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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  • Pablo Zevallos

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

    • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      Maybe she pulls a reverse-Souter and unexpectedly starts throwing as a righty.

      • Pablo Zevallos

        Very nicely done.

  • Dela G

    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)

    • Andy In Sunny Daytona

      My buddy played beer pong with him last year at “The Big Easy” in Manhattan.

  • Moshe Mandel

    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.

  • Dela G

    Is anyone listening to Kay’s radio show?

    ugh thinking about him in a speedo

  • pat

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

  • alex gonzalez

    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.

    • Joseph Pawlikowski

      I know I said I wouldn’t respond to you, but come on man. Read the article. It goes a long way in explaining things. You might actually learn something you didn’t already think you knew.

      • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

        Here, how about this: Whenever AG says something, I’ll condense it to a Reader’s Digest version of it, and you can feel free to beat the snot out of my condensed format post. Let’s try it.

        AG: That article is dumb; Mariano Rivera is good at one thing and I like him a lot personally and that means he should be #1 all all lists of all things. Nerds suck. I don’t understand you. Arbitrary.

        En Garde!

      • The Artist

        Joe come on, you know it’s pointless. Ignorance can be overcome, willful ignorance is impregnable.

        • Joseph Pawlikowski

          You’re so wise. You’re like a miniature Buddha, covered in hair.

          • The Artist

            Awww shucks. Now I’m blushing.

        • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

          Ignorance can be overcome, willful ignorance is impregnable.

          What are you talking about, I’m not pregnant. I can’t comprehend your statement at all, it’s arbitrary.


          • Joseph Pawlikowski

            Damn tommie. If only you had an intricate understanding of eras, you would totally comprehend it.

            • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside



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    • Moshe Mandel

      Huh? There is no hate. If you read the article, they touch upon their methodology, but it is all statistical formulas. There is no bias or hate involved.

      • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

        … . If you read the article…

        STOP! He didn’t read the article.

  • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

    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.

    • Moshe Mandel

      You know what is sad? Some of the best writers in the area write for the smallest papers (Carig, Jennings) while the big papers have guys like King and Harper.

      • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

        “In a hierarchy, every employee tends to rise to his level of incompetence.”

        -Dr. Laurence J. Peter and Raymond Hull

        • The Artist

          It took two people to say that? How did that work, exactly?

          Ray-”I’ll take the long words, like ‘hierarchy’ and ‘incompetence’”

          Laurence-”Whew, thank God, my spelling sucks.”

          Ray-”BTW Larry, how did you end up with two first names? Just wondering.”

          Laurence-”It’s a marketing thing. People take you more seriously if you have two first names for some reason. Even if the stuff you’re saying is utterly mundane or makes no sense whatsoever.”

          Ray-”Gotcha. Whatever works Larry”

      • The Artist

        Nah, that’s just a reflection of the audience.

    • The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

      Send me your monies.

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