Some Saturday morning links for your pleasure:
Here’s an update on former Yankee Matt Nokes. It’s pretty cool that he has stayed in the game and is so devoted to the art of hitting. Usually you hear about guys like Ted Williams and Tony Gwynn being students of the game, but Nokes seems to fit right in.
Bonus link to Nokes’ website with video of him catching a Roger Clemens fastball in the ribs and throwing it back to the mound.
A post at mlb.com takes a look at Andrew Brackman and the success he has had this year. There are lots of quotes from the Brackmonster himself and the piece notes that he is close with Austin Romine and how well they work together. We may see that battery in the Bronx in a few years.
A story about Roger Clemens and steroids that doesn’t immediately call him Former Yankee Roger Clemens. I’m sure it will never become public, but I wonder if Bud Selig will have anything to say to the Blue Jays if they knew all along that Clemens was juicing (if he was). I doubt the Blue Jays could have disclosed anything since it is personal medical records, but I wonder if there is/was any plan in place for what a major league team is supposed to do if they find proof that a player is using steroids. Clearly everyone looked the other way in the past, but if it becomes public that the team knew and did nothing to stop it, Selig will be none too thrilled.
While the Yankees had a banner year down on the farm, the rival Red Sox took a step back. While they appear to have had a solid draft to build some depth, many of the crown jewels of their system either didn’t take steps forward or took steps back in 2010. Just remember this the next time organizational rankings come out, just because someone says Team A is better than Team B, it doesn’t mean that can’t change.