Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Today's links would undoubtedly rank No. 1 on the New York Times bestseller list, if only they were a book ...
* The 2010 edition of The Bill James Handbook is out (yes, already), and I'm sure I'll have more to say about that in the coming weeks. In the meantime, this and this should hold you pretty well.
* You already know what I think about Franklin Gutierrez getting robbed of the Gold Glove he so richly deserves. Here's what Joe Posnanski thinks (hint: it's about the same but quite a bit more colorful).
* Have you ever wanted to know what the real strike zone looks like? Well, here you go: it's elliptical. My only quibble is with the argument that the umpires' individual zones "should be investigated, but not for evaluating the umpires." Say what?
* I keep hearing about "the death of Moneyball" ... and then I read something with, you know, actual facts and it seems that just the opposite has happened.
* Yes, Adrian Gonzalez is an excellent hitter. But for any general manager who thinks that Gonzalez is going to walk 100 times again with a new team, Dave Cameron has some cautionary words.
* The last time most of us saw Indianapolis's Bush Stadium, she was standing in for Comiskey Park and Crosley Field in Eight Men Out. But the old yard has fallen on hard times since the Triple-A Indians moved out in 1996. And now? Bush is literally a junkyard.
* I mentioned this morning that I'm still an agnostic regarding Whitey Herzog's Hall of Fame candidacy. I suppose I'm also agnostic about Marvin Miller. Before you tear my head off, let me ask you one question: If you believe that Marvin Miller belongs, would you be comfortable with Scott Boras someday joining Miller? Because Boras, too, has been historically significant and reaped untold millions of dollars for the players.
* Speaking of Boras, it says here that Johnny Damon won't be giving the Yankees a "hometown discount." To which I respond, "Why on earth would he?" For one thing, New York is not Johnny Damon's hometown. And for another, it's the Yankees. With their cash, rather than getting discounts they should be giving "Yankee bonuses" when they sign free agents. Which, come to think of it, they usually do.