SweetSpot: Harry Kalas

Wednesday Wangdoodles

April, 15, 2009
Today's links were discovered in Seattle, where the good citizens are wondering if the Mariners will ever lose again (seriously: people here are talking about 2001 and they're not kidding) ...

• ShysterBall wonders if Chief Wahoo is on his way out. I don't know about that, but I do believe that when Wahoo goes, he goes with a whimper rather than a scream. I also believe that the men who run the franchise know the right thing, but are a little too worried about the short-term public reaction to actually do it, quick-like.

• Well, I won't have DeWayne Wise to kick around anymore, at least not for a while. One editorial note, though: It's probably real smart to refer to DeWayne Wise as a "young man," as the 31-year-old Wise is young only when compared to old baseball writers.

• Is Daniel Cabrera trying to be a different sort of pitcher? As Dave Cameron points out, his fastballs this year sure are different from last year's.

• I don't know about you, but I'd hate to see Tom Glavine go out like this. He hasn't won a game since last May 20, and though he did pitch well in that game, it was followed by five starts without a decision, the last of which was disaster.

• Michael Salfino takes issue Joe Girardi's recent bullpen maneuverings, and I can't defend Girardi, except by saying that it's early and maybe Girardi's still taking the measure of his relief corps. He'd better hurry up, though; I doubt if the Yankees or any other team in that division have much room for error.

• Do you ever wonder which hitters hit the most opposite-field home runs? If not, please move along and by all means don't read this.

• On the DL's Dan Levy writes about Harry Kalas; Jimmy Shapiro's got some great stuff here.

• Matt Sisson susses out Nick Swisher's scoreless inning.

Podcast: Kalas, Fidrych remembered

April, 14, 2009

ESPN's Eric Karabell and Peter Pascarelli on Baseball Today remember Harry Kalas and Mark Fidrych.

On the Mike & Mike show, Hall of Famer Mike Schmidt shared his memories of Kalas and talks with about Kalas' relationship with Phillies players.

Former Tigers broadcaster Ernie Harwell discusses the relationship between an announcer and fans and explains why being an announcer is a great responsibility.