Thursday links: Check 'em out
August, 11, 2011
By David Schoenfield | ESPN.com
Some stuff to check out as we wait for day baseball to begin ...
- Page 2 had a Q&A with Hall of Famer Al Kaline, whose grandson Colin was drafted this year by the Tigers.
- Jim Caple interviews Curtis Granderson ... and imagines Alex Rodriguez's new movie role.
- ESPN Insider Kevin Goldstein with a good piece on 2011 draftess who signed quickly and are already producing in the minors, plus the corresponding list of holdouts -- which includes most of the top selections. If you ask me, the benefits of getting your pro career started as soon as possible outweigh the benefits of a couple extra hundred thousand dollars. Those three months can get you to the major leagues as soon as a year earlier. If you sign and produce, you'll start the next year at a higher level, and be that much closer to the majors.
- Hopefully you didn't miss the piece from Amy Nelson and Peter Keating from ESPN The Magazine about the rumors of sign stealing by the Blue Jays.
- Tim Kurkjian on ESPN Radio talking about stealing signs and Dan Uggla's hitting streak.
- Chip Buck asks if Josh Beckett should be part of the AL Cy Young debate.
- Drew Fairservice asks: Does Brandon Morrow hit the wall ... or does the wall hit Brandon Morrow? Good study. I'd keep Morrow as a starter, although I can see a push to put him back in the bullpen.
- Another big win for the Indians on Wednesday night. Justin Verlander starts for the Tigers today, but don't give Detroit the win just yet: As Stephanie Liscio points out, Verlander has a career 6.31 ERA at Progressive Field.
- Toby Harmann points out a flaw with the Brewers: They're one of the worst baserunning teams in the majors.
- Is there really something wrong with Mariano Rivera's cutter? Check out Mark Simon's piece on ESPNNewYork.com.
- As Brien Jackson reminds us, Granderson's adjustments actually began last season. He's hit 43 home runs over the past calendar year.
- More from ESPN Insider: Jason Grey looks at six key players and the adjustments they made this season and Dan Szymborski follows up with how the projections of those six players have changed.
- Bill Baer asks a good question: With the Phillies dominating, should they start taking it a little easy? Rest some guys, back off on the starting pitchers going so deep into games, and so on. Food for thought ...
- Finally, the headline from a piece by Jonah Keri and Chris Jones over at Grantland says it all: In Which Two Canadians Fight About A Sport That Is Not Hockey. (They're arguing about baseball and sabermetrics, mostly.)