Fitbit 6: Week 43

Week 36 of working from home due to the corona virus was an absolute shit show.  The week got off to a crap start on Sunday, finishing with over 2300 steps.  Monday saw a slight improvement, but only up to 3100 steps.  Tuesday was spent in meetings all day, leaving me 12 steps shy of 1300 steps.  Things got slightly better on Wednesday, as I made it all the way up to 1900 steps.  Thursday was a bell-weather day, as I managed to surpass 2000 steps.  Friday, the start of my Thanksgiving vacation, saw an actual increase, all the way up to 5100 steps.  Saturday was even better, as I finished over 5500 steps thanks to a trip to Mariano’s and Target.

Total steps: 21,576

Daily average: 3082.3

You Ought To Be In (30) Pictures

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Many years ago, using the weekly TV guide that came with the Sunday Chicago Tribune, I started keeping track of all of the movies I had seen over the course of my lifetime.  The guide would list the two main stars for each movie, and that is a tradition that I’ve carried on in my database ever since.  So, given those guidelines, and thanks to a corona virus inspired uptick to my movie watching this year, it is time to look at the 100 actors that have starred in at least 10 films that I have seen, as of July 1.

Today, we continue with the actor that has starred in 30 movies that I have seen.

Tom Hanks

In 1984, Tom Hanks splashed on to the movie scene in the aptly titled Splash.  My biggest Tom Hanks year was 2017, when I saw 4 of his films, and there were 6 other years where I saw at least 2 of his films.  He has added 5 new films, moving into second place.  The two most recent, both coming earlier this year, were 2002’s Road To Perdition and 2019’s A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood.

By The Numbers – 84

In 1929, uniform numbers appeared on the back of baseball jerseys for the first time, thanks to the Indians and the Yankees.  By 1937, numbers finally appeared across all uniforms, both home and away, across both major leagues.  Since that time, 81 distinct numbers have been worn by members of the White Sox, while the Cubs boast 76.

Today, we continue our look at those players, picking our favorite, if not the best, player to wear each uniform number for both Chicago teams with #84.  Once again, a single player has donned #84 while playing in Chicago, for the debuting in 2019 for the White Sox.

Dylan Cease was acquired by the White Sox, along with Eloy Jimenez, in a 2017 trade that sent Jose Quintana to the Cubs.  He made his major league debut on July 3, 2019, picking up the victory in the first game of a double header against the Tigers.  Cease claims to have selected #84 for its meaning in yoga.

2021 Hall Of Fame Ballot – The Newcomers


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The BBWAA recently released their ballot for the Hall of Fame class of 2021, with the results of the vote due to be revealed on January 26th.  Assuming the corona virus is under control by then, induction would take place July 25th.  With Derek Jeter and Larry Walker getting elected in last year’s voting, the new ballot contains 14 holdovers along with 11 newcomers, which may potentially continue the logjam caused by the current BBWAA rules which limit the number of votes on one ballot to 10 and the ongoing refusal by some writers to vote for players tainted by PEDs, leaving too many qualified candidates fighting for limited spots.

Yesterday, we looked at the returning candidates.  Today, it’s time to look at the newcomers and who may be thankful come January.

Mark Buehrle

While he is one of only three pitchers, along with Cy Young and Sandy Koufax, to have a no-hitter, a perfect game, and win a World Series title with the same organization, I don’t see any way he will make it.  Hopefully he will get enough votes to remain on the ballot for another year.

A.J. Burnett

I don’t see him getting much in the way of support.

Michael Cuddyer

I wonder what it feels like to be placed on the ballot knowing that you won’t earn even a single vote.

Dan Haren

I can see him getting a vote or two, but not enough to stick around.

LaTroy Hawkins

I mean, he had a nice career and all, but no.

Tim Hudson

My initial reaction was no, but he was the first one to make me look up his numbers.  His predictive numbers are actually very similar to Buehrle’s, so I’m going to have to say no here as well.  It’ll be interesting to see how their vote totals match up considering how close their predictive scores are.

Torii Hunter

Probably the most interesting case out of the newcomers.  I can see him sticking around for the entire 10 year run, but I don’t see him getting in.

Aramis Ramirez

While a local favorite, I don’t see him getting a lot of support.

Nick Swisher

F this dude and anyone who votes for him.

Shane Victorino

No.

Barry Zito

The start of his career looked promising, but those later Giant years were brutal.

2021 Hall Of Fame Ballot – The Holdovers

Earlier this week, the BBWAA released their ballot for the Hall of Fame class of 2021. The results of the vote are due to be revealed on January 26th, with induction hopefully taking place July 25th.  After Derek Jeter and Larry Walker were elected in last year’s voting, the new ballot contains 14 holdovers along with 11 newcomers, which may potentially continue the logjam caused by the current BBWAA rules which limit the number of votes on one ballot to 10 and the ongoing refusal by some writers to vote for players tainted by PEDs, leaving too many qualified candidates fighting for limited spots.

Let’s take a look at the returning candidates today before moving on to the newcomers.

Bobby Abreu
Years on ballot: 1
2020 Percentage: 5.5

After just barely surviving for a second time through the process, I wouldn’t be making any travel plans to Cooperstown if I were Abreu.

Barry Bonds
Years on ballot: 8
2020 Percentage: 60.7

The all time home run champion saw his vote percentage rise for the sixth straight time last year, so the PED bias holding him back may be slightly subsiding.  But, with only 2 more shots with the writers, it would take a huge mindset change for him to get up to 75%.

Roger Clemens
Years on ballot: 8
2020 Percentage: 61.0

Roger Clemens, he of the 354 career victories and 7 Cy Young awards, also found himself with a another slight bump rise after his eighth run through the voting process.  For some odd reason, perhaps by having played for more teams, Clemens continues to get marginally more support than his fellow PED poster child Barry Bonds.

Todd Helton
Years on ballot: 2
2020 Percentage: 29.2

A nice increase in his second showing, but it looks like Helton’s going to suffer from the same Colorado bias as Larry Walker, who needed all 10 of his chances to get elected.

Andruw Jones
Years on ballot: 3
2020 Percentage: 19.4

If voters were to stick to his first 11 seasons, Jones looks like a shoe-in for the Hall.  His last 7 seasons, though, were so bad that it makes it hard to consider him.  Despite more than doubling his vote percentage, those final seasons seem to be holding sway.

Jeff Kent
Years on ballot: 7
2020 Percentage: 27.5

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Fitbit 6: Week 42

Week 35 of working from home due to the corona virus started well, both step and weather wise, but then saw a big drop in both midweek.  The week got off to a decent start on Sunday, finishing over 4600 steps.  Monday took advantage of the nice weather and came just 7 steps shy of 8500 thanks to numerous short walks throughout the day.  Tuesday was again over goal, with over 7500 steps, despite a morning of duct work and a break in the weather in the late afternoon.  Things fell off on Wednesday, as I finished over 3100 steps despite a nighttime trip to a funeral home to say goodbye to a dead cousin.  Thursday fell 99 steps lower, as I spent a good portion of the day in a meeting.  Friday saw a slight increase up to 3400 steps, as I went to get my license renewed at the local Secretary of State’s office.  Saturday, I finished just over 4000 steps despite not leaving the house all day.

Total steps: 34,339

Daily average: 4905.6

Book 18 (of 52) – A Good Marriage

A Good Marriage – Kimberly McCreight

In the latest from Kimberly McCreight, a lawyer is forced to defend an old law school friend for the murder of his wife, while trying to figure out how (of if) her marriage can be saved.  When her old friend turns out not to be the man she remembers, she works to prove his innocence in order to save herself and to give the victim some peace.

A Good Marriage explores just the opposite, not good marriages, whether it is the superficial one between the victim, Amanda, and the accused, Zach, or the broken one between Lizzie and her alcoholic husband Sam.  When Zach uses Lizzie’s broken marriage, and the steps she has taken to hide the damage from her new bosses, to force her to defend him, she goes full force, but finds a way to save her soul as well.

McCreight has become a reliable source of entertainment since Reconstructing Amelia was released in 2013, touted as that year’s Gone Girl.  While I’m not willing to put her on Gillian Flynn’s level, at least she is still writing and releasing prose.  I look forward to whatever comes next in 2-3 years.

 

You Ought To Be In (28) Pictures

Movie_Reel_22Many years ago, using the weekly TV guide that came with the Sunday Chicago Tribune, I started keeping track of all of the movies I had seen over the course of my lifetime.  The guide would list the two main stars for each movie, and that is a tradition that I’ve carried on in my database ever since.  So, given those guidelines, and thanks to a corona virus inspired uptick to my movie watching this year, it is time to look at the 100 actors that have starred in at least 10 films that I have seen, as of July 1.

Today, we continue with the actor that has starred in 28 movies that I have seen.

Nicolas Cage

Nicolas Cage can also point to special circumstances behind his high film total: real estate issues and IRS trouble.  After being accused of owing the government over $6.5 million in unpaid taxes and losing millions in bad real estate deals, Cage filed a $20 million lawsuit against his business manager and started taking any and every role offered to him.  7 of his films that I have seen have come since, including 4 in 2010 alone.  My first exposure to a starring Cage role was likely 1987’s Raising Arizona.  There have been 8 years since where I have seen multiple Cage films.  After a 3 year absence from my screen, Cage returned earlier this year with Vengeance: A Love Story.

By The Numbers – 88

In 1929, uniform numbers appeared on the back of baseball jerseys for the first time, thanks to the Indians and the Yankees.  By 1937, numbers finally appeared across all uniforms, both home and away, across both major leagues.  Since that time, 81 distinct numbers have been worn by members of the White Sox, while the Cubs boast 76.

Today, we continue our look at those players, picking our favorite, if not the best, player to wear each uniform number for both Chicago teams with #88.  Once again, a single player has donned #88 while playing in Chicago, for the 2020 White Sox.

Luis Robert was signed by the White Sox as a 19 year old in 2017 after he defected from Cuba.  He made his major league debut on Opening Day 2020, earning Rookie of the Month for August and placing second in Rookie of the Year voting, despite a September swoon that left him with a .233 batting average and .738 OPS.

MVPito

On Thursday night, White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu took home MVP honors. becoming the fourth White Sox player to receive the award.  He received 21 first-place votes after leading the American League in hits, RBI, total bases, slugging percentage, and extra base hits.  The 2014 Rookie of the Year, he became just the 28th player to nab both awards.

Abreu follows Nellie Fox, Dick Allen, and Frank Thomas in winning the award for the White Sox and Zolio Versalles and Jose Canseco as Cuban-born winners.