Because how can you not love a baseball player named "Bubba"?
The New York Times Magazine has a long article about Mariano Rivera. No shocking revelations, but it's a nice tribute.
What I found really cool was the accompanying multimedia piece:
How Mariano Rivera Dominates Hitters
I found it a very good use of computer graphics, showing how Mo throws his cutter, why it's so deceptive, and how good his control is. I tend not to notice the grip on the ball or how it's spinning, so it's nice to see it laid out in simple terms.
Derek Jeter is 36 today. Hard to believe. He was the young kid on the team for so long (not least because of the Yanks' longtime propensity for playing aging veterans over farm kids).
He's had a great career, and is a guaranteed first ballot hall of famer. But 36 is geriatric for a SS. He's never been a great defensive SS, and he's holding up okay so far. (I read somewhere that he's positioning himself deeper, so he has more time to get the ball. With his excellent arm, he can do that. Though it kind of makes you wonder why he didn't do it sooner.)
You have to wonder what the Yankees are going to do with him. After signing A-Rod until he's in his forties, how can the Yankees justify giving Jeter a lesser deal?
But...SS is not a position for aging veterans. And Jeter, unlike A-Rod, isn't the kind of power hitter you can see DHing or moving to 1B or LF. And Jeter has made it clear that he doesn't want to move, and doesn't think he has to. He thinks he can still play SS when he's 40.
Maybe he can. If anyone can, it will be Jeter.
...Bubba Crosby signed with the Dodgers, agreeing to play baseball instead of returning to Rice for his senior year. He got a $995,000 signing bonus. (He later went back to school and finished up his degree.)
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Deadspin has a really interesting story about Pete Rose's corked bats. It shows photographic proof that Pete Rose corked his bats, and used them in games while he was pursuing the hit record. Pretty interesting if you’re into photographic forensics.
Of course, whether corking actually helps is disputed at best. If it does help, the effect is tiny. And some claim it actually hurts.
This doesn’t tarnish Pete’s legacy any. He’s already so controversial, and the bat-corking rumors have been around for a long time.
I'm kind of surprised Rose would sell his corked bats. Maybe he was desperate for cash (due to his gambling debts). Maybe he thought they were so valuable no one would ever cut them open, not realizing the tampering could be revealed by modern technology without damaging the bat.
Since the news broke, other collectors have checked their Rose bats, and more corked bats have been found.
Today in Yankee history....
Infielder Andy Phillips took yet another ride on the Columbus Shuttle when he was returned there as the team recalled outfielder Bubba Crosby on June 15, 2005. And one year later, Nick Green was Columbus-bound to make room for Bubba Crosby yet again, this time coming off the DL.
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Paul Janish, not seen since sometime in May, got a start at SS today. Mike Leake was on the mound - the Reds' only groundball pitcher. Perhaps they've realized that good infield defense is desirable with a groundball pitcher.
Janish had a great diving stop that began a double play that probably was the difference between winning and losing for the Reds today. He had a couple of other really nice defensive plays, too, impressing the Giants announcers, who hadn't seen him before.
He wasn't too shabby at the dish, either, going 1 for 3 with a walk and run scored.
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