I’m pressed for time this morning, so links are offered with minimal commentary (and there was much rejoicing):
- Alan Drooz at the U-T misses Mike Cameron (h/t PM).
- Clay Hensley’s first rehab start went well (h/t Field39).
- MB at Friar Forecast asks how we know when a player is done. Good question.
- Amy Nelson at ESPN jumps on the bandwagon and writes about Trevor Hoffman (h/t Coronado Mike).
- Tom Krasovic at the U-T informs us that Chase Headley was sent to Triple-A to cut down on his strikeouts.
- Corey Brock has a fun story about Bud Black’s (almost) big-league debut.
- Bill Center at the U-T doesn’t like Petco Park’s dimensions. Eh, that’s a fresh angle.
- David Appelman at Baseball Analysts investigates clutch pitching. Jake Peavy scores well using his method.
- Greg Spira at Slate talks about the month in which big-league players are born (h/t Schlom). Hint: August is much better than July.
- John Walsh at Hardball Times examines the importance of a fastball’s speed (h/t Didi).
- This past off-season, Pizza Cutter at Statistically Speaking looked at the sample-size issue as it relates to player evaluation (h/t Richard Wade). Not light reading, but probably a good thing for Padres fans to check out right about now.
- Susan Slusser at the San Francisco Chronicle pens a fun piece on ex-Padre Andrew Brown (h/t Ben B). Among other things, we learn that Brown and Oakland A’s closer Huston Street are big-time chess geeks:
Their chess-playing has attracted so much notice that one teammate – they’re not sure who, but they have a guess – has begun hiding pieces, which then are discovered in odd places. The kings remain missing, so they’re playing with Eric Chavez Bobbleheads. “Chavvy does have six Gold Gloves,” Brown explained. “That’s good enough to be king.”
The Padres really need some chess geeks. I would even accept Magic: The Gathering geeks (hey, that stuff used to air on ESPN2).
- Joe Posnanski talks at length (sorry, is that redundant?) about retired numbers (h/t Didi). Quoth Joe: “Steve Garvey is a Dodger.” Even a guy who doesn’t follow the Padres knows that. Heck, everyone knows that. Except, of course, the Padres.
Whoomp, there it is…