Link Dump: Sotomayor, Fresh Prince, AAA, fastballs


Just some reading material for between now and the game.

Justice Sotomayor to throw out first pitch Saturday

Justice Sonia Sotomayor, recently sworn in as the 111th Supreme Court Justice, will throw out the first pitch on Saturday when the Yankees face the Red Sox. Raised in the Bronx, Sotomayor is famous in baseball circles because “she issued an order that helped end the Major League Baseball strike of 1994-95.” Want to impress us, Justice? Throw a strike from the mound.

Chad Gaudin like Will Smith?

When I saw the juxtaposition of Chad Gaudin in Will Smith in the headline of Marc Carig’s article, I didn’t know what to expect. He makes it clear early on: Gaudin was having trouble in San Diego, so the Padres sent him to live with his auntie and uncle in New York. It’s a great look at Gaudin, who has impressed the Yankees enough during his tenure to earn a rotation spot.

AAA outfielders, 2009 and 2010

Chad Jennings lines up reviews of the six primary outfielders for Scranton Wilkes-Barre this season (plus one who got two at bats). He then takes a look at the names for next year. There doesn’t appear to be much turnover, but there are some variables there. Most notably, Shelley Duncan, who could be a minor league free agent if removed from the 40-man roster, and Colin Curtis, Rule 5 eligible, could head elsewhere.

Who has the best fastball?

In an awesome bit on The Baseball Analysts, Chris Moore look at the top 20 fastballs from 2007 and August 2009, rated by control, velocity, and movement. Only one Yankee appears on the list (guess who), and Roy Halladay appears twice in the top 7. Yeah, that guy’s just a little good. The guy who ranks No. 1 is pretty good too, I hear.

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  1. Damn. I’m surprised Sotomayor’s ankle healed so quickly.

  2. Dela G says:

    That “Best Fastball” Article was awesome to read.

    My favorite reliever to root for, Brandon League, wasn’t on the list, but the guy comments at the bottom that if he were allowed to rank all pitchers (including submariners), brandon league would have the 4th best fastball in baseball. That’s about what i thought too. His stuff is so electric, its incredible (as we all saw over the past few outings he’s had against the yanks)

  3. Moshe Mandel says:

    Just want to take this opportunity to once again reiterate how good Carig is. Totally not afraid to learn new things about the game and incorporate them into his writing. Really refreshing to see from a beat writer.

  4. Dela G says:

    Is anyone listening to Kay’s radio show?

    ugh thinking about him in a speedo

  5. pat says:

    Ill be honest, I understood maybe 1% of that fastball article.

  6. alex gonzalez says:

    how did they make that best fastball list up. mariano rivera throughs the greatest cutter that anyone ever has thrown or probably ever will. he has gotten by his entire career with basically one pitch. i dont think any of those guys could get by with one pitch in the bullpen as well as mariano has. sure mariano doesnt have the secondary pitches to be a starter. but as far as one pitch guys he is the best. i dont understand all the hate from statheads. how could you rank him 9th on that list. i cannot comprehend that at all.

  7. I’m tired of Chad Jennings working for a paper that makes him take furlough days. Let’s get him that LoHud job, ASAP.

    Jennings for LoHud ’09: A Chad We Can Believe In.


    I’m tommiesmithjohncarlos, and I approved this message. Paid for by the Committee to Elect Chad Jennings for LoHud Yankee Beat Reporter. Treasurer: The Honorable Congressman Mondesi. P.O. Box 69, San Cristóbal, DR.

  8. mytaya says:

    i thank she is the best report person to do ur report

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