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linkpunch gorillaSometimes people write better than us. Each Thursday WoW gives you our favorite baseball links we've come across.

  • Dejan Kovacevic put on his Sherlock Holmes hat and monocle to hunt down the single fan who clapped for the MLB debut at-bat of Pirates player Eric Hacker. Yes, the crowd in PNC Park is so sparse and quite that a single fan clapping resounds all the way up in the press box. PBC Blog.

  • Earlier, Dejan broke down the entire Miguel Angel Sano affair in which the Pirates failed to sign the stud 16-year-old prospect from the Dominican Republic and possibly ruined any future chance to sign any youngsters from the country. PBC Blog.

  • Rob Neyer (who really loves movies) can't stand up for falling down as a Royals fan. He broke down a great play by Jerry Hairston that led to the Royals' demise on Tuesday night and dug Josh Anderson an early grave. Rob Neyer's Sweet Spot.

  • Steve Lombardi interviewed The Chicken, The San Diego Chicken, Ted Giannoulas. Actually, like children, the Chicken is better when seen and not heard, so don't read this interview if you don't want to spoil the magic. Was Watching.

  • Steven Goldman visited the Yankees Legends Seats so we don't have to. Seriously, who would ever want to sit in wonderfully comfortable seats directly behind the dugout and eat tons of waiter-served food for free? What a pain. Pinstriped Bible.

  • Your handy (but not dandy) guide to Oktoberfest beers. Hurry up, Oktoberfest ends as soon as Catshirt posts the Red Sox playoff preview! Serious Eats.
linkpunch gorillaSometimes people write better than us. Each Thursday WoW gives you our favorite baseball links we've come across.

  • Joe Posnanski fisks a Ken Rosenthal piece on MVPs by pointing out the difference between objectivity and subjectivity, and does a far more intelligent, thoughtful, and funny job that a bunch of sitcom writers could ever do. JoeBlog.

  • Sky Andrecheck decides that baseball needs a better system of tiebreakers to decide playoff spots. As long as home-field advantage exists, there can never be a completely fair way to figure these things out, but at least it's not the ridiculously stupid college football overtime method of tiebreaking. Baseball Analysts.

  • Baseball Prospectus Radio gets the interview of the century. Instead of having one of their own eggheads conduct it, they just get Rays players Gabe Kapler and Fernando Perez to interview one another. This is a must-listen, so download it to your Diamond Rio if you don't have the time right now. Baseball Prospectus Radio.

  • Kurt penned the ultimate history of Corey Patterson, also known as the Patron Saint of Walkoff Walk. Back in 1998, the Cubs passed on drafting CC Sabathia, J.D. Drew, Brad Lidge, and Carlos Pena to take Patterson. I suppose it was only fitting that a player the Cubs expected to become "the next Willie Mays" could only end up being a running joke on a childish weblog. GoatRiders of the Apocalypse.

  • Going off an analogy that compares Afghanistan to an ESPN Zone, Eric examines the Americanization of the Afghans and ponders a future where baseball gets a foothold in the mysterious country. Hey, if lamb qorma can catch on in the U.S., then baseball can take off in Afghanistan. Pitchers & Poets.

  • Padres reliever Heath Bell got in shape and lost 25 pounds in the offseason by playing his 11-year-old daughter's Wii Fit. In related news, Rich "El Guapo" Garces gained 25 pounds over the winter on his empanada-only diet. Wall Street Journal.

  • Wrigley Drunk reverts to its original form but not before it takes the time to review Kevin Kaduk's book Wrigleyworld. Miller Park Drunk.

  • John Klima, author of a new book about Willie Mays and the Negro Leagues, describes how (and why) the Yankees passed on the Say Hey Kid. New York Times.

  • Christoph Niemann visualizes insomnia through some clever and funny illustrations. Abstract City.
linkpunch gorillaSometimes people write better than us. Each Thursday WoW gives you our favorite baseball links we've come across.

  • Our buddy Sooze takes a deep breath and calls out some ham-and-egger 'journalist' for suggesting that perhaps Erin Andrews orchestrated the distribution of those naughty videos. The job of the sideline reporter is a thankless one but Erin handles it with grace. Babes Love Baseball.

  • Bradford Doolittle estimates and breaks down the Kansas City Royals record based on the facial hair that manager Trey Hillman is wearing. I realize covering the Royals sucks, but do we really need to know that the team performs its worst when Trey's sporting the flavor saver? Upon Further Reveiw.

  • Wezen-ball.com has been spending the past week running down some historical hot stove trades from the all-too-recent past. Check out the tale of the Randy Johnson trade from 1998 and then click around to read the rest of them. It's refreshing! wezen-ball.

  • 'Duk did a listicle countdown that is sure to pique your interest and jog your memory. It's the top ten defensive plays of the aughts, and he chose very wisely with his number one play. Big League Stew.

  • This one's for Catshirt. Patrick Sullivan argues that Dewey Evans is far more deserving of his Cooperstown plaque than Jim Rice. Baseball Analysts.

  • Carey Jones gives up corn, corn-based products, and corn-fed animals for a week. At least she (he?) had nothing to pick out of her (his?) stool. Serious Eats.
linkpunch gorillaSometimes people write better than us. Each Thursday WoW gives you our favorite baseball links we've come across.

  • Erik Manning puts together the Quad-A All Star team, made up of elderly non-prospects who are excelling on the Triple-A level. Finally, Shelley Duncan gets his due. His meaningless, completely anonymous due. Fangraphs.

  • Patrick Sullivan chooses the best players at the midpoint of the season. But he puts a a twist on the affair and goes all the way back to July of 2008 to pick out the best players over the past calendar year. Hit the bricks, Marco Scutaro. Baseball Analysts.

  • J evaluates ESPN Sunday Night Baseball's broadcast trio of doom and shits his pants when Joe Morgan starts chit-chatting about BABIP without having a darn clue as to what that thing is. 3:10 to Joba.

  • It's official. Rany Jazayerli and his happy traveling party of B.P. folks were blacklisted by the Royals for calling out their horrible training staff. I've been banned by better places than Kauffman Stadium, screw 'em. Rany on the Royals.

  • Curtis Granderson took reader questions over at his column at Big League Stew. We learned that he likes Angelina Jolie's fat lips and he cannot lie. The Grandstand.

  • Karim Garcia, who once pissed in the bushes outside a bar in Florida during spring training, is alive and well and living in Korea. Diamond Notes.
linkpunch gorillaSometimes people write better than us. Each Tuesday and Thursday WoW gives you our favorite baseball links we've come across.

  • Jonah Keri stirs up the Yankee lovers and haters in the baseballblogosphere with his defense of Jorge Posada's legacy (and then cedes to Jay Jaffe) in response to Rob Neyer's ideas about catcher of the decade. You're all wrong. The catcher of the aughts was absolutely the Three-Headed Molina Voltron. JonahKeri.com.

  • Kevin Armstrong takes a jaunt down memory lane and features the great Boston sportswriter cabal from the 1970s. Imagine a Boston Globe roster starring Ray Fitzgerald, Leigh Montville, Peter Gammons, Will McDonough, Bob Ryan, Dan Shaughnessy, and John Powers and then go fill your bird's cage with today's edition. Sports Illustrated.

  • Forget all this jibber-jabber about the McCutchens and Beckhams and Wieterses. The Marlins have an 18-year-old fella name Michael Stanton who is bashing up the FSL and who the Red Sox lusted after last year when they were trying to dump Manny. Icy-Hot Sensations.

  • I'd like to continue to thank Curtis Granderson for breaking up Josh Beckett's no-hitter. Please read his latest blog where he takes the time to appreciate his opponent Luke Scott. Big League Stew: The Grandstand.

  • Stacy Conradt provides us with all the neat trivia about Dodger Stadium in case one of us ever gets that phone call from Jeopardy and flown into Los Angeles to hobnob with Trebek and the gang. Did you know more folks buy wieners in Chavez Ravine than any other MLB park? mental_floss.

  • Lazer cat is gonna git you. Cats Are Always Doing Shit.
linkpunch gorillaSometimes people write better than us. Each Tuesday and Thursday WoW gives you our favorite baseball links we've come across.

  • Dave Allen puts together some fancy charts using some of that Pitch F/X data to verify Milton Bradley's claims that the umpires are purposely calling wide strikes against him in retaliation for Bradley's anti-ump comments. Bradley's hypothesis is shot down, but the data actually shows that Lou Piniella stole my wallet. Baseball Analysts.

  • Ever want to see what a baseball beat writer's desk looked like up in one of them press boxes? WONDER NO MORE! Dejan Kovacevic snapped a picture of his cinnamon dolce latte and Cracker Jacks. PBC Blog.

  • Right now, I'm reading Nine Lives: Death and Life in New Orleans by former New Yorker scribe Dan Baum, but as soon as I return that to the liberry, I'm picking up Death at the Ballpark, a comprehensive study of game-related fatalities, 1862-2007. Morbidly delicious! Can't Stop the Bleeding.

  • Dave Cameron pimps out Russell Branyan, coming soon to a hitting-starved team near you. Full disclosure: I was at the Stadium the night Russ blasted his first ding-dong as a member of the Indians AND he's on my fantasy team. Fangraphs.

  • Alexei Ramirez is getting sued for $20 million by Dominican talent scouts. I've seen the lawsuit and it holds no water. Seriously, I tried to use it to get a drink out of the courtroom water cooler and the whole thing disintegrated. Sportsress of Blogitude.

  • The organizers of the National Spelling Bee decided to tart up the sample sentences this year with a bit of humour. Oh, those cards! DC Sports Bog.

  • KEYBOARD GATO.
linkpunch gorillaSometimes people write better than us. Each Tuesday and Thursday WoW gives you our favorite baseball links we've come across.

  • Cliff Corcoran reviews all the tender, young pitchers that the Pittsburgh Pirates have inherited from big brother New York Yankees, including Ross Ohlendorf who mysteriously leads the NL in wins with five. Bronx Banter.

  • In the history of the world, only the peanut butter and chocolate marriage can top the new merging of pitch F/X data with home run distance, kindly provided by Jeremy Greenhouse. Notably, fat hitters will stroke a low 3-0 pitch farther than any other situation. Baseball Analysts.

  • Pat does the heavy lifting for us and explains the similarity scores between a fading David Ortiz and other historical players. Interestingly, his most similar player is Lance Berkman and the #8 guy is Carlos Lee. Tough nuts, Astros fans. Knuckle Curve.

  • Our pal Matt Sussman lost his day job and did what any good, hard-working American that got pink-slipped should do...start a brand new blog with a punny name! The Layoff Beard.

  • Michael Tyznik wants to redesign the American dollar to make it easier for blind folks to use the currency. Also, he wants to get rid of the penny so he's my hero. Dollar ReDe$ign Project.

  • When I was in Barcelona, I learned that cordero means lamb in Spanish. I had no choice but to enjoy some of Sally's rack of Wil Cordero while I enjoyed my quail stuffed with duck's liver at this romantic restaurant. Time Out Barcelona.
linkpunch gorillaSometimes people write better than us. Each Tuesday and Thursday WoW gives you our favorite baseball links we've come across.

  • David Steele recounts being fired from his Bawlmer Sun beat writer gig during a game while in the press box. Newspapers are a dying medium but real people are suffering the brunt of it. Real Clear Sports.

  • Doug Glanville weighs in on the pitch-tipping controversy surrounding his ex-teammate Alex Rodriguez. Says Doug, "A more likely scenario for how he may have been tipping pitches: he was sending signals to his own team, something that could easily be stolen by a sage opponent." Sounds good to me! I'll buy it. New York Times.

  • Scott Allen takes a trip down memory lane and busts out a great listicle of nine famous baseball vendors. What, no love for the smartass vendor who once shamed me when I didn't catch his poorly-tossed bag of salt peanuts? Mental Floss.

  • Sky Andrecheck has an awesome name and uses his powers to examine the scoreless inning streaks of Zack Greinke and Don Drysdale. His findings will surprise you! Unless you've already read it! Baseball Analysts.

  • Diamond Leung examines the delicate tango between the Dodgers and reliever Joe Beimel during the past offseason. Although wacky Troy from West Virgina interrupted the dance and stepped on some toes, the non-signing really came down to dollar signs. Diamond Notes.

  • HG wonders how some of the best sports blogs around (plus The Big Lead) came up with their blog names. He even allowed your WoW editors to participate in the exercise. You Been Blinded.

  • Inside the Play Him Off, Keyboard Cat meme. Know Your Meme.
linkpunch gorillaSometimes people write better than us. Each Tuesday and Thursday WoW gives you our favorite baseball links we've come across.

  • Tyler Kepner gets to the bottom of that age-old question: how do the three Molina brothers keep up with each other when they're playing for three different major league teams? The answer? Television. And pagers. Bats.

  • FoWoW Jonah Keri wrote his first column for Sports Illustrated this season, in which he tut-tuts Mets fans for booing David Wright. Well Jonah, it turns out that Mets fans can use computers AND the Internet nowadays. JonahKeri.com.

  • U.S.S. Mariner blogger and stat guru Dave Cameron is finally relieved that he can talk smack about ex-Mariner J.J. Putz without having to take occasional crying breaks. It's okay, Dave, he's gone now, to a much worse place. FanGraphs.

  • Curtis Granderson likes how the Royals organization renovated Kauffman Stadium and likens it to Angel Stadium. In fact, he loves Angel Stadium so much that he calls the Rally Monkey perhaps "the best thing going in an MLB stadium these days". What, even better than the money laundering at CitiField? Big League Stew: The Grandstand.

  • Diamond Leung has an awesome name and has issues with Andre Ethier's refusals to take photographs with fans. He'll make you read his droning 8,000-word essay on the Fry Bread House in Phoenix, but he won't take a quick Polaroid with you. Typical. Diamond Notes.

  • If you enjoy the television program "Family Guy" and you hate the Yankees, you'll enjoy this oeuvre from our old pal Weed Against Speed. Sportress of Blogitude.

  • Bobby Valetine is fucking delusional. Can't Stop the Bleeding.

  • Don't look at these pictures unless you never want to eat chicken ever again. Food Network Humor.
linkpunch gorillaSometimes people write better than us. Each Tuesday and Thursday WoW gives you our favorite baseball links we've come across.

  • Joe Posnanski does the hard work and figures out the offensive results after each count in at-bats, then evaluates them. One out of every 8 at-bats goes to a full count, or one out of every 2 when Steve Trachsel is pitching. JoeBlog.

  • Oh my goodness my favorite non-Yankee player has is contributing to the Bats Blog at the Grey Lady! Fernando Perez has a hurt wrist and a degree from Columbia University in creative writing. He's probably out for the whole year which leaves a ton of time to become the next Tyler Kepner. Bats.

  • An entire blog devoted to fake customer complaints that have been submitted to real live companies and most likely ignored? Okay, sounds good! Here's a Pittsburgh Pirates themed one. The Customer is Always Right.

  • Evan Grant is bored while the Rangers and Blue Jays tussle at the RogersCentreSkyNetDome so he comes up with a cheery Earth Day-themed listicle. Play along and come up with your own environmentally-themed baseball names, like former White Sox outfielder Fred Globalwarmings. Inside Corner.

  • Curtis Granderson blogs about food and attempts to become the next Andre Ethier, except without the presumption that he has such discerning taste. Big League Stew: The Grandstand.

  • Our pal D-Mac is going to liveglog today's 1PM Phillies-Brewers tilt for us. He also submits a link to his new favorite show. Larry Holmes and Marmalade.