This is an experiment. In a previous life, I put together a link-dump almost every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Sometimes even Tuesday and Thursday too! But for some reason I stopped. Today I'm starting. But no promises about Wednesday or Friday (let alone Tuesday or Thursday!).
- Joe Posnanski on the rise and fall of Alex Rodriguez? I'm all-in.
- So if the Yankees are making legal claims on being The Evil Empire, doesn't that mean Yankees fans aren't allowed to get all pissy when the rest of us call them that? I'm pretty sure it does. So, thanks, Yankees, for defending a mark that won't ever make enough money to even qualify as a rounding error!
- Murray Chass is mostly annoyed with MLB.com's lack of distinction between news and advertising, and he should be annoyed because it's annoying. But I was more interested in Chass's take on last week's "news" that the A's have been provided "guidelines" for relocation. As Chass notes, it's not really news. He gets most of the rest of it right, too. But the notion that some committee has gone nearly four years without issuing a recommendation or report is silly; Bud Selig has had all the information he needs for a long time.
- Among the many pleasures of baseball in the 1950s and '60s were some brilliantly vivid photographs of baseball players featured in, and on the cover of, SPORT magazine. Ozzie Sweet was responsible for many of the best of those photographs, and Sweet died last week. And I still can't figure out why today's magazine covers are so drab. Most things are better now, but magazine covers are worse.
- Here's some great news: Joe Buck might do a few Cards games on local TV in St. Louis ... but only if they let him do something different. Like have conversations with batters in the on-deck circle, or call balls and strikes from the broadcast booth, or hock loogies on the fans in the box seats. The greater news? If that works out, FOX might let him do the different things on the national broadcasts!
- A few years ago, the Portland Beavers were left without a home ballpark, so they moved to Tucson. They were supposed to be there for a year, maybe two, while a ballpark got built in Escondido. The Beavers, temporarily renamed Padres, were supposed to move to Escondido this spring. That didn't work out so well. So El Paso stepped into the breach, and after playing one more season in Tuscon, the Padres are supposed to move to the Sun City next year. There are still some (probably minor) legal hurdles to clear, but here's what the ballpark is suppose to look like. By the way, did you know El Paso is the safest city in the U.S.?