Discussion of the Designated Hitter in BaseballThrough the years, baseball has inspired many a rivalry and controversy between fans. Heated rivalries include Yankees v Red Sox, Yankees v Mets, and Yankees v whichever team is on the field. There have been countless debates about where Babe Ruth was pointing or whether Steve Bartman should have even been reaching for that foul ball. While these are all heated discussions, no discussion in baseball is hotter than the debate over whether or not a team should use a designated hitter.Discussion of the Designated Hitter in Baseball by martypunker
To explain: There are nine players on the field when a team is playing defense. First, second, and third base; short stop; left, right, and center field; catcher; and pitcher. Major League Baseball (MLB) is divided into the National League (NL) and the American League (AL). In the NL, the nine defensive players make up the batting line-up (which batter goes next) when a team is on offense; in the AL, however, the ninth batter is called a “designated hitter” or and the pitcher does not have an at
The Wind and the WeedThe tumbleweed had recently detached itself from the roots that held it firmly to the ground. The hot desert sun roasted the tangled branches of the weed as the weed lay idly on a dusty sand trail. The trail snaked on seemingly forever, arising from the horizon and disappearing into nowhere.The Wind and the Weed by martypunker
The wind boisterously came swooping in from an easterly position and firmly grabbed hold of the tumbleweed's many branches, giving it a shove down the trail, sending it spinning and bumping over the trail's bumps, dips, and scattered rocks.
As the weed frolicked onward, it kicked up sand in its wake, sending it spraying behind it. The weed jumped quickly over small rocks in the sand and landed firmly on the other side, and the wind would shove it forward again, keeping its momentum going. Each pebble was a ramp of opportunity for a breeze to sweep the tumbleweed in its arms and roll it towards nowhere. Each fall was a chance for the tumbleweed to use its circumference to attempt to roll into the ho
The Forum Newsletter: Issue 10HAPPY NEW YEAR!The Forum Newsletter: Issue 10 by bohobella
You're looking at the first FORUM NEWSELETTER of the 2009 year! With 2008 behind us, all we can do now is reflect on what just passed us by. Forget about the future for this issue, it's time to wrap up 08 and award those who did better than the rest of us!
We're talking about The Forum Newsletter AWARD GALA! The first-annual event recognizing the awesome possums of the Forums and those who stood out in 2008 as key players of the foruming community.
You'll note this issue is a tad different and some sections are gone. Things will resume normal next issue. For now though, courage, as winners are announced!
THE WINRARS OF 2008, BY YOUR VOTES!
Best of Deviants
Best of Complaints
Best of Politics
Best of HWL
End of Year ReviewEnd of year reviewEnd of Year Review by fourteenthstar
WHAT A YEAR
SOME DEVIOUS FACTS
DAMN GOOD FUN!
dATribes & dAMonsters
COMMUNITY RELATIONS REFLECTIONS
HOTSHOTS AND HEROS!
DON'T QUOTE ME, BUT
and LAST BUT NOT LEAST!
As 2008 comes to a close, join me in taking a walk down memory lane as we recall the deviantART community highlights from the past 12 months.
2008 was a whirlwind of a year with many new features and milestones in the community. We celebrated our 8th, birthday, saw the site move into v6, and embraced the long awaited new message centre. Moderation reporting got a whole lot sexier and