Monday Mendozas

John Henry's new blog looks an awful lot like a column to me. But I'm still trying to figure out the difference. Maybe this will help ...
• John Klima's written a new book about Willie Mays' short stint in the Negro Leagues. I've just started reading it; so far, so good. Here's a bit of a preview: Why didn't the Yankees get Mays?

• In the first of a two-part series, BtB's Justin Bopp graphs National League attendance vs. wins and asks, "Where are the fans in Colorado?"

• It took Rany Jazayerli a year or two longer than it took me, but it's happened: He's done with the Royals. And all because of a .252 Triple-A hitter.

• What's most interesting (to me, anyway) about this story about Lou Gehrig's old house isn't that someone lives there, and welcomes sightseers; it's that there are houses in Manhattan surrounded by lush yards with big leafy trees.

• Roger Angell turns 89 later this week, and doesn't write about baseball nearly as often as he used to. So it's a treat when he does, even when everyone else is writing about the same thing.

Trevor Hoffman wants to pitch again next year, and why not? Though he'll turn 42 a month from yesterday, he's enjoying yet another fine season. And he's got a record to protect. While I sort of assumed that Mariano Rivera would eventually finish with more saves than Hoffman, now I'm not so sure. Rivera's only two years younger than Hoffman, he's saved only seven more games than Hoffman this season, and career-wise he's 65 behind. It might get interesting, near the end.

• An expert on the not-so-surprising fall of Lenny Dykstra.

• And finally, your (non-baseball) Video of the Week.

Update: As far too many of you know, Lou Gehrig's Riverdale home was (and is) not in Manhattan (as I wrote), but (of course) in the Bronx. And that neighborhood is just one of New York City's hidden gems that I hope to someday explore.