How crazy are the ridiculous Orioles? Thiiiiiiiis crazy!
The Red Sox are starting to get into full managerial search mode. Their first few candidates should be headed to town soon if not today, headed by Tim Wallach and Brad Ausmus, who will both get a sit down with the Sox front office. Notably lacking in the interview invite department is PawSox manager Arnie Beyeler. That's because, according to Gordon Edes, the Sox are looking for a manager who possesses some experience on a major league manager's staff. That doesn't mean Beyeler is done with the Sox organization though. (Gordon Edes; ESPN Boston)
Remember J.D. Drew? He was that polarizing guy that some of the fans loved to hate. After the 2011 season his contract was up and he just kinda disappeared. Actually he didn't disappear, he just went back to his home in Georgia and declined all interview requests. The man was done with baseball, but, as you'll learn from this his first interview since leaving the game, he wasn't done with following the Red Sox. (Rob Bradford; WEEI.com)
It's kinda weird, but true: if you look at the Orioles lineup, they've actually got quite a few guys who were supposed to be pretty good at one point, but failed to meet expectations. So maybe they were supposed to be this good? (Grant Brisbee; Baseball Nation)
Allan of Joy of Sox reviews the new baseball book, A People's History of Baseball, by Mitchell Nathanson. (Allan; Joy of Sox)
How are those early season predictions looking now, eh? Not so good on lots of fronts. Take, for example, John Henry's prediction. (Ben Lindbergh; Baseball Prospectus)
Finally, you may have noticed that Bryce Harper looked more like Satan than usual last night. There's a good solid reason for that and it actually doesn't have anything to do with Bryce Harper actually being Satan. (Dan Steinberg; The Washington Post)