Just a little more than four hours until real life baseball. I don’t know about you, but I can’t wait. Here’s some random links to hold you over…
- Edgar Sandoval and Samuel Goldsmith at The Daily News have a story about 16-month old Jeter Villacis, who received a lifesaving heart transplant during Game 2 of the ALDS after six weeks of waiting. You get three guesses who the kid’s named after, but I think you’ll only need one.
- Ben wanted to put together a post comparing Nick Swisher‘s 2009 season to Bobby Abreu’s, but Jay at Fack Youk beat him to it. The results may surprise you, despite talk of Abreu’s rumored resurgence.
- Greg Fertel at Pending Pinstripes, my old stomping grounds, used PitchFX to compare 2008 Ian Kennedy to 2009 Ian Kennedy. I do wonder if the difference in release points could be caused by different PFX cameras in different stadiums, but the other differences are pretty drastic.
- Here’s video of all 15 walk-offs this season in under 7 minutes. It’s awesome. Thanks to Peter for the tip.
- Here’s your minor league offensive leaderboard, courtesy of Baseball America. Shelley Duncan’s 30 homers were fifth most in all of minor league baseball last year, while Melky Mesa‘s 168 strikeouts were 8th most. He’s a hitter, so that’s bad.
- And finally, mgl at Inside The Book took a look at why manager’s make bad decisions, while Jonah Lehrer at ScienceBlogs did something similar with football coaches. Nerd math, finally applied to football. John Madden is rolling over in his bus.