Author: Craig Calcaterra

The Braves bring back former scouting director Roy Clark

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The Braves have not yet settled on a new general manager, but they have brought back a key member of front offices past: scouting director Roy Clark.

Clark spent the past year with the Dodgers. Before that he was the Nationals assistant GM and v.p. of player personnel for the previous four years. Before that he was the Braves longtime scouting director. He joined the Braves when they were a laughingstock in the late 80s and helped build arguably the best pipeline of talent in all of baseball over the course of 20 years. When he joined the Nationals at the end of the 2009 season they were thought of as a laughingstock too. They are no longer.

It’s unclear who the next GM will be — interim GM John Hart has apparently been given an offer and many observers believe that assistant GM John Coppolella is a fantastic candidate to lead a front office. But whoever it is will have one of the best in the business — maybe the absolute best in the business — in Clark at his side.

Condition of victim in Angels Stadium attack improves

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The victim of the attack outside of Angels Stadium over the weekend has been identified and his condition has improved.

His name is Alex Arredondo, and as was previously reported, he is an LAPD officer. His condition has been upgraded from critical to serious, though he is still unable to speak and has not been able to provide police with information. Police say, however, that witnesses reported the attackers were, like, Arredondo, wearing Angels gear so there does not appear to be any game-related motive for the attack. They also say it is unlikely that it had anything to do with Arredondo’s job.

They are still looking for leads in an effort to identify the assailants.

Baseball has been dying since before it really even existed

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I led off my gigantic “Baseball is not dying” post last month with several quotes, going back over a century, in which people erroneously lamented the impending doom of baseball. But Bryan Curtis of Grantland spoke with the great John Thorn, who has chronicled this stuff for a living for a loooong time. And it turns out that a mere century is nothin’. Get this, from 1868:

Somehow or other, they don’t play ball nowadays as they used to some eight or ten years ago. I don’t mean to say they don’t play it as well. … But I mean that they don’t play with the same kind of feelings or for the same objects they used to. … It appears to me that ball matches have come to be controlled by different parties and for different purposes …

That’s from Pete O’Brien of the Brooklyn Atlantics. Who said that in 1868. A year before the Cincinnati Red Stockings became the first fully-professional baseball team. Put differently: baseball was dying before it actually existed in the form that we know it.

A great read about the never-ending and, apparently, always-existing predictions of baseball’s imminent demise.