Friday, December 31, 2010

New Year's Eve Link-o-Rama

What better way to finish off 2010 than to share some of the best links of the week.  It's chock full o' Hall of Fame goodness.
  • If you haven't read Joe Posnanski's Hall of Fame articles, stop what you're doing right now, and click these links.  He hits upon the "Easy Nos", "The Close But Not Quites", and "The Definitive Hall of Famers".  As of this moment, the "Borderline Guys" aren't up, but I'll add the link as soon as it is.
  • Rob Neyer takes a look at Bob Ryan's Hall of Fame column, and gives some outstanding commentary on Jack Morris's Hall of Fame candidacy.  No matter how you look at it, he just isn't a Hall of Famer.
  • Joe Pawlikowski of Fangraphs takes a detailed look at Adrian Beltre's remaining suitors.  Why aren't the Blue Jays making a serious run at this guy?
  • Dave Cameron takes a look at the Cheap DH cycle.  Who will be left without a chair when the music stops?
  • Can you tell if a player did steroids based on physical appearance alone?  Jason Rosenberg at IIATMS makes a convincing argument that you can not.
  • Craig Calcaterra has been kicking ass and taking names when it comes to Jeff Bagwell and his HoF candidacy.  He also compares the steroid witch hunt to the McCarthy era.  Is he right?  I think so.
  • More on Jack Morris?  Yes.  More on Jack Morris.  Lar Granillo of Wezen-Ball and Hardball Times asks an important question.  Is collusion to blame for Morris's HoF case?
  • If you've been following Twitter, Dave Cameron and Patrick Sullivan have been discussing WAR, Jim Rice, and Chet Lemon.  Patrick Sullivan weighs, and gives his thoughts on the subject.
  • What are the HoF voters doing wrong?  Jonah Keri knows, and he's not afraid to share it.
  • Bill Baer of Crashburn Alley asks "Could the Phillies falter in 2011?" 
  • Mike Scioscia's Tragic Illness questions, what makes an ace an ace?  As always, it's a good read.
  • The Common Man and Bill of The Platoon Advantage go head-to-head regarding Jack Morris's Hall of Fame case.  To say that it's anything less than entertaining would be an understatement.
Thanks for a great 2010.  Here's hoping 2011 is even better!

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