Wil Cordero Memorial Linkpunch: May 2009 Archives

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.

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.