April 27, 2008


MLB now a young man's game (Peter Gammons, April 26, 2008, ESPN)

We'll see when we reach August, when the 35-year-olds and 40-year-olds find out if their minds are making promises that their bodies can't keep. "It's a different game today with the drug testing and without amphetamines and steroids," says one very wise baseball executive. "Wait and see come the dog days. Those organizations that can bring up young players -- guys they know because they've been tested time after time in the minor leagues -- are going to have a huge advantage on the older teams."

If that is the reality, where once teams sought veterans who have been through the wars, now teams like the Angels, Athletics, Red Sox, Indians, Braves, Diamondbacks and Dodgers may have their stretch drive solutions in house. Tampa, as well.

"We saw it last year when the Red Sox made their run through the World Series by bringing in [Jacoby] Ellsbury and Clay Buchholz and guys like that," another executive said. "I think it's going to be a younger man's game."

With David Ortiz out, the Sox may have fielded the quickest team in their history last night: Buchholz, Ellsbury, Crisp, Lugo, Drew, Lowrie, Pedroia & Youkilis.

Posted by Orrin Judd at April 27, 2008 8:05 AM

I am on this really geeky fantasy league (same one as last year) and we hold a draft. Last year I drafted Manny after choosing between Manny or Ortiz. Well, last year Manny got off to a terrible start. This year I decided to go with Ortiz and he is off to an even worse start. I just can't win early in the season.

Posted by: pchuck at April 27, 2008 11:53 AM

Draft? You have to do an auction.

Maybe we could get 12 teams for a BrothersJudd league?

Posted by: oj at April 27, 2008 2:37 PM

oj: at yahoo, they have leagues that start up again in mid-June. I'm up for it.

Posted by: pchuck at April 27, 2008 3:22 PM

Fastest team ever, perhaps, but one that did just get swept by Tampa Bay. Very interesting season 25 or so games in.

Posted by: John Thacker at April 27, 2008 8:08 PM

The Rays are better.

Posted by: oj at April 27, 2008 9:01 PM

I love Youkilis as much as any other Boston wahoo, but speedy? In comparision to Ortiz, perhaps...

Posted by: Mike Earl at April 28, 2008 10:43 AM