If you are interested in blogging or want to promote your book next year, please contact E. B. Davis at writerswhokill@gmail.com

Our April author interviews: Perennial author Susan Wittig Albert--4/5, Sasscer Hill, horse racing insider--4/12, English historical, cozy author, TE Kinsey--4/19, Debut author, Susan Bickford--4/26.

Saturday Guest Bloggers in April: Heather Baker Weidner (4/1), Christina Hoag (4/8), Susan Boles (4/29). WWK Saturday bloggers write on 4/15--Margaret S. Hamilton and on 4/22--Kait Carson.

Julie Tollefson won the Mystery Writers of America Midwest Chapter's Holton Award for best unpublished manuscript (member category) for her work in progress, In The Shadows. Big news for a new year. Congratulations, Julie.

Congratulations to our writers for the following publications:

Warren Bull's new Lincoln mystery, Abraham Lincoln In Court & Campaign has been released. Look for the Kindle version on February 3.

Shari Randall's "Pets" will be included in Chesapeake Crimes: Fur, Feathers, and Felonies anthology, which will be published in 2018. In the same anthology "Rasputin," KM Rockwood's short story, will also be published.

Margaret S. Hamilton's short story, "Once a Kappa" was published as a finalist in the Southern Writer's Magazine annual short story contest issue. Mysterical-E published her "Double Crust Corpse" in the Fall 2016 issue. "Baby Killer" will appear in the 2017 solar eclipse anthology Day of the Dark to be published this summer prior to the eclipse in August.

Linda Rodriquez has two pending book publications. Plotting the Character-Driven Novel will be released by Scapegoat Press on November 29th. Every Family Doubt, the fourth Skeet Bannion mystery, is scheduled for release on June, 13, 2017. Look for E. B. Davis's interview with Linda here in June!

Cross Genre Publications anthology, Hidden Youth, will contain Warren Bull's "The Girl, The Devil, and The Coal Mine." The anthology will be released in late November 2016. The We've Been Trumped anthology released by Dark House Press on September 28th contains Warren Bull's "The Wall" short story and KM Rockwood's "A Phone Call to the White House." KM writes under the name Pat Anne Sirs for this volume.

James M. Jackson's 4th book in the Seamus McCree series, Doubtful Relations, is now available. His novella "Low Tide at Tybee" appears February 7 as part of Lowcountry Crimes: Four Novellas, which is available for order.


Friday, September 25, 2015

No Hope

No Hope
by Warren Bull

There is no hope for the Kansas City Royals.  I wrote about them giving second chances.  I wrote about the John Jordan “Buck” O’Neil memorial seat in the ballpark. It was of no avail.  With slightly more than half the season to play, late last night in the thirteenth inning, they won a game.   Please note the thirteen.  By winning the game they had their 72nd win of the season on August 18th.  Baseball Prospectus using PECOTA, computer based analysis, predicted before the season the Royals would win 72 times in the entire season and lose 90 games. So the team should lose every game from August 18th until the end of the season. Projections are based on the individual players’ numbers for the past season. 

Reportedly Sam Miller, editor-in-chief at Baseball Prospectus sent an email to the Kansas City Star saying in part that the number crunching has a “blind spot” for managers who use their bullpen well.  He added that the system probably does not account for “great defenses, which the Royals have” and “any team that outperforms their raw stats…”

Because of a rain delay the Royals game started late and continued well past my bedtime.  Oh, my.  I see the Royals won their 73rd game last night.

As Roseannadanna on Saturday Night Live used to say never mind.

And to the baseball pundits who described last year’s achievements as a “fluke.”  You got the fluke part right but you missed the rest of the whale.

PS: I did not plan for this blog to come one day after the Royals became Central Division champions, it just worked out that way. Go Royals! 


Kara Cerise said...

Serendipity. Congrats to the Royals!

vicki batman said...

It's so crazy about baseball. At the first of the season, some teams are so good, then sink to horrid and vice versa. Look at the Rangers who may very well win their division. Crazy!

Linda Rodriguez said...

They always underestimate the Royals, Warren. It's funny. Last year when the royals went to the World Series, my agent was here in KC, giving some talks, and I was shepherding her around the city and, well, showing off. She got so excited about the Royals that she stayed up one night late at the hotel watching a game and missed her wake-up call for an early-morning event. She wasn't ready when I came to pick her up, and while she rushed around, she rhapsodized about the Royals. Even dyed-in-the-wwol New Yorkers can fall for the team. Of course, it didn't hurt that she fell in a big way for Kansas City itself.

The Warbler said...

When I was a kid, baseball was the sport. My dad chastised Kansas City (then the Athletics) calling them still the Yankees number one farm team. As they were before the Philadelphia team moved there.

Seems like every time the Yankees needed to plug a hole in their lineup they made a deal with Kansas City. But, that is ancient history. I believe it is between the Royals and the Blue Jays, am looking forward to watching it.

BTW, the Athletics beat my beloved Detroit Tigers 8-2 in their major league debut.
That's why I love baseball, it has history.