Good morning, campers!
If you are playing catch-up, here are the topics we raised in Right Field over the past seven days:
- Was Osama bin Laden a voracious reader of Bill James’s Baseball Abstracts? “At least he lived to see Bert Blyleven elected to the Hall of Fame,” responded reader “jmc.”
- Luke Scott remains unconvinced about President Obama’s place of birth.
- Does baseball have a drinking problem?
- Learn all about former relief pitcher Bob Tufts.
- Learn all about living in Cleveland and rooting for the Indians.
- An allegedly inebriated Shin-Soo Choo pulled his car over and asked a cop for directions home.
- How great was it to be at Citizens Bank Ballpark when news broke of Osama bin Laden’s death?
- Brotherly Glove is a useful, new resource for Phillies-related information and opinion.
Darren Calabrese, Canadian Press
And here is some other interesting stuff that transpired:
- Did the Royals make a mistake by calling up Eric Hosmer in May? (Beyond the Boxscore)
- Speaking of call-ups, the Rays’ Brandon Guyer made quite a splash in his first MLB plate appearance. (Tampa Tribune)
- Mark Reynolds of the Orioles is not striking out as much. Wait, should we not be celebrating? (Yahoo! Big League Stew)
- Two pitchers hurled no-hitters: Francisco Liriano of the Twins and Justin Verlander of the Tigers. Interestingly, both performances took place on the road. (HuffPo, USA Today)
- Do cloudy days benefit hitters? Do sunny skies give pitchers an edge? (Associated Press)
- The AL West is a bit too close for the Rangers’ comfort. (The Hardball Times)
- Is swinging at a 3-0 pitch a smart move? (Arizona Snake Pit)
- Jason Vargas of the Mariners discusses the pitch selection of Jason Vargas. (USS Mariner)
- Who has the best outfield arm? (ESPN Sweet Spot)