■ From BleacherReport.com: Second baseman Brock Bond is currently leading the Eastern League in hitting at a .348 clip
■ Kangaroo Court, as described by the Norwich Bulletin:
It’s a moment he would probably like to forget, but doing just that — forgetting — led to one of the most unintentionally funny moments in Brock Bond’s young career.
As a member of the Single-A San Jose Giants last season, Bond stepped into the batter’s box just as a newly inserted relief pitcher readied his first warm-up pitch.
Despite the cries of his teammates to move away, Bond was so focused that he forgot it was a new pitcher.
“I don’t know what I was doing,” said Bond, now the Connecticut Defenders’ All-Star second baseman. “I guess I was daydreaming. I just walked up to the plate.”As a result, he stood before the team’s Kangaroo Court.
■ And those wacky folks at the Wall Street Journal give us a Proposal to Rework the Count:
Two strikes, you’re out!
That doesn’t quite have the same ring as the original, but Sky Andrecheck wishes that baseball’s founders had taken the steps necessary to make that saying part of the lexicon. Specifically, writing on Baseball Analysts, he presents data suggesting that a game where three balls earned a batter a walk but two strikes ends his at bat would have very similar outcomes to what we know as baseball, but get to those outcomes a lot faster — and with fewer pitching changes. . . .