Welcome back to another edition of Sunday Links and Coffee, a series of links from around the baseball world to enjoy with your Sunday morning coffee. Our first edition now that spring training is underway begins with:
- Matt Gelb of the Inquirer takes a look at Kyle Kendrick (BlueClaws 04-06) and his improvement from a year ago. Kendrick is in a battle with Jamie Moyer and others for the fifth-starters job.
- Chad Durbin, who had Tommy John surgery at 24, has an off-the-field cause: educating young players on the importance of conserving their money because you never know how your career is going to turn out. Andy Martino has the story in the Inquirer.
- After Giants WR Plaxico Burress accidently shot himself, and in the wake of the Gilbert Arenas situation in the NBA, baseball has told players to keep guns and deadly weapons out of the clubhouse.
- Former Phillies GM Ed Wade received an extension from the Astros.
- 2011 will be very different in the NL East. Bobby Cox will not manage Atlanta. He’s retiring after the season. Jayson Stark looks at Cox and his final spring training.
It might seem as if he and Jones have been in the same uniform forever. Uh, not quite. The first time Cox had to give one of these first-day-of-spring-training speeches, we’re pretty sure his man Chipper had to miss it. Because he had to attend kindergarten that day.
- Johnny Damon, a Phillies pest in the World Series, is headed to Detroit. One year, $8 million.
- Bill Madden in the NY Daily News writes that while the Mets might not have had the off-season that their fans had hoped, they got stuck by market forces and not the lack of a plan.