This week is typically very slow in the baseball world and I’m going to take advantage of it. This is the closest thing to a vacation I get from RAB each year, so posting with be much lighter than usual this week. I’ll leave you with some links to check out as a peace offering:
- I enjoyed Jesse Spector’s post on players and their views of defensive metrics. Not surprisingly, most of them think the numbers are hogwash and prefer the eye test. “I don’t buy any of that crap. I think it’s all worthless,” said Adam Eaton, who was just traded for three prospects in part due to his sexy defensive numbers.
- I’m not a basketball guy at all, but John Branch on Steve Kerr is a must read. Kerr’s family is from the Middle East and his father was murdered in 1984, when Steve was 18. Branch spoke to Kerr about how his upbringing and father’s murder have affected his life, including his basketball career as a player and coach.
- Here is Longform.org’s collection of the best long-form pieces of 2016. There’s a top ten list plus different categories, so you can sort through them yourself and read what interests you. Enjoy.
Enjoy the final few days of 2016. Hopefully 2017 is a heck of a lot better in every way.