The Days’ Reading, 5/26–27/17

There was baseball, live and in person.

Baseball

Mary Craig & Matt Sussman, Baseball Prospectus, Short Relief: The Intricate Dreams of Papas and Weavers (May 26, 2017)

Chris McShane, Amazin’ Avenue, What are the Mets doing? (May 25, 2017)

John Shea, San Francisco Chronicle, Trend in baseball away from switch-hitters (May 26, 2017)

David Schoenfield, ESPN, The surprising reason behind Zack Greinke’s return to dominance (May 27, 2017)

Marc Normandin, SB Nation, The Red Sox struck out a record 20 batters because an ump screwed up a rule (May 26, 2017)

Vidgames

Matt Ellentuck, SB Nation, ‘MVP Baseball 2005’ was the best sports video game ever (May 25, 2017)

Libby!

Libby Hill, Los Angeles Times, Wonder how you’d do on ‘American Ninja Warrior’? Watch our reporter brave the course (May 26, 2017)

Montana

David Weigel, The Washington Post, Montana’s familiar story: A wealthy candidate became a warrior against the ‘establishment’ (May 26, 2017)

Dems

Paul Kane, The Washington Post, The lesson of Montana for Democrats: They need serious candidates — and a policy agenda (May 27, 2017) — go. fuck. yourself. (Obviously, yes, they need a policy agenda, but of course Kane shits on the one thing the party leadership is starting to move toward, the $15 minimum wage, as “unlikely to garner votes in November” or whatever. Why the fuck wouldn’t it? Because it’s not centrist enough? Get all the way the fuck out with this centrist=serious horseshit. Nobody ever holds the Republicans to this kind of standard.)

Trump(s)

Jonathan O’Connell & Michael Kranish, The Washington Post, A high-stakes gamble: How Jared Kushner reacted to previous crises (May 27, 2017)

Matea Gold, The Washington Post, White House relents in fight with ethics office over waiver disclosure (May 27, 2017)

Ryan Lizza, The New Yorker, How Worried Should Jared Kushner Be? (May 26, 2017)

Philip Rucker, The Washington Post, Trump adviser: ‘I would not be concerned’ about a Russia back channel, irrespective of Kushner (May 27, 2017)

Kevin Drum, Mother Jones, The Kushner backchannel story is hard to make sense of (May 27, 2017) — isn’t the answer for the confusion that the Times got took by a planted leak, and it’s not about Syria at all?

Robert Costa, The Washington Post, Trump family members met with GOP leaders to discuss strategy (May 27, 2017) — we’re like 130 days in and they’re having emergency meetings while dad is away. Nobody gives a fuck about whether it’s okay to have the co-CEOs or whatever of the Trump Organization involved in these discussions

Actual Nazis

Amy B Wang, The Washington Post, 2 fatally stabbed on Oregon train after trying to stop man’s anti-Muslim rants, police say (May 27, 2017) — this is horrifying. Between this and the murder of Richard Collins III, I’m barely holding it together. Everyone shouting about left-wing violence, about Richard Spencer taking a shot in the mouth, about a tree catching fire in Berkeley, … I’m having trouble getting the words. Here, Jay Caspian Kang said what I want to say:

Books

Beth Elderkin, Gizmodo, Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials ‘Equel’ Gets a Title, New Hero, and Excerpt (May 27, 2017)

Basketball

Dan Feldman, NBC Sports Pro Basketball Talk, David Stern: We thought we could re-work Chris Paul-to-Lakers trade until Mitch Kupchak ‘panicked’ (May 27, 2017) — I will never believe a word David Stern says about this trade

International Relations

Daniel Nexon, Lawyers, Guns & Money, The Buffoon Doctrine (May 26, 2017)

General Awfulness

Ruth Marcus, The Washington Post, Something is not right (May 26, 2017)

Murder

Lindsey Bever, The Washington Post, ‘Angel of Death’ nurse charged with killing another baby, suspected in up to 60 other deaths (May 26, 2017) — she was convicted 30 years ago, so this is weird right up until the last paragraph, which spills the key detail: she’s up for release in less than a year

Associated Press, Los Angeles Times, Judge tosses life sentences of D.C. sniper Lee Boyd Malvo (May 27, 2017) — the sentences, note, not the conviction; this is about mandatory life sentences for juveniles pursuant to the Supreme Court’s ruling on such sentences