Here’s a look back at MLBTR’s original analysis and reporting over the past seven days:
- In the latest edition of the MLBTR College Series, Chuck Wasserstrom spoke with Twins vice president and assistant general manager Rob Antony about his college days at the University of Minnesota. Antony started off hoping for a career as a sportswriter, landed an internship in the Twins’ media relations department in 1987, and worked his way up to become one of their most prominent executives.
- Chuck’s second interview of the week, with Chaminade College Preparatory School center fielder Blake Rutherford, continued MLBTR’s Draft Prospect Q&A Series. The native of California is one of the highest-rated high school players entering June’s amateur draft, with ESPN prospect aficionado Keith Law saying he has “the most advanced pure bat in the class, college or high school.” Rutherford, who will attend UCLA if he goes to college, touches on what makes him a special player and which future Hall of Famer he patterns his game after, among other interesting subjects.
- Continuing a Chuck-centric week, the former member of the Cubs’ front office joined host Jeff Todd on the MLBTR Podcast. Chuck spent 25 years with the Cubs – 16 in media relations and nine in baseball operations – and that lengthy tenure helped lead to his accomplished writing career. A new episode of the podcast is released every Thursday and can be accessed on iTunes, SoundCloud, and Stitcher.
- Major League Baseball has doled out 80-game suspensions for performance-enhancing drugs to Blue Jays first baseman Chris Colabello and Marlins second baseman Dee Gordon since last week. With that in mind, Jeff revisited an article from November 2013 that focuses on whether the current system does enough to disincentivize the use of PEDs. In the highly recommended piece, Jeff offers some possible improvements over the anti-PED measures MLB has in place.