Good morning, campers!
If you are playing catch-up, here are the topics we raised in Right Field over the past seven days:
- The Twitterverse was ablaze on Saturday evening with thoughts on Jorge Posada’s 11th-hour decision to beg out of the lineup.
- Why are so many managers, particularly those in the National League, still trotting out lousy no. 2 hitters?
- The great Harmon Killebrew is rounding the bases for the final time.
- Baseball caps do not get worse than this one.
- Is the Madoff bankruptcy trustee doing his best (non-sexual) Spitzer impersonation?
- Legendary sports cartoonist Bill Gallo passed.
- Royals fans are excited over Eric Hosmer’s promotion, but should the club have held off for a few more weeks?
- George Steinbrenner’s cooperation with the FBI on two investigations was instrumental in his receiving a presidential pardon.
Will we ever see a better head-first slide into home than this one?
And here is some other interesting stuff that transpired:
- Thirty years ago yesterday, Len Barker pitched the 10th perfect game in MLB history. (It’s Pronounced “Lajaway”)
- Jeff Francoeur buys into the bandbox stereotype about Citizens Bank Ballpark. (Crashburn Alley)
- Read up on how “scientific baseball” changed the game — in 1911. (Baseball Prospectus)
- “This emerging [Alexi] Ogando-is-unstoppable narrative has a finite life to it, but we can accept that while also acknowledging that Ogando is doing things right now that very few of us could have expected before the season began, is evolving in a way that I really can’t say I foresaw, and is further solidifying his status as a serious rotation asset with each passing week.” (Baseball Time in Arlington)
- Did you remember to blame Carlos Beltran today? (Sports Illustrated)
- Another head-first slide into home nearly netted Coco Crisp an impressive straight steal. (Athletics Nation)
- “Clutch hitting” and some other “humans are different” examples are taken to extremes. (Sabermetric Research)
- Perhaps Posada should have removed the pus from his eyes during the offseason. Don’t cringe: the procedure may have worked for the heretofore chronically underperforming Casey Kotchman. (Tampa Tribune)
- Not news: A fan runs onto the field at a baseball game. News: A fan runs onto the field, eludes a police officer, jumps over the center field wall, eludes another police officer, climbs up into the stands, and departs the stadium. (The Big Lead)