Monday Mendozas

March, 23, 2009
Today's Link-O-Rama was compiled while thanking the baseball gods for giving us two World Baseball Classic finalists that actually give a damn …

• Lisa Olson sees the WBC for what it is (and the South Koreans for what they are).

• Michael Ynoa may have impressive tools … but it's his extraordinary eyes that the ladies (and Santiago Casilla) are talking about.

• Can Mariano Rivera, at 39 this season, repeat his brilliant 2008? No, probably not.

• Via MLBTradeRumors, a solid, quick-hitting interview with Josh Byrnes.

• Scott Boras is going to convince some team to invest $50 million in Stephen Strasburg? Sure … and Boras is going to get $100 million for Manny Ramirez, too. Sure, Strasburg will probably set a new record for a draft pick. Maybe by a lot. But nobody's spending anything like $50 million on a guy who hasn't yet thrown a professional pitch.

• Sophisticated fielding metrics are garbage. You know how I know? Because Nate McLouth says so.

• Despite a great deal of evidence to the contrary, Shawn Estes really does believe he's good enough to start for a good team. It's sort of touching, actually.

• What happens when a TV interview interrupts Tommy Lasorda's nap time? See for yourself.



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