Today’s top story isn’t Geoff Geary, avoiding arbitration and agreeing to a 1-year, $837,500 deal. It’s the return of passionate, thoughtful writing to the Philadelphia baseball scene.
This could be a big year for the Phillies, and for the men who cover them. With more people getting their news from alternative sources - television, radio, phones, internet - expect a surge in comprehensive print coverage, as the Philadelphia papers try to reinvent themselves in the new information age.
Columnist and connoisseur Bill Conlin got the ball rolling with a superb piece about the lineup in today's Daily News. I seldom post about the batting order, and view it as sort of a writing dead end, but Conlin managed to make it fun and thought-provoking. I see the logic behind hitting Aaron Rowand second, and have always advocated for Chase Utley to be cemented into the No. 3 hole. When it comes to Rowand - an odd fit any way you slice it - there’s simply no solid rebuttal not to bat him second. [Link]
In the same paper, Marcus Hayes listed his five burning questions, and they’re also worth a look. Fantasy baseball nuts will perk up knowing Hayes believes Antonio Alfonseca has the inside track at the setup job, and therefore, emergency closer. Hayes also has Brett Myers listed as the rotation’s top starter, followed by Cole Hamels, Freddy Garcia, Jamie Moyer and Adam Eaton. That’s how I’d line ‘em up. [Link]
Finally, Jim Salisbury’s piece is all about guys being guys. It's like summer camp for players getting an early jump on spring. Great piece. [Link]