Matthew Callan over at Amazin’ Avenue has dug up some great Mike Piazza commercials from YouTube, including the above. Go over there to see the other videos, and then party like it’s 1999.
Beyond the Box Score posted a quiz about MLB players who go by a nickname. Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to match these players up with their real names. It’s unbelievable difficult — I only knew B.J. Upton’s real first name. And Chipper Jones’, of course. You should all get that one.
Toby Hyde is reviewing the Mets’ system position by position. Today: second base, which once again is shaping up to be an open competition in Spring Training. There are some interesting-if-flawed names in the minors — Jordany Valdespin, Reese Havens — to go along with the interesting-if-flawed candidates in the majors. But Toby will tell you all about all those dudes over there.
Yu Darvish, a very good and fairly young Japanese pitcher, is looking to pitch for an MLB team in America next season. Eno Sarris, over on the most Amazin’ of Avenues, takes a look at Darvish and asks whether the Mets should be that team. That is, if the Mets should be the team to woo Darvish. (The short answer: “No.”) But if you’d like to know some more about who Darvish, and the longer version of the no answer, click your way over there.
Voting is taking place over at Metstradamus on the 2011 Hall of Hate for Mets fans. The polls are open for Cole Hamels vs. the commercials that play during Mets games, potentially a close matchup, but either one figures to be a long shot against Oliver Perez in the next round. The heavy favorite, it’s hard to imagine Ollie not sweeping through, although you never know with these things.
The Marlins’ new ballpark, opening next season, has . . . some interesting features. It’s like a tacky Disneyland, basically. Or the dying visions of Disco Stu. The logo was curious, but this is somehow worse: Check out their center field home run celebrating thing over at Baseball Nation.
A New York Times article, so be wary if you’re running close to the monthly article limit. But it is Nate Silver writing about baseball, putting into perspective how dramatic the Sox collapse was, so you probably want to click on it anyway.