Today's links might not be great, but they always give you 110 percent.
• Golly, it's good to know that Ernie Harwell's still with us.
• From Seth Livingstone, a nice overview of baseball's video review. Exactly as you would expect, almost everyone involved is happy with the system as it stands ... but most don't want to do anything else.
• If architects were eligible for the Hall of Fame, I would nominate Janet Marie Smith, whose work in Boston is done.
- Greinke now leads the AL in ERA, ERA+, shutouts, complete games, WHIP, HRs/9 and second in strikeouts and Ks/BB. This isn't that hard.
I'm guessing that Joe is referring to the Cy Young Award, as in, "It isn't that hard to give the award for the best pitcher in the league to the best pitcher in the league." Except we've seen them give it to lots of guys who weren't the best pitcher in the league.* Joe shouldn't tweet to us; he should e-mail all his fellow BBWAA voters.
* Hey, about a nickname for this guy? We've got the best pitcher in the league throwing 96 m.p.h. fastballs and 66 m.p.h. curveballs and we're still just calling him "Zack Greinke?" Where's Rany Jazayerli when you need him?
What I really want to know is this: Take those eight metrics that Joe mentioned: ERA, ERA+, shutouts, complete games, WHIP, home runs per nine innings, strikeouts, and strikeout-to-walk ratio. Actually, let's strip ERA+ and WHIP from the discussion because nobody was paying attention a few years ago ... Take the other six. How many pitchers have finished first or second in all six of them but failed to win a Cy Young Award? (I don't have any idea, but hope somebody can tell me.)
• Yeah, it was pretty cool that the Dodgers struck out 20 Reds Sunday. But let's save a few column inches for Darnell McDonald, who in his 12th professional season hit his first home run as a major leaguer. Darnell was a first-round draft pick (in 1997). Oddly, his brother Donzell was considered a hotter prospect despite being drafted in the 22nd round (in 1995). The elder McDonald did reach the majors, but played just briefly and did not hit a home run. The best baseball-playing McDonald? It's probably going to be Darnell and Donzell's cousin: James McDonald.