The Cardinals have the superior rotation when it comes to winning a division.
I will inevitably forget to mention someone, so allow me just to point you in the direction of some of the cool coverage that is going on out there: C. Trent Rosecrans, in addition to excellent beat coverage on the Reds, is doing a podcast about the development of a minor-leaguer and all the things you don't think about in their life. That's on the Enquirer's site, and you should listen to it. I've said before and I believe it, Rosecrans is what all beat writers will eventually become -- he's just ahead of the curve, always. The Cubs has season has been fascinating to watch unfold through the voices of beat writers like Gordon Wittenmyer of the Sun-Times, Mark Gonzalez at The Trib, Sahadev Sharma at The Athletic, Carrie Muskat of MLB.com, and of course Patrick Mooney at CSN. They each cover the team from a different angle, and the concert of their work -- biting, analytical, features, and so on -- paints as deep a picture of a single team as any market in the majors. Andy McCullough is the best sportswriter in Missouri, the awards say so, and he does that despite covering the Dodgers for the LA Times. That group of baseball writers at the LA Times is better than the team they cover. Consider that for a moment. Andrew Baggerly in San Francisco has written some of the best longform/features that you'll find in the NL, Nick Piecoro covers the Diamondbacks with a penetrating knowledge we wish we all had about our teams, and you should do yourself a favor and head to Thomas Harding and Patrick Saunders recent work on the Rockies beat for their features and their news stories. Especially their Bettis stories.
I've been before. Had a chance to come here a few times in college, and then on the hockey beat. I've collected as many "oldest tavern" and "oldest pub" visits as I can, on any continent I visit.
I enjoy watching Cleveland play ball, though I'm prepped for a long game with Bauer/Fister as the pitching tandem. We will undoubtedly wax about the good ol' days when Mizzou was a basketball school, winning the Big Eight and running into Tyus Edney and then dream a bit on what's to come. He was the editor at The Maneater when I was the cartoonist, so we'll also talk about how we knew then our career paths. Clearly.
Agreed. He's a special talent.
I enjoy both Fenway and Wrigley. Where else in baseball can I walk down a hallway to a clubhouse and go, hey, you know what, Babe Ruth walked this same path. It was probably less sticky, and maybe didn't have the sediment of the ages, but here he was, walking where I'm walking.
There are a handful that will be trimmed from the 40-man to make room for folks like O'Neill and Flaherty and so on ...
Depends on your position. Tommy Pham isn't taking much advice from Derek Lilliquist. Michael Wacha isn't exactly spending a lot of time with Oliver Marmol.
They are not. FanGraphs.com tracks the value-added by baserunning for every individual player. And, as Tommy Pham pointed out to a fan on Twitter last night, he leads the team with a plus-4.2 BSR, that is baserunning value added. Carpenter is a minus-1.3, and there are three or four teammates who rank lower based on who has had regular playing time. Paul DeJong, for one, is a minus-2.9.
Pretty good player. Nice moment last night in the Bronx.
Yep. And that young Colorado pitching staff is going to wheeze a bit. That's a big concern for the Rockies, and also for the DBacks as they try to nurse a rotation through the dog days.
He also, simply, restored some outs to the field. Outs are innings.
It is. He also hated when they got credit -- and never got the blame. He also said that for public consumption and yet players always grumbled to us, "He had more team meetings than anyone." We used to keep track of the times he had a meeting and then said he didn't. He was fun to cover.
Cincinnati Enquirer. Look it up, pal.
We've averted our eyes. Not all critters are memorable.
So far, the moon. Perhaps Mars, some day.