Monday Mendozas

Today's links don't have a single thing to say about The Most Lopsided Trade in Major League history (but as these things go, one of later today's blog posts just might) ...

  • Amazin' Avenue's Sam Page on The Greatest Trade Rumor in Baseball History (which it's not, of course; if actually pulled off, though, it might be the silliest trade in baseball history).

  • Different sort of story, but Mets Today's Joe Janish reads the tea leaves after the Mets' 2-9 road trip and sees something cooking Metsville (and with the pot perhaps boiling over quite soon).

  • With only six weeks left in their current incarnation, the Portland Beavers did some crazy things last night in Las Vegas) (it's just too bad they didn't do them in Portland).

  • Hey, I was 400 feet away from the plate yesterday, and half the time I wasn't sure what was happening. Here's what it's like from 600 feet away.

  • Keith Olbermann likes pitching coaches ... but after doing some research he's at least somewhat skeptical about their Hall of Fame qualifications. Over the years I've written some nice things about Johnny Sain, Leo Mazzone and Dave Duncan ... but Olbermann's got a point.

  • Fantastic stuff from Dave Anderson about the World War II heroics that earned "Major" Ralph Houk a Silver Star (among other medals). By the way, Houk's story serves as a useful reminder of how many young baseball players with major league talent must have been killed (or injured or otherwise sidetracked) during those years.

  • Was it easier to hit in the "clutch" in the old days? After running some numbers (actually, a huge number of numbers), Cy Morong suggests that yes, it was. Morong's explanation: relief-pitching specialists. Hey, makes sense to me. Except I'm not sure how to square this with Dave Smith's studies showing that late-inning leads are blown no more often now than in those same old days.

  • I suppose at some point we'll get tired of the interviews with guy with the 4.95 career ERA. But we're not there yet, I don't think.