Olbermann @ MLBlogs:
Buster Olney of ESPN.Com has just posted a very good piece about a story I first heard a week ago, one that could shatter the concepts of the American and National Leagues as we know them.
As I heard it, the Bud Selig-driven committee investigating realignment was spending most of its time discussing moving one team from the National League into the American League to create two 15-team leagues. The obvious implication of those odd numbers is that from the first day of the season to the last, there would always be at least one inter-league game being played, every day – from the first celebratory week, to the final climactic days of the pennant race.
What a bunch of crap. …
The current amount of interleague play is more than enough.
Sickels @ MLBall:
1S) Keenyn Walker, OF, Central Arizona JC: With no first-round pick, the White Sox went a super-speedy junior college outfielder with a rapidly improving bat. He has some power potential too, and a good glove in center field. I like him.
2) Erik Johnson, RHP, California: Cal-Berkeley pitcher works at 90-94 and has an impressive slider. Curveball and changeup need work if he wants to remain a starter. Workhorse body.
3) Jeff Soptic, RHP, Johnson County Community College: Clocked as high as 100 MPH, but slider and changeup are inconsistent. Very high upside in his 6-6 frame but needs polish. …
Other AL Central Draft reviews: Cleveland, Detroit, Kansas City, Minnesota.
Detroit’s Draft budget must be lower than even ours. KC’s draft class is full with High School players.
Merkin @ CWS:
“I begged and begged to get out of the Charlotte trip, but [White Sox general manager] Kenny [Williams] just said there’s no way.
“He said, ‘I know you won’t go the same speed in the bullpen as you will in a game.’ He said, ‘I want to get you into a game, I want you to have to cover first, I want you to exert the same energy you exert at Charlotte before I activate you.’ Kenny’s the boss. Just do what you’re told, you know?”
Other White Sox links: J.J. has music suggestions for Sox players, (how about some ‘Monster Mash’ for Carlos Quentin?). FutureSox reviews the Sox draft picks that are playing for teams in the college baseball playoffs and the Sox Volunteer Corps will participate in the 26th Annual Greater Chicago Food Depository Hunger Walk on June 25.
UPDATE: Another music suggestion. How about ‘Don’t Stop Me Now‘ for Hawk? :p