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July Meeting Summary
Written by Jan Larson   
Monday, 21 July 2014 20:07

Dell Diamond

Seventeen members and guests enjoyed the Sunday, July 20 game between the Iowa Cubs and Round Rock Express at the Dell Diamond in Round Rock, Texas.  Most of the group enjoyed a pre-game meal in the Intel Club and were then joined by the others for desserts, snacks and soft drinks in the air conditioned comfort of suite #29.  The suite featured a flat screen television with the game feed and the piped in radio broadcast featuring the play-by-play of Express' broadcaster, Mike Capps.

The game was a tight contest that was tied 2-2 at the end of nine innings.  As the hour was becoming late and a work week loomed in the not-to-distant future for many attendees, some were forced to call it a night before the contest came to conclusion.  The hopes of the home fans were dimmed when the visiting Cubs took a 3-2 lead in the top of the 11th inning but a leadoff home run by Lillibridge in the bottom of the frame enabled the game to continue.   Only four of the original 17 were present to see the Express complete the come from behind win by pushing across a run in the bottom of the 12th inning to win 4-3.

Next on the agenda for a number of chapter members is the SABR convention beginning on July 30 in Houston.  The date and time of the August chapter meeting will be announced at a later date.

 

Last Updated on Monday, 21 July 2014 20:09
 
June 2014 Meeting Recap
Written by Monte Cely   
Thursday, 26 June 2014 21:25

Ten members of the Hornsby SABR Chapter met Thursday evening, June 26 at IronWorks BBQ in downtown Austin.

A broad range of baseball topics were discussed and debated, including:  Tim Lincecum's recent no-hitter; the seeming "parity" among MLB teams this season; 2014 Cy Young contenders; among many other topics.

Gilbert Martinez reminded chapter members of the upcoming SABR National Convention to be held in Houston the last week of July.  If you are planning to attend, and are interested in volunteering to help at the Convention, please contact Gilbert at gmartinez46@austin.rr.com.

Jan Larson reminded chapter members of the upcoming Hornsby July chapter meeting to be held Sunday July 20 at Dell Diamond.  We are planning to rent one of the suites at Dell Diamond, with the cost being $45-50 per attendee.  If you want to attend, Jan will need a firm commitment by July 7.  Jan can be reached at jan.a.larson@gmail.com .

Although Bill Gilbert was unable to attend, he emailed in a "quick quiz".  The two questions were:

1.  Who are the four active pitchers who have thrown two no-hitters?

2.  Who are the five active players (not counting A-Rod) with 400+ home runs and 2,000+ hits?

The reader will be left to work out the answers via Baseball-Reference.com.

 

 

 

Last Updated on Thursday, 26 June 2014 21:27
 
May Meeting Summary
Written by Jan Larson   
Sunday, 04 May 2014 15:57

Eleven members and guests of the Rogers Hornsby chapter enjoyed BBQ at the Salt Lick and baseball at the Dell Diamond on Saturday evening May 3, 2014.   We welcomed chapter member Mike Lassman who made the drive to Round Rock from San Antonio.

Mike dutifully filled out a scorecard throughout the Express' 5-1 loss to the New Orleans Zephyrs.  Several members disagreed wtih a couple of decisions by the official scorer which awarded hits to Zephyr players when most observers thought that errors should have been charged to Express fielders.  Despite the loss by the local nine a good time was had by all.

We will return to Iron Works for our June meeting on a date to be determined.

 
April Meeting Summary
Written by Jan Larson   
Friday, 18 April 2014 06:28

Nine chapter members gathered at Iron Works BBQ in Austin for the April meeting of the Rogers Hornsby chapter; the chapter's 89th consecutive monthly meeting.

With the season underway, there were ample topics for discussion.  Subjects covered, in no particular order, included the new major league replay rule (with several suggestions on how to "fix" it),  Pythagorean winnning percentage, Jan Larson's trip to Australia for the major league "Opening Series," the fast start by the Milwaukee Brewers and the slow start by the Arizona Diamondbacks, the apparent early season lack of offense and preponderance of shutouts and managers that never seem to be on the hot seat no matter how poorly their clubs perform.

Tom Thayer presented a quiz entitled "Things That Don't Happen Any More."  The quiz may be found at this link.

The next meeting on Saturday, May 3 will be the first of two official chapter outings this season to see a Round Rock Express game at the Dell Diamond.  The game against the New Orleans Zephyrs is scheduled for a 6:05 p.m. start.  We will meet for a late lunch/early dinner at 4:00 p.m. at the Salt Lick BBQ adjacent to the Dell Diamond parking lot.  Anyone wishing to sit with the group (and receive discounted tickets) should contact Jan Larson at jan.a.larson@gmail.com prior to Tuesday, April 29.

Last Updated on Saturday, 19 April 2014 08:34
 
March 2014 Meeting Recap
Written by Monte Cely   
Thursday, 20 March 2014 21:35

 A small but enthusiastic group of eight SABR members met at Iron Works BBQ in downtown Austin for the Hornsby Chapter March meeting.  The group is anxiously awaiting the start of the 2014 season, and topics of discussion included:  the status of replay and appeals; opening day in Australia; betting lines on the upcoming season (the Dodgers are favored to take it all); how free agent acquisitions are doing with their new teams; and much more.

Dan Walsh presented the quiz, entitled Alphabetic Home Run Leaders.  Tom Thayer and Eric Robinson tied for the lead with 11 correct answers out of a possible 26, with Tom taking the tie-breaker for the valuable first prize.  Try your hand at the quiz, it's located here.

Two reminders:

The Hornsby Chapter Predictatron ballots are due to Jim Baker by midnight on Sunday, March 30.  Don't miss out on the chance to participate in this season-long contest.

The Round Rock Express will host the Rangers' AA affiliate, the Frisco RoughRiders, in an exhibition game featuring Texas Rangers' prospects.  Game time is 7:05pm on Tuesday April 1 at Dell Diamond.  Tickets are $5.  For those interested in attending, we'll meet in section 116 (behind the third base dugout) to enjoy the pre-season action.

Next meeting -- will be Thursday April 17 at 6pm back at Iron Works in downtown Austin. 

Last Updated on Thursday, 20 March 2014 21:45
 
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