Lots of interesting finds w/r/t beisbol on the intertubes today. Hopefully its enough to keep you going until 7:57 ET:
“I don’t expect to be back; it’s time to move on,” outfielder Gary Matthews Jr. said as he packed his belongings in the team’s Angel Stadium clubhouse today. “I’m ready to play for an organization that wants me to play every day. This organization has other plans, and that’s OK.”
Initial indications of interest show that Matthews is highly sought after. I mean, the guy is just barely worse than your average minor leaguer! I’m sure teams are going to be lining up to take on his $10/m a year contract and give him a starting job (as long as he promises to keep mashing to the tune of .250/.336/.381 while being 18 runs worse than the average major league outfielder on defense). Seriously though, he is available just in time for the roster deadline for fall beer league softball teams everywhere. What a pickup that would be.
Milton Bradley is disgruntled and delusional too, but Nick Steiner (aka vivaelpujols) shows that, unlike Matthew, Milton is actually really good at baseball. Awesome visuals and as usual top-notch analysis. The gist:
The fact that Bradley has such a bad year – and it wasn’t even that bad – can be placed solely on a huge drop in ISO from his previously established norms. His plate discipline and contact skills were just as good as they were in 08 and the year before that, and there is no evidence that the drop in ISO is anything “real”. Despite the personality problems, teams are apparently lining up to try and steal Bradley away from Jim Hendry because he is still a very good player.
Now this is fandom and dedication. I’m pretty sure I was conceived this way back when Darrell Porter was the apple of my Mom’s eye.
Enough is enough – is it time yet?? Let’s go Yankees!
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