Around the Internet today
— Alan Schwarz looks at 833 current major leaguers for a broad look at farm system success. The Mariners do very well in most of these quick-and-dirty calculations, though you’ll be sure to note that all of the “notable signees” are no longer M’s. It’s kind of cool to see Jamie Moyer singlehandedly put St. Joseph’s on the baseball draft map, though. You’ll see what I mean.
Double meaning department: Schwarz notes that the Brewers have performed miserably in a Win Shares analysis of their draft picks, despite having Ben Sheets. “Then again,” he writes, “that happens when you demonstrate almost no ability to keep your minor league pitching prospects healthy.” Ouch. Did anybody else feel that?
— The TNT tries to put the hex on Doyle.
— Did George Steinbrenner’s tantrum inspire the Yankees to destroy their natural enemy and hated rival, the Devil Rays? What do you think, Joe Torre?
“Ask the players. I’d like to believe we try all the time.”
How about you, Tino Martinez?
“He (Steinbrenner) has every right to say what he said,” said Martinez. “We know we have to pick it up. It motivated us.”
Yankee dissension: smell the long knives as they come out.
— Try reading this story about how versatile Ron Villone is in this way: first, replace all references to pitching with references to hitting or playing the field. Then, replace the name “Ron Villone” with the name “Willie Bloomquist.”
You’d get results like this:
BloomquistÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s response to the duty?
Ã¢â‚¬Å“OK,Ã¢â‚¬Â he said. Ã¢â‚¬Å“Whatever.Ã¢â‚¬Â
ThatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s not a complaint, itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s just that Bloomquist is one of those throwback players who will do whatever is asked of him, without complaint Ã¢â‚¬â€œ as long as he feels heÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s helping the team win.
Ah, versatility. Say what you will about Greg Dobbs; at least he’s only trying to play two or three positions poorly instead of all nine.
Out of curiosity, what happens when a throwback player feels he’s no longer helping the team win? Does he step across the foul line and transform into an elderly doctor? Take up a career in musical theater? Get on the boat to the Undying Lands with Frodo and Gandalf?