A few baseball links to help get us through this cold spell:
1. Susan Slusser reports that Jorge Mateo, who was the only one of the three players acquired for Sonny Gray who was not injured at the time, and whose best tool is speed, is limited by a lingering knee problem.
2. Game calling and how it has allowed Jeff Mathis to have a 13-year career of hitting .198/.256/.309. With this surprising side note:
Acclaimed game-callers already in the professional machine, according to Crawford, include Sean Murphy and Jason Goldstein, both in the A’s system.
Let’s just hope Murphy hits enough to not be Jeff Mathis.
3. The story of The Sabermetric Movement’s Forgotten Foremother Sherri Nichols, who pioneered modern defensive stats, and also helped make historical box scores and stats freely available.