For all intents and purposes I should have really liked Kitchen Confidential, the restaurant business tell all written by Anthony Bourdain. My interest in cooking food combined with a lack of interest in ever working a day under an abusive chef in a professional kitchen should set me among the ideal readership for such a book.
I hated it. It was boring and the author’s self importance left as bad a taste in my mouth as munching on the most offensive gruel imaginable.
The one thing that I did take away from the book was to basically never, ever order a special at a restaurant on a Monday. When things are on special on a Monday, it’s usually a good indicator that it was something that didn’t sell very well over the weekend and now it has to be served a couple days old before it ages any further. In other words, it’s the left overs. Ordering the special on a Monday in a restaurant is the equivalent of ordering left overs.
In a similar fashion, there was a lot of baseball news over the weekend, much of which likely didn’t get digested by all of us. Have no fear, this morning’s link dump will provide all of the offerings that didn’t get served up over the weekend and I promise to use as many fresh ingredients as possible.
First things first, the Wilson Ramos abduction ended on Saturday with the Washington Nationals’ catcher being safely rescued by Venezuelan authorities. Ramos spoke with the Washington Times about his ordeal. For more context to the situation, check out FOX Sports’ Jon Morosi’s interview with an anonymous American ballplayer about what it’s like playing in Venezuela. While there’s no doubt that Ramos’ rescue is good news, The Economist asks about the thousands of other kidnappings in Venezuela that don’t end so happily.
The formerly Florida Marlins have officially been rebranded as the Miami Marlins. Chris Creamer of SportsLogos.net has the details. There have some whispers that the new logo is stolen from a logo used by the band (I use the term loosely) Maroon Five. You be the judge:
According to owner Jeffrey Loria, the Marlins have made significant offers to both Albert Pujols and Jose Reyes. According to team President David Samson: “No comment.” At this time it’s uncertain whether Miami made original offers to the two players or merely copied an offer made by another organization.
The St. Louis Cardinals hired Mike Matheny to be the team’s new manager. He’s the second former player, with no previous experience hired this off season to manage a team. This, despite several much more experienced candidates available. Matheny spoke with The Hardball Times a little over a year ago in something of a revealing interview.
Former Toronto Blue Jays second baseman Aaron Hill has re-signed with the Arizona Diamondbacks, agreeing to a two year deal for $10 million, and further limiting the free agent second baseman market. Over the next two years the Diamondbacks will spend almost $20 million on three middle infielders, none of whom had an OPS over .657 last season.
Major League Baseball’s owners and players are getting incredibly close to coming to terms on a new collective bargaining agreement. According to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports, there will not be hard-slotting on signing bonuses for newly drafted players, but the new deal is expected to carry restraints on the amount of total money a team can spend at the draft from year to year. There will also be “significant changes” in draft-pick compensation for free agents.
Cuban outfielder Yoenis Cespedes may have to wait a couple of months before he’s able to sign a free agent contract with a Major League Baseball club, as a ton of paper work still has to be processed. Nonetheless, teams are still lining up to see him in private work outs.
Every day that goes by, I become more and more convinced that the Dos Equis advertising campaign centred around ”the most interesting man in the world” is actually based on the life of Ozzie Guillen. Here he is fixing a car in his spare time:
Is Jose Reyes getting overrated on the free agent market?
High Heat Stats projects the remainder of Albert Pujols’ career to find out what kind of money the free agent might be worth.
What’s the difference between Jonathan Papelbon and Ryan Madson?
Why do we boo the things we boo?
The Dipoto Code: ESPN interviews the new Los Angeles Angels general manager.
The tablet is changing baseball.
The hitting approaches of comic book characters.
Brian Bannister made pitching complicated.