Good morning, campers!
If you are playing catch-up, here are the topics we raised in Right Field over the past seven days:
- Who are the top five Subway Series personalities since interleague play began in 1997?
- Should owners of struggling teams be offering cheaper seats, parking, and food concessions to draw larger crowds?
- Is it realistic to expect a player sitting in the dugout at the end of the game to calculate his weighted on-base average (wOBA)?
- Bryan Stow remains in critical condition but his doctor says he is making incremental progress. (UPDATE: “Police booked 31-year old Giovanni Ramirez of Los Angeles for assault with a deadly weapon and are holding him on $1 million bail.”)
- Harmon Killebrew passed away.
- Vin Mazzaro had a rough Monday.
- George Steinbrenner “assisted the FBI three times in Cold War-related national-security cases involving the former Soviet Union and in connection with Middle Eastern terrorism.”
And here is some other interesting stuff that transpired:
- Four small tumors were found on the brain of Hall of Fame catcher Gary Carter. (New York Daily News)
- Christina Kahrl on Mariners third-baseman Chone Figgins: “’Regression’ doesn’t mean the same thing for everyone, because people don’t regress to the major league average that drifts around .300. Instead, they regress toward what’s average for them and for players like them.” (ESPN SweetSpot)
- Speaking of Seattle infielders, Dave Cameron is bullish on the club’s second baseman of the future, Justin Ackley. (710 AM ESPN Seattle)
- A fastball struck the Cubs’ Marlon Byrd near his left eye resulted in multiple fractures and a trip to the disabled list. (Hardball Talk)
- Bishop Pickering would have been proud of last Wednesday evening’s Nationals-Mets sogfest. (Faith and Fear in Flushing)
- Tigers manager Jim Leyland has had enough of interleague baseball. (SB Nation)
- Should the Giants seriously consider Aubrey Huff’s offer to play third base? (McCovey Chronicles)
- Has there ever been another career turnaround like the one Jose Bautista has experienced? (Fangraphs)
- “Does more scoring lead to fewer extra inning games?” (Beyond the Boxscore)