Here are a few interesting items to take a look at:

1) Boston Red Sox reliever Mark Melancon accomplished a rather dubious feat last night as his team lost 18-3 to the Texas Rangers, writes Tyler Kepner of the New York Times.

Things seem to be getting ugly, fast up in Boston… I wonder if Bobby Valentine regrets taking the manager’s job? (And just how long do you think he’s going to be able to hold on to it?)

2) Sports Illustrated’s Tom Verducci shares some staggering statistics about injuries to major league pitchers and says that baseball needs to rethink the way relief pitchers are used.

3) Blogger Graham Womack of Full Spectrum Baseball writes about Gays In Baseball, saying that whenever the sport’s first openly gay star arrives he will face the same kind of scrutiny that Jackie Robinson did when he broke baseball’s color barrier in 1947.

Check out the articles, and let me know what you think.

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2 responses

  1. MJ says:

    I never thought much of Valentine as a manager (period) and I’ve always thought he was the worst possible fit for Boston. They should dump him as soon as possible. Sadly, they won’t because many of the team’s current woes can be blamed on bad luck and injuries when, in truth, the post Theo front office made some huge blunders. I mean, honestly, if you follow baseball at all, you knew Bailey wouldn’t be pitching much–if at all–this year. The team still has enough talent that they should make the playoffs with you or I as manager, but I’m thinking they won’t with Bobby. Look at what Davey’s doing in DC. Now THAT’S a manager.

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    • Paul says:

      I never had a strong opinion of Bobby Valentine… I wasn’t paying that much attention to the Mets during the best years of his run, and towards the end he just didn’t have the players to work with.

      I thought he might be a good fit in Boston if he deflected attention from the players and last September’s collapse. Unfortunately, he keeps putting his foot in it every time he opens his mouth.

      Davey Johnson has been doing a great job in Washington… if the Mets aren’t planning to pull off a miracle this year, I hope the Nationals surprise a lot of folks and win the division.

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