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DLD 4-26-2013 – NFL Draft Free Zone Edition

Apparently football has some deal going on over the next 3 days or so. Yawn.

Arranged in order from most to least optimistic
Arranged in order from most to least optimistic

After yesterday's dudfest, not a lot new was written about the A's:

As I detailed before, Josh Reddick is swinging less. In fact, his change in approach is among the tops in the league when compared to last year's approach (look at graph):

Like us, Parker was disappointed in his start:

"It's kind of embarrassing, we put a two spot up and then give it right back," Parker said. "If I go out there and throw a clean inning it's an entirely different ballgame."


"For me to beat myself over what's done, you can't do that," Parker said. "You've just got to continue to put the work in and remain confident and get your body right and do better."

Maybe he's just lacking in that elusive TWTW stat

Other baseball links:

Jeff Loria is a bastard, but we already knew that:

Miami Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria personally mandated the lineup card change that flip-flopped starting pitchers Jose Fernandez and Ricky Nolasco in a doubleheader Tuesday and left Marlins players furious with his continued meddling, three sources with knowledge of the situation told Yahoo! Sports.

When Rosenthal asked about it, though, he denied it:

I had nothing to do with the decision,” Loria told on Friday. “I was informed of the decision by the baseball department. I told them it was their call.

“I don’t make decisions on who to pitch and when, how to go about it — that’s not my role. Sometimes they call me and tell me what they’re doing. But I don’t call them up and say, ‘This is what is going to happen.’ That’s not true.”

Friends, it could be worse: we could be the Marlins. Say what you will about Wolff, but we've never heard of him being a meddling owner in Beane's territory.

Finally, a familiar face wrote about Sports Agent Metrics over at THT:

There's a reason Boras Corporation is known (and feared) among baseball fans. With a client list that includes Alex Rodriguez, Barry Zito, Jayson Werth, and Prince Fielder, Boras earns more money for his clients than any other agency. This may be one of the few times where a feared reputation is almost entirely deserved.

Dump away!