It’s a holiday weekend and I have to go in early tomorrow. This is my window for the Shortstop.
Comment of the Week:
Re more Maranvillains – Pudge Rodriguez, the way he used to intimidate basestealers. That was awesome. Baseball fans just a little older than me, though, the guy they rave about is Johnny Bench. I have probably heard more raving about the incredible, eye-popping all-round play of Johnny Bench than anyone else I can think of.
Nolan Ryan, another Maranvillain by the way. While I am thinking of it.
The guy in Pudge’s mold who impresses me the most now with his play behind the plate is Yadier Molina. I love watching that guy play baseball.
I started writing some comments about current players. I began with catchers and mentioned Molina and Pudge II.
As for Ryan, Rich Lederer writes about the Nolan Ryan Fan Club. (Do many bloggers ego-surf and see when I mention them? I know one guy did and he mentioned me. You know who you are, Gorbous fan.) Randy Johnson had just as high a three-true-outcomes percentage, but Ryan’s is higher relative to his peers.
Also, Jack Moore writes about how the Florida Marlins have adopted the Cincinnati Reds policy from the late 1970s regarding free agents. Enjoy.
I spent 11 days reading Larry Tye’s bio of Satchel Paige. Jeff Kelly Lowenstein expressed apathy towards the book. But I must say that I’m glad I read it. It explained quite a bit about the Negro Leagues. I knew quite a few facts about them, but not in a systematic way.
Last but not least, I asked a trivia question in the comments of a post last week. Bert Campaneris and Cesar Tovar are two of the four players who appeared in all nine positions during one game. Can you name the others? A ham sandwich is on the line.