Thursday, March 21, 2013

Reset — 2013

Opening Day only a little more than two weeks off!

Each year about this time I try to clear my head and refocus on what I want this blog to be. So here we go:

Welcome to a blog about the best team in minor league baseball

The Durham Bulls!

Watching Durham Bulls Baseball is meant to be a place to have a conversation about our favorite team.

Major League Spring Training is winding down and we’ve been making guesses about Bulls roster, but we really aren’t going to know for sure until a day or so before the first game.

That means that now is a good time to hit the “reset” on this blog. By “reset” I mean that I’ll sort of start over from where we were about this time last year and not assume our readers are Durham Bulls fanatics. That way I’ll get a chance to re-visit and maybe come to a better understanding of the Bulls, minor league baseball, AAA, and stuff such as just what the heck wOBA really is and whether or not we should care.

Just for background, this blog started out in early 2009. At the time I really didn’t know all that much about the Bulls, the Rays, or minor league baseball. On the other hand, I figured that I was pretty much like most of the folks in the stands at any given Bulls game. As was abundantly clear at the time, I also didn’t know much about blogging.

Some would say that not much has changed in my understanding of the above topics in the last four years. But I have been working on it, I really have, really, I have.

Fortunately, one of the nifty things about the web is that if you don’t know something, there’s someone out there who does. And lots of folks have been willing to step up and improve my understanding.

I seem to have developed a few principles as this has gone along. Here they are.  I don’t think I’ll change them much with this reset.

  • Keep the focus on the Bulls and their competitors in the International League as much as possible. That’s another way of saying this is a blog about the Durham Bulls, not the Tampa Bay Rays.
  • Don’t worry too much about being wrong ... and don’t get upset when someone tells you that you are.
  • The business of minor league baseball can be more than a little arcane. Explain if you must, but don’t let it get in the way of the game.
  • Have fun.

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