Stick to baseball, 2/3/18.

My org reports and top ten prospect lists for all 30 teams are now up for Insiders, which concludes this year’s prospect rankings package:

NL East
NL Central
NL West
AL East
AL Central
AL West

I also held a Klawchat on Wednesday.
I’ve been selling some of my board game collection and donating the proceeds to charity, including the Food Bank of Delaware and hurricane relief efforts in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

With the prospects project done, I resumed my free email newsletter this past week. Also, the paperback edition of Smart Baseball comes out on March 13th; you can buy any of the editions through HarperCollins’ site.

And now, the links…


  1. We are doomed.

  2. I don’t know if it’s just me, but does it seem like Philadelphia has a very large homeless population? Or, is it that the homeless population is just more visible? I’m not sure what’s correct.

    • The same is very true of DC, Mike. I’ve volunteered with an organization here in DC called Martha’s Table that runs a couple mobile soup kitchens. I usually volunteer in the winter (grew up in Maine so I don’t find the winter here that terrible) and the lines the first time I went out absolutely blew my mind. It’s everywhere here, but I doubt if it will ever really change in a country in which we blame poverty on the poor.

  3. A decade ago, when I realized how whack the save rule was, I created my own saying for it: “When you create a metric to measure performance, people will perform to the metric.”

    It’s come in handy so often since then that it was the first thing I thought of when I saw “influencers” were buying Twitter followers.

  4. Jennifer stukey

    For what it’s worth I love Penzey’s And love be them even more now, with their political stance. I think it’s hysterical that my conservative father supports them too!

  5. Elise Kornack was one half of one of my favorite restaurants ever, Take Root in Brooklyn. Whenever she opens a new place, make sure you go even if it’s a hike. Take Root was incredible in all respects. And her and Anna were amazing hosts.

  6. I have 2 things to say, re: cell phone radiation danger.

    1) I’m an x-ray tech, so I regularly expose people to ionizing radiation, and this sort of thing figured prominently into my education, particularly safety and minimizing exposure. There is a difference between “radiation,” and “ionizing radiation.” Radio waves (the stuff cell phones emit) are not ionizing, and therefore, don’t affect DNA on an atomic level, which is what causes cancer. Cell phones cause cancer like crossong your eyes can make them get stuck that way.

    2) IF radio waves are, in fact, dangerous, then we should avoid hanging out on Earth. That place is lousy with radio waves.

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