- How about finding the next Mike Trout? Finding The Next Garrett Richards - FOX Sports, "From that methodology, I generated a list of all the pitchers who met the relevant criteria, sorted by average fastball velocity. On the top of that list -- that is, the player most likely (in theory) to embody the second coming of Michael Pineda -- was Garrett Richards."
- 10 trades that found their way to the Hall of Fame - MLB.com, "Randy Johnson and two others were traded from the Expos to the Mariners for Mark Langston and Mike Campbell on May 25, 1989." What made this trade even worse was Langston would only play one season in Montreal. He'd sign as a free agent with the California Angels in December.
- I thought the number of pitchers who have had TJ surgery was very interesting. Imagine how different the pitching "landscape" would be if this procedure had never been developed. Almost one-third of the pitchers in the MLB would be replaced by AAA or AA caliber players. John Smoltz becomes first pitcher to make Hall of Fame after TJ surgery - CBSSports.com, "Approximately one-third of current MLB pitchers have undergone Tommy John surgery at some point, and that seems to be increasing with each passing year. Smoltz is the first of what will surely be many more pitchers elected into the Hall of Fame after having their elbows rebuilt."
- Any doubts about this one? Clayton Kershaw, Mike Trout named L.A.'s sportsmen of the year - LA Times, "Kershaw and Trout will be honored on March 15 at the L.A. Sports Awards, which will be hosted by the Beverly Hilton Hotel."
- I think it says a lot about a person when 4 different clubs acknowledge his retirement: Perseverant Johnny Mac leaves legacy in retirement - angels.com, "The inside joke was that John McDonald didn't want to upstage Tuesday's Hall of Fame announcement. And so it was Wednesday afternoon that four Major League clubs simultaneously used their official Twitter accounts to spread the news of McDonald's official retirement from the big leagues. Think about that. Four clubs -- the Indians, D-backs, Angels and Blue Jays -- felt fond enough about this scrappy little journeyman utility guy that they all wanted some part of his goodbye." Teams weren't the only ones who noted his retirement.
John McDonald Retires – MLB Trade Rumors
John McDonald is retiring - HardballTalk
Popular infielder McDonald calls it a career - angels.com
- This is so cringe-worthy.