More links to chew on, prepared by the home office in Little Rock, Arkansas (hometown of one Travis Wood):
–You guys out there in the Nation have been working overtime, as evidenced by the fact that the first two links were forwarded along to me by two of our Loyal Citizens.
–Lots of praise for Drew Stubbs in this piece over at Yahoo Sports. It’s mostly fantasy-focused, but the comparisons made in the piece are intriguing, to say the least. (Thanks, Matt)
—Bud Selig says that Cincinnati deserves an All-Star Game. In related news, I say that MLB deserves a good commissioner. Maybe both will happen in the next decade.
–C. Trent has a very good look at the two youngsters who pitched so well yesterday, Travis Wood and Mike Leake.
–Mark Sheldon has an interesting piece about Chris Valaika, who is trying to rebound from one bad season that was partially caused by a “silly injury.” Valaika bears watching, even if his upside is as a backup on the major league level.
–At least one scout is very high on Chris Heisey.
—DO NOT MISS this Reds preview from Deadspin (tip of the cap to the geniuses at OMGreds). This piece by Will Leitch is the most entertaining thing you’ll read today. Will is a Cardinals fan; here’s what he thinks about our intrepid GM:
The resourceful and extremely motivated leader-in-exile. General manager Walt Jocketty, still angry about being unceremonious booted by the organization he resuscitated and brought a championship to. Jocketty was encouraged to leave by a change in the Cardinals’ strategic emphasis, toward the farm system and advanced statistics, away from waiting for other teams to panic and do something stupid at the trading deadline. He’s still bothered that Tony LaRussa didn’t leave with him, too. Jocketty wants to take down the Cardinals more than he wants to do anything.
That last sentence makes me love Jocketty.
Now, check out this excerpt and give me your reaction:
I’ve spent many, many evenings in Cincinnati, and that town is rabid to care about its Reds again. If they get hot and are close in September, that place will froth into a frenzy. It will carry them.
I’m interested to hear your thoughts about that sentiment.