Friday, July 17, 2009
I am an MLBlogs expatriate. It's a nice little community over there, but since I'm no fan of censorship (or essentially being forced to recommend things I haven't actually read), I've decided to pack my things and move to blogger. I also have a blog on MTR, though I haven't moved over there permanently because the format is hideous and not at all customizable. This is the best of both worlds, though I will probably get a lot less traffic over here. I guess you can't have everything.
Anyhoo, here's some of the most interesting stuff I've read today:
My last post on MLBlogs was an analysis of the Santana trade. It's not that bad, considering it was written by someone who has absolutely no idea what she's talking about.
Drew at Ghostrunner on First may have perfectly summed up the business of baseball today: "We're asking publicly traded corporations and private citizens to forsake millions of dollars so our favorite TV show has a better ending. "
Rob Iracane of Walkoff Walk thinks that interleague play has done more to bring parity to baseball than revenue-sharing. I would argue though, that using free agency rules to their advantage has helped smaller-market teams level the playing field more than anything. The compensatory draft picks they receive when their best players leave via free agency, and the fact that they can hang onto Rule V draft picks longer, have helped ensure that smaller-market teams have a steady stream of top talent available in the minor leagues. Both of these things have probably done more to bring parity to baseball than a salary cap ever would.
Curtis Granderson was giggling like a schoolgirl when he met President Obama at the All-Star Game. To be clear: I AM NOT ENDORSING ANY PARTICULAR POLITICAL PARTY OR AFFILIATION. I just think it's cute that a professional ballplayer was so star-struck by meeting the president of the United States.
Should the Twins go after Barry Zito? If the Giants would pay most of his salary, and don't ask for much in return, then maybe. If nothing else, it might be a good way to get guys like Philip Humber and Matt Macri off the roster, if the Giants would accept them in a trade. And Zito has been having one of his best seasons since signing with San Francisco in 2006. However, he has put up some pretty awful numbers while pitching in one of the worst divisions in baseball, and at 31, probably won't be more than a third starter at best. So, I dunno. What do you think, readers? Hello, anyone? *crickets*