"Nothing too very scientific"
By Anthony Castrovince/MLB.com
The Progressive Field scoreboard pointed out last night that it was Bob Dylan’s 69th birthday, and that inspired me to whip up a quick tweet of my Top 5 Dylan tunes.
Of course, the instantaneous world of Twitter does not lend itself to deep thought or consideration before transmission. Here in the slightly-less-instantaneous world of blogging, we have a little more time to think things through. So here I present you with my slightly revised Top 5 Dylan Tunes List.
5. “Not Dark Yet”: The Dylan Renaissance that began in the late ’90s and continues into the present day had to be represented on this list. And while I went with “Mississippi” from “Love and Theft” on the Twitter list, I mistakenly overlooked this heartbreaking and haunting song from “Time Out of Mind.”
4. “Sooner or Later (One of Us Must Know)”: A great song from Dylan’s greatest album. Really, it’s here as representation for its 13 “Blonde on Blonde” peers. Any of them are arguably worthy of a spot on this list.
3. “Tangled Up in Blue”: Epic narrative of love found and lost.
2. “Series of Dreams”: It was not deemed worthy of placement on the “Oh Mercy” album, but it was deemed worthy of “Greatest Hits Volume 3” and the No. 2 position on this list. Go figure.
1. “Like a Rolling Stone”: It’s vindictive, revengeful and inspiring. Simply one of the greatest and most influential rock songs of all time.
Very Honorable Mention: “Jokerman,” “Mississippi,” “If You See Her, Say Hello,” “Positively 4th Street” and “Brownsville Girl.”
EXCRUCIATING MINUTIAE OF THE DAY…
- Justin Masterson remains in the Tribe rotation. He’s penciled in to start Sunday at Yankee Stadium. Certainly a surprising (non-)development, if you ask me. It sure felt like last night’s four-inning outing would be some sort of final straw. Manny Acta has made it clear the Indians are considering their options in this regard right now, and you’d have to imagine Aaron Laffey’s name is prominent in those thoughts. He said Masterson is in the rotation “as of now,” which is hardly a strong vote of confidence.
- Masterson’s WHIP is creeping up near the 2.00 mark (it’s actually 1.89… the highest in all of baseball among qualified pitchers). His ERA is 6.13. His average against when facing lefties is .386. If he suffers two more losing decisions without a win, he’ll tie a team record. “As of now,” indeed.
- The May 7 rainout against the Tigers has been rescheduled as part of a day-night doubleheader July 17 at Progressive Field.
- The First-Year Player Draft is fast-approaching, with the first round taking place the night of Monday, June 7 and shown live on MLB.com and the MLB Network. Rounds 2-30 will take place June 8, and Rounds 31-50 will be held Wednesday.
- As you know, the Indians have the fifth overall pick this year. They’ll select again at No. 55 in the second round, No. 87 in the third round and in the fifth spot of every round thereafter.
- Scouting director Brad Grant spoke with reporters today about the Draft preparation and was characteristically (and understandably) vague. Tons of pressure on the Tribe to get that pick at No. 5 right, given the club’s Draft history and the general economic and competitive outlook for the club. But Grant stressed the importance of not focusing solely on No. 5. “Our job is to influx as much talent into the organization as possible,” he said. The Indians have thoroughly scouted about 200 players, Grant said. The Draft is supposedly deep overall, and especially in the department of high school right-handed pitching.
- Grant said the Indians are considering all positions for the fifth pick. He also made it clear that high school players or guys who are expected to hold up clubs for exorbitant bonus sums are not off the table. The Indians believe they have the financial resources to take the guy they want, not just the guy they think they can sign.
- The Indians get plenty of flak for their poor drafting record, and deservedly so. But keep in mind the club did change its process in recent years, and you have to like the early returns from the ’09 haul. No. 1 pick Alex White (3-3, 2.82 ERA in nine starts between Kinston and Akron), No. 2 pick Jason Kipnis (.297 average/.805 OPS at Kinston), and No. 3 pick Joe Gardner (3-0, 2.51 ERA in 10 starts between Lake County and Kinston) are all doing well in their first full professional season. “I feel good with where we’re at,” Grant said.
- My MLB.com colleague Jonathan Mayo projects that the Indians will take Florida Gulf Coast University left-hander Chris Sale with the fifth overall pick. Another left-hander the Indians have been linked to is Ole Miss’ Drew Pomeranz. If the Indians go the college bat route (it wouldn’t be the first time), then two strong possibilities are UT-Arlington outfielder Michael Choice and Arkansas third baseman Zack Cox.
- Speaking of Mayo and the Draft, in this link he presents a parallel universe, circa 2005, in which the Indians select Alex Gordon at No. 14 instead of Trevor Crowe (who doesn’t finish in the first-round money).
- Class A Kinston played a 15-inning game against Potomac last night and won, 10-6. Third baseman Kyle Bellows (a fourth-round pick last year) hit a grand slam in the 15th for the win.
- Speaking of Kinston, right-hander Rob Bryson, a CC trade import, has pitched 6 2/3 consecutive hitless innings for the K-Tribe. He is 5-0 with a 3.27 ERA in 13 games for the year between Lake County and Kinston.