The goal is to build something that can be sustained -- to not just have success, but sustained success over a long period of time. It's hard to do because you have to win at the Major League level while also cultivating a future through the Minor League system. That's our toughest challenge year in and year out.Opening Day is on the schedule (5:05 AM!):
Greg Rybarczyk, whose Hit Tracker calculates the precise trajectory of every major league home run, is the main subject of Gordon Edes's Notes column. Three quick snips from the 2007 data:
Mike Lowell hit his 21 home runs last season in only four AL East parks: Fenway (14), Skydome (4), Tropicana Field (2) and Yankee Stadium (1).Edes also has 10 questions for Mike Wallace's 60 Minutes interview with Roger Clemens and he explains why the World Series trophy will be in Nova Scotia on January 7.
Manny Ramirez and David Ortiz combined for only two homers at Tropicana Field, after hitting a total of 11 there in both 2005 and 2006.
Ten of the 21 home runs allowed by Curt Schilling were hit by the Yankees.
The Herald's Rob Bradford praises five "sites that saved sports writers' bacon on a daily basis in 2007 (and maybe can help your inner baseball fan in '08": Baseball Musings, Baseball Reference, Baseball Think Factory, MLB Trade Rumors and MLB's Gameday.
Jose Canseco's sequel to his 2005 book "Juiced" will be on shelves by Opening Day.