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Braintrust & Mailing Lists  Craig Tomarkin's Braintrust Newsletter, May 2003

Friends and Braintrust Subscribers,


On Tuesday, July 15, 2003, the 74th All-Star game will be played  at New Comisky Park in Chicago, home of the White Sox. But, this years game has new meaning. The winning team will now earn home field advantage for its league in the World Series. This change really makes the all-star game important. So, don’t expect to see tie like last year!  The N.Y. Times reported that, “The home team for games 1, 2, 6, and 7 has won 15 of the last 17 World Series and the last eight Series that went seven games.”

There are a number of changes. Each team will be given expanded rosters of 32 players up from the traditional 30. The manager will no longer determine the back up players and pitchers. It will be based on the results of the “Player Ballot,” where managers, coaches and players all get to vote.  Here’s where to read more about it:

Vote your all-star ballot online. Here’s the link:

In other news, through the end of April, the Yankees won 21 games and the Tigers lost 21 games. Place your bets as to which team will have the more extreme season.

Minor Leagues

Do April showers bring May doubleheaders? If the game is snowed out it sure does! Find out about this springs crazy weather and its impact on the minor leagues. Here’s the link:

Pro Yakyu

Please welcome Robert Kiyoshi Shadlow, and Josh Reyer,, who volunteered to take over posting the Japanese daily news for Gary Garland. Robert has been following baseball in Asia for over twenty years and is worthy of this task.

Robert and Josh don't have bio pages up yet but have already begun adding material to the daily news archives, so let’s welcome them. Robert has been posting game summaries and standings for the Japanese and South Korean Leagues. And, Josh posted a couple of box scores and will continue translating them from Japanese to English a couple of times a week. Josh plans to post weekly leader boards later this summer. We're lucky to have Robert and Josh step in they way they have.

Gary might post new material once the summer is over and he is settled in Japan, but will not likely resume the daily game summaries. We wish him the best of luck in his new situation.

I want to thank Michael Westbay, owner of (here’s the link:, for sharing his baseball data with me at Together we are building one cohesive Japanese baseball database that we will freely distribute. He and I will keep separate versions, both set up as true relational databases. His will likely be available to view online.  Mine will be available as spreadsheets to download and will have a master lookup table to make it easy to match the data from each season.

Anyone interested in helping us build this database should email either one of us and volunteer. Our contact info is: Craig Tomarkin from and Michael Westbay from

South Korea and Taiwan

We now have daily game summaries, standings and news coverage of the Korean and Taiwan baseball Leagues thanks to Andrew Wong, our new Asian insider. This is pretty special, because we think no one else provides English coverage in newspapers, online or anywhere else. In fact, the games in Taiwan are not even covered in their local papers in Taiwanese everyday, so you need to read English to get coverage.  Here’s the link to the daily news:

Since it is likely most English speaking people have little or no idea about baseball in these countries, the following articles will be a highly enjoyable and informational read.

Andrew Wong wrote an introduction to baseball in Korea. Here is the link:

Even though professional baseball in Taiwan is just beginning to take hold, Andrew wrote a very interesting introduction for us. Here is the link:

New Guru!

Please welcome Andrew Wong, our new "Other Leagues" foreign baseball expert. I am excited to report that Andy will keep us all up to date on baseball in Taiwan and South Korea.

We now have thorough coverage of Asian baseball in English. This really sets us apart and will ensure that the daily news section of the site continues its fast growth. Here's the link for any of you who may not have noticed it before:

Andy grew up in Singapore and being Chinese instantly became a big fan of Taiwanese baseball. He also lived in South Korea for two years and went to high school in Vancouver. Take a look at his baseball guru page for more. Here's the link:

Thanks again for your contribution Andy. I'm sure that because of you, players and teams from the Far East will become familiar to thousands of English speaking people who had not previously been aware of them.

Article Submissions

Anyone who would like to contribute commentary, photos, articles, experiences or whatever may to submit them for online publication by emailing me. You don’t have to be a Guru to make a valuable and interesting contribution. Please see the analysis page of the web site for article submission guidelines. Here’s the link:

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Featured on the web site this month was: FATHER & SON 

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Analysis Highlights

Ever dream about being a general manager for a real MLB team? You have to strike the right balance of players of different ages and do it all within a budget. Eric Gartman updated his fascinating Valuing Free Agents article. Here is the link:

What are some strategies employed by GM’s? Which ones work and which do not? Eric Gartman recounts some stories. Here is the link:

Max Blue, the king of all Phillies fans, is keeping a Phillies Journal, which will be updated roughly once a week. Here is the link:

Max also had his novel published this month and one chapter from it is about baseball and is available to read on his web page. Here’s the link to chapter 10, Colonel Nishi and the Browns:

The Guru’s Famous Game

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Craig Tomarkin

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