Wednesday Wangdoodles

December, 9, 2009
12/09/09
5:12
AM ET
Today's links are intended only for your amusement; please, no wagering ...

* When it comes to the megadeal, everyone's in agreement: the Diamondbacks got rooked. That was definitely my kneejerk reaction. I wonder, though ... Josh Byrnes isn't generally considered to be a foolish man. We're supposed to assume that the Diamondbacks didn't get enough for Max Scherzer. But it's possible, isn't it, that Byrnes knows a lot more about Scherzer than we know? Of course it is. I'm still surprised they couldn't get more for him. But let's give it a few months before we simply assume those guys don't know what they're doing.

* Craig Calcaterra's in Indianapolis with the big boys, and the Circle City seems to have inspired him to even greater comic heights.

* I'll let you in on a little secret: Lately I've been paying special attention to baseball in the 1960s. And boy, I sure would love to see this one-man play.

* I'm not sure how to describe this amazing bit of video without giving away the ending. You should just watch it, and revel in the marvel that is Tsuyoshi Shinjo.

* As a special service to Yankees fans, The Detroit Tiger Weblog has gone into depth with Curtis Granderson's batted balls, to figure out what happened in 2009 and what should happen in 2010.

* Two good bits of news from the BBWAA yesterday. First, Sean Forman was admitted to the BBWAA. Richly deserved. And second, henceforth, Cy Young ballots will contain room for five candidates rather than three. Aaron Gleeman (somewhat brilliantly) calls this the "Keith Law Law" (here's why).

* Also via Gleeman, C.J. Wilson really doesn't like the suggestion that he's roughly as valuable as Chris Snyder.

* Dwight Jaynes knew Doug Harvey before Harvey became "God" ... but even then, he was one classy umpire.

* I don't think the Hall of Fame's machinery will even consider Bill James as a candidate while he's working for the Red Sox, but here's one small positive sign for the future: Boston's baseball writers are giving James a fairly prestigious award -- prestigious in Boston, anyway -- next month.

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