Shiftless in Seattle

Maybe there’s a less romantic reason why people are sometimes “Sleepless in Seattle.”
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Shiftless in Seattle

After we ran that photo of the $120 parking price sign that appeared near a Seattle Seahawks NFL game in recent years, we received this delightful example from our friend and colleague Tom Hunter of how this Seattle penchant for price gouging and a little creative pricing was not confined to entrepreneurial parking options offered by property owners or parking spot squatters near Qwest Field. Tom’s story reference was to an article by Brad Tuttle for the Personal Finance section of Time.com back on January 13, 2011.

Seattle Stadium Beer Scandal: Same Amount of Brew Whether You Pay $7.25 or $8.50

Check it out. We loved the response of Qwest Field officials to the fan’s claim that people were paying more for the large beer draft, but getting the same amount of beer that came with the small draft. To this charge, Qwest Field officials studied the claim and came up with this explanation: “Fans who purchased a 16 oz. beer actually received 20 oz. of beer for the 16 oz. price. Fans that purchased the 20 oz. beer received the amount they purchased.”

Thanks, Tom Hunter. You made our day.

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AMERICAN LEAGUE WEST STANDINGS

THRU GAMES OF MONDAY, AUGUST 21, 2017

RANK AL WEST W L PCT. GB
1 ASTROS 76 48 .613  
2 ANGELS 64 61 .512 12.5
3 MARINERS 64 62 .508 13.0
4 RANGERS 62 62 .500 14.0
5 ATHLETICS 54 71 .432 22.5

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AMERICAN LEAGUE WEST GAME SCORES

THRU GAMES OF MONDAY, AUGUST 21, 2017

RANGERS 5 – ANGELS 3.

MARINERS 6 – BRAVES 5.

ORIOLES 7 – ATHLETICS 3.

ASTROS (day off to watch the eclipse of their once larger ALW lead)

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AMERICAN LEAGUE BATTING AVERAGE LEADERS

 THRU GAMES OF MONDAY, AUGUST 21, 2017

RANK PLAYER TEAM AB H 2B 3B HR BA
1 JOSE ALTUVE HOU 473 171 35 3 19 .362
NR * CARLOS CORREA HOU 325 104 18 1 20 .320
2 AVISAIL GARCIA CWS 383 121 21 3 13 .316
3 ERIC HOSMER KC 470 148 23 1 20 .315
4 JEAN SEGURA SEA 399 124 23 1 7 .311
5 DIDI GREGORIUS NYY 392 121 20 0 18 .309
6 MARWIN GONZALEZ HOU 345 106 22 0 21 .307
7 GEORGE SPRINGER HOU 412 125 24 0 28 .303
8 DUSTIN PEDROIA BOS 340 103 17 0 6 .303
9 JONATHAN SCHOOP BAL 470 142 30 0 27 .302
10 JOSE RAMERIZ CLE 464 140 39 5 18 .302
Other Top 40 Astros
13 YULI GURRIEL HOU 427 126 33 1 15 .295
22 JOSH REDDICK HOU 382 112 25 3 12 .293
33 ALEX BREGMAN HOU 411 114 30 5 15 .277

NR * LOST TIME ON THE DL HAS TEMPORARILY REMOVED CORREA FROM AN OFFICIAL QUALIFYING PLACE IN THE RANKING OF TOP 40 HITTERS.

The race is tight for most of the lower top spots. In fact, once you take in the big picture, you come to realize that it’s #1 Jose Altuve and everybody else. Look at the current standings for #13 Yuli Gurriel and and #22 Josh Reddick, for example. These two Astros are nine spots apart on the batting average standings, but their actual average difference is only .002 points.

How delicious is this simple straightforward baseball data? As a kid in school, I could play with it in my mind for hours during less interesting moments of the day.

 

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Bill McCurdy

Principal Writer, Editor, Publisher

The Pecan Park Eagle

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