Read The Comments Wednesday

First…whether it’s allergies or the stress of the day (coming from both external and internal sources) or whatever, for the last 12-15 hours I have felt ill and quite dizzy. I even woke up feeling this way today after being “stricken” last evening. I do have Meniere’s Disease, a poorly understood condition that affects balance and whose most severe manifestations can be triggered by stress. Oso naiz nire bizitzako nekatuta.

Second…for those of you who like the baseball stories, but don’t read the comments–everyone should read the comments–comes this one from me. Photobyjohnbo and I had a dialogue in the comments about sticking to a plan for decisions about money and I related this story from my past:


–When I was working for the Orioles, even though I was in charge of preparing materials for the player salary budget and for contract negotiation and arbitration, it was not part of my job to actually negotiate the contracts. In one instance, however, somehow I wound up on the phone with the agent for a player who had just had an outstanding year and was eligible for salary arbitration. With the Assistant General Manager in the room listening, I negotiated until I had reached the top of the salary range I had set for the player. I would not budge on base salary after that, but did agree to some difficult to reach incentives and the agent agreed to the proposal. The Assistant GM thanked me for “being tough” with the agent. I pulled out the salary estimates I had created and said, “See, this is the top of the range and I wasn’t going to pay him any more than that in base salary. That’s our job.”–


I can’t speak about baseball today, but as a full-time employee for baseball teams and in the vast majority of my consulting arrangements I did not work for teams with large wallets. These teams had to have a budget for player salaries and stick as closely to that budget as possible. One time while I worked for the Padres, after meetings about team offseason priorities, I had budgeted a salary range to sign a veteran free-agent starting pitcher. Yes, that was the generic description in the budget line and the President/CEO had signed off. He and I were not happy when the first offer to such a player was made at the top of the budget range. The player signed, but then we had no margin for error nor, theoretically, any additional room to make in-season acquisitions.

Professional sports are a business, albeit one with a unique set of parameters. Oh, everyone should read the comments.


According to this post, 2020 Corvettes are shipping again from the Bowling Green, Kentucky assembly plant. From Dawn Marie Melhorn via the aforementioned post:


2020 Corvettes are Now Shipping from the Corvette Assembly Plant (Again!)


I find it difficult to believe that Chevrolet will build all 40,000 2020 Corvettes that have been ordered before the end of October and the changeover to 2021 production. I still think some unknown number of people who ordered a 2020 will receive a 2021 model instead. Underestimate the power of exogenous forces at your own peril.


Some much-needed humor from this Archon’s Den post:


A bike in town keeps running me over….
….It’s a vicious cycle.

Is a cow that won’t give milk a milk dud….
….or an udder failure?

I’m so good at sleeping….
….I can do it with my eyes closed

I took a video of my shoe yesterday….
….It has some great footage.

Today at the bank, an old woman asked me to check her balance….
….so I pushed her over.

Average things are manufactured….
….in the satisfactory.


That’s just a sample; I think you should read the whole thing.








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Monday Musings, Bill James Edition

Many thanks to Bill James. Without any request or prompting from me, yesterday he tweeted the link to my blog ( Not surprisingly, the number of views and visitors increased dramatically compared to normal. So much so, in fact, that Disaffected Musings had the most views in a day ever, 90% more than the previous high figure. The number of visitors was also a new “record,” 45% above the previous high.

Thanks to everyone who read the blog yesterday. If you liked what you read please sign up to follow the blog and/or tell your friends. Of course, being neither a glass half-full nor glass half-empty person, but instead being someone who doesn’t even see the glass, I am disappointed that with all of the views not even one comment was posted. Oh well…


The saying “time flies when you’re having fun” was never more true for me than one time at the Baseball Winter Meetings. Bill and I decided to sit down and chat at 7 PM one evening. I had to attend a Rule 5 meeting for one of my clients at 9 PM so I figured I would have no problem making the meeting. I missed the beginning of the meeting. Our conversation was enormously entertaining and stimulating and I completely lost track of the time, which is out of character for me. I would rather be 10 minutes early for something than 1 minute late.



A picture of the 1998 World Series patch on my very worn sweatpants that I wear most nights from October to May. As regular readers know I don’t follow baseball anymore, but these sweatpants are a reminder that I once was right and the rest of the world was wrong.


From this post on Archon’s Den, some humor:

I became a professional fisherman, but discovered I couldn’t live on my net income. I went to work in a meat processing factory, but I couldn’t cut it. So then I got a job at a gym…but they said I wasn’t working out!


How many optimists does it take to screw in a light bulb?

None, they’re convinced that the power will come back on soon.


Murphy’s First Law of Computing

Whatever happens, behave as though you meant it to happen.

Murphy’s Second Law of Computing:

When you get to the point where you really understand your software, it’s probably obsolete.


Music was much better when ugly people were allowed to make it.


One of my own:

How many Jewish mothers does it take to change a light bulb?

None, we’ll sit in the dark.


A car like this was consigned to the recent Mecum auction in Houston. From a picture of a Lancia Flaminia Coupe:


The pictured car is a 1963 model; the one that hammered at Mecum for $30,000 was a 1965 model. I had never heard of this car before seeing it on the auction. That is one reason I watch car auctions, to see something I’ve never seen before.

This picture doesn’t do the looks of the car justice, in my opinion. I was quite taken with the styling when the car first appeared on the screen.

The Flaminia was produced by Italian automaker Lancia from 1957 to 1970 and was available as a coupe, a saloon (sedan) or a cabriolet (convertible). Despite being produced for over a decade and in three different body styles fewer than 13,000 were made in total. Of course, that might be an impressive figure for Lancia. The body was designed by the legendary Pininfarina.

The only two Lancia models with which I previously had any familiarity were the Stratos and the Fulvia.





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