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.