November, 21, 2008
Today's links and commentary were routed through a series of tubes that originate under an old movie theater in DeKalb, Illinois • Driveline Mechanics doesn't care much for the mechanics of the presumed No. 1 pick in next June's draft. • Wednesday amongst the Wangdoodles, I referred passingly and obliquely to a recent Tom Boswell column; here's Jonah Keri actually adding some value (one of Jonah's many specialties). • It's an odd thing I thought I was keeping careful track of when the men in blue turned to instant replay. But our friends at Retrosheet really were keeping track, and it seems that I missed a couple. Maybe because there was a spate of four in four days. • I'm sorry, Phillies fans. I know it's been a fantastic two-year run, but it's worth remembering that if the Phillies had won two fewer games in 2007 and four fewer in 2008, they'd have missed the playoffs completely in both seasons. Today, with the news that they might be without their best player for two months next season -- not to mention the looming hole in left field and the inevitable slide of Brad Lidge -- I find it impossible to see the 2009 Phillies as anything but a second-place team. • On the heels of John Dewan's analysis of Gold Glover Nate McLouth, Dewan gives the same treatment to Gold Glover Michael Young. Apparently both articles are lifted from The Fielding Bible -- Volume II, which I predict will be this winter's must-have baseball book. • You can't blame a guy for trying, and Aaron Heilman is trying to convince the Mets to give him another shot in the rotation. And if they won't, he wants to be traded
"The object the entire time has never been to get out of New York," Heilman's agent Mark Rodgers told the Daily News. "The object is to get out of the bullpen. The most success he's ever had as a pitcher has been as a starting pitcher. He was drafted by the Mets as a starting pitcher."