This might be short – I’m tired after a long day. But tomorrow will be a good day – my interview with Murray Chass debuts on FanGraphs in the morning. More on that in the Thursday Daily Dues, though.
Also, Friday I will be posting a mini-interview with the designer of the banner on this site. A long-time friend that is also an excellent product designer – and artist – Rakmun Bryant-Vick will treat us to his philosophy on design.
On AmazinAvenue, I cover the Casey Fossum signing and discuss the Mets’ quest for a cheap lefty reliever. It’s a far cry from the Yankees’ strategy, as the Mets will get one for the league minimum, while the Yankees have $8M invested in Pedro Feliciano, Damaso Marte, and then just signed lefty Luis Ayala this week. I’ll take the cost-effective method, mostly because it’s not likely to cost the Mets even a half-win. As an aside, though, I mention Dale Thayer, and my friend and DRaysBay writer Erik Hahmann pointed out that the American Mustache Institute once lauded fellow friend and Rays writer R.J. Anderson for this excellent piece about Dale Thayer’s mustache. Remember, people, the AMI is always watching, so grow your best stache. [Also, click on that link for the AMI. Do it.]
For FanGraphs pal Jeff Zimmerman, I wrote a paragraph about Mets prospect outfielder Fernando Martinez for Royals Review. Zimm was doing a piece on fourth outfielders elsewhere that would be better than starting outfielders for the Royals this year. They have a nice farm system, but the Royals are a tough org to be a fan of. So I did my part to help them feel better by denigrating our sixth or seventh outfielder even though I agree he’s probably better than their second and third outfielders, respectively.
On Bloomberg Sports, I riff of a tweet that said that Indians catcher Carlos Santana was healthy and ready to spend spring training doing all the things catchers do. That’s good news because Santana is the best catching prospect in the game, with power and patience and a smile to boot. He also had a terrible collision that ended his season last year, so this was just a fun piece to write.
A piece of baseball whimsy from one of my favorites, Carson Cistulli. Baseball prayers indeed.
But the really impressive thing Carson did today was begin a project that attempts to place dollar signs of value on scouts’ work. It may need work, but it’s a heck of a first step.
John Sickels at Minor League Ball profiled Deion Sanders, which was a trip down memory lane.
One item today, but it’s a doozy. Tila Tequila and Jennifer Aniston on Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis. Enjoy.