Bloom: Scouts dinner highlights best aspects of the game

From SABR member Barry M. Bloom at on January 18, 2015:

There’s nothing better on the West Coast in the offseason than the Professional Baseball Scouts Foundation Awards Dinner. This year, the 12th annual soiree was staged on Saturday night by founder Dennis Gilbert at the famous Century Plaza Hotel.

The affair, in honor of outgoing Commissioner Bud Selig, always offers a bit of the poignant and the absurd.

The absurd: Comedian Garry Shandling did a bit about baseball’s pace of game, an issue being addressed by the experimental use of a 20-second pitch clock at the top levels of the Minor Leagues this coming season.

Mimicking Red Sox slugger David “Big Papi” Ortiz, Shandling slowly donned a pair of batting gloves, first the left hand, repeatedly loosening and tightening the Velcro strip into the microphone.

“You can’t hear this [scratching] sound on TV,” he said.

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Originally published: January 19, 2015. Last Updated: January 19, 2015.