Some Things I Read Today

This may or may not become a nightly post — two or three things I read and enjoyed during the day, most of them sports related, but not all of them sports-related. Here we go:

But La Russa did something few managers have done in this game: He changed how it was played. He inserted himself so forcefully into running a game that his impact was known as if he were a star player. His greatest tool to apply that force — to try to control the conditions of a game as much as he could — was his bullpen usage.

-Tom Verducci, “Tony La Russa Changed the Game and Now He Leaves It on Top”
Sports Illustrated

Finally, keep in mind that all grades are shorthand. You have to read the full comment in the book for my full opinion about a player, the letter grade only tells you so much. A Grade C prospect in rookie ball could end up being very impressive, while a Grade C prospect in Triple-A is likely just a future role player.

1) Jacob Turner, RHP, Grade A-: I think he could use some additional Triple-A exposure, but the Tigers may have different ideas. I don’t see him as a number one Verlander-like ace, but more like a durable workhorse number two.

– John Sickels, “Detroit Tigers Top 20 Prospects for 2012”
Minor League Ball

For whatever reasons, the more I learn about baseball, the more I enjoy reading about prospects.

Only recently have scientists accorded chimpanzees, so closely related to humans we can share blood transfusions, the dignity of having a mind. But now, increasingly, researchers who study octopuses are convinced that these boneless, alien animals—creatures whose ancestors diverged from the lineage that would lead to ours roughly 500 to 700 million years ago—have developed intelligence, emotions, and individual personalities. Their findings are challenging our understanding of consciousness itself.

– Sy Montgomery, “Deep Intellect.”
Orion Magazine

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