Sorry about the lackluster posting schedule. Between playing amateur ball, planning a wedding, and working it’s been pretty crazy around these parts.
Let’s recap a little bit. The Twins have gone into the break playing relatively good ball, but nobody knows for sure if it’s legit. They’re still 10th or worse in the AL in pretty much every statistical category, which leads me to believe it’s more of a mirage than anything. Still, I want to believe #itshappening.
The NFL lockout appears to be winding down, while I believe the NBA lockout has a very, very good chance of canceling the upcoming season. My question in that scenario? What happens to contracts signed for that year? For instance, isn’t Kevin Love eligible for FA after next season? If that season isn’t played, is he still under contract for the next played season? I’d guess not, but that possibly kills his value, or perhaps the Wolves’ leverage to get him resigned.
Anyway, here’s a quick peek at what I’ve been up to:
I recently penned a piece at Baseball Press about if Ichiro is cooked. Think about it, he’s nearing 40 and uses his legs and making contact for most of his value. Check it out to see what my conclusion was.
My latest Q&A at Upper Deck Report ran last week with Ben Revere. He’s truly a nice guy to chat with, and while I think comparisons to Kirby Puckett are a bit early in regards to his personality, I could see it happening someday.
My second piece at Fangraphs, entitled “Derby, Or Not Derby. That Is The Question” ran yesterday. In it I briefly chat about Bobby Abreu’s incredible 2005 home run derby run, and if it cost him the rest of the season. Then, I extrapolated that out to all derby entrants in the past 10 years (not all my research appears in the article). I think it turned out pretty well.
I spent Saturday evening and Sunday in the Fargo-Moorhead area, and on the ride home I was on the “KC Royalman Report” podcast. Have a listen here. As I recall, I join the show about 20 minutes in. The interview sort of ended abruptly, because unbeknownst to me at the time, they were ready to go to break and had the bumper music queued up and it was playing over my voice. Oh well, I still had a good time chatting Twins/Royals baseball and will go on anytime they need!
Today’s YouTube clip of the day is one of my favorite “This is Sportscenter” clips. Poor quality, but you get the point: