Thursday Writing

Ricardo_Clark_52a4.JPGJeter is Great, But Yankee Hit Record is Meaningless (The Big Lead)

Actually Coach, Michael Jordan Never Was Cut From His High-School Basketball Team (The Big Lead)

Onion Bag: U.S. Beats T&T, Very Close to Qualifying (The Big Lead)

A Michigan-Notre Dame Preview, Sort Of (The Big Lead)


Honus Wagner Has “No Clear Numerical Edge” Over Derek Jeter. What?!

Honus WagnerJesse Spector of the New York Daily News asks, “Is Derek Jeter baseball’s best hitting shortstop of all time.”  While answering his question, he shows why adjusted OPS+ (and adjusted ERA+) is important.

Spector says Jeter is merely “one of the best” of all time, because he has “no clear numerical edge” on Honus Wagner.  Jeter has no edge on Honus Wagner, because Wagner was, compared to his contemporaries, a much better player.

Continued at The Big Lead

Yankee Players Look Startlingly Like Yankee Fans

Faced with a potential crippling from the economic crisis.  Baseball seems to have stumbled upon a new marketing strategy.  Having teams resemble their fan bases.

The Red Sox spearheaded the movement last season.  To more closely model their New England demographic, Boston traded a black Dominican malcontent for a lily-white leftfielder who would not dare cause a ruckus.

Now the Yankees, with shorn hair and a faint film of grease, are racing to emulate their own fans.

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