Computer issues yesterday caused me to miss my first post in a long time, and I missed it. Will Carroll wrote a nice article about the future of ‘blogging’ yesterday, and I highly recommend checking that out.
Speaking of All-Baseball, do yourself a favor and check out our homepage. The A-B team of writers participated in an AL West roundtable discussion, and it’s really worth reading. Christian will adding roundtables about each of the divisions in the coming weeks, so keep your eyes open. Also, I will be in group 2 of Christian’s Cub Reporter roundtables, which will be debuting today. We really feel like All-Baseball is becoming a home, and I’m pleased to say that joining this group has made me a better writer.
Over at the Batter’s Box, Craig Burley has done a study on college hitters, coming up with some amazing results. Stephen Drew, my #2 prediction, was top ten in 2003, and the overrated Jeff Larish was down in the twenties. This is an amazing study, even if a bit over my head.
Injuries are starting to hit the Majors, with both Gary Sheffield and Phil Nevin expected to miss times due to injuries. Sheffield’s thumb will not need surgery, although don’t be shocked if this causes problems early on. The team doesn’t have a lot of right field insurance, although it would be fun to see Ruben Sierra trot out there one last time.
Nevin’s health this season is very important if the Padres are going to make a run at this thing. Xavier Nady is a good temporary replacement, but over the long run he just can’t match Nevin’s performance. The Padres will hurt from this, and slowly they are losing my faith in the NL West.
Sorry, that’s all I have for today. Expect a larger post tomorrow, but my baseball writing seems to be taking on more responsibilities each day...
P.S. I got my Prospectus book over the weekend, and it's fantastic. While Jon and Peter both gave ten or eleven excerpts, I'll give one. This is what Prospectus had to say about Ron Coomer:
"We were just as shocked to find out that Ron Coomer is still in baseball as you are right now."