In other Nyjer news, the Nats are trying to get him to slide feet-first after he broke his wrist last season, according to Ed Chigliak of Federal Baseball.
-- Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune has a piece on John Grabow and his veteran status in a bullpen full of puppies in Wrigley.
-- Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic talked to Adam LaRoche about the big deal he rejected from the Giants; LaRoche claimed it wasn't all it was cracked up to be.
-- Luke Adams of MLB Trade Rumors has an item on Pirate and Duquesne grad Joe Biemel's waiting game as a free agent.
-- Once upon a time, long, long ago Pirate Tim Wakefield is sharing his knuckleball secrets with Eri Yoshida, an 18-year-old who became the first female drafted by a Japanese professional team, according to USA Today. A knuckleball throwing teen age girl? And you thought the Nippon League was tradition-bound?
-- Maury Brown of the Biz of Baseball moonlighted a bit for Baseball America, and did a piece on the competitive balance of baseball. From the article:
"Complicating the argument is that most fans have only a rudimentary understanding of how revenue-sharing even works, and they don't see that baseball does have a salary cap, of sorts. While management and union leaders debate the fine points of both revenue sharing and the luxury tax, fans have a more basic question: Do they promote competitive balance?
The answer seems to be yes, and no. You need to spend to go to the postseason with regularity, but if the true barometer for baseball is winning the World Series, then being hot at the right time can get you to the promised land, regardless of where your payroll sits."
-- Twelve Angry Mascots doctor a Sarah McLachlan vid pushing animal adoption into a plea to pick up a free agent ("for only $18 a month"):