Odds and Ends (of the Road?)

by Jason Epstein

Bud Selig ain’t laughing about the Mets claiming that his office was responsible for the 9/11 cap ban.

The Marlins gave Mike Cameron his walking papers. Assuming that this is the end of the road for the 38-year-old outfielder, Dave Cameron of FanGraphs baseball obit is well worth absorbing:

From 1997 to 2009, Cameron ranked 18th in baseball in Wins Above Replacement. Not among outfielders, but among all players. During the 12 years he was basically an everyday player, he created essentially the same amount of value as the likes of Lance Berkman, Jeff Kent, and Jim Thome. He didn’t have any crazy great peak seasons that put him on the map, and his career wasn’t long enough to justify Hall of Fame enshrinement, but when Mike Cameron was on the field, he was consistently one of the best players in baseball.

Now that Venezuelan strongman Hugo Chavez has lost the Pittsubrgh Pirates, has he lost America? (Well, everyone save Joe Kennedy.)

Seamheads.com introduced the Negro Leagues Database, which, when completed, will be the “first comprehensive statistical encyclopedia of the great black baseball teams and leagues that operated behind the color line in the days of Jim Crow segregation.”

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