25 thoughts on “November 16, 2019: Don’t Touch It!”

  1. Jonathan Cheshire retired the only man he faced as Escogido lost to Estrellas 5-2. Cheshire is 2-0, 1.29, 0.57 WHIP with 2 walks and 7 strikeouts in 7 innings (11 games). His Escogido team is in first place in the Dominican League, leading the Toros by one game.

  2. Our 30-year-old A/C crapped out the week of the 4th of July, so it was a good time to replace the late-Seventies Honeywell Chronotherm thermostat. (The HVAC guy said, "Oh wow! I haven't seen one of these in a long time! They were top-of-the-line in their day.") We upgraded to a programmable, non-smart/IoT model by Aprilaire. I haven't heard a peep about the programs I set up, and I haven't come home to the thermostat cranked up to 78º, so I think it's working.

    1. In H'istan, we have our thermostat programmed so that the house is:
      morning 68
      afternoon 62
      evening 68
      sleep 62

      We have an oil-heated boiler (not that old), but I often wonder if it spends more energy in 'catching up' than if we just left it at a constant 68 all the time.

    1. Not what they were looking for, but if they play well the rest of the season, a close road loss to a ranked opponent isn’t something to hang your head about. It seems to me that the hard thing as a non-established team in a power conference is to gradually build on success. Based on margin of victory, etc, they have been punching above their weight—have to translate that into year over year improvement if they want to have a special season here or there.

      Obligatory mention that FBS football has absolutely the dumbest competition format ever. E.g. yesterday I heard pundits wondering aloud if the Tua injury hurts Alabama in the rankings—which obviously would not be a consideration if the title was decided on the field instead of making it a political thriller. I don’t know why it frustrates me so much, it just seems so obvious they could improve it.

  3. I think the GM might have known about the sign stealing.

    An Astros front-office executive wrote about the team’s desire to steal signs in an August 2017 email that was obtained by The Athletic. As the club discussed its advance scouting plans ahead of the playoffs, the executive asked the team’s scouts to pursue sign stealing from the stands, and suggested cameras could be used to do so.

    “What we are looking for is how much we can see, how we would log things, if we need cameras/binoculars, etc. So go to game, see what you can (or can’t) do and report back your findings.”

    1. If it turns out that the FO was the primary driver behind the idea, I am a little more sympathetic to Hinch. There aren’t many managerial jobs and while it is not admirable, I think it’s human to go along with orders, even if they are unethical.

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