So, fourth place was fun for a few hours…
- How did Mets settle on black uniforms? (ESPN). I’m not a uniform connoisseur by any stretch, but this is an entertaining read.
- “Everything in My Life Sucks Right Now.” (FanGraphs). I’ve written about Hong-Chih Kuo’s struggles in Los Angeles; on the other side of the country, Red Sox right-hander John Lackey is going through tough times of his own.
- Prospect Hot Sheet (Baseball America). Keyvius Sampson makes an appearance on the May 13 edition.
- Who’s Zoomin’ Who? (Baseball Prospectus). The Padres have been very good at stealing bases this year. I wonder how much of that falls on Dave Roberts?
- Geer rehabbing after cancer surgery (U-T). “Yearlong chemotherapy program”? Geer hopes to resume pitching in July. Here’s wishing him the best of luck.
- When baseball defied segregation off the field (CNN). More fascinating stuff from former big leaguer Bill White… [h/t BBTF]
- Rizzo needs a slump to find San Diego (North County Times). Jay Paris argues that the Padres should wait to see how Anthony Rizzo responds to adversity — assuming he ever experiences any — before promoting him. Makes sense to me.
- It’s a Hardball Times e-book. Steve Treder has published an eBook called Third Base: The Crossroads that sounds promising. I’m biased, though, being a huge fan of Treder’s work.
- Who’s No. 1? (Baseball Prospectus). Kevin Goldstein provides a quick overview of his top 20 prospects for the 2011 draft. Twelve of the top 16 are pitchers.
- U Got the Look: Hitters, Part II (Baseball Prospectus). Jason Parks talks hitting from a scouting perspective. This has been an informative series.
- The Worst Pitching Performance Ever (Joe Blogs). In which Royals right-hander Vin Mazzaro channels his inner Will Cunnane…
- Minor League Update: Games of May 16 (Baseball Prospectus). Padres farmhands Jason Hagerty and Anthony Rizzo show up here, as do USD alum Brian Matusz and SDSU alum (and son of ex-Padre Greg Vaughn) Cory Vaughn.
- Brian McCann’s 2-HR game (Baseball-Reference). What do former Padres outfielders Scott Hairston, Carmelo Martinez, and Marvell Wynne have in common. Wait, Marvell Wynne?!?
RIP, Harmon Killebrew
Former Washington Senators and Minnesota Twins star Harmon Killebrew died Tuesday following a battle with esophageal cancer. By all accounts, the Hall of Famer corner infielder/left fielder was one of the game’s true gentlemen…
- Thinking about Harmon (Hardball Times, Bruce Markusen)
- The Gentle Killer (Hardball Times, Chris Jaffe)
- Peace Be With You, Harmon Killebrew (Sadly Updated) (Baseball Prospectus, Steven Goldman)
- The Gentleman Called Killer (Joe Blogs, Joe Posnanski)
- Killebrew was ‘Paul Bunyan with a uniform on’ (Star Tribune, La Velle E. Neal III)