Thursday, January 17, 2019

Thursday Morning Hot Links

*The sun rises in the east, nothing happens, the sun sets in the west.

*I'm sure that Luhnow's phone is ringing off the hook. Wouldn't it be fun to know what conversations are being had in the front office? Stuff we can't even imagine. There's probably fourteen strands of yarn tied around a map of the western hemisphere with scouting reports attached that makes it look like they're trying to find the Zodiac Killer. Luhnow probably knows who it is, but since that knowledge doesn't extend a championship window, it's secondary to his - and the public's - interests.

But no, nothing.

*It's 27 days until Pitchers and Catchers report.

*The County Mountie wrote a review of Astroball.

*Biggest Astros news of the day was about a golf tournament.

*Simulate to beginning of season. This is ridiculous.

*Don't miss this great Jake Kaplan article on Forrest Whitley's transformation from "bad body" to top pitching prospect, a "cerebral" pitcher who appreciates the Astros' data-backed coaching. With a lack of Astros Things to read, this makes me want to run through a brick wall.

*Jon Tayler writes that Kyler Murray did not have an easy decision to make.

*Here's some other stuff to read, instead:

-In GQ musicians like Jason Isbell and Ben Harper talked about what it's like to be a sober musician.

-In The Atlantic Vann Newkirk wrote about how MLK's death gave rise to hip-hop.

-Leeds United have signed Real Madrid keeper Kiko Casilla on a free transfer. WE. ARE. GOING. UP.

*A musical selection, one of my favorite songs of the last 15 years: