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Q&A: Why 'K' is used to indicate a strikeout in baseball

Removing a governor in Florida

What is the legal process by which the governor of Florida can be removed from office?

Recall elections are gaining popularity, but there's no provision in Florida law that would allow voters to recall a governor. Or a lieutenant governor, or members of the Florida Cabinet, or members of the Florida Legislature.

A bill was filed in the last legislative session to make those offices subject to voter recall, but it died in the Government Operations Subcommittee. It was introduced by Florida Rep. Rick Kriseman, a Democrat from St. Petersburg.

So the only two options for removing a Florida governor are:

• Legislative impeachment. In this option, the Florida House would have to approve impeachment of a governor by a two-thirds vote (there are 120 members in the House, so 80 would have to vote for impeachment). Then a trial would be held in the Florida Senate and again, two-thirds of the senators present would have to vote to remove the governor (there are 40 senators, so 27 "yes" votes would be needed to remove a governor).

• Voting the governor out of office in the next general election. In Florida, gubernatorial elections are every four years, with the next one in November 2014.

That 'Juego G' on Shields shirt

I recently went to a Rays game in which we were given black T-shirts that included the words Juego G. What does that mean?

The shirts were designed by Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher James Shields, whose nickname is "Big Game James." The Juego G is short for juego grande, which is Spanish for big game.

"I think it's pretty cool," Shields told the Times' Marc Topkin in a story published May 22. "It's nice and simple, not as graphic-artsy as the last one. And not as loud. I went for more of a surf-style, more of a laid-back look, more casual. Threw a couple lines and some fades in there. It's a little more on the low side. You've got to go with the trends of what people are wearing these days."

Why 'K' used for strikeout

Why is a "K" used to indicate a strikeout in baseball?

It was the brainchild of Henry Chadwick, who is often called the "father of baseball." Chadwick was a baseball writer in the 1850s-1860s, and made it his mission to popularize the game, basically inventing sports journalism in the process.

He was also statistically minded, and developed a way to keep track of what happened in a baseball game, play by play. He settled on a "K" as the symbol for a strikeout, since it was the last letter in the word struck, as in struck out. The modern boxs core you see these days isn't a lot different than the one Chadwick designed.

Chadwick died in 1908, but his influence on the game was rewarded with a place in the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y., in 1938.

Q&A: Why 'K' is used to indicate a strikeout in baseball 06/12/11 [Last modified: Sunday, June 12, 2011 4:30am]
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