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Sunday Reading

Mike SteffanosSunday, March 8, 2009
By Mike Steffanos

Just a quick one tonight. I had a tough week of work that carried into the weekend.

I don't link to as much stuff as I used to, mainly because I don't have time to read many other blogs or even some of the traditional media sources every day. When people ask my advice about starting a blog, I always tell them that that one of the ironies about being a blogger is that you will have less time to read all the other blogs that inspired you to start doing this in the first place.

Still, I'm going to start a regular Sunday feature where I link to some of the stuff that I found really interesting the previous week. Here's a couple of things to get it started:

Always Amazin': Pelfrey's Chances on Beating the Verducci Effect
We've heard a lot about sportswriter Tom Verducci's discovery of how major jumps in inning pitches leads to injuries and/or diminished effectiveness the following year. Mike Pelfrey is considered to be a top candidate to suffer from this in 2009. Using both relevant statistical data and common sense, Matthew Artus does a terrific job of looking at the subject.

Amazin' Avenue: Carlos Beltran Underappreciated By The Media, Part 879
JamesK does a great job of calling out the New York Post's Kevin Kernan for the sort of ridiculous oversimplification and ridiculous lurches of "logic" that some of our Yankees-centric local columnists often indulge in.

Can't Stop The Bleeding: Bob Raissman Would Like Keith Hernandez To Talk About The Past
GC does a good job of pointing out Bob Raissman's somewhat strange justification in writing a somewhat strange column that suggests that Keith Hernandez should talk on the air about his past history with cocaine because it would be somehow relevant to the PED situation today. I agree with GC completely, and wonder what Raissman was smoking when he wrote that column. Walk to the light, Bob, walk to the light.

This Blog: Saturday is usually by far the lightest day of the week for reading. I reacted to Bud Selig's latest craven attempt to refuse any responsibility for the steroid era. If you missed it Saturday, please check it out and let me know what you think about it. I think Major League Baseball made a huge mistake tying themselves to Selig through 2012, and only by turning the page with a new Commissioner will we ever turn the page on the steroid era.

Finally, Maury Brown, the man behind the terrific Biz of Baseball web site, takes Selig to task with some important points here and here.

Brown is dead on about cleaning up the Dominican Summer League. For every poor kid who finds money and success in baseball, there are dozens who never make it off the island. It's a shame what's going on with PEDs with kids who are just hoping to pull themselves and their extended families out of poverty.

About Mike: I was the original writer on this web site, actually its only writer for the first 15 months of existence. Although I am grateful for the excellent contributions of my fellow writers here, I have no plans of stepping back into strictly an editorial role. I started this thing in the first place because I love to write and I love the Mets, and blogging here keeps me somewhat sane. If you haven't had enough already, more bio info can be found here.

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Comments (2)

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mike, thanks for the blog highlites.i will look forward to reading them every week.btw, i was flipping the channels last nite and the wbc came on.i kept it on because oliver perez was pitching for mexico.he needed 60 plus pitches and gave up 4 runs to some semi pro players from australia in 2 innings.u are a firm believer that spring games are meaningless and for the most part i agree with u, but if anybody expected to see a new and improved ollie this year, this wasn't the game to watch..

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