Fouled-Off Bunts: Everybody Loves Brad Edition
Brad Wilkerson is a popular man, as there've been a lot of people searching for info about him. The latest info is from Scout.com. Their Mariners site has a scouting report of him, and nebulously floats (citing 'sources') that the Mariners are very interested in him. Our friends at OMG! looked at Wilkerson vis Encarnacion and vis Milton Bradley (whom the Nationals have denied having interest).
- The Nationals have met with AJ Burnett and his team. Apparently he's looking for a five-year deal. While he's on the verge of being a dominant pitcher, I can't see the team having the resources to pay him as much for as long as he'd like. (And even if we had owners, I'm not sure that he'd be the smartest buy.) I looked at Burnett and the other starters on the market a week ago.
- On the Bowden to Boston front, Jim Beattie was asked back for a second interview. Bowden, as of yet, hasn't been asked back.
- DC-area resident Tim Kurk-Jian brings the sorry state of ownership to the masses with an ESPN column. It's probably nothing new to any of us, but I'm sure it's enlightening to many who aren't familiar with the particulars of this seedy affair.
- Barry Svrluga's book is available for pre-orders at Amazon. What an ungainly title. (Note to Barry's publisher: Feel free to use that on the dust jacket)
- The Washington Examiner's editorial page tackles one of the hot issues of the day, and probably the key thing everyone needs to know about the stadium deal. What a waste of space.
- The Pinstriped Bible looks at bunting effectiveness. (Chart at the bottom) We know that the Nationals led the league in Sacrifice Bunts with 91 (That's 82 more than the Texas Rangers). But did you know that we failed on the bunt 24 times? Or that that's actually the fifth most effective percentage in the league?
That's one of the problems with the bunt -- it's not bad when it works out well, but it doesn't work a fair amount of the time. And in those cases you've completely wasted an out with zero benefit to the team.