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Not worried about Cardinals

Why am I not worried about the Cardinals? Here is a list of the best hitters in the NL. What is missing? Birds are missing. Yes, the Cardinals are surging...., but they are not good at the core - behind the plate. Take a look:

RK Player Team Pos R H 1 Marte, K ARI CF 87 163 2 Acuna Jr., R ATL LF 107 158 3 Arenado, N COL 3B 89 155 3 Blackmon, C COL RF 96 155 5 Freeman, F ATL 1B 103 154 6 Albies, O ATL 2B 82 152 7 Marte, S PIT CF 89 149 7 Yelich, C MIL RF 92 149 9 Rendon, A WSH 3B 96 148 9 Castellanos CHC OF 79 148 <- 10 Baez, J CHC SS 87 147 <- 11 Hosmer, E SD 1B 65 146 11 Rosario, A NYM SS 63 146 11 Story, T COL SS 95 146 The next Cardinal? After two more Cubbies
21 Bryant CHC with 135 hits
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26 Rizzo CHC with 129 hits

all the way to 28th place

28 Goldschmidt, P STL 1B 128 hits <- first for C…

training log

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Speed Time Date MPH Miles M/S Cal Inc 25 Aug 19 2.3 0.936 25.05 100 0 L 26 Aug 19 2.6 1.053 24.45 108 0 L 27 Aug 19 2.8 1.255 27.00 125 0 28 Aug 19 3.0 1.304 26.05 127 0 * 29 Aug 19 3.1v 1.364 26.28 132 0 30 Aug 19 2.V 1.003 24.04 103 0 L 31 Aug 19 3.2 1.504 27:22 142 0 01 Sep 19 day off 02 Sep 19 3.7 1.301 21:05 120 0 03 Sep 19 3.5-4.2 0.937 18:02 104 0 L 04 Sep 19 V 1.000 ????? ??? V LW 04 Sep 19 3.7-4.5 1.618 25:10 163 0 + 05 Sep 19 day off 06 Sep 19 3.5-4.5 1.667 25:01 215 0 [14:15 mile] 07 Sep 19 3.5-4.5 1.886 27.52 252 0 x 08 Sep 19 day off 09 Sep 19 V 1.085 22.29 128 0 10 Sep 19 Stairs day 20 floors up and down 11 Sep 19 3.0-5.0 1.309 19:37 175 V 12 Sep 19 day off 13 Sep 19 V 1.254 19.09 159 0
I will post my progress on this article.

goal #1: Do 3 mph mile in about 20 minutes. *
goal #2: Very brisk 15 minutes mi…

Top 10 posts since moving to Google blogger

The biggest topic since I started blogging in 2000 has been Arcade games. I had my largest following. Since then I get a fraction of the traffic I once did. I decided to see what are my top 10 since moving to the Google platform for blogging. Now the biggest pulls are video game consoles and dice.
Entry Date pub Page views PlayStation 1 Classic Game add Jan 1, 2019 321 Making a custom dice box. Part I Jan 9, 2018 132 Making a custom dice box. Part V Jan 14, 2018 97 My dice collections Feb 8, 2018 77 Making a custom dice box. Part II Jan 10, 2018 74 Making a custom dice box. Part III Jan 12, 2018 68 Making a custom dice box. Part IV Jan 13, 2018 67 Day 8 of backyard work Jun 25, 2018 60 1960 Cubs cards Jan 31, 2018 56 PlayStation Classic Controllers Jan 06, 2019 27

Mustang News.

In April, we learned from Ford that Hybrid Ford Mustang are due out 2020. Then there were other rumors. Now we learn that a Mustang inspired SUV has been confirmed. Additionally, an all wheel drive electric mustang has been confirmed. The AWD version makes the all electric more palatable. Mustang owners love gas engines. But the newer performance engineered car nuts also know the benefits of planting HP over four wheels and what that means for track times.

Plenty of people are upset about high performance Mustangs loosing the manual transmission for increased performance. More people will be upset about an electric Mustang. Even more about a non rear wheel drive Mustang. But then again, there will be people that care more about Physics. My 2 pennies.

There is very little hard facts about either of these cars that Ford confirmed, but I expect there will be in a month or so. That is how Ford operates.

Battery life is going to be something over 300 miles. A front and rear e…

Cubs power offense

Cubs are having one of their best offensive years ever and yet are in second place and struggling badly on the road.  With the numbers that Castellanos is having, I would like to see the Cubs keep him.  Although Baez is clearly the best hitter and base runner on the team, he has been off track lately and the rest of the team is catching up.

As of August 20th, the Cubs have 9 players with double digit Home runs. In fact the slugging numbers a looking good so far.  Odds are likely the Cubs will have three players with 30 or more home runs this regular season.

Player HR 3B 2B XBH H Baez 28 4 34 66 140 <-- Schwarber 28 1 18 47 92 Bryant 25 1 32 58 128 Rizzo 25 2 25 52 125 Contreras 19 1 15 35 81 Heyward 18 4 15 37 109 Castellanos 18 3 44 65 137 <-- Almora Jr. 12 1 11 24 78 Bote 10 0 16 26 69 Baez and Castellanos lead the team in hits, doubles, triples and in general …

Best Cartoon Duo

Tell me who you think is the best Cartoon Duo? 1 Ren and Stimpy
2 Beavis and Butthead
3 Zim and Gir
4 Pinky and The Brain
5 Rick and Morty
6 SpongeBob and Patrick
7 Bender and Fry
8 Fred Finstone and Barney Rubble
9 Scooby and Shaggy
10 Daggett and Norm
11 Cow and Chicken
12 Garfield and Odie
13 Chip and Dale
14 Yogi and Boo-boo
15 The Tick and Arthur
16 Pooh and Piglet
17 Phineas and Ferb
18 Snoopy & Woodstock
19 Stewie & Brian Griffin
20 Bullwinkle & Rocky
21 Marlin and Dory
22 Elroy and Astro 23 He-Man and Battlecat
24 Johnny Quest and Hadji I did not included these duos because they are not really duos, but antagonist to each other:
-  Tom and Jerry
-  Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck
-  Willie Coyote and Road Runner I did not include these because they never made it to the screen:
-  Calvin and Hobbes
So far on other media I have [I will keep updated]:
2 votes for Scooby and Shaggy
1 vote for Ricky and Morty
1 vote for Phineas and Ferb
1 vote for Pinky and The Brain
1 vote for Tom and Jerry (ev…

2019 Summer Mustangs

I just posted a new video of various Mustangs that I took photos of in Bloomington IL during the Summer of 2019.  As promised earlier, I really want to start video blogging more.

You can view the video here

I think my next video blog will actually be of some content and I plan on doing something on Route 66 like visiting:

1. Ryburn’s Place on 305 E. Pine Street, Normal IL and getting a photo of my Mustang there.

2. Funks Grove Pure Maple Sirup at 5257 Historic U.S. 66, Shirley IL

3. Dead Man’s Curve at Towanda IL

4. Gemini Giant on 810 E. Baltimore St., in Wilmington IL

5. Brick wall in Pontiac IL with mustang car photo.

6. Eat at Park View Inn in Bloomington IL

7. world largest catsup bottle in Collinsville, Il

8. Arcade museum in McLean IL.

2020 Shelby GT500 info

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Ford submits headline: 2020 SHELBY GT500 ACHIEVES SUPERCAR ACCELERATION WITH 760 HORSEPOWER AND 7-SPEED DUAL-CLUTCH TRANSMISSION
So what is Ford bragging about: Ford: "Its 760-horsepower 5.2-liter V8 engine is the most power- and torque-dense supercharged V8 in the world. With 625 ft.-lb. of torque funneled through a Tremec® TR-9070 DCT 7-speed dual-clutch transmission, the Shelby GT500 achieves a 0-100-0 in 10.6 seconds, thanks also to the largest front brakes of any domestic sports coupe (16.5-inch rotors) and available carbon fiber wheels, each wrapped in a Ford Performance-spec Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tire." That is pretty impressive.  What is Chevy saying for the C8?  But a more Interesting bit of information here: Ford: "Power output is transmitted to the 3.73:1 Torsen limited-slip independent rear suspension via a carbon fiber driveshaft for reduced rotational mass and torsional distortion, plus larger halfshafts and a redesigned rear suspension hub for added st…

Baez Praise, Theo Shame

Just a little Javier Baez praise after I just learned yesterday that the Cubs had tried to trade Javier Baez in 2017. Let's think about that. With the 2018 and 2019 seasons, the Cubs would have fallen on the Cubs' collective face if not for Baez. Theo believed the sole core or the Cubs is Rizzo and Bryant.

Currently, as of Aug 5th, 2019 - Javier leads the Cubs in every offensive stat except Runs and he is second. I'm not sure who was dumber; the Cubs for trying to remove much of the Cubs Offense or the Tigers for not seeing the possibilities.

Yes, in 2017 Baez was not keeping up with Anthony Rizzo and Kris Bryant, but in 2018 and 2019 he performed much better than both.

So far, compared to the two players the Cubs said were the sole back bone:
Year R H 2B 3B HR XBH RBI SB BA OBP Baez 2017 75 128 24 2 23 49 75 10 .273 .317 Rizzo 2017 99 156 32 3 32 67 109 10 .273 .392 Bryant 2017 111 162 38 4 29 …