Meant to get this up earlier today, but better late than never. Some stuff worth checking out:
- Buster Olney and Tim Kurkjian give their takes.
- I agree with Jon Heyman over at Sports Illustrated: Best ballplayer I've ever seen. Put him in the Hall and leave the morality debates to Arthur Miller plays and political talk shows.
- The Common Man had an interesting list over at The Platoon Advantage showing that every World Series champion since 1995 has had a player on its roster tainted with PEDs at one time or another. OK, Larry Bigbie wasn't exactly instrumental to the 2006 Cardinals, but this further reinforces that what happened is what happened, and you can't rewrite the history books. (See: 1970s Pittsburgh Steelers Super Bowl champions.)
- I made a crack about the 1985 World Series in my instant replay post. Turns out Page 2's Anna McDonald wrote about the infamous Don Denkinger call last month and reports that Cardinals pitcher Todd Worrell doesn't hold a grudge against Denkinger. Perhaps a lesson the anti-Hall of Fame crowd could adapt towards steroids users.
- Good teams have good defense up the middle, right? In an excellent ESPN Insider piece, Jay Jaffe reports that having good hitters playing up-the-middle positions has been more important.
- Phil Hughes had another bad start Thursday and as Jason Rosenberg points out over at It's About the Money, it's not just about his diminished velocity. What's happened to his curveball?
- Mark Simon is writing about the Mets' 50th anniversary for ESPNNewYork and if you're a Mets fan you'll love his list of the team's best wins ever against baseball's greatest pitchers. This would be a fun list to compile for every franchise.
- In case you missed it, Bryce Harper hit his first home run of the season Wednesday night.
- Apparently JFK made his debut in the Nationals presidents race Wednesday -- and took out George Washington in the process.