Ferdinand Cesarano

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  1. It is true that the owners and backers of this league seem to be in financial disarray. But, even a league that is run by financially sound parties, such as the XFL, gets denounced by a segment of fans simply because it is not the NFL. You cannot deny that many fans inexplicably react with a reflexive hostility towards any football league that is not the NFL. It is as if they have internalised the notion that the NFL is the only legitimate league, and that no other league even ought to exist. This is ugly because it suggests that these fans are less interested in watching the sport than they are in identifying with power.
  2. They can kind of get away with it because the wordmark is the same, and matches the cap logo. While I would have liked to see the entire 1987 set, I am happy enough to see that beautiful hat. I would say just the opposite. The only thing this uniform has going for it is the contrasting number, a feature which looked fantastic also on the mid-90s Orioles and the original Marlins. But the home uniform definitely does not need a cursive wordmark. And that road script is awkward and ungainly; the word "Minnesota" is just too damn long to be spelt out in cursive. What's more, the disembodied tail makes no sense at all. (The underline on the home wordmark is OK because the lettering is not cursive; here it looks like someone erased part of it.) For me the bottom line is that the Twins got it completely right in 1987, and every change since then (including adding the player name to the back of the home uniform) has been a downgrade. Nothing could have improved the 1987 uniform, short possibly of inverting the colour of the front number.
  3. Here is the explanation for all of them: the team in white always looks better. Another example is the Giants hosting the Saints in 1967.
  4. Powder blue looks right on the Royals -- and only on the Royals. The white lettering really pops. That was the best-ever road uniform for that team. By contrasat, the Phillies rank up there with the Cardinals as teams in the "don't go there!" club, teams on whom powder blue was an embarassment. That non-team colour only detracted from a great design, as can be seen from these road greys, in shots from before and after the powder blue madness. It's too bad that the Expos never had a grey road version of their classic uniforms. Still, this road uniform... ...could probably have served alongside their true home set (but the numbers would have to be in the Expos' regular font). But I really hated to see the home uniform with that rather unattractive "Expos" wordmark instead of the logo with the lowercase wordmark on the left breast, and the number in that elegant font on the right. That home jersey with the cursive wordmark was entirely devoid of anything having to do with the team's aesthetic. And the Expos' use of the racing stripe, was, like the Mets' use of it, unfit for adults. That gaudy feature looked even worse on the Expos than it did on the Mets (which is saying something!), on account of the clash with the refined elements of the Expos' uniform. is better than and way better than
  5. I agree with @SFGiants58 that the home wordmark and the number font were terrible, both on their own merits and as representations of that particular team. But I agree with @Mitch B that the road uniform looked good (from the front). (I think the quoting got messed up; presumably that quote is from Mitch, not from SFGiants58.) The Giants have pulled it off before, such as in 1916:
  6. It is a good logo, but it's pretty dated. It just screams 1970s/80s. See, this is an example of why I so dislike the critique "dated". Just because a logo shows evidence of when it was created, this does not mean that it is inappropriate for subsequent eras. For example, the Tigers' D logo "screams 1920s" to the same extent that this Phillies P logo "screams 1970s". But both are logos that, once established, could stand indefinitely. Fortunately, the Tigers have had the good sense to leave the D logo untouched, while the Phillies foolishly messed with perfection. And, in a strange irony, the Phillies replaced a strong logo whose origin is obviously in the 1970s with a logo whose origin is obviously in the 1950s, but a weaker one which has aged much less well, and which could more reasonably be called "dated". (A similarly misguided logo change was just undertaken by the Toronto Maple Leafs.) But, again, I reject the validity of "dated" as a criticism, or at least as a primary criticism. (There are people on this board who have called the Yankee logo dated!) Critiques of a logo ought to be based primarily on an analysis of the logo's aesthetic characteristics, and should not consist simply of naming the period from which the logo dates. You acknowledge that this is a good logo. A good design does not become less good over time. I'd call this P logo superior to the current P logo because it is more cleverly designed and because its shape is more aesthetically pleasing (not because one of these logos was created in the 1970s and the other was created in the 1950s).
  7. That's such a great color. So much better than their boring red. And it's such a great logo. While I appreciate the fact that the current logo and wordmark resemble the ones from the 1950s, this P logo is so much better. It's such a beautiful baseball mark, one which works equally well as a cap monogram and as a jersey logo.
  8. The only good uniforms the Suns ever had:
  9. Hmf. Well, if the shadowing is consistent, then maybe that DC not worse than other bevelled logos. It's merely just as bad. But the point about bevelling is that the whole idea of wondering about an imaginary light source on a logo or wordmark is kind of absurd. Any logo worth presenting should stand on its own in two dimensions.
  10. Bevelling sucks for any logo. That and the other monstrosity of faux-3D, the drop shadow, make us forget that two dimensions is all you need for a good logo. But the bevelling is particularly bad for that DC logo. There is no light source that could make the shadow effect produced by the bevelling on the C. The DC logo is much better when it's produced in clean two dimensions. ...except that the lines of the letters should be completed so that the two letterforms are complete, as they are in the (otherwise awful) stars-and-stripes version. At any rate, all of these logos pale in comparison to the curly W. It's hard to understand how there could be opposition to such a cool-looking logo. Even though that logo dates only from the early 1960s, it has the look of a logo that could go back to the early part of the century, one that compares nicely with the iconic logos of the Tigers and Red Sox, a logo so cool that it now appears on the team's jerseys -- home and road -- as well as on its hats. The Nationals have a superb look with their home whites and road greys. This... ...is what a baseball uniform looks like. The hats compliment these uniforms perfectly. The Nationals shouldn't change anything substantial. The only change they should implement is to use the DC logo (2-dimensional style) as a sleeve patch in place of the roundel. Likewise, that was the best use of the Twins' TC logo.
  11. That StL logo really works beautifully as a chest logo.
  12. Sure thing, if my memories are wrong i'd like to know the truth too. The early 80's were my personal "Golden Age" of baseball. I got to see a lot of talent come thru Virginia, a lot of which helped the NY Mets win the '86 World Series. It was a good time to be a Mets fan in Virginia. It's too bad that the Mets are no longer affilliated with Tidewater/Norfolk. I think that that was one of the longest affilliations in history, dating from 1969 to 2006. The Orioles' affilliation with Rochester is the only one that I can think of that is on that scale. Anyway, after I sent the note to Baseball Reference asking about the lack of mention of Gooden's 1983 AAA experience, the response that I received read: "Like in MLB, minor league playoff stats don't count towards regular season stats". I pointed out that a player's Major League stats page on Baseball Reference has a separate section for his post-season stats. However, there is no equivalent section for post-season stats on the minor league page. Therefore, if the minor league stat pages exclude post-season action entirely, then this will fail to account for any number of late-season promotions, and serves to render the minor league pages far from comprehensive. I wondered if they saw that as a problem. The answer I received to that was "No, we don't see a lack of minor league playoffs stats to be a major issue for us. It'd be great to have them, but there's not much clamoring for them". I then suggested that it might be a good idea to include a note on the minor league stats pages to the effect that "this page does not include post-season activity". So, there you have it, a rather unsatisfying reminder that Baseball Reference's minor league records are not complete.
  13. I don't either. I remember the Tides had baseball cards commemerating the '83 Championship Season and a Gooden card was included. I have sent a note to the people at Baseball Reference asking about this. Anyway, thanks for the correction. All this time I had thought that Gooden never played at AAA until 1987.
  14. This league makes for good television viewing, because one entire half of a game can be shown between commercial breaks. Still, with Kenyon Martin out with an injury, my desire to watch has dwindled.
  15. "At Lynchburg he finished the season 19-4 and struck out 300 hitters in 191innings. This earned him a promotion to Triple-A Tidewater in time for the International League playoffs. Gooden got two starts for manager Davey Johnson’s team. The first was a loss to Columbus in the semifinals. Gooden then started the decisive game of the playoff finals and defeated the Richmond Braves 6-1 to win the International League title..5 Goodn finished his season by pitching a complete-game win against Denver as Tidewater won the Triple-A World Series, a round-robin event.6."- http://sabr.org/bioproj/person/d9e52fa4 I don't understand why this 1983 AAA activity is not recorded on Gooden's Baseball Reference page.