May
15

Link Dump: Laziness, Girardi, House For Sale, Salty, and Tebow

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Some Saturday morning links for your reading pleasure.

Putting data behind the obvious

Rob Iracane over at Walkoff Walk takes a look at a subject touched on many times here with regards to players who are questioned about hustle.  It’s a good read and even though what Rob writes is well known, the simple data he compiled is alarming.

Joe Girardi gets some credit

If you’re a Joe Girardi fan, enjoy this while it lasts.  Michael Rosenberg at SI lays out reasons for why Girardi is a perfect manager for the Yankees, without ignoring some of his faults.  If you can’t stand Girardi, take a peek and see if Rosenberg does anything to sway you.

In the market for new house?

‘Duk over at Big League Stew writes about the Field of Dreams being up for sale in Iowa for $5.4 million.  For anyone who has seen the movie, it’s a pretty good read, and it’s interesting to know what happened to the field since.

Remember this guy?

It seems like Jarrod Saltalamacchia should have been an All-Star several times by now, but his career as a catcher is heading in the wrong direction.  Bob Hersom of okcredhawks.com takes a look at Salty’s issues throwing the ball back to the pitcher.  The good news is Salty is hitting the ball well, so hopefully he either figures it out soon or his bat is strong enough to get him in the majors as a 1B/DH.  There’s always room in the majors for guys with 14 letter last names who married a teacher from his high school.

Well, if the whole football thing doesn’t pan out

Interesting story (scroll to bottom) in the Memphis Commercial Appeal about Tim Tebow taking batting practice with the Memphis University School baseball team.  Long story short, he crushed the ball.  Just in case he doesn’t make in the NFL, maybe he should keep his swing sharp.

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Link Dump

Putting data behind the obvious

Rob Iracane over at Walkoff Walk takes a look at a subject touched on many times here with regards to players who are questioned about hustle. It’s a good read and even though what Rob writes is well known, the simple data he compiled is alarming.

Joe Girardi gets some credit

If you’re a Joe Girardi fan, enjoy this while it lasts. Michael Rosenberg at SI lays out reasons for why Girardi is a perfect manager for the Yankees, without ignoring some of his faults. If you can’t stand Girardi, take a peek and see if Rosenberg does anything to sway you.

In the market for new house?

‘Duk over at Big League Stew writes about the Field of Dreams being up for sale in Iowa for $5.4 million. For anyone who has seen the movie, it’s a pretty good read, and it’s interesting to know what happened to the field since.

Remember this guy?

It seems like Jarrod Saltalamacchia should have been an All-Star several times by now, but his career as a catcher is heading in the wrong direction. Bob Hersom of okcredhawks.com takes a look at Salty’s issues throwing the ball back to the pitcher. The good news is Salty is hitting the ball well, so hopefully he either figures it out soon or his bat is strong enough to get him in the majors as a 1B/DH. There’s always room in the majors for guys with 14 letter last names who married a teacher from his high school.

Well, if the whole football thing doesn’t pan out

Interesting story (scroll to bottom) in the Memphis Commercial Appeal about Tim Tebow taking batting practice with the Memphis University School baseball team. Long story short, he crushed the ball. Just in case he doesn’t make in the NFL, maybe he should keep his swing sharp.

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23 Comments»

  1. Dang. Rob’s article at Walkoff Walk was a little bit scary.

  2. Pat D says:

    The first link’s information is definitely troubling, but hardly surprising. Sadly, I think that’s how it’s going to be for some time. I asked Keith Law a question in a chat once about attitudes/beliefs not changing until older generations begin to die off, and he said, as politely as he could, that it doesn’t necessarily need to happen, that the englightened people need to take over the majority. But then you have respected people like Bob Feller who make…questionable, I guess is the best work, comments on this subject.

    But I just don’t see that happening with this particular issue because…well, whites are the majority. When is it that the project whites will no longer be a majority of Americans, but just a plurality? Maybe that’s when you’ll stop seeing stories like this.

    This type of reasonsing always seems to be at the basis of the “Who’s Better: Cano or Pedroia?” debate. Pedroia “plays the game the right way” and Cano was, before this year, perceived as “lazy.” Now it seems as if Cano has maybe turned that corner and you haven’t heard that used as an excuse this year.

    We don’t live in a perfect world, and not even in a color-blind world, so we’ll probably always hear about stories like this.

    • Pat D says:

      Sorry, the second paragraph should say “When is it projected that whites will no longer be a majority…” and not what’s written there.

      Proofread fail.

    • Zack says:

      I dont think white people having the majority has anything to do Cano/Pedroia debate.

      All of us can admit that Cano probably doesn’t dive enough for groundballs, that he’s had stretches where he’s been very inconsistant in the field, that he hasn’t hit with RISP (SSS or not) in the past, etc.

      So maybe people use “lazy” and that should be replaced with “inconsistant”, but it’s the same people saying “YOU SUCK” after a K with RISP, when it might just be a slump.

  3. Nigel Bangs says:

    Being half Puerto Rican, I stopped reading the first article mid-way.

    • Mister Delaware says:

      Being a former small, white (non-scrappy) Little Leaguer on a multi-racial team who was constantly called out for appearing “lackadaisical” by my coach, I can’t help but think MLB managers and writers all need a little more Mr. Martin in them.

      (Figuratively.)

      (I was trying, I just never look like I’m trying at anything, so I’m oversympathetic when a guy like Cano or Rios who always look complacent are called out for this.)

  4. Andy in Sunny Daytona says:

    Is Saltalamacchia this era’s Mackey Sasser? A deent hitting catcher who can’t throw the ball back to pitcher?

  5. Januz says:

    I really hate it when players of the past are lumped in with current players (You cannot compare an Eddie Murray to Miguel Tejada, except for the fact they both played for the Baltimore Orioles). Speaking of Tejada, his teammate Garrett Atkins (Who happens to be WHITE), earlier this season, failed to run out a ground ball to third, and cost himself a hit, so it is not RACE that makes someone lazy, it is attitude. One prime reason, the Yankees are good, is you have guys like Rivera, Jeter, Teixeira, Pettitte, Chamberlain, Swisher, and Rodriguez who actually care about winning, and have the attitude necessary to win. As for Arod, I am certainly no fan, but a prime reason, Cano has improved at the plate and with his attitude, is the time that Arod has spent with him. It is interesting that five of those guys have had carrers that would rank in the top 5% of guys who put on baseball uniforms. Three of those guys already have their tickets punched to Cooperstown (Rivera, Jeter, & Arod), Teixeira is well on his way to joining them, and Pettitte has five Championships (And more post season wins then anyone in history).

    • Pat D says:

      You’re right that race has nothing to do with it. The point is that it is perceived that way by a lot of people who then write about it, and other people read what they write and then believe it, too.

      Obviously no one called out Atkins for his lack of hustle, otherwise it probably would have noted in that article. That was the point, that white players not hustling is largely ignored.

      • Andy in Sunny Daytona says:

        Atkins was just frustrated at his lack of base hit at a crucial time. Just means he was GRITTY.

      • Zack says:

        Who’s writing an article on Garret Atkins on a crappy team? Is it that white players not hustling is ignored, or crappy players who don’t hustle is ignored?

        If Tex/Mauer/Longoria made consistant ‘lazy’ plays during games, they wouldnt be called out on it? I find that hard to believe

        • Januz says:

          I agree with you, that not many people nationally care about Atkins. However, I guarantee you, Oriole fans were NOT happy with his play, and I bet you Dave Tremblay was not either. Atkins aside, race was used to generate interest in the article, because there are quite a few athletes of EVERY race, creed, color, or national origin, who are lazy and unmotivated to win (For example: Ryan Leaf admitted to it).

  6. Andy in Sunny Daytona says:

    Someone told Tebow that those baseball hides were made of foreskins, and he eleminated them.

  7. Zack says:

    http://hardballtalk.nbcsports......e.html.php

    Craig Calcaterra (who originally wrote about Phillips), write his response to the article.

    • Zack says:

      wrote his*

    • Januz says:

      The Phillips incident is actually very accurate. He was called out by his manager Dusty Baker (Who is BLACK). This lack of hustle, is not a new occurance (I remember years ago when Billy Martin pulled Reggie Jackson off the field for a lack of hustle, Martin was 100% correct, and Jackson admitted to it). The problem in sports, is the guys who are always busting their ass, seems like the execption rather than the rule (And this perception, coupled with the fact they are making millions playing kids games, in an era of a 10% unemployment rate, does not exactly help change perceptions). I go back to the infamous Luis Castillo dropped Arod pop-up, and by hustling, Teixeira scored from second on it, when commentators said most guys would not have. That play by Teixeira, and the perception of Castillo, which should have been simply part of the game, has been magnified, out of proportion (Particularly by Met fans, who overlook the fact that Castillo was probably the 2009 team MVP). Perception thus becomes reality, and it has manifested itself even further in 2010, because Met fans are staying away from Citi Field in droves.

      • Mister Delaware says:

        The point is that you’ll find examples of Lance Berkman and Aaron Hill “not hustling” if you look for them. No one is saying the guys singled out hustle 100% of the time, its that they aren’t unique and that only they seem to get called out.

  8. bexarama says:

    I read that Walkoff Walk article a few days ago. Scary.

    Great article on Girardi.

  9. Rich Rodriguez says:

    Rosenberg is a little runt

  10. Opus says:

    I remember “Real Sports” did a profile on white basketball players in the NBA and they mentioned that one of the perceptions of the white players is they will always be on time, do their work, and won’t get in trouble.

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