 chance of colliding with Planet Earth. The chances were later recalculated and in 2006, there was a 1 in 45,000 chance that Apophis would collide with Earth. LSST advocates point out that the telescope and the data it collects will help scientists predict potential space-based hazards aimed at Planet Earth.

Link to animated orbit of Asteroid Apophis

Some of the teams garnering attention in the unofficial "underleague" include a team of United States states, and a group of teams from a loosely organized league of Potentially Hazardous Asteroids (PHAs). The PHA league has a potential pool of 848 players. Another interesting team in the "underleague" consists of characters drawn from Saint-Exupery's novel The Little Prince. A team drawn from the membership of the Association of Space Explorers (300+ members) is alive in the ersatz underleague. The Cosmic Baseball Association's newest team, the Interland Domains, was born from an internet domain league absorbed into the CBA's subleagues. Whether or not these teams, and the others competing below in the proto-subleague will coalesce into a neo-Underleague is a question still to be answered.

Our hope is that enough new teams will be elevated to the regular playing league structure, requiring league mitosis and the re-creation of an official subterranean cosmic underleague.

what is essential is invisible to the eye. (Saint-Exupery)

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