Here are several links from the past week that will make the second Monday of March a bit more bearable:
Trading current wins for future wins isn’t a novel concept. And building through player development is an industrywide mantra. But most teams make at least some effort to ease their pain in the short term. . . .
The Astros are treating this season as a form of spring training—a time to evaluate young players. They’ll have the youngest team in the majors. “Are they going to be part of our core in four or five years?” Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow said of the kids. “We need to find out. If you take away their job and give it to a veteran, you delay finding it out. It doesn’t push the organization forward.”
Operating with such little regard for the current season is something other baseball executives likely fantasize about. If it weren’t for the annoying chore of appeasing fans in the interim, many teams could build a championship core within five years. But few have the gall to take the Astros’ approach.
“They’ve had, frankly, more nerve than I might have had in going 100 miles per hour in the direction they’re going in,” said Los Angeles Dodgers president Stan Kasten, who once looked into buying a piece of the Astros. Speaking at a conference last week, Kasten added, “They’ve had the fortitude to do it the right way.”
The bottom line is that it’s time to cut back. . . . I’m not leaving Lookout Landing for another opportunity. I’m just going to do less, and this has absolutely nothing to do with SB Nation or Vox Media. . . . This network is going to continue to grow and it’s going to accomplish spectacular things, and that progress isn’t going to stop just because they’re down a Mariners blogger. I don’t know where I’d be without SB Nation, and I owe those guys more than I can express.
But I started blogging about the Mariners in November 2003, when I was a freshman in college. Since then, almost every day, I’ve written about the Mariners. Since then, every regular season, I’ve stayed up to watch Mariners games and write too much about them too late at night. That’s nine regular seasons of midnight recaps — nine negative run differential regular seasons — spanning the entirety of my adulthood to date. It’s time to see what it’s like to be an adult without that responsibility. It’s time to try to become more of a well-rounded person. (#YOLO) You know what I don’t know about? Lots of things. I’d like to start changing that.
That’s it. Have a walk-off week!