You’ll forgive me if I take some extra time today to load you up with posts about Tigers legend Al Kaline, who passed away on Monday at the age of 85. While I’m new to the MLB Bullets post, some of you may be aware that I’m also a Tigers fan and write for the SB Nation site Bless You Boys as well.
The news of Kaline’s passing has been a hard blow, and it seemed only right to share some of the amazing pieces being posted about him.
- Cody Stavenhagen, the Tigers beat reporter for The Athletic remembers Al Kaline not just for his career, but who he was as a person. (The Athletic subscription required)
- Katie Strang wrote this piece before Kaline died, but it captures his eternally youthful sense of humor. (The Athletic subscription required)
- At Bless You Boys, I collected some of the famous farewells to Kaline.
- At The Washington Post, Des Bieler recalls the consistent quality of Kaline’s 22-year career.
- On the lighter end of things, Stephanie Apstein talks to quarantined players about the realities of becoming stay-at-home dads.
- For SI.com Matt Martell collects some pretty ridiculous suggestions for how baseball might change in a shortened season.
- Looking for some vintage baseball content? Well, Baseball Digest just made its entire archive available, going back to 1940. Enjoy!
- Dr. Meredith Wills (SABR Award winner for her work on investigating “juiced” balls) looks into what type of balls were used in the 2019 postseason. (The Athletic subscription required)
- Over at The Athletic, Levi Weaver shares the strange but true story of three different MLB organists who also happened to be first responders. (The Athletic subscription required)
- FanGraphs has unveiled a new feature that might make it a serious rival to Baseball Reference. Sean Dolinar explains how it works.
- MLB.com has a quiz to see if you can pick who each team’s top-rated prospect is, but be careful, some future Hall of Famers might not have been as highly touted as current up and comers.
- Ken Rosenthal shares a detailed look at the “Arizona Bubble” plan for baseball, and why some support it. (The Athletic subscription required.)
- And whether or not you’ve seen it, it’s fun to watch Javy Baez catch. #LetJavyPlayAllNine
And tomorrow will be a better day than today, Buster. Make it so.