One of these years I will finish my essay comparing the scrappy indie-rock band Pavement to David Eckstein. While we’re all waiting for that to happen, here are some links you might enjoy…
- Part of the core? (Inside the Padres). Tom Krasovic wonders about Chase Headley’s future with the Padres.
- Padres Could Have A Loud Off-Season (FanGraphs). This article is eight paragraphs long but really comes down to the first sentence in the third paragraph: “The Padres are very well set up for the future.” [h/t reader Didi]
- Moorad: Padres to increase payroll in 2012 (U-T). More money is good news, but only if it helps improve the team. Hint: Look north to Anaheim and their acquisitions of Torii Hunter and Vernon Wells in recent years for guidance. Do the opposite of that.
- The Padres Bullpen, Yoda, and The Force (LobShots). Huzzah for Space Muppets, er Star Wars…
- Bell and fellow Padres ‘firemen’ visit Cave (Padres.com). Speaking of the ‘pen, Heath Bell, Josh Spence, Erik Hamren, and Anthony Bass recently visited some New York firefighters and wore snappy T-shirts. Bell also talks about trade-deadline adventures.
- Cory Luebke, Starting Pitcher (Roto Hardball). Eno Sarris takes a closer look at the rookie left-hander’s success this year.
- Top 25 Padres Prospects (Padres Prospects). I don’t know who these guys are, but this site recently launched and looks promising. I like James Darnell more and Reymond Fuentes less than they do.
- Hoffman’s Retired Number: What are they planning!? (Gaslamp Ball). Inquiring minds want to know…
- Career destined for stardom cut short for Pace grad (Pensacola News Journal). Quoth former Padres first-round pick Drew Cumberland, who has retired at age 22 due to head trauma:
I want to get married some day. I want to have kids. I want to be 40 years old and able to hold an intelligent conversation with someone.
Here’s wishing Cumberland the very best in his life ahead. [h/t reader Chris K.]
- Defensive Independent Hitting, Or ShH (FanGraphs). Bradley Woodrum speculates that “maybe there is a better way to predict how well a hitter is doing.” More here.
- Why Strikeouts Stink (FanGraphs). Didn’t J. Geils Band do a song about that once? Yeah, yeah…
- Most Natural Golden Sombreros (Baseball-Reference). Speaking of lousy contact, this is a fascinating list occupied mostly by very good/great offensive players… and Mark Bellhorn.
- The Error Face (Baseball Prospectus). Cute and fun, but without muppets or space.
- Extra plays made: Should we change our point of view? (Hardball Times). Max Marchi ruminates on how best to evaluate fielders.
- James Shields and greatest pickoff moves (SweetSpot). Would-be base stealers are 1-for-15 against the Tampa Bay right-hander.
- Guessing About Stamps (Joe Blogs). Joe Posnanski tries to figure out which baseball players might be featured on a new set of stamps commemorating the game. Hint: Not Mark Bellhorn.
- Celebrating 40th SABR anniversary by guessing future convention sites (Hardball Times). Chris Jaffe predicts it will come to San Diego in 2018 and Oakland in 2024. So, I guess I’ll be attending once every 6 or 7 years…
- The history and mystery of the high five (ESPN). Lamont Sheets? Glenn Burke? What an odd and surprisingly fascinating tale.
- Card of the Week: 1990 Score #84 Tony Phillips (Baseball-Reference). Here’s a cool card of the man who almost but never quite played for the Padres. The 52-year-old Phillips is now playing third base (and fighting with other former big-leaguers) for the Yuma Scorpions of the North American Baseball League.
- Teams Developing Young Winning Pitchers (Baseball-Reference). Clay Kirby, Andy Benes, Jake Peavy: three people who have never been in my kitchen…
- A Quick Update On My Health (FanGraphs). Dave Cameron informs us that he is beating leukemia. Go, Dave, Go!
- Your Worthless No-Count Friend Texts You Updates from Historically Significant Baseball Games (Baseball Prospectus). In which Jon Bois asks, “What is porridge?” Indeed. Bonus points for the Star Trek: TNG and Incubus references…