- Jorge Arangure wrote about the unusual defection story of wunderkind Yoan Moncada. As always, most of how he left Cuba is a mystery, but Moncada is represented by an everyday accountant in Tampa and may have impregnated another agent in California. Yeah.
- Chad Finn recently wrote about the role Twitter plays in breaking baseball news these days. He actually wrote that before some recent silliness involving kids — like 13 and 14-year-olds — pretending to have sources and breaking news on Twitter. Good timing.
- David Laurila interviewed Reid Nichols, the Brewers director of player development. I always enjoy Laurila’s Q&As with player development executives. Nichols discusses the team’s development strategies — including the use of the shift in the minors — among other things.
- Jon Roegele did some great work analyzing pitch sequencing, meaning how one pitch affects the one after it. The slider after a fastball, etc. I think — and have thought since watching Barry Zito throw 84 mph fastballs over the plate for swings and misses during the 2012 postseason — that pitching sequencing is the next big baseball analytics breakthrough. Kinda like pitch-framing a few years ago.
Friday: This is your open thread for the night. The Knicks and Nets are both playing, plus there’s college football and basketball on as well. Talk about those games, the Gregorius trade, the Andrew Miller signing, or anything else right here.
Saturday: Use this as your open thread again. The Rangers and Devils are both playing and there’s the usual slate of college football and basketball. Have at it, folks.
Sunday: For the last time, this is the nightly open thread. The late NFL game is the Patriots and Chargers. The Knicks are playing and there’s some college basketball going on a well. Talk about anything and everything here.