Quote of the day: "Who's gonna take him next year?"

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Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman brought some stone-cold logic to the Steven Strasburg negotiations before Sunday’s game:



“When it comes down to it, Strasburg has to think about, ‘Can I go to
bed if I turn down $15, 16 million dollars — whatever it is — to pass
up the opportunity to play for these guys?’ That’s a lot of money. I
don’t understand what he thinks will be better next year. If we don’t
take him, who’s gonna take him next year? Pittsburgh? San Diego? San
Diego is not gonna pay him more. Absolutely his leverage will never be
higher. Everybody wants to play where they want to play; everybody
wants the ideal situation, but that’s not the point of the draft. You
can’t tell people where you want to play. At some point, do it like
everybody else has already done it. I agree, he’s one of the better
college pitchers ever to pitch, but he hasn’t proven anything yet.”




Hey Scott, Zim speaks the truth. Sure you want Rizzo to be the GM?

Must-Click Link: Remembering Eddie Grant the first major leaguer to die in combat

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As you get ready for Memorial Day weekend and whatever it entails for you and yours, take some time to read an excellent article from Mike Bates over at The Hardball Times.

The article is about Eddie Grant. You probably never heard of him. He was a journeyman infielder — often a backup — from 1905 through 1915. If you have heard of him, it was likely not for his baseball exploits, however: it was because he was the first active baseball player to die in combat, killed in the Battle of the Argonne Forest in October 1915.

Michael tells us about more than Grant’s death, however. He provides a great overview of his life and career. And notes that Grant didn’t even have to go to war if he didn’t want to. He was 34, had the chance to coach or manage and had a law degree and the potential to make a lot of money following his baseball career. He volunteered, however, for both patriotic and personal reasons. And it cost him his life.

Must-read stuff indeed. Especially this weekend.

The Indians are unveiling a Frank Robinson statue on Sunday

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The Cleveland Indians will unveil a Frank Robinson statue at Progressive Field on Saturday.

Robinson’s tenure in Cleveland was not long, but it was historic. On April 8, 1975, he became the first African-American manager in Major League history. He was a player-manager. One of the last ones, in fact. He spent two years in that role and then a third year — a partial year anyway — as a manager only. Robinson would go on to manage the Giants, Orioles and the Expos/Nationals, compiling a career record of 1065-1176 in 16 seasons. He is now a top MLB executive.

Robinson was, of course, a Hall of Fame player as well, lodging 21 seasons for the Reds, Orioles, Dodgers, Angels and Indians. He won two MVP awards and hit for the Triple Crown in 1966. Overall he hit 586 home runs – 10th all time – and was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1982. For an inner-circle Hall of Famer with that kind of resume he is still, strangely enough, underrated. I guess that happens when your contemporaries are Willie Mays, Hank Aaron and Mickey Mantle.

Anyway, congrats to Frank Robinson for yet another well-deserved honor in a career full of them.