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Posts for May 2021
Minor League Stats and Vaccinated Cube
Most of you are American so most of you are already vaccinated against COVID-19. In Canada, in Quebec, we are far behind. We don't manufacture the Vaccine. We have to buy it. We are behind the US and Europe. Quebec has recently started vaccinating the general population while the rest of Canada is still working on Seniors. You are most likely American and you should be thankful every day that you are.

So I stood in line for 90 minutes. Slowly moving. From outside. Up the stairs. 2nd floor. Down the hallway. Hand sanitizer every 20 metres. In the room now. A pre-poke nurse asks me several questions. Asks me if I have coagulation issues. A man nearby says "I don't even know what coagulation means". I'm not 100% sure I do either. The 2nd nurse pokes me in the left arm. A clock is set to 15 minutes and then a 3rd nurse gives me a paper telling me when to come back in 4 months. Yes. In Quebec, its 4 months between the 2 vaccines. But they promise us a summer better than the last. For me, I don't really care. The only loss for me is my daughter's provincial softball team has nobody to play against. We can't travel. So its a year of playing weaker competition. Drat.

Minor League Stats are being updated daily now. 4 levels and 11 Leagues. 2019 and 2020 draft picks making their pro picks all at once. Did you know you can track your favourite minor leaguers through our Player Tracker? YEEEEEAAAAHHH. It comes with the PREMIUM service ($19/year). Daily updates of minor leaguers where you can see season stats and daily stats. Its rad. Its gnarley. Its lit. Its cool. It doesn't matter your generation, its great! I mean $19/year is barely $2/month. Seems like a no-brainer to me. I purchased an account from myself and I am very happy about that.

You can even get a daily email with your stats though this costs more ($50 1-time fee). Several subscribers have opted in to the email.

75% of our focus is on building a dedicated PREMIUM section where the code is specific to PREMIUM and not shared with the free version of the site. This means, no consideration of advertising placement. Pure data display considerations.

The daughter continues to try to get noticed by Colleges and is currently considering a team in New York to use as a springboard to a D1/D2 school. Its not easy to be in Canada and be a softball player when the Softball world is in the US. Its also incredibly inconvenient to be in Canada during COVID-19 times when the US is playing on while Canada is on hold. The comp would be Jose Altuve for the daughter. Though I am tall, the daughter is 5-4 and has speed, defensive ability, good IQ and occasional power and an absolute unparalleled dedication to the sport. If you are a college recruiter, (call me).


TBC Player TRACKER, Emails and Killer Squirrels
As the Minor League season approaches and many prospect-hungry fans rejoice while they work-from-home for the 517th straight day, it is time to sign up for the TBC PLAYER TRACKER. What is it you ask? Well, I can tell you that its an essential part of being a baseball fan. It is a way for you to track player stats for only those of interest to you. No more navigating to 200 different pages to see stats for your players. The TRACKER will show you all of your (up-to) 200 players' season and incremental daily stats. (How they did yesterday). The TRACKER (always all-caps my man) lets you sort and filter your players. You can even view stats by last 7/14/21/30 days. And you can change your players at any time. There is even a list of recent player movement for your dudes.

The TRACKER was once a daily email subscription where you paid per player. You would wake up each morning and hopefully find an email with your player stats in your inbox. The email was discontinued and tracking was moved online and integrated into the PREMIUM service. For those that don't know, the PREMIUM service is $19/year and gives you access to the site without any ads as well as access to research applications where you can play with the data. There are some other benefits such as additional columns in many grids, high school stats integration and data store discounts. Signing up to PREMIUM automatically gives you 200 players for your TRACKER account. I am currently working on a dedicated PREMIUM section so getting in at $19 is essentially the ground floor. I would do it now. (I actually did pay myself $19 for an account)

In addition...wait for it...you can ALSO subscribe to the email for an additional cost of $50 (1-time setup cost). There were many time-consuming email issues with servers rejecting emails and for an account that cost $6/year, it wasn't really worth my while to spend time trying to resolve. The setup fee will be enough to compensate support for the application and setup/monitoring. Contact Me directly if you would like access to the Email, provided you have already signed up for a PREMIUM account. Several people have already opted in to the email. (nooooo pressure)

As I continue to spend 99% of my time at home, I have developed an intense rivalry with squirrels regarding recycling, garbage and compost boxes. The squirrels have been attacking daily and chipping away at the plastic and today, they broke through into the compost box that I had just finished cleaning. Compost boxes can get grody. (Sad face emoji). I was forced to retreat my plastic army to the garage which is an extreme inconvenience for the workout-crazy softball player in my house as the gym is her training facility. The squirrels have the upper hand for now but the war is not over. Luckily they still fear my presence and it recently occurred to me that a free civilization rests entirely on the fact that squirrels fear us as much as we fear them. If they ever realized that we were afraid of them and generally defenseless against them, humans could never leave their homes. Which actually is not so far off from Covid-19 quarantine so...

Tune in next week when a vaccinated TBC swings at squirrels with a wrong-handed hockey stick.



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