Blue Jays Stroman

Five weeks ago, Jordan Wevers of Fansided had thoughts about where the returning Marcus Stroman might fit in the Blue Jays' plans for the rest of the season and postseason. 

Right now, the Jays are saying if he impresses enough during his rehab assignments and shows no signs of risking further injury to his surgically repaired knee, Stroman will work his way back into a role with the club out of the bullpen.

The next sentence is prophetic.

Stroman himself seems hell-bent on returning to the rotation, both through his determined recovery efforts, but also with his words.

Apparently, he has impressed enough that the Blue Jays chose him over Price for game 5.

The Earthquake that interrupted the World Series 25 years ago

I had never been in an earthquake. But as the press box started swaying at Candlestick Park, I knew exactly what was happening. The box seemed ready to crash into the lower deck. It was a quake, all right. What else could it be?

Game 3 of the 1989 World Series was about to begin. At 5:04 p.m. PT, the weather was unseasonably warm — “earthquake weather,” I would later hear it called. By luck of the draw, the beat writers from Baltimore and Washington — Tim Kurkjian, Richard Justice and myself — had prime seats in the box, just behind home plate.

The crowd actually cheered seconds after the quake hit, perhaps thinking it was a good omen for the Giants, who trailed the Athletics two games to none. But Jay Alves, the A’s director of media relations at the time, turned around from the first row and said grimly, “That was a big one.” Sure enough, he was right.
— Ken Rosenthal, Fox Sports

I remember October 17, 1989. I was in college and walked across the hall to watch the World Series game with a friend. Being in a dormitory, we thought something was wrong with our tv signal. We didn't have cable. It didn't take long to figure out the problem was in San Francisco.

What I most remember is seeing the players looking for their loved ones after the quake. Concern and fear were all over their faces.

We spent hours watching the Special Report on ABC. My friend had a brother who was attending Stanford University. He tried for several hours calling his dorm room. No cell phones which probably wouldn't have worked anyway. His brother was fine.

Ken Rosenthal, Fox Sports, was at Candlestick Park that night. He has written an article remembering the event 25 years later. 

The Death of Baseball

There’s just one hitch. Our dads thought baseball was their fathers’ game. (From 1969: “Now I know why old people like baseball. It’s a sanctuary for the listless.”) And our grandfathers thought baseball was their fathers’ game. (From 1917: “The day of the proxy sport has passed for the live-wire American.”) By declaring baseball dead, we haven’t broken with our fathers at all. We’ve reconciled with them. We’re two obituarists meeting in a magic Iowa cornfield. “Hey, Dad,” we venture, voices cracking. “You want to write a think piece?”
— Bryan Curtis, Grantland

Bryan Curtis of Grantland writes an interesting piece exploring the history of articles proclaiming the death of Baseball through the decades. Spoiler: Almost immediately after baseball began, people have been trying to declare it in decline and for obsolescence.

Young has a role with the Rangers

Michael Young will be joining the Texas Rangers’ front office as a special assistant to general manager Jon Daniels at some point this off-season, though details of what Young’s duties will be have not been finalized
— Jeff Wilson, Fort Worth Star-Telegram

I guess Michael Young has forgiven Jon Daniels. I am glad to see that Michael with a role with the franchise. For the full article.

Media shy

The media-shy Rangers co-owners were nowhere to be found to discuss a 95-loss season and whether they believe in what the baseball people are doing.

This week, co-owners Ray Davis and Bob Simpson declined to speak about the state of the Rangers, so Sunday afternoon Daniels was left to explain the plans for 2015.
— Calvin Watkins, ESPN Dallas

I am catching up on my reading from earlier this week. Calvin Watkins has an interesting blog post about the task that faces Daniels this off-season. I understand that Calvin Watkins wants to talk to the co-owners for their thoughts. But the less I hear from the co-owners, the better I feel. I want the baseball people to do the talking and the majority of decision-making. What do you think?