Wil Myers was named American League Rookie of the Year!*
*by Sporting News
Is that news? I don't know. I've been sequestered with a work project from dawn till dusk, so it's news to me.
Anyway, it brings up another question: How many steps (of teammates) does it take to get from Wil Myers to Kevin Garnett?**
Slate has developed a toolthat connects athletes to one another in a few steps as possible, spoofing the "Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon" theory as "Six Degrees of Kevin Garnett."
**The answer is four:
KEVIN GARNETT played on the 1995-96 Minnesota Timberwolves with ...
Mark Davis (1988-1989), who played on the 1996-97 Philadelphia 76ers with ...
Mark Hendrickson, who played on the 2006 Los Angeles Dodgers with ...
James Loney, who played on the 2013 Tampa Bay Rays with ...
You could probably sit there and do this for hours, but luckily the tool has become so popular that Slate has crashed twice and the tool can often stop working.
The holy grail for using the tool is currently 14 degrees, but try and see how far removed from Wil Myers you can get, and share it in the comments.
Some other links:
- The Hardball Times's Jeff Moore took a stab at where David Price fits on the trade market.
- The fantastic FanGraphs series breaking down the best swings in baseball concludes.
- Alex Gordon no longer shows a platoon split? Good reading for fans of a team that tries to milk their players' splits.
- MGL breaks down the game theory behind whether to bunt or not to bunt, focusing on the Red Sox and their seldom-bunting ways. It's a good bit of sanity in the often knee-jerk sabermetric response to bunts.
- Ben Lindbergh attended and reported on MLB's Scout Development Program at Grantland, posted in a four part series.
- Oh, and I guess there's a baseball game on tonight. You can find SB Nation's coverage here.
- Finally, Grantland has an amazing and extensive oral history on the World Series Earthquake that is well worth your time.