Links for Monday night, as Sam Fuld comes tantalizingly close to hitting for the cycle and a couple of young left-handers toe the rubber in San Francisco…
- MLB.com's Doug Miller says some players can't be replaced because they do more than put up numbers. Bobby Abreu, Mark Ellis and Craig Counsell are in Miller's select group.
- A Boston law firm, Bingham McCutchen, is suing Dodgers owner Frank McCourt, according to Bill Shaikin of the LA Times.
- The Cardinals officially granted Ian Snell his release so that he can pursue a job elsewhere, according to Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch (on Twitter). Snell, who retired about a month ago, now says he's considering a return.
I’m pretty sure that Carl Crawford could have replaced Abreu’s leadership with his production… are we really still commending people as irreplaceable because they can “lead their team?” Its a nice asset to have, but I’d take talent over that any day.
I see where you’re coming from, but I still like the article. It’s a gentle reminder that you can’t manage a real team as if it was a fantasy league team: it’s not JUST the stats that count.
Martin Wayne Guerrero
How many rings have those guys won?
Good, I haven’t seen Snell on here much.
I think the Phillies might beg to differ i.e. Bobby Abreu. They traded him for nothing in 2007 and then went on to that improbable comeback, topping the mets after trailing them by 7 games with 17 to play. Phillies fans will tell you that trading Abreu changed the club leadership from Abreu and Pat Burrell to Chase Utley, altering the culture of the clubhouse in the process. Whether we should believe that or not? Who knows…