On this date in 1970, president Richard Nixon was unable to throw the ceremonial first pitch in the Senators home opener at RFK Stadium thanks to a scheduling conflict. In his stead, David Eisenhower, his son-in-law and the grandson of the former president, threw out the first pitch. Here’s this week’s look around the baseball blogosphere..
- Mariner Brainstorm looks at the gap between Seattle and everyone else in 2013.
- Blue Jays Plus marvels at Dustin McGowan’s incredible sameness.
- Camden Depot looks at the Orioles and wonders if defense is overrated.
- Pinstripe Pundits examines the effects of catcher framing on pitcher tendencies.
- Inside The Zona says Gerardo Parra is breaking the mold in right field.
- Hidden Vigorish worries about the Pirates’ future talks with Pedro Alvarez or Gerrit Cole.
- A’s Farm has the Opening Day roster for all of Oakland’s affiliates.
- The Baseball Stance runs down the Yankees’ roster.
- i70 Baseball says the Cardinals have reasons to be optimistic.
- Outside Pitch weighs the value of Mike Trout versus Miguel Cabrera.
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