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Assorted Personal Notations, Essays, and Other Jottings

[H&F] “Baseball Teams as Early-Modern States”

How are different baseball teams like different early-modern states? Co-blogger The Oberamtmann makes the case for each team over at History and Futility.

The Yankees, for instance.

New York Yankees: Austrian Habsburgs

While not always spending their immense resources efficiently to attain it, the Yankees/Habsburgs consider it worth the prestige afforded through the imperial crown. Idealistic and almost mystical histories provide the Yankees/Habsburgs with a sense of purpose and a naturally powerful demeanor. While not always victorious, their power and influence leads to awe, respect, and resentment from both allies and enemies. Even in down times, then, the Yankees/Austrian Habsburgs can use their historic influence to rally free agents/Imperial defense and taxes to their cause. Any moments of weakness, however, are seized by their rivals and lead immediately to calls of imminent demise, but old historiographical assumptions of inefficiency denoting stagnance and internal corruption are increasingly overturned. Incredible abilities to bounce back from some of the most crushing blows, like having Vienna besieged or Andy Pettitte retire.

  • George Steinbrenner before his first suspension: Ferdinand II
  • Before his second suspension: Ferdinand III
  • Thereafter: Leopold I
  • Hank Steinbrenner pre-shutting up: Joseph I
  • Hank Steinbrenner post-shutting up: Francis-Stephen of Lorraine
  • Hal Steinbrenner: Maria Theresa
  • Wallenstein: Alex Rodriguez (can also be Dave Winfield)
  • Mariano Rivera: Prince Eugen of Savoy

And more worryingly, from my perspective, the Blue Jays.

Toronto Blue Jays: Russia

Striking out from a place that gets very, very cold in winter, the Blue Jays/Russia enjoy a competitive advantage in the form of a potentially huge fan base/population, although mobilizing it is probably impossible. One could suggest that their inner problems are insurmountable, with new and old empires in the same division/as European neighbors. Being about a generation behind in current thought (c’mon, building a team focused on power hitters? What, is it 1998?) it might seem to many that the Blue Jays/Russia will never reach its potential. However, an incredible crop of young pitchers and stabilization in the offensive results of young position players/tough, intelligent and unyielding Czars just might bring strong success sooner than anyone else thinks. Help comes in the former of completely unexpected jumps forward, in the form of unloading Vernon Wells/building St. Petersburg.

  • Alex Anthopolous: Peter the Great (heck, after that trade, he can be Catherine the Great too)

Go, read, laugh, cringe.

Written by Randy McDonald

January 29, 2011 at 3:54 pm

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