Eddie Murray's autograph reveals two of his greatest accomplishments in the game of baseball.
"Steady Eddie" adds "3255/504" to his signature, detailing the number of hits and home runs during his productive 21-year career.
Murray stands alone as the only switch-hitter in baseball history to be a member of both the 500-home run club and 3,000-hit club.
The eight-time All-Star also won three Gold Gloves, three Silver Slugger awards and a World Series title with the Baltimore Orioles in 1983.
Murray was rightfully voted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame as a first-ballot inductee in 2003.
In a word, his career was complete.
Fittingly, a bronze statue of Murray in his low-crouched, left-handed hitting stance sits outside Oriole Park at Camden Yards in downtown Baltimore.
But my favorite Eddie Murray contribution to baseball comes in the form of a quote when asked about the sport that brought him both fame and fortune.
The soft-spoken Murray recognized only one problem with the game of baseball.
Some historians cite Abner Doubleday as the inventor of baseball while other historians credit Alexander Cartwright as the founder of the game.
Either way, Murray believed the pioneers of the game misnamed the sport, creating an incomplete picture of what would later become the national pastime.
Murray said, "The game should have been called Adjustments."
Listen to current or former players talk about baseball and that's all you will hear: "Adjustments after every pitch, adjustments after every plate appearance, adjustments after every game, adjustments after every series and even adjustments after every adjustment."
I attended a Cardinals-White Sox game late last month (May 24) with fellow EOG contributor WILDBILL.
High atop Guaranteed Rate Field, we sat in amazement at the lack of adjustments by big-league hitters to the countless number of defensive infield shifts that now dominate the game.
WILDBILL, a forward-thinking gaming consultant who travels across the country and around the world analyzing the financial viability of casino projects large and small, posed the key question in a dejected tone: "At what point in time are today's hitters going to adjust to these computer-generated defensive shifts?"
WILDBILL continued, "The hitters talk about adjustments, but they don't have an answer for defensive shifts."
All the numbers support WILDBILL's disappointment.
For instance, left-handed batters who hit the ball on the ground to the right-field side of second base are averaging .111 over the past three-plus seasons.
Here's another game highlighting a lack of adjustments, this time from Wrigley Field four days later on May 28, with Adbert Alzolay and Vladimir Gutierrez serving as mound opponents in a Cubs-Reds contest.
The over/under was listed at 7 runs with forecasts calling for winds blowing straight in from center field at 18 miles per hour.
By first pitch, the gusty winds had picked up.
Cub utilityman David Bote claimed the stiff winds were the strongest he had ever seen at Wrigley Field.
So you would think players would abort their launch-angle strategies and uppercut hacks and put the ball in play, advance a runner or two and look to create runs in any conceivable way?
Not a chance.
The players failed to make any adjustments to the gusty wind conditions and applied their usual swing-from-the-heels approach.
The stubborn teams combined for 19 fly-ball outs.
Big egos and no small ball are at the forefront of today's home-run-happy version of the game.
The result: Cubs 1 Reds 0.
Bote's line-drive home run down the left-field line cut through the wind in the fifth inning to provide the only run of the game.
Interestingly, UNDER 7 was not the only cinch winner of the day.
Every gambler who bet UNDER in live betting at any point during the game won their wager.
Turns out, the hitters were not the only ones who failed to adjust to the strong wind gusts.
The in-game algorithms that power live wagering were slow to adjust as well.
The live total was interesting to track: After one full inning of scoreless baseball, the total was reduced from a pregame total of 7 to 5.5 runs.
And therein lies the hole in the computer-generated oddsmaking process.
Considering the favorable pitching conditions and adverse hitting conditions, a live total of 4.5 runs after one full inning would have been a better-priced option.
Because of the faulty opener and slow adjustment, the live total never caught up to the right price.
After two innings, the total was 5 under -120, after three innings the total was 4 over -120, after four innings the total was 3.5, after five innings (and the Bote homer) the total was raised ever so slightly to 3.5 over -120, after six innings the total was 3, after seven innings the total was 1.5 and after eight innings the total was 1.5 under -200.
Sharp sports bettors are always adjusting not only to the changing nature of the play on the field but also to the adaptive nature of the betting marketplace.
Gamblers appreciate the tried-and-true phrase, Adapt or Die.
In the gambling world, the truism translates to "Adjust or Go Broke."
MONDAY'S BEST BET.....Play 581 MILWAUKEE BUCKS +2 (-115) over the Brooklyn Nets.
The Bucks did not take advantage of James Harden's absence in Game 1.
Final score: Nets 115 Bucks 107.
Harden left the series opener with a nagging hamstring injury only 43 seconds into the game.
Not surprisingly, Kevin Durant (29 points) and Kyrie Irving (25 points) picked up the slack for their fallen teammate.
The Nets also received big games from Joe Harris and Blake Griffin, who combined to go 9-for-18 from beyond the arc, a scenario unlikely to repeat itself in Game 2.
Milwaukee, on the other hand, shot 6-for-30 from distance and displayed poor game control throughout the second half, getting outscored 35-23 in a decisive third quarter.
Even the eight-point margin of victory was deceiving as Milwaukee scored the final 11 points of the game in garbage time.
Draw a line through Milwaukee's miserable effort.
No matter the sport, I love to support good teams off a bad loss and Game 1 was a lackluster performance by the normally-explosive Bucks.
What's more, Game 2 is a road game with no travel.
Milwaukee head coach Mike Budenholzer said after the Game 1 loss in Brooklyn, "We've got to be better. We will be better Monday."
Here's hoping the Bucks make all the right......wait for it......adjustments.