Saturday, May 26, 2012

Saturday notebook: Web links and quotes

Happy Memorial Day weekend everyone. I hope your 3-day celebration is filled with plenty of good food and great times. Here are some links from around the web, as well as some notable quotes from the week, to help kick-start your American bash:

- Now that Aroldis Chapman is racking up saves from the closer role he makes for a must-have player among fantasy owners, says ESPN fantasy baseball guru Eric Karabell.

- Speaking of Chapman, are the Reds better off with him closing rather than starting? This is the precise question asked by ESPN's Jayson Stark in this week's Rumblings & Grumblings.

- The latest edition of ESPN's MLB power rankings can be found here. And CBS Sports' latest batch can be found here.  And FOX Sports' here. Spoiler: The Reds rose in all polls.

- Paul Swydan of voices his opinion shared by most that it's not in the Reds' long-term benefit to move Chapman to closer. See his lengthy arguement here.

- We've all got a stack of baseball cards somewhere in our basement or attic, but do you think it'd be worth $2.5MM? That's how much former Red Dmitri Young received for his in a recent auction. Read the full story here.

- The baseball gurus at ESPN have spoken and handed out quarter of the season awards for MVP, Cy Young, ROY, and Manager of the Year in this post.

- The NL Central looks to be a two-team race between the Cardinals and Reds this season, writes David Schoenfield.

- Hall of fame writer Hal McCoy writes of a nice gesture by Ryan Ludwick over the weekend.

- “When I was going to first, I knew I had a lot of it. At the same time, you’re hoping it’s a lot more than that. I didn’t think I had all of it. Watching it rounding first, it just got over. That’s fine with me.” -Todd Frazier on his walk-off homer on Wednesday

- “I’m just attacking, going after hitters and not worrying about who’s in the box. It’s nice to have a little attitude like I have the last two outings. I was just inconsistent. I finally got sucked it up. I think I’m going in the right direction.” -Mike Leake after his start vs. Atlanta on Monday

- “It’s about time. I felt real good body-wise, mechanic wise. … I was tired of going five innings. It was good to get seven for once.” -Mat Latos after his outing on Tuesday vs. the Braves

- "I think he'd be dominating, but I don't know if he'd be quite THAT dominating. It's hard to say, when you're talking about him pitching seven or eight innings versus one or two innings. I don't know if he'd be putting up the strikeouts in that role that he's putting up in relief. But I still think he'd be a … dominating impact starter." -GM Walt Jocketty on Chapman as a starter

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