The Astros affected the lives of pitchers and their families. Kansas has a historically good defense. MLB managers have to figure out a new strategy. The Big 12 has an opportunity to expand. And Memphis is dealing with an investigation of its own. It’s Saturday so that means another weekend of interesting reads.
Here is this week’s Saturday Reader…
A decade ago the Pac 12 Conference tried to attract schools from the Big 12 to join its conference which might have caused the end of the Big 12. Andy Staples wrote a piece for The Athletic in which he argues that the Big 12 should take six schools from the Pac 12.
There has been a lot of talk about the Astros’ cheating scandal. Opponents have expressed anger. Rob Manfred has been criticized for how he has handled the situation. One of the biggest complaints has been his decision to not punish any Astros players. Scott Miller wrote a piece for Bleacher Report about the pitchers pummeled by the Astros and the impact it had on their careers.
Kansas has had a terrific defense this season. Between Udoka Azubuike on the inside and Marcus Garrett on the outside, Kansas makes it tough on their opponents to score. But how good is Kansas outside of this season? Are they one of the best defenses in college basketball history? Ken Pomeroy wrote a piece for The Athletic explaining how the Jayhawks’ defense compares to the best in the history of college basketball.
Major League Baseball implemented a new rule for 2020 that requires pitchers to pitch to at least three batters or finish an inning before being replaced. This is foreign thinking to managers. They are used to being able to match up against each batter and they won’t be able to do that any longer. The rule will soon be implemented in Spring Training to get people used to it before the season starts. Jayson Stark recently wrote a piece for The Athletic about the new rule and its impact on MLB managers.
We just learned about Kansas’ response to the NCAA’s notice of allegations, but Memphis is also in trouble. Memphis played James Wiseman after the NCAA said that his eligibility was in question. A new process was recently set up by the NCAA. Michael McCann wrote a piece for Sports Illustrated about Memphis being referred to the new Independent Accountability Resolution Process.
Thanks for reading…