It is a good thing for John Perrotto of Baseball Prospectus, actually pictured above, that books are not judged by their covers. If I was going to judge someone by their appearance, I would expect a guy who looks like John to say something exactly like this about A.J. Burnett:
The biggest surprise, though, was them saying Burnett would be a good influence on the Pirates’ young pitchers, especially in light of his tattoos and one-time penchant for nipple rings. It goes to show you that you can’t always judge someone by their appearance.
Which is weird, because that is a quote from Perrotto’s On the Beat BP post from this afternoon.
Good thing I know Perrotto by his reputation, as a good reporter and solid baseball man through and through. It would be unfortunate to get caught up thinking about him any other way after a strange and baseless comment tossed onto a listicle.