Richard Ben Cramer: 1950-2013

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Ricahrd Ben Cramer won a Pulitzer Prize for international reporting and his best known work was probably his mega-tome on the 1988 presidential election, but I — and some of you — probably knew him best for his baseball writing.  Cramer died today, of lung cancer, at age 62.

The baseball work he’s best known for is “Joe DiMaggio: The Hero’s Life,” a biography which came out in 2000. He also wrote on Ted Williams. You can read his excellent “What Do You Think of Ted Williams Now?” at Esquire here.

Yankees sign Adam Lind to a minor league deal. Again.

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The Yankees signed Adam Lind to a minor league deal this past offseason. Then they released him during spring training. Now they have signed him to another minor league deal. He’ll report to extended spring training where he’ll now try not to get extended released.

Lind is a platoon guy with little defensive value, but he hit .303/.362/.513 with 14 home runs and 59 RBI in 301 plate appearances for the Nationals last season, serving as a pinch-hitter and backup first baseman and outfielder. The injury to Greg Bird and the impending suspension of Tyler Austin — he’s currently on appeal — will likely give him at least some opportunity to show that he’s still a big leaguer.

Which, yeah, he probably still is. Or at least would be if teams didn’t have 13 and 14-man pitching staffs and actually had room for a couple of bench position players. Such is not the current game of baseball, however.