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Monday, February 02, 2015
Pittsburgh Press, February 2, 1915:
Can I put an entire league on the Birthday Team?
More good stuff from David Lauria.
A discussion of the DH rule. Also, this tidbit.
Sunday, February 01, 2015
I estimate only 10-12 Primates care about the NBA, but with our own thread, we won’t detract from what this site is really about: the never-ending thrill of ranking Major League Baseball executives.
OT - Politics - February 2015: At This Party, You’d Better Keep It Down. Arizona Sheriff Known for Toughness Is Allowing Inmates to Watch the Super Bowl
PHOENIX — When the Super Bowl begins Sunday, 70,000 fans will ease into their seats and suites at University of Phoenix Stadium, munch on hot dogs and pizza, and wash them down with soda and beer.
About 15 miles to the south, a few hundred other fans will make do with pink-hued popcorn and sit on metal stools in an enormous room to watch the New England Patriots play the Seattle Seahawks on a flat-panel television mounted to a cinder-block wall.
And according to Sheriff Joe Arpaio, who ...Read More...
More good stuff from Jeff Sullivan.
Brian Cashman has had a very good off-season. He didn’t make a big splash in free agency but he’s made a lot of smart moves. Picking up Garrett Jones is one of them. He’s not a impact guy but he should be a very useful hitter in Yankee Stadium.
We are now into the cheap reliever signing period of the off-season.
Saturday, January 31, 2015
Bit of a dust up Down Under:
Wow! The one that sorta started it all…the 10-year adversary of the legendary stats-vs-scouts roundtable discussion at Baseball America!
Paul DePodesta answers a few questions on the Mets farm system.
OK, where does he sign? I’m guessing the Yankees.
Jim Callis writes about the best tools.
Jonathan Mayo breaks down the changes to last year’s list.
Over the night they have changed the formatting on their list. It’s not an improvement. Nevertheless, here’s MLB.com’s 2015 Top 100 Prospects.
Friday, January 30, 2015
When you hear the cliché about the one guy that keeps everybody loose in the clubhouse, that was Charlie. Always cracking wise, always busting chops, always making those around him laugh. Except on the golf course. The boy could flat out swing. At least a four handicap in his day. We all knew he was unbeatable. Didn’t stop some of our teammates from trying to take him down, though. We played a round once during Spring Training, 1973, me, Charlie, our teammate Ronny Bryant, along with Davy ...Read More...
There are minor league legends, and then there was Rocky Bridges. Jim Bouton called Bridges his favorite manager, even though he never played for him. Why? Because Bridges made the game fun for his players.
Bridges was also the man who dubbed Mike Epstein “Superjew” and Greg Minton “Moon Man.”
More good stuff from Jeff Sullivan.
A followup on yesterday’s Link of the Day, from the Pittsburgh Press, January 30, 1915:
Taking a dip into prospects’ BABIP numbers | MiLB.com News | The Official Site of Minor League Baseball
Sam Dykstra helps to make a little extra sense of minor league numbers.
MLB.com is releasing its Top 100 list tonight. Since they include video, put together a good list, and update their rankings during the season, it’s become one my favorites.
(Sorry about not being able to embed the video. There doesn’t seem to be any way to do it.)
My locker was back-to-back with Campy’s. I came in one day with a New York paper and showed Campy the box score. “This says Erskine losing pitcher,” I said. “Shouldn’t it say Campanella losing catcher?” He just smiled and said, “You can always shake me off.” But if you shook off Campy, you had to explain it to Walter Alston, the manager.
Thursday, January 29, 2015
Ken Rosenthal sits down with Commissioner Manfred.
Major League Baseball views local communities as groups to be exploited.
Baseball Prospectus | BP Unfiltered: People Are Currently Reading The 2015 BP Annual And You Could Be Next
I’ve really liked the improvements BP has made to their annuals and web site over the last few years. For example, in the past you didn’t know who was responsible for the team essays and player comments. Now, they make it clear. It might be a small thing for you, but it makes a real difference for me.
Pittsburgh Press, January 29, 1915:
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