Linkage: A-Rod!, Posada & Pitchers, Draft

Early season swings hurt Granderson's numbers
The John Sterling conundrum

Nothing like a batch of links right before lunch, even if some of them are a little stale…

Defending A-Rod

Lost in the mix of disdain and straight up hatred for Alex Rodriguez and the whole unwritten rule thing with Dallas Braden was that there’s a side to A-Rod’s story as well. This post by Joe Posnanski and this one by Morgan Ensberg (yes, that Morgan Ensberg) really do a phenomenal job of coming to the defense of the Yankee third baseman, not necessarily by being apologetic, but by looking at the facts and not letting past discretions cloud their view of the matter. Both pieces are fantastic reads even if they are a tad outdated, so make sure you give them a read.

Also, I recommend making Ensberg’s blog part of your daily reading. It’s truly awesome.

Posada ranks Yankee pitchers

This one’s a few days old too, but we haven’t gotten around to linking to it yet. Jorge Posada sat down with some Yahoo! (see what I did there?) to talk about all the pitchers he’s caught during his career. I’m not sure how much I trust him though, because he said Scott Proctor “would throw 98, 99, 100.” I remember Proctor throwing in the mid-90’s at times, but 98-100? They didn’t even have him that high on the TV gun. Maybe Jorge was referring to the ultra-juiced stadium gun. Either way, it’s a fun read.

Largest contracts in draft history

I hate to self-promote, but I put way too much time and effort into researching and writing this post at MLBTR about he richest deals ever given to drafted players. Everyone knows that Stephen Strasburg and Mark Prior and Mark Teixeira got paid, but who knew that Pat Burrell got $8,000,000 back in 1998? Or that Eric Munson got $6,750,000 in 2000?

2010 Pledge Drive Update

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Early season swings hurt Granderson's numbers
The John Sterling conundrum
  • bexarama

    David Wells. Yeah, that’s frightening.

    Hysterical. That Jorge article is awesome.

    • Kiersten

      Hahahah I was just about to post the same thing. I laughed so hard.

      Did the guy really need to ask who has the best cutter? C’mon now.

  • Steve H

    I love the part where Lieber (jokingly) blames Posada for a HR. Sounds like the AJ debacle in Fenway.

  • A.D.

    Pat Burrell got $8,000,000 back in 1998?

    He was a Golden Spikes winning 3B

    • Mike Axisa

      So was Alex Gordon, and he got half as much as Burrell. Plus Gordon was a lefty hitter, a much better bet to stay at third, and played after salaries (and revenue) exploded.

      • Rose

        Well now look at him (Gordon)…I wouldn’t be surprised if he wishes everynight that he could switch places with Eric Chavez…

        When Gordon is not on the DL, he’s a disappointing former #1 prospect…

        Alex Gordon just may be the Bobby Crosby of 3rd base…

      • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a The Mayor of the Draft

        Sure, but did Alex have a catchy nickname like “Pat the Bat”?

        I think not. What, “Alex the PitchFx”? “Gordy the Ducksnorty”?

        Those both suck balls.

        • Steve H

          As Keith Law says, you don’t pay for heart since it isn’t measureable. However, nicknames are measurable, so you can certainly pay for those.

        • Rose

          What about Alex Gordon “Bombay” or Alex Gordon “Not that Gordon from Sesame Street

          They both have a nice ring to it…

      • Thomas

        Burrell did have the second highest college slugging percentage ever.

        Of course, Pete Incaviglia has the highest and he was pretty bad.

        • Steve H

          Inky had a halfway decent MLB career.

          • Thomas

            Pretty bad might have been a hyperbole.

            He was about average maybe a little worse. He had 104 OPS+, 106 wRC+, and .331 wOBA for his career. His fielding was -13.8 total runs above average and -6 TZ spending most of his career in LF. He was overall worth 8.5 WAR in 12 season.

            So he wasn’t really bad just pedestrian, which isn’t what most teams would want out of LF.

        • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a The Mayor of the Draft

          He was cuddly, though. That goes a long way.

          Inky was like John Kruk with a worse batting eye and far, far better personal hygiene.

        • Rose

          But he made a cool $6,330,000 during his chopped up 12 seasons

          I think I’d rather have Burrell’s $60,810,000+ though

          Pete Incaviglia’s career salary is like what Arod spent on breakfast this morning

          • Steve H

            Pete Incaviglia’s career salary is like what Arod spent on breakfast this morning

            Plus a 2.57% Tip.

          • Thomas

            Damn. $6,330,000 spent on breakfast.

            A-Rod must eat like Latrell Sprewell’s kids.

            • JMK the Overshare’s Mystique and Aura

              Hah. Thomas wins the thread.

  • Rose

    but who knew that Pat Burrell got $8,000,000 back in 1998? Or that Eric Munson got $6,750,000 in 2000?

    That’s $10,479,567.28 and $8,326,570.31 (respectively) today!!

    [Jumps out window]

    • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a The Mayor of the Draft

      Fun Fact: In Pat Burrell’s 9 years in Philadelphia, he put up a .257/.367/.485 (119+) and had a wOBA better than .350 and a wRC+ better than 110 in 8 of the 9 years.

      Year by year wRC+ in Philadelphia:

      Did Burrell deserve 8mil as an amateur? No, probably not. But let’s not lump him in with uberbust Eric Munson. Pat Burrell was a fine, productive player.

  • Slu

    That Morgan Ensberg blog is really a great read. Thanks for linking to it.

  • I Voted for Kodos

    The first time I read Morgan’s blog, I was expecting typical ex-ballplayer speak, but he offers some really interesting insight from a player’s perspective while simultaneously being open minded to new ways of thinking. He’s also very receptive to the fans who leave comments. It’s one of my new favorite time killers now.