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Wednesday, June 3, 2009
Wednesday Wangdoodles


Today's links are about baseball, mostly.

• Jonah Keri takes issue with my supposition that Jorge Posada's not going to wind up as a deserving Hall of Famer. Jonah might be right. But I can't see Posada actually getting in. Not unless he gets to 2,000 hits (or very close). If history's any guide, it will take Posada another four seasons to reach 2,000 hits. He turns 38 in August. Does anyone see him playing regularly when he's 42? I don't.

• Tyler Kepner on the Yankees' next center fielder.

• My favorite ballpark will always be Tiger Stadium. But as Craig writes, it's past time to finish off the old hulk.

• Should baseball teams be permitted to trade -- or even sell -- draft picks? The libertarian in me thinks so. The rest of me doesn't. MLB Insights' rtcampbell agrees with my inner libertarian.

• Lots of good stuff in Bob Nightengale's piece about Ben McDonald and Stephen Strasburg.

• Speaking of Ben McDonald, I saw his last outing before he got drafted, at the College World Series in 1989. His brilliant coach left him in for far too long, as he was obviously laboring; some say McDonald was never the same afterward. I thought of McDonald when I heard about the University of Texas reliever who threw 169 pitches last Saturday night.

What to think about that? According to Bryan Smith, Wood is the Longhorns' No. 1 professional prospect ... but he probably won't be drafted in the first 10 rounds. What is one incredible night against the slight chance to someday make millions in the majors? I don't know. According to Peter King, though, it's because of stories like this that we love sports.