THT Links: This Time Next Week

It’s been a slavishly busy last few months for me, and as such, the glacial speed at which Opening Day has been approaching wasn’t the huge deal it normally is. However, there is nothing I look forward to right now more than one week from now opening a beer, throwing my package onto my TV via S-Video and watching some baseball that counts.

Scheduling Issues – Alan Schwartz takes a look at some of the intricacies of creating a schedule for Major League Baseball.

Showdown at the Hot Corner – Who would you rather have David Wright or Miguel Cabrera?

Why the Yankees Haven’t Won a WS – Dayn Perry devotes an entire column to investigating why the Yankees haven’t won a World Series in over a half-decade. It seemed okay, but where were the mentiones of Scott Brosius and Paul O’Neill. We all know they were the reasons the Yankees won all the time.

The Idiosyncrasies of Superstition – The Seattle Times has look into some of the Mariners’ superstitions. Has someone ever done any medical tests to see if superstitions are actually efficacious?

Please Stop – Honestly, it’s horrible. I would have to fight really hard to keep from punching anyone I saw wearing that hat.

Edmonds Returns and Cards Rotation SetJim Edmonds returned to Spring Training play, an encouraging sign for those who had him auto-drafted onto their fantasy team. Also the Cards set their rotation as follows: Chris Carpenter, Kip Wells, Braden Looper, Adam Wainwright and Anthony Reyes. Boy they better get a lot from that back end.

The Most Unlikely Opening Day Starter – Are the Yankees really going to have Carl Pavano throw their first pitch of the 2007 season? Moreover, they were going to have Jeff Karstens or Kei Igawa do it before Karstens got hurt?

Travis Lee Calling it QuitsTravis Lee asked for and was granted his release from the Nats on Sunday. Shockingly, this means that Dmitri Young wins the Nats starting first base job by default. Surely there has to be some Nats fan out there who’s willing to donate a leg to Nick Johnson.

Pirates Set RotationTom Gorzelanny and Tony Armas Jr. have filled out the remainder of the Bucs rotation. No real surprise there.

Today at THT

Five Questions: Atlanta Braves – John tries to work out whether 2006 was a blip or the start of a new, less desirable streak.

Five Questions: Washington Nationals – What does the McLaughlin Group have to say about the Washington Nationals? A lot more than you might think.

Diamond Dollars: The Economics of Winning in Baseball (Part 2) – In the second excerpt from his book, Vince tackles the impact of team-owned sports networks such as YES on team values and revenues.

Starting Pitcher Leverage (Part 1) – Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying About and Love Ken Heintzelman.

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