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Must-read

All my life — I’m only 22, but still — I’ve wondered how many home runs Josh Gibson hit.

800?

900?

I have no idea. In many ways, it just adds to the mystique that we don’t know the answer to that question. But I want to know.

And so does ESPN’s Rob Neyer.

I could explain, but Neyer does a much better job of it in his piece.

It is a great story, and a must-read for anyone who loves the history of the greatest game on Earth.

Is anything sacred anymore?

Sam Zell, the current owner of the Chicago Cubs, has announced he is willing to listen to offers for re-naming the fabled Wrigley Field.

This was reported on by ESPN.com, but wasn’t talked about much on Sportscenter, any other outlets, or prominently displayed enough on the Web site.

This is a big deal.

While we’re at it, maybe Zell should sell the naming rights to the Ivy on the outfield wall. I bet some gardening company would love to fork over millions for that. How about the batters boxes? The bullpen? The jersey’s, even?

I’m glad ESPN columnist Gene Wojciechowski (the best sports columnist in the country…not even close) knows how important this is.

I highly suggest you read up on what he has to say about this issue.

It’s things like this that make you realize why they haven’t won a World Series in a century.

Rules to live by

Major League Baseball has instituted a few new rules this season, most notably one aimed at avoiding another tragedy like the one last year with Mike Coolbaugh.

Third base coaches must now wear protective gear on their heads, as well as stay in the coaches box — at least up until batted balls go past them.

Some of the new rules have been put in place to speed up the game. Pitchers now have 15 seconds (instead of 12) in between pitches. It will be interesting to see how much that is actually enforced…every year MLB makes a big stink about this and the umpires never force the players to adhere to it. I could name at least 10 pitchers off the top of my head that take much longer than 15 seconds…

There are also two interesting changes made to visits to the mound.

  1. No more than one infielder can visit the mound at any given time.
  2. If the coaching staff visits the mound for three times without removing a pitcher from the game, the fourth visit results in an automatic removal from the game for the pitcher.

Roger Clemens: must-read links

I’m not even going to begin discussing what’s going through my head with all this Roger Clemens/Congress stuff. Pure insanity.

So I’m going to let other people do it for me…

First off, if you haven’t seen the video of the Clemens/Brian McNamee testimony in front of Congress today, I suggest you do so. Click here for some highlights.

If you want a good account of all the day’s exciting and perplexing happenings as it unfolded, check out Jayson Stark’s live-blog account of the proceedings.

To see what one of the best columnists in the country had to say about all of this, click here.

In keeping with the ESPN theme, check out what Howard Bryant wrote.

Not to be outdone, MLB.com has extensive coverage, as well. Here are the opening statements for Clemens and McNamee. You can either read the text or watch the video with those links.

And if you’re feeling really ambitious, you can check out video on the site with the entire hearing. MLB.com also has a nice picture gallery that is worth checking out.

Also on the reading list is on who won or who lost, according to five ESPN experts. 

Gotta hand it to ESPN, they got coverage at every angle — including reading the Rocket’s body language and analyzing the legalities of the day.

SI.com has worthy pieces from Tom Verducci, detailing the highs and lows of the day and from Michael McCann, who focuses on what questions are still left to be answered.