Nothing like a batch of links right before lunch, even if some of them are a little stale…
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 Both pieces are fantastic reads even if they are a tad outdated, so make sure you give them a read.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
Our 2010 pledge drive to benefit Curtis Granderson‘s Grand Kids Foundation is in full swing, and thus far we’ve raised $222.77 with 141 games still left to play. It’s never too late to pledge, just follow the link for all the information you’ll need about what we’re doing and how to get in on the action.