Posted on August 22, 2012 at 11:43 AM
Filed Under: Around the Blogs
| General Baseball
| St. Louis Cardinals
Way back in the history of this blog, I used to do a little "around the blogs" kind of link post to see what else was writing about. I've gotten a number of links in my mailbox and wanted to highlight some other posts, so I'm dusting off the concept and seeing if it still runs.
First off, you need to head over to I70 Baseball and read Bill's tribute to his father
, who passed at the beginning of the month. Baseball has that timeless way of connecting generations, either through playing the game together or just following the professionals that play it. I know that had to be a tough thing for Bill to write, but I'm glad that he did it.
Over at a different site in the Ivie League Productions universe, you'll find fantasy expert Daniel Aubain writing about some players that might be on your league's waiver wire
that could give you a boost down the stretch. That includes Cardinals Jon Jay
and Jaime Garcia
, both of whom look like they could have strong Septembers.
Chris Jaffe always has some great stuff over at The Hardball Times and this month has been no exception. Earlier in August, he had the details on the 40th anniversary of a walk-off inside-the-park home run
that the Cards used to beat the Mets in the 13th inning. Today, well, today is the 30th anniversary of "Brummer stole home!"
, Glenn Brummer
's most memorable moment in the big leagues. Also today: it's been 5000 days since Edgar Renteria
was traded to St. Louis, this day in 1957 Stan Musial
's consecutive game streak came to a halt, the Cards signed Tommy Herr in 1974, Mark McGwire
debuted in 1986 and hit a 504-foot home run against the Mets in 1999, and in 2009 St. Louis won its 10,000th game. It's a big day, isn't it?
The gang at Big Leagues Monthly have gotten the second edition of their fabulous e-mag up on their site
. Even though it has a Cub on the front of it, there's still excellent writing inside. You'll remember that William Tasker talked about this magazine in our Conversation (and if you've not heard it, cue it up and listen
!) and you'll find him writing about Derek Jeter
in this one. (I've been asked to get something together for next month for them and I'm hoping I can do that and get to at least their bare minimum threshold of quality.)
Jon took a look at the Jake Westbrook
extension over at Redbird Dugout
. I really thought it was interesting what Jon found about Westbrook's ERA as it related to the different shortstops that have played behind him in St. Louis. As long as you have someone to plug that hole, odds are Westbrook is going to be OK.
Pip is also talking about the Westbrook extension over at Fungoes
and, while he's not as fond of it as some others, he doesn't dismiss it as a false step either. Pip notes that Westbrook's FIP is out of line with previous years, meaning he's likely having a career year and will regress. Something that Pip didn't address is the fact that Westbrook lost a lot of weight and came to camp in such good shape. Does that create a "new normal"? I don't know and there's not enough data to draw a conclusion, but I'd say there's a little bit better chance that he's closer to 2012 than his prior numbers next season.
While we are talking links, I want to again plug the UCB's Bird's Eye View. It comes right to your email box and it's a great way to preview a series from the voices of the Cardinal bloggers you know and love. The Houston version has been delayed, but Bob Netherton of On The Outside Corner should have that out this afternoon, so you still have time to get signed up
before it comes out!
Finally, if you've been following me or others on Twitter, you know that the second annual UCB Weekend is coming up September 8 and 9. The Cardinals have graciously invited many of the bloggers to a Q&A session and then to stick around and watch Sunday's game. Saturday night, we'll be convening at Patrick's Restaurant and Sports Bar
(also known as St. Louis Sports Hall of Fame Bar & Grill) at 6 pm.
It's likely to be the biggest congregation of Cardinal bloggers ever. I know that many of the members mentioned above are going. We're going to have all three of the Pitchers Hit Eighth guys, at least two of the Aaron Miles' Fastball girls, both Cardinal historians and even more luminaries and talented writers.
We've booked one of the larger rooms and are encouraging our Twitter followers and blog readers to join us for the evening. If you are interested in coming, let me know in the comments or via email so we can keep an eye on the projected numbers. Last year, we ran out of room and we'd like not to do that this year! Come out--I'd like to shake your hand and thank you for reading the site!
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