Pro Baseball Central Tonight [Updated]

If you have a few minutes free around 9:30 PM EST tonight, stop by Pro Baseball Central where I’ll be talking about the Phillies and Mets rivalry as well as spring training with Steve Keane and Joe McDonald. The show starts at 9:00 but I’ll be in around 9:30.

UPDATE, 11:10 PM: Just got off the phone — I was on the PBC show for an hour and a half. I certainly didn’t expect to be on that long but I had a blast debating Steve and Joe on the pros and cons of the Phillies and Mets teams, as well as comparing Cole Hamels to Johan Santana, and Brad Lidge to Mariano Rivera. Both sides got their necessary jabs in as well… but it was two on one! So unfair. Where’s Herb Dean when you need him?

We also got a bit into football and hockey, but the majority of the 90 minutes was baseball talk. The three of us made 2009 predictions and we’ll compare ’em in October. Hopefully, they’re the ones eating crow, though I shouldn’t talk after predicting a Rockies-Indians World Series last year.

Once I figure out how to get a direct link to the show, I’ll put it up here. BlogTalkRadio has some clumsy navigation.

Thanks to Steve and Joe for inviting me and giving me a platform for my pithy opinions. I look forward to bragging at the end of the season.

BDD: Not So Funny Anymore

At Baseball Daily Digest, I’ve opined on the death of John Odom, a Minor League baseball player who was traded for ten baseball bats last season, then died of an overdose of multiple drugs several months later.

One of the more consistent lines of thought in moral theory is that an action is immoral if it causes some kind of unpleasantness for another person. I find it hard to believe that Calgary, which has claimed that the trade wasn’t made as a publicity stunt, thought that Odom would be met with nothing but positive and encouraging responses. The trade essentially said that Odom wasn’t worth another professional baseball player or even a medium-sized wad of cash; he was worth ten processed 34-inch-long pieces of wood.

Oftentimes it takes a tragedy for our error-prone ways to manifest. Dehumanizing athletes, who devote years to perfecting their craft, by trading them for next-to-nothing is a business practice that, hopefully, will now come to an end. It’s a shame it took the suicide of a multi-talented kid to reveal this to us.