Here are some links while we have to wait all day for the Moseley vs. Dice-K pitchers duel (good luck to ESPN selling this game).
Here’s a good read on maple bats and the potential fix to the very real problem of them breaking. Within the piece there are several other links to good articles. Barry Bonds being one of the first players to use maple bats might end up having a bigger impact on the game than Bonds being one of the thousands to have used PED’s.
An update on Mark Mulder and the cautionary tale of pitching . Mulder’s career is a great reason why the Yankees are cautious to lock up their young arbitration eligible pitchers early and will likely continue to do so with Hughes going forward. Through the age of 27 Mulder already had 97 wins and seemed to be well on his way to a great, Pettitte like career. He won just 6 more the rest of his career and is now trying his hand at golf, still just 33 years old.
I think instant replay in baseball is just a matter of when, but not if at this point. Still, the more it’s talked about, and the more awful calls that cost teams games, the quicker it will be here. Bob Costas was recently on the Dan Patrick show and ripped Bud Selig over the lack of replay in baseball. Here is a quick rundown of what he had to say, and here is full audio of the segment. I certainly will celebrate the day there is a good replay plan in place in MLB.
Jon Heyman took a look at some of the question marks plaguing all of the playoff contenders. People that focus solely on the Yankees can certainly point out their flaws, but there’s certainly no perfect team out there. Heyman also notes that the Yankees aren’t likely to go all out for Carl Crawford or Jayson Werth. While this makes sense to anyone who’s paid attention this year, many in the MSM still are fitting Crawford for pinstripes in the offseason. I just don’t see it myself.