I’ve had these links bookmarked for a few days now, just random stuff that I’ve read and found interesting in the past week or so. Figured I’d pass them along while we’re waiting for tonight’s second game against Texas.
The art of covering Ichiro Suzuki
My good friend Dan Barbarisi does a terrific job with the unusual stories that fit the Wall Street Journal. Last week, he was on top of his game with a profile of the people who profile Ichiro. After every game, no matter what he does, the Yankees newest outfielder is surrounded by Japanese reporters. “Ichiro is a crystal of so many subtleties,” Keizo Konishi told Dan. “He is aware of so many small things. Those many things, he puts together, and it creates what he is trying to do.”
Notes from down on the farm
This one comes from Trenton, where Josh Norris and Mike Ashmore did an extensive interview with Mark Newman. In it, Newman talks about several prospects up and down the minor league system. He also talks about some of the former Yankees prospects who are now coaching in the organization. Among them is Edwar Gonzalez, and it’s worth mentioning that one day last week, when I was in Detroit, I talked to Austin Jackson for quite a while during batting practice. We talked a lot about some of the guys he came up with, one of the former teammates he asked me about was Gonzalez, who Jackson was certain had enough bat to be a big league hitter. He surprised to learn he wasn’t still playing.
Jayson Stark looks at the Stephen Strasburg decision
It’s fascinating what’s going on with the Nationals. The team is seriously heading toward a playoff appearance, but everyone involved says the organization is going to stop using its top pitcher fairly soon. Stephen Strasburg is going to be shutdown because of an innings limit. As Stark writes, it’s an ongoing debate that really has no proven right or wrong answer. And the Yankees have dealt with similar — though lower profile — decisions. Stark does a nice job looking at all the angles, those who agree with the decision and those who think it’s absurd.
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