After he became the oldest player to ever win a game the other night, Jamie Moyer said “I kind of wish I was a baseball historian.” Well, his wish is the Hall of Fame’s command:
To that end, the Hall of Fame has offered Moyer the opportunity of a lifetime, to study in Cooperstown as part of the Museum’s Steele Internship Program, should he ever retire from the major leagues … Moyer will be eligible to join the Hall of Fame’s internship program following his retirement from the game.
The 2012 class of Frank and Peggy Steele interns, featuring 15 students from all across the country chosen from more than 500 applicants, will report to Cooperstown on May 29 to begin a comprehensive 10-week study, ranging from library and collections management to public programming and baseball research. The application deadline for each year’s class of Steele interns falls at the end of January.
I love the “should he ever retire from the major leagues” part. I mean, it’s a meritocracy, right? And he’s pitching better than Tim Lincecum right now.
(thanks to Jonny5 for the heads up)
The Rays started Sergio Romo on back-to-back days and if that sounds weird to you, you’re not alone. Romo, of course, was the star closer for the Giants for a while, helping them win the World Series in 2012 and ’14. He’s been a full-time reliever dating back to 2006, when he was at Single-A.
In an effort to prevent lefty Ryan Yarbrough from facing the righty-heavy top of the Angels’ lineup (Zack Cozart, Mike Trout, Justin Upton), Romo started Saturday’s game, pitching the first inning before giving way to Yarbrough in the second. Romo struck out the side, in fact. The Rays went on to win 5-3.
The Rays did it again on Sunday afternoon, starting Romo. This time, he got four outs before giving way to Matt Andriese. Romo walked two without giving up a hit while striking out three. The Angels managed to win 5-2 however.
Despite Sunday’s win, Cozart wasn’t a happy camper with the way the Rays used Romo. Via Fabian Ardaya of The Athletic, Cozart said, “It was weird … It’s bad for baseball, in my opinion … It’s spring training. That’s the best way to explain it.”
It’s difficult to see merit in Cozart’s argument. It’s not like the Rays were making excessive amounts of pitching changes; they used five on Saturday and four on Sunday. The games lasted three hours and three hours, 15 minutes, respectively. The average game time is exactly three hours so far this season. I’m having trouble wondering how else Cozart might mean the strategy is bad for baseball.
It seems like the real issue is that Cozart is afraid of the sport changing around him. The Rays, like most small market teams, have to find their edges in slight ways. The Rays aren’t doing this blindly; the strategy makes sense based on their opponents’ starting lineup. The idea of valuing on-base percentage was scoffed at. Shifting was scoffed at and now every team employs them to some degree. Who knows if starting a reliever for the first three or four outs will become a trend, but it’s shortsighted to write it off at first glance.