THT Links: That Dayby Matthew Carruth
March 28, 2007
Yesterday was that day for me. You know, the day when it first truly feels like Spring, when you first really feel that baseball is here to stay for the next six-plus months. Yesterday was the first day that I got to break out shorts for general walking around as it hit 75 degrees here in Philadelphia. That day, walking around in just shorts and a t-shirt and seeing all the people out enjoying the day with frisbees, baseballs and footballs, that's when it hit home that Spring is actually here to stay and with that, baseball as well. Ahhh. It's a good feeling.
Pre-OD Power Rankings - From Dayn Perry at Fox Sports we get our last edition of MLB Power Rankings before play starts for real. The Yankees top the list. The Twins and Phillies gained a lot of ground while the As with all their injuries dropped seven spots.
Puts Passes - J.J. Putz threw in a minor league game yesterday and reports no problems and therefore will start the season as the Mariners closer. Huzzah for my fantasy team.
Urbina Gets Stiff Sentence - Former Major Leaguer Ugueth Urbina was sentenced to 14 years in prison in Venezuela for attempted murder when he and others attacked five men with machetes and gasoline.
The 2007 WhiteSox - The White Sox Opening Day roster appears set and South Side Sox has a look at some of the battles won and lost.
The 2007 BoSox - The other Sox Opening Day roster is now set. There's question marks all up and down the pitching staff, but that lineup should mash. Same could be said for the Yankees by the way.
Catch Up on All the Cuts (registration required) - Christina Kahrl has a transaction analysis up for the past week of Spring Training moves and cuts.
Some Can't Let Go - Deadspin has a season preview of the 2007 Montreal Expos.
Make Sure to Exault a Scrappy White Utility Player - Royals Review has a post about how to be an annoying baseball fan at the park.
Miller Wins Spot. Prior Destination Unknown - Righty Wade Miller has officially won the fifth rotation slot for the Chicago Cubs, meaning the Mark Prior has no place there. Speculation abounds that Prior could start the year in the minors.
Hendrickson Traded..... Who? - The Brewers dumped RHP Ben Hendrickson on the Royals in exchange for journeyman minor league catcher Maxim St. Pierre.
Today at THT
Five Questions: Milwaukee Brewers - In 2006, the Brewers were a sleeper team that never woke up. Will they finally stop hitting the snooze?
Five Questions: New York Mets - Thoughts on the Mets winning another division title in 2007. Or not.
An Interview with the Baseball Economist - J.C. Bradbury answers my questions about his book The Baseball Economist.
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Matthew Carruth is an editor for The Hardball Times. He welcomes any and all sorts of communication at his email.