Baseball injuries can certainly damage a season. It’s possible, though remote, that losing a single, particular player for the season could wipe out any hopes of competitiveness. But nothing is like basketball, where there are just five starters on whom to primarily rely. And if one goes down – the best one – the pall that covers the season is incredibly black. I don’t really know boo about the NBA, so hopefully the Bulls can find a way to succeed even without Derrick Rose. They kinda did last year, right?
- USA Today, by way of BaseballParks.com, has been ranking each of the 30 MLB ballparks, and the rankings just reached number one. The ballpark? You know that it’s Wrigley Field. After an era of construction that saw 23 new ballparks debut since 1990, and even after a century of deterioration that has left concrete susceptible to shuffling itself loose, Wrigley Field is still the jewel of MLB. It boggles my mind that some folks aren’t completely on board with the renovation plan, which will not only increase the amenities (and basic utilities) for fans, but will keep the best ballpark in baseball operational for decades more. Moving to a cement paradise in the suburbs? Please. Wrigley Field is a one-of-a-kind, and I am eagerly awaiting the renovation getting underway.
- PNC Park in Pittsburgh, AT&T Park in San Francisco, Kauffman Stadium, and Fenway Park round out the top five, in that order, by the way. U.S. Cellular Field was 25, and the O.co Coliseum (Oakland) and Tropicana Field (Tampa Bay) predictably come at the bottom.
- Ernie Banks’ nickname is Mr. Cub. In the pantheon of radio mistakes, repeatedly noting that he played for the Chicago White Sox is a biggy. Come on, NPR. Also, you can toast Mr. CUB’s Presidential Medal of Freedom on December 3. Details here.
- Carrie Muskat answers questions, and reminds us that, holy smokes, the Cubs really don’t have an obvious leadoff option for 2014 (yet). If we had to choose from the roster as currently constructed, I suppose I’d probably go with Ryan Sweeney. Mostly because whatever.
- This FanGraphs article is why the confluence of math and baseball is just a fantastic thing. Ever wonder whether there’s an impact on batters when they’ve just faced R.A. Dickey’s knuckler, and then have to face a “normal” reliever? Or starter the next day? Well, it turns out there’s a huge impact.