Right Field

Reveille 5/14/12

Good morning!

Here are several go-to links to make your Monday a bit more bearable:

“Philadelphia has a cool feel to it, man,’’ Papelbon says. “It’s a vibe that the city produces. It makes you feel like you are in Paris. I’ve never been to Paris, but I’ve seen it in a lot of movies. I think [Philadelphia] is going to be a great place to live.”

  • Fangraphs’ Dave Cameron bemoans decisions by managers Don Mattingly and Eric Wedge to utilize the sacrifice bunt earlier this week.

  • Tom Tango of Inside the Book triggers a discussion on Stephen Strasburg’s supposed 160-inning limit for this season.

  • I am guessing that we will not see a better play this season from a third baseman than the one Brett Lawrie made yesterday on this play. Not too surprisingly, Lawrie is leading all big-league defenders with 15 defensive runs saved.

  • David Wright hasn’t had much in the way of lineup protection in 2012. With a .400/.489/.591 slash line, he doesn’t seem all that bothered.

That’s it. Have a walk-off week!

Most Popular

Education

On College Campuses, Where Are the Adults?

Last week, political scientist and author Charles Murray spoke at a dinner in Manhattan about the death, as he calledit, of the American Dream. The “Disinvitation Dinner,” is given annually by Lauren Noble’s William F. Buckley Jr. Program to honor a speaker who has been kicked off a college campus for ... Read More
Sports

Hurray for the NBA

Last month, just before the Final Four, I did a Q&A on college basketball with our Theodore Kupfer. Teddy K. is back, by popular demand, joined by two other experts: Vivek Dave, an old friend of mine from Michigan, who has long lived in Chicago, and David French, National Review’s Kentucky Kid, now ... Read More
Economy & Business

Trade Misunderstandings

I was distracted by other policy topics last week but not enough not to notice Peter Navarro’s article in the Wall Street Journal, headlined “China’s Faux Comparative Advantage.” Considering Navarro’s position in the White House, it is unfortunate that it demonstrates some serious misunderstandings ... Read More
U.S.

Joy Reid Denies Writing Homophobic Blog Posts

MSNBC personality Joy Reid's former blog, The Reid Report, published a series of anti-gay posts, which she claims were added to the site after it was shut down, by a hacker intent on destroying her reputation and nascent cable-news career. Reid, who discontinued the blog roughly a decade ago, apologized in ... Read More
World

On Trade, No One Is Waiting for Washington

President Donald Trump’s flips and flops on trade are now as ubiquitous as his 5:00 a.m. tweets. Many predicted that trade-expansion efforts would come to a standstill and world commerce would suffer amidst all the uncertainty. Instead, the precise opposite has happened. In the last few months, it’s become ... Read More