Sunday is going to be rough.
AL Central Standings
With Magglio Ordonez's retirement (*tear*) announcement Sunday, Chris Jaffe gives us some career highlights; Justin Verlander shows that he can hit home runs in batting practice; and there are apparently 28 other players who are better franchise players than Miguel Cabrera. These stories and a Lance Parrish reference in today's Morning Prowl.
Magglio Ordonez career highlights -- The Hardball Times, Chris Jaffe
Oct. 14, 2006 is the one that sticks out in my mind. But I don't think I'm alone.
Justin Verlander homers over Green Monster during batting practice -- Big League Stew, David Brown
Last year, an MVP and a Cy Young. This year, first major league baseball hit. Oh right, it was during batting practice. Nice try, Justin.
ESPN's Franchise Player Draft -- ESPN
Hahahahaha. Miguel Cabrera is 29th. Hahahahaha
All-time draft rosters: AL Central -- SweetSpot Blog, David Schoenfield
"Let's move on to the AL Central as we look back at the all-time draft rosters." Lance Parrish in the house! Woo!
Around the AL Central:
Middle Relief: What to Do With the Twins? -- The Triangle Blog, Jonah Keri
"You're the worst team in the American League. You've gone from six division titles in nine years to a possible second straight season in the cellar. You're Terry Ryan, general manager of the Minnesota Twins. What do you do? What do you do?"
Royals Had a Winning Record in May, Did It Mean Anything? -- Royals Review,
"Looking for perspective on a good month." Good luck with that. Tigers fans were looking for perspective after a sweep of the Twins. We know now how silly that sounds.
Elsewhere in baseball:
New-look market at MLB trade deadline loaded with pitching -- CBSSports.com, Jon Heyman
Two months before the trade deadline, Jon Heyman looks at the market and the potential impact of more wild cards.
Manufactured Runs: Who Gives a Shift? -- Baseball Prospectus, Colin Wyers
"Let’s play a game called 'Which one of these is not like the others?' Culled from Fangraphs, Baseball-Reference, and yours truly, defensive ratings for Brett Lawrie:"