Happy Tuesday and happy Day 2 of the MLB Draft! Here's some news and notes for you this morning:
- Masahiro Tanaka is returning to Yankee Stadium tonight to face off against Max Scherzer. The Daily News' Roger Rubin writes about how Tanaka looks like he's regained his rookie form which shouldn't be too difficult because he was only a rookie last season. Right?
- George A. King III of the New York Post writes that the Yankees are going to find out tonight if Tanaka's resurgence is just a mirage. Yay positivity!
- King's New York Post colleague Ken Davidoff thinks Alex Rodriguez should be in the All-Star game. I agree, Ken!
- In case you missed the other, non-draft related, Yankee news last night: The petition to get Yogi Berra consideration for the President Medal of Freedom surpassed 100k signatures before the midnight deadline. Other baseball notables to receive the award are Ernie Banks and Stan Musial.
- Just when you thought we were rid of the "Who owns New York articles?" pitting the Yankees vs. the Mets in a battle for supremacy, John Harper comes along and ruins it for everyone.
The next few articles are pieces I read yesterday that I wanted to pass along because they are worth reading:
- Eno Sarris of Fangraphs wrote about how Brian McCann stopped popping up.
- John Rosengren of the New Yorker talked to the man who has seen the last 20 men to reach the 3,000 hit plateau in person. Truthfully, I didn't know this man existed and I'm jealous of the fact that he's seen so much history live and in person and that he had the money to do it.
- Grant Brisbee of SB Nation is a great writer and I am envious of his ability to write about anything. Case in point: This piece about what could have happened if a few well-known players were drafted by different teams. He writes about Roger Clemens, Barry Bonds, Randy Johnson, and he examines what life would have been like if the Yankees had drafted Bo Jackson and if he stuck with baseball.
Oh and here is one of my absolute favorite things from yesterday that you may have missed:
Favorite headline of week. He pitches righty, lefty — and evidently, also underwater. Faces Aquaman in next outing. pic.twitter.com/efxaQxFp8Z
— Neill Woelk (@NeillWoelk) June 8, 2015
Enjoy your morning!