Brian Wilson And His Beard Need Surgery And Other MLBullets

San Francisco Giants closer Brian Wilson reacts after getting the final out of the game against the Los Angeles Dodgers. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

The latest from around MLB...

  • Brian Wilson is easily the most annoying, unfunny, lame "performer" in all of Major League Baseball, if not professional sports. So it is with mixed feelings that I discuss the news that Wilson has structural damage in his right elbow, which will require Tommy John surgery, the second of Wilson's career. On the one hand, I just can't bring myself to celebrate player injuries. I'm not a pro baller, but if I were, it would suck to be seriously hurt, and it would sicken me to think of others taking joy in my pain. On the other hand, Tommy John surgery for Wilson means I won't have to see him, his ridiculous beard, and his painful schtick for over a year. Unless that is, he takes some kind of broadcast job while he rehabs. The horror ... the horror ...
  • What in the world is Bobby Valentine thinking? Yesterday, he said this about third baseman Kevin Youkilis, who has been scuffling a bit to start the year (and is coming off an injury-filled and down 2011): "I don't think he's as physically or emotionally into the game as he has been in the past for some reason." As a TV commentator, you can say that. But when you're talking publicly about a guy in your own clubhouse? I just can't fathom a good reason to publicly say that a guy isn't as emotionally into the game as he was in the past. People are going to say you're questioning Youkilis's "heart" and his "commitment." This can't possibly end well.
  • Beyond the Boxscore takes a visual look at homer binges, and how they account for the total homers in a player's career. The conclusion is a lack of a conclusion: why do some players have a ton of multi-homer games, while others - who still have lots of career home runs - tend not to have multi-homer games? Is it just luck, or is there an explanation out there?
  • Well, it finally happened. A Marlin - Omar Infante, to be precise - hit a home run in the Marlins' new park, which ignited that crazy statue in the outfield. Maybe it was all the build up, but I was kind of disappointed.
  • Another video for you, this one less funny, more awesome. It's MLB's commercial commemorating Jackie Robinson, who's debut 65 years ago was celebrated across baseball yesterday:

Brett Taylor is the Lead Writer at Bleacher Nation, and a Contributor here at Bleed Cubbie Blue.

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