Monday Mendozas

March, 30, 2009
03/30/09
9:41
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Today's links were run through a shredder, then reassembled with a DeShredder (patent pending). …

• Patrick DiCraprio runs through the 10 ugliest uniforms of the 1970s … or rather, his 10 ugliest uniforms. Actually, I like most of them.

• Question of the day: Which contract was more dunderheaded: Gary Matthews' five-year, $50 million deal or Juan Pierre's five years and $44 million? At the moment, Matthews is doing his best to win that contest.

• Bob Timmermann reviews a good-looking new baseball book, and Allen Barra reviews a bunch of them.

• Via Joe Posnanski, Bill James on the history and the future of newspapers. Bill on the current transition: "It's hard, but it's not a bad thing. It's a good thing." Well, maybe. Bill knows this, of course, but it's a bad thing for most of the people losing their jobs. And I don't think we know it's a good thing, yet. What it is, is irreversible. The death of newspapers as we know them now seems inevitable, and the Internet is the murderer. I have no doubt that good things will result, along with bad things. All we can do is hope that in the long run, the former outweigh the latter.

• Ben Nicholson-Smith looks at the remaining free agents. Unlike a month ago, there's just ain't much left (though Ray Durham could probably help somebody).

• Batting the pitcher eighth is actually a pretty good idea. But this headline rocks.

• If you've ever played Strat-O-Matic -- and especially the version with dice and paper cards -- you have to read this (and if you don't have "time," just check out Ken Phelps' card).

• Nationals Farm Authority defenestrates Tom Boswell's case against signing Stephen Strasburg.

• Everyone who complains about kids not playing baseball "for fun" anymore should read this.

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