Monday Mendozas

Today's links almost didn't bother, because all the new news is about Derek Jeter and even that's not really new news. But the blog is a harsh mistress, my friends, and so the links must go on ...

  • Evan Brunell interviews Bill James, and the results might only be described as Jamesian.

  • According to Jonathan Bernstein, the Braves' incredibly long run of success was largely because they knew when to part with veterans, no matter how talented (Bernstein attributes this principle to Bill James, but it was actually Branch Rickey who made it semi-famous). Does this seem right to you? If yes, John Schuerholz's Hall of Fame case looks even better.

  • Redleg Nation's tribute to Ted Abernathy inspired me to look up the submarining reliever. His 1.70 ERA in his last season is the lowest in history for a pitcher with at least 50 innings. I wish I knew why the Royals released him after that season, and why nobody else picked him up. Because even at 40, he could still pitch.

  • A few weeks ago I wrote a couple of things about super-utility players, and a reader points out that I missed a lovely example: pitcher-outfielder-infielder Bobby Reis, who didn't do anything well but tried almost everything.

  • Last Week's Best Podcast in the World was Jonah Keri (independent to the last) interviewing ESPN's Jon Sciambi.

  • Tangotiger really likes Murray Chass. Seriously. And I'm on his side. (Just be sure and read all the way to the end.)

  • R.J. Anderson on what Javier Vazquez brings to the Marlins ... including a fastball that wasn't really so fast last season.

  • It's been a great year for baseball biographies, as books about Willie Mays, Mickey Mantle, and Hank Aaron -- the last of those, of course, written by ESPN.com's Howard Bryant -- made the New York Times' list of 100 notable books.

  • And finally, video of the second-greatest Mariners-Angels game in Mariners-Angels history. Rest in Peace, Enrico Pallazzo.