Yeah this is a couple days old, but still the news that Ted Lilly joined the Cubs as a special assistant to Theo Epstien and Jed Hoyer is awfully cool.
Here's Jed's quote (from the Trib): "He made it clear right away he wanted to work and wants to get involved in scouting. We’ll use him in a variety of ways, but we like the fact he feels he has a pretty good eye and likes to try to evaluate but also was humble and knows he has to learn how to do it."
So, the scouting part is really interesting, and I figure he'll be in some other countries or spending time in the AZ desert here... probably needs a new hat.
Then I hunted around for "learning to be a scout" and found a story from Oct of last year that I only started reading but can tell it's kind of awesome.
From Grantland, it's called "Welcome to Baseball Scout School" written by Ben Lindbergh - the story is about his experience going.
Firsrt off, I couldn't believe there actually is a Scout School, but it makes perfect sense.
You have to be sponsored by an MLB team, so it's serious stuff.
Anyway, I wonder if Ted's gonna go.
Slammed here, but I heard Baez smacked homer #2 yesterday...fantastic.
And lastly, here's an app that on the surface looks silly, and it probably is for some books that you want to linger over, but go here and see how to speed read with Spritz.
There's a really neat little demo.
The idea...it's so simple.
Not often you see an original app any more that has such obviously cool actual usefulness.
I just wish I was a student again...