Here are recent links that will keep those dreaded TPS reports from being sent in on time:
- As of now, the Red Sox are as close to first place as third, but Saturday night’s loss in St. Petersburg was deflating, to say the least.
- Speaking of the Sox, Paul Swydan of FanGraphs says there is no need to be surprised that Jacoby Ellsbury is a top AL MVP candidate.
- The sale of the Astros to a group headed by Houston businessman Jim Crane still has not been approved. Maury Brown of the Biz of Baseball shares his thoughts.
- Speaking of franchise issues, here is Stu Kreisman in the Huffington Post: “[W]hat makes it more amazing is that I just finished listening to a local sports radio call in show and the majority of fans would rather have the Chinese government run the Dodgers than current owner Frank McCourt.”
- Mike Piazza played a whopping five games for the Florida Marlins in 1998, so ‘Duk of Big League Stew wonders why on Earth the organization wishes to remember its first fire sale of players by having the future Hall of Famer join the upcoming farewell to Sun Life Stadium.
- The Pirates gave general manager Neal Huntington a three-year contract extension.
- Memo to Pete Orr: Don’t mess with Polish Sausage!
- The AL Central also-rans have the most players strolling to home plate with electro/house music blaring, according to the Hardball Times’ Kevin Lai’s research on walk-up music selections.
- Just in time for Week 1, Jim Caple of Page 2 explains “why baseball still is at least a three-point favorite over football.”
That’s it. Have a walk-off week!