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Sounds like it could be a Mickey Mouse tournament if games are going to be hugely influenced by the toss.

Big selection call Aussies might regret, positive Warner verdict and legends' surprise final tip

Thanks suggestion re Hernandez bros. I saw that the independent leagues aren’t affiliated with MLB, but couldn’t get a handle on what standard they were. Said to be professional or semi-professional.

Cricket and baseball: Compare and contrast, Part 3 – quirks and controversies

I’d say its a more dangerous game all round. Apart from batters getting hit in the head, pitchers also get hit by balls hit back at them at 100mph.

Cricket and baseball: Compare and contrast, Part 3 – quirks and controversies

Interesting the Dragon’s article claims he was talking or rather swearing in English.

Cricket and baseball: Compare and contrast, Part 3 – quirks and controversies

And yet – Jose Altuve and Mookie Betts? Doesn’t seem like you need to be very fit but most of the MLBs look like they’re in good shape.

Cricket and baseball: Compare and contrast, Part 3 – quirks and controversies

Yes it’s quite a story. You prompted me to look it up. It does sound like one of those stories that gets clouded in the mists of time. This article makes it sound like it may not have been that serious but it still almost caused Bodyline like diplomatic ructions. And a great anecdote, if true, of Mr Baig going into the Pakistani dressing room before a Test match to get “instructions” from the skipper!

Pakistan cricket: the umpire strikes back

Cricket and baseball: Compare and contrast, Part 3 – quirks and controversies

Thanks AMD, hope I am not too far off the mark in musings on baseball. Seems a pity they don’t take the All-Star Game as seriously any more. The guy charging the opposition dugout was pretty seriously pissed off – interesting that the two teams were peacemakers, no brawl. The video that came immediately after was an example of manhandling the umpire – by the Cuban national team – apparently getting beaten by an independent league team – is that below AAA? I guess all the good Cuban players defected or are getting signed up.

Cricket and baseball: Compare and contrast, Part 3 – quirks and controversies

Nice one. I did see a case of a player attacking an umpire with a bat in the Dominican Republic. Reminiscent of soccer refs being shot in South America.

Cricket and baseball: Compare and contrast, Part 3 – quirks and controversies

Haven’t come across anything that suggests it’s been a problem. The last case of bribery accusations involving an umpire I could see was in 1908, and that came to light because the umpire refused the bribe. Seems that MLB umpires get close to $250,000+ all up on average which puts them well within the top 5% of U.S. income earners (plus a long off season) so I don’t think they feel too disadvantaged. They get more than many minor league players who are still very good athletes.

Cricket and baseball: Compare and contrast, Part 3 – quirks and controversies

It was $US 232,000 converted at 0.74 to AUD. Which would put you well within the top 5% for individual earnings, and nearly 3.5 times U.S median household income. Plus maybe $150/day ?covering meals for six months.

Cricket and baseball: Compare and contrast, Part 3 – quirks and controversies

Weird so many people thinking Kelleway was even close to Cooper in terms of influence. Good call on Valentini Brett.

The Thursday rugby two-up: Standout players of TRC

Very interesting point AD – we mostly think about the different formats of cricket in terms of different requirements and skill sets, but not in terms of different employers and organisations responsible for your training etc. I suppose with central contracts and one coach for red and white ball cricket in Aus and UK there is a bit more of that than there used to be. But T20 certainly makes it more of a mixed bag. MLB is pretty pure in there only being one format and only one employer, except for a few fringe players who might play “winter ball” in the Dominican Republic or Puerto Rico, etc.

Cricket and baseball: Compare and contrast, Part 3 – quirks and controversies

I think lack of exercise might be an issue. They seem to stay in a fixed spot for three hours plus. Actually standing as the home plate ump could be worth some danger money- despite all the protection they do get hurt occasionally, and getting a ricochet in the face mask at 150 kph wouldnt be pleasant.

Cricket and baseball: Compare and contrast, Part 3 – quirks and controversies

Of course, just referring to CA contracts. But does Nathan Lyon, eg, the GOAT of Aussie finger spin, get more than $600,000 all up?

Cricket and baseball: Compare and contrast, Part 3 – quirks and controversies

I second that motion. It wasn’t a howler, let alone absolute howler, which I assume means you couldnt get more of a howler than that. You can’t tell at all from the real speed replay, the first replay looked to me it came off the bottom of his sweater, and only on the third viewing did I come to share the view that that it came off the glove. No DRS, bad luck, that’s how most cricket is played.

Usman Khawaja receives a gift courtesy of an absolute howler by the umpire

I read that their salaries range from about to $120,000 to $600,000 (Aussie dollars) with the average just over 300,000 AUD. I might put up with the abuse for that, especially with five months holiday in Florida over the “winter” (actually not sure about the Florida bit). Plus $A 500 per diem for hotels and meals for six months, and first class flights. Where do I sign? Some of our cricketers would be complaining about life in the bubble. Seems the top MLB umpires get more than all Aussie cricketers except Finch get from CA central contracts plus match fees. Not sure about cricket umpires but assume it’s a lot less except for IPL maybe.

Cricket and baseball: Compare and contrast, Part 3 – quirks and controversies

I’m not sure Group 2 is the group of death any more than group 1. Australia are pretty average but I think they’d give themselves a more than decent chance to beat Pakistan or NZ, even if the latter might be favourites. Pakistan don’t have too many world beaters. West Indies are pretty beatable too. Would be great if PNG could sneak into the next round.

What to expect from cricket's first desert T20 World Cup

I didn’t trust my memory so had tried Google for James Swann: James Edward Swann, Jr. a.k.a. The Shotgun Stalker (born 1964), is an American serial killer whose random drive-by shotgun shootings in Washington, D.C. in 1993 earned him his nickname in the press.

The England Lions squad is far more interesting than the England Ashes squad

Thanks Paul. Yep the manager-umpire is a particularly weird ritual and strange there has never been a move to suspend managers (or maybe it’s been mooted but nothing done). It tends only to happen in the regular season- with 162 games and your team is on the losing end it doesn’t matter so much sitting out half a game and letting the bench coach take over.

Cricket and baseball: Compare and contrast, Part 3 – quirks and controversies

It was league cricket in Bangladesh, below first class. Actually he was hit on the head fielding at short leg. I was looking at batters hit by fast bowling. There was one other batter in FC cricket who died after being hit by the ball – a Pakistani in the 50s who was hit over the heart by a slow off break! Bad luck and a weak heart you’d imagine.

Cricket and baseball: Compare and contrast, Part 3 – quirks and controversies

Joe Burns may have been pleased because he top scored in the first innings. Don’t think Worrall got seven wickets though. Don’t think this is fair: “more fearful of this than Tony Greig facing a prime West Indian fast bowling attack.” He may have stirred the Windies up but was physically pretty brave.

Domestic cricket is back and it’s off to a shaky start

Any idea where to find the Ashes warm-up matches and the Lions fixtures Paul? I couldn’t see it in ECB or CA websites or the Roar, or a few other sites that Google sent me to. These A tours are a good idea all round. One four day and one three day game is pretty poor preparation. Parkinson’s figures are extremely impressive for a leggie in England – can’t believe they took two finger spinners ahead of him.

The England Lions squad is far more interesting than the England Ashes squad

Maybe Jimmy’s just worried about people dropping their strides to put in a new box on the field.

'Let's keep it respectable': Jimmy Anderson unimpressed with 'war of words' leading into Ashes series

So we can still use naughty words, just not aimed at the oppo?

'Let's keep it respectable': Jimmy Anderson unimpressed with 'war of words' leading into Ashes series

I count six. Not sure whether this is as much a problem as not enough big ones. Mind you, watching the highlights of his Marsh Cup 200+ he is sure seeing them well and striking beautifully.

'My three options': Michael Clarke's surprise call for Will Pucovski's Ashes replacement

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