Friday, October 05, 2012

Truly, you can't answer the question without a scorecard.

Once upon a time, I asked a baseball manager to explain how he went about running his team's games.

When is the right time to pinch hit? How are strengths and weaknesses played against each other? What’s the ideal situation and pitch count for the hit and run play? Do you bunt for a run early against a better pitcher? In short, what sort of thinking goes into your maneuvering during games?

He thought about it for a minute and said this:

“Well, there are nine innings of three outs each inning. We play during the day, except when it's a night game. We carry 10 pitchers, 3 catchers, 6 infielders and 5 outfielders on our roster. The team bus is a Ford, and we like to eat at Denny’s after the game. Does that help?”

Coincidentally, here’s an explanation of the thought processes behind editorial decision-making at the News and Tribune.

VAN HOY: The beats go on, but sometimes change; A quick refresher on who does what in the editorial department at this paper, by Shea Van Hoy

SOUTHERN INDIANA — A Wednesday morning conversation on Twitter reminded me that there’s much that goes on at the News and Tribune — or any newspaper for that matter — that the public doesn’t know about or understand.

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