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Tuesday Afternoon Tidbits

While you wait for the Brewers to win game #23, here's some reading to get you through the rest of the day:

  • The always-funny Yard Work checks in with another installment from Bob Uecker.

  • WSB Chris wonders if we should allow managers to challenge calls.  I'm hesitant to introduce something like that that would slow down the game, especially when there might not reliably be a good camera angle on it for instant replay (or something like it), but it's symptomatic of a larger problem: some umps just aren't very good.  What's worse are all the umps who are not very good and really cocky, like the ones with ridiculously large, small, or just-plain-wrong strike zones.  I don't know that there's a good solution to this, other than putting MLB umps on a shorter leash.

  • Here are JM Barten's BTB Awards, week five.  Even if you don't have time to read the whole thing, scroll down to find Jeff Weaver's game log.  It's a riot.

  • Chad Cordero is going on the bereavement list for a few days, which--I can't believe this is possible--makes the Nats even worse.  Sheesh.

  • Ken Rosenthal reports that Kenny Williams says that "the AL Central won't be decided until the second half -- and that it will be decided by pitching."  Well, that's a bold claim.  Unfortunately, it doesn't matter how much sometimes above-average pitching you have, it's tough to win ballgames with a mediocre club in the most stacked division in baseball.  Sorry, Kenny.