Happy Birthday to Davey Johnson, 70. Best manager of his generation, in my view. Anybody know why the Braves released him in 1975, right at the beginning of the season? His fluke year had been 1973, and he returned to normal in 1974, but his normal was still a whole lot better than what Marty Perez, who replaced him, could do. And Perez was 29, so it's not as if there was any question about what he could do. Of course, without the full year as a regular, maybe the Braves couldn't have managed to snag Willie Montanez from the Giants the next year for Perez. Oh, except they also tossed in Darrel Evans. Oops! Perhaps I've answered my question.
Just a bit of the good stuff:
1. You want to know about the 2016 nomination process. Josh Putnam gets us up to date.
2. Speaking of 2016, David Leonhardt is exactly right in this tweet: "Resolved: Talking about who may run in 2016 is less silly than constantly asking the potential candidates whether they're running."
3. Dylan Matthews runs down what economists think about immigration.
4. And, yeah, that Beltway Deficit Feedback Loop is still functioning, as Greg Sargent reminds us.