Sunday, January 23, 2011

Weekend Round-Up - 1/23/2011

These links have been brought to you by Rex Ryan and John Madden.

Rex Ryan:  Does athlete's foot get in the way of your toe sucking and love making agenda?  It used to get in the way of mine.   Luckily, I met John Madden, and he told me about... 

John Madden:  Boom!  Tough Actin' Tinactin!  (pause)  What?  Wait a second.  Is that why you asked me about Tinactin?  So you could suck on your wife's toes? 

Rex Ryan:  Hell yeah, I suck toes!  

John Madden:  I'm not sure if I'm more disgusted by the idea of you sucking on your wife's toes, or the fact that your wife had a disgusting foot fungus that "interrupted your agenda."

Rex Ryan:  Don't judge me. 

On to the links...
  • Bill James asked an interesting question the other day.  How would a player's career look if we traded 500 of his walks for 325 singles?  Joe Posnanski takes this idea and runs with it.  He uses current Hall of Fame candidates as his sample, and comes up with some interesting results.  Here's the original post, and his follow-up.
  • I kept meaning to write about Gil Meche's retirement, but other, more interesting things kept coming up.  Or at least that's what I thought at the time.  Is there really anything more interesting than a player leaving $12.5M on the table because he feels retirement is the more honorable option?  Rob Neyer takes a look at how the Royals benefit from Meche's recent decision. 
  • Craig Calcaterra has a take on Jeff Pearlman's decision to track down some of his more fervent internet haters.  Not surprisingly, he take is perfectly rational, which is ironic because Pearlman seems to be anything but rational.
  • There were a lot of great articles on Fangraphs this week, but Dave Cameron's piece on what $75M can buy a team in 2011, takes the cake.  Not surprisingly, all of the options are better than Vernon Wells.  Shocking!
  • Jason and the boys over at IIATMS put up so many great articles this week, it's impossible to name just one.  The first is by Mark who takes a look at just how ridiculous the AL East really is.  The second is by Larry regarding the Yankees "accidental budget".  The last two is a two part article by Brien and Jason regarding the state of Joba. 
  • This has to be one of my favorite articles of the week.  As many of you know, Rich Lederer of Baseball Analysts is likely the reason Bert Blyleven has finally made it into the Hall of Fame.  In this piece, Lederer writes about his first meeting with the recently elected Hall of Famer--just a couple of weeks ago.
  • Dave Studeman of Hardball Times shares a little bit of Bill James's four part series on the Hall of Fame.  This excerpt is on closers and their inclusion.
  • The Common Man over at the Platoon Advantage, has his own clever take on the Vernon Wells trade.  Yes, everyone has an opinion, but this one is worth reading.
  • I can't believe I missed this for last week's links.  Bill Baer at Crashburn Alley takes a look at Chase Utley and Robinson Cano.  It's short, but certainly worthy of a discussion. 
  • More on the Meche retirement.  This time Rany Jazayerli weighs in.
  • Mike Scioscia's Tragic Illness looks at the Gibbons/Thames platoon in left field

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