In Honor of John Brattain

It is with great sadness to report that John Brattain has passed away. Brattain wrote for a number of websites including Baseball Daily Digest and The Hardball Times.

The thread at Baseball Think Factory shows just how many lives he touched with his quick wit and great outlook on life.

John was my mentor and likely my first loyal reader here at Crashburn Alley. He was always available to talk — about anything whether it’s baseball, writing, or just random things about life. The advice he gave me was indispensable and he’s likely the reason why Joe Hamrahi of Baseball Daily Digest decided to add me to his staff of writers.

Here’s his last note at Baseball Daily Digest:

See ya on the other side…

This will be my last post for a little while–I go under the knife for the ol’ ticker at 7:15 AM Monday. Again, thanks for all the notes and well-wishes; once I’m fixed…er, repaired, I’ll be back with a vengeance. I’ve submitted a column for SMSN Sports that will run next week–beyond that it’s wait-and-see.

My deepest condolences to the Brattain family as well as to anyone that had the privilege of knowing him.

You will be dearly missed, John.

BDD: Leave A-Rod Alone!

At Baseball Daily Digest, I have given yet another reason why we should lay off of Alex Rodriguez.

Other athletes, who we’ve yet to catch, will look at our treatment of A-Rod and conclude that there is no incentive for them to come out with the truth either on their own or when they are prompted. Look at their options:

A) Don’t admit to using. Media and public presume I used anyway, assassinating my character in print and on the Internet. With presumption, media and public suggest altering my statistics, taking away my accomplishments like MVP or Cy Young awards, and keeping me out of the Hall of Fame.

B) Admit to using. Media and public assassinate my character in print and on the Internet. Media and public suggest altering my statistics, taking away my accomplishments like MVP or Cy Young awards, and keeping me out of the Hall of Fame.