"Not any more than what’s normal. I think they’re pretty calm right now. Having fun. Hopefully they’re really enjoying it. But we’ve got to win some games. We know that. Just part of the gig." -Rob ThomsonMLB Computer Picks
If I had to wager a guess, I'd say that Rolen is a long shot to be elected to the Hall of Fame within the new 10 year timeframe of eligibility. He is right above the threshold of electability, but so close to it that it's a tough call. Things could possibly change, especially with all the steroid era players being shunned by the voters, but Rolen's inclusion seems unlikely based on past ballot results.Bryan Harris at Red Reporter has some bad news.
Whether it was the defense that came as advertised, his professionalism as a player, his crouched stance at the plate or the way his mustard-coloured glove contrasted with the black Jays jerseys at the time, it seems as though all Jays fans have fond memories of Rolen’s time in Toronto.Bluebird Banter remembers Scott Rolen as a Blue Jay
If I would have guessed how much value these players would have had after the trade when the trade happened, I would have probably guessed that the order would have been completely flip-flopped.Read the entire piece at Red Reporter
Mike DiGiovanna @MikeDiGiovanna 17m Dennis Gilbert confirms to me that #Braves scout and former #Angels MGR Jim Fregosi has died. Was in MIA hospital after heart attack.Twitter
My whole world is crumbling around me.
Ticket brokers and analysts have parsed the data, Yahoo Sports reports, and are convinced Game 6 tickets will be the most expensive ticket ever for a baseball game, ranging from $900 for standing-room-only stubs to a $10,000-plus for seats close to the field. On Tuesday afternoon, according to SeatGeek, the average price for a ticket was $1,024, the highest since the company began tracking ticket-pricing data in 2009.Read full Slate Article here
Werth tried to ask Bernanke questions about QE3, the latest round of economic stimulus, but Bernanke preferred balls and strikes, Werth says: "He wasn't talking about that economic stuff. So we talked about baseball, and it was a hoot.''From SI. Also, here's some commentary examining why it's unusually pernicious for J-Dub to be exercising any influence over the chairman of the Fed.
Wild Card Scoreboard Watching Thread! - September 12, 2012 Phillies def. Marlins, 3-1 Cardinals at Padres Pirates at Reds Braves at Brewers Dodgers at Diamondbacks