Wil Cordero Memorial Linkpunch: April 2008 Archives

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

  • According to Reds beat writer Hal McCoy, Bronson Arroyo has been swimming to help with his strength-training and is therefore a sassy senior just like Jorge Cantu. The Real McCoy

  • Watch out, opinionated Yankee beat writers. Kyle Farnsworth has a plastic hunting rifle and he's not afraid to use it. LoHud Yankees Blog.

  • Pat Lackey wonders who will replace Matt Morris in the Pirates rotation. My vote is for John Smiley. Where Have You Gone, Andy Van Slyke?

  • 'Duk creates a clever contest in which we are to guess the baseball players and coaches by looking at their guts. I, for one, am hoping that this will not involved colonoscopy photos. Big League Stew

  • Matthew Taylor (no, not our Matt_T) argues that the Orioles should focus on free-agent hitters and not free-agent pitchers. He's right. Peter Angelos has always been better off wasting money on folks like Albert Belle and letting folks like Mike Mussina walk. Just kidding, of course. He really is right. Roar From 34
linkpunch gorillaSometimes people write better than us. Each Tuesday and Thursday WoW gives you our favorite baseball links we've come across.

  • David Appelman argues that clutch isn't just for hitters anymore. Go read about starters and relievers and a little something called 'leverage'. Baseball Analysts

  • Ricky Nolasco is adding a splitter to his repertoire. I hope he doesn't call it Mr. Splitty. That's just ridiculous. Fish Stripes

  • Alex Ferreyra gives some due love to Hanley Ramirez, a true fantasy stud. Because fantasy stats never take defense into account. Machochip

  • Paul Sullivan has some not nice words for Congressman Rahm Emanuel, whose praise of the Cubs reveals his complete lack of knowledge about the team. Chicago Tribune Hardball

  • 'duk digs up some fantastic Boston nostalgia on YouTube. I have no feelings towards New England but I friggin' love me some 1993. Big League Stew
linkpunch gorillaSometimes people write better than us. Each Tuesday and Thursday WoW gives you our favorite baseball links we've come across.

  • David Laurila interviews Brandon Moss about his little trip to Tokyo with the Red Sox. Moss was the first ever major league player to collect his first ding-dong in Japan. Baseball Prospectus

  • The sad tale of Lyman Bostock. Los Angeles Times

  • Joe Posnanski explains why he is constantly mentioning Duane Kuiper in such hushed tones. I totally get it now. JoeBlog

  • Dex lists seventeen different ways for the Padres to encourage fans to attend games without altering the dimensions of Petco Field, an extreme pitchers park. My favorite is #7: "Start a 100 Hot Dog Club. Have people stamp a card every time they have a hot dog at the park. At the end of the year, fans who've eaten 100 hot dogs get a free souvenir pin to stick on their lanyard or hat". Gross. Gas Lamp Ball

  • Some Pirates fans are already quite tired of the shitty season in Pittsburgh so they're having a little tournament to determine the worst GM in baseball. They're in the quarterfinal round now. Hey, Ed Wade only got the 2 seed? Oh right, Brian Sabean had dibs on the 1. Bucs Dugout

  • A new addictive game. It's like whack-a-mole on ketamine. Doeo
linkpunch gorillaSometimes people write better than us. Each Tuesday and Thursday WoW gives you our favorite baseball links we've come across.

  • Rich Lederer over at Baseball Anaysts previews the 2008 amateur draft, set to take place June 5th and 6th: Part One, Part Two

  • Eamonn Brennan reports that the Los Angeles Dodgers organization has invited several Dodgers bloggers to meet with various team officials, including general manager Ned Coletti, blowjob king Tommy Lasorda, and skankstress Alyssa Milano: AOL Fanhouse

  • Tuffy freezes his ding-dong off watching the Tigers get shut out, but still enjoys himself because he is a good-natured person: The Big Tilde

  • Padres blogger Dex exchanged interviews and pleasantries with a Rockies blogger and then they went out for malteds: Gas Lamp Ball

  • There is a suicidal bear in Fresno: UmpBump

  • Chris Mottram says that Jim Bowden is a douche. I am not one to disagree with Chris Mottram: Mr. Irrelevant

  • One More Dying Quail did a heckuva lot of research to identify all the former big-leaguers managing independent league teams. Oh, so that's what Jeffrey Leonard is doing nowadays: Bus Leagues Baseball
linkpunch gorillaSometimes people write better than us. Each Tuesday and Thursday WoW gives you our favorite baseball links we've come across.

  • Joe Posnanski shares a good Joe Morgan anecdote. To be more specific, it involves the humiliation of Joe Morgan at the hands of Joaquin Andujar, so that should satisfy all your Joe-Morgan-being-humiliated needs. JoeBlog

  • Derrick Goold analyzes the Cardinals' starting rotation and notices that they have so far been extreme ground ball pitchers. Thankfully, Eckstein is no longer around to boot easy grounders. BirdLand

  • Maury Brown reports that advertising time on MLB's partner networks has almost sold out. FOX, ESPN, and TBS are rolling in the dollars, and even the YES Network is worth more money than the Gettys and the Rothschilds combined. Biz of Baseball

  • Futuremrsrickankiel has some fun with Bartolo Colon headlines. Filthy! The Melody of Riot

  • Steven Goldman argues that the birth year of America was really 1947. Why? Two words that rhyme with 'Jackie Robinson'. Take your time and read this one. Baseball Prospectus
linkpunch gorillaSometimes people write better than us. Each Tuesday and Thursday WoW gives you our favorite baseball links we've come across.

  • Harry Kalas calls Norris Hopper, "Dennis Hopper," then his color guy stutters in disbelief. I listened to this about a dozen times. Philadelphia Will Do

  • Talking sports with Vanilla Ice at Northeastern University, in the New York Times. I'm dizzy. Bats- NYT

  • White Sox and Blackhawks to cross brand. Kudos to the new Wirtzes for actually, you know, promoting a a hockey team. Biz of Baseball

  • College Baseball Rankings. How bout them Noles at #2? Everyone ready to get bounced out of the Super Regionals again? Baseball America

  • Hey look, someone else asked me to write for them. On purpose. And Here Come The Pretzels
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Sometimes people write better than us. Each Tuesday and Thursday (except when we forget) WoW gives you our favorite baseball links we've come across.

  • ESPN.com contributor and all-around good guy Jonah Keri gives us his 100 story lines to keep abreast of during the 2008 season. Number 84 is spot-on: "The Royals will be really interesting." Indeed!
  • The Orioles set an attendance record last night. Oh, the glories of ineptitude have been visited upon the Charm City, and the fans respond with fervor. Fervor for not showing up, that is.
  • Retired history teacher Bob Rittner defends the DH at Baseball Analysts. I disagree with his thesis but I respect the arguments he presents. Frank Thomas doesn't know it, but he loves Bob Rittner.
  • Alex Ferreyra drafts a fantasy team consisting entirely of Latino ballplayers over at Machochip, and he has some help from an unlikely but brilliant and charming source. I still don't understand why he broke his own rules to take Justin freakin' Morneau. Yes, I am an unabashed Derek Jeter fan who still feels the burn of 2006.