Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Hot Links, Vol. 26

*Scott Boras urged the MLBPA not to accept the owners' proposal for a season restart. This compensation fight is going to get ugly. FanGraphs' Craig Edwards: After years of profits, owners ask players to subsidize losses. I swear to God, if you are on Team Billionaire over Team Millionaire, I will figure out how to block you from reading this website.

The governor of Illinois said the players were holding out. The governor of Illinois is part-owner of Hyatt Hotels and has a personal net worth of $3.4 billion.


*Dusty Baker and Brent Strom will not [slams fist on table] back down from COVID-19. Dusty:
It's going to be impossible not to take a risk, but a calculated risk. Safety is number one. Not only for yourself, but I worry about other people as much as I worry about myself.

*Astros' fan sign-stealing lawsuit has expanded to include COVID-19 refunds.

*The Baseball-Reference OOTP Simulation currently has the Astros at 23-20, in 3rd place in the AL West. Again, I do not know why I care about this. I also don't know why George Springer is batting 7th. Zack Greinke threw a complete game three-hitter with 14 strikeouts as the Astros beat Kansas City 7-0.

*Brian McTaggart has the franchise's best RFs, with George Springer leading the way.

*MLB.com: Former Astros Great Johan Santana.

*Ten years later, Former Astros Great Armando Galarraga is still grappling with the loss of his Perfect Game. Counterpoint: Galarraga's Imperfect Game is actually more memorable than any other Perfect Game, otherwise we wouldn't be talking about a 26-34 pitcher with a 4.78 ERA, a 91 ERA+, and a 0.9 career fWAR.

*Former Astros Great Derek Bell talked Operation Shutdown.

*Michael Jordan was actually pretty good at baseball.

*Vice: The moon mysteriously disappeared 900 years ago and these slack-ass scientists are just getting around to figuring out why.

*Wired: The Confessions of Marcus Hutchins, the Hacker who Saved the Internet.

*Vox: A neuroscientist explains why it's so hard to focus and sit down and read a book right now.

*The Guardian: The real Lord of the Flies - what happened when six boys were shipwrecked for 15 months.