Friday Links (16 Jul 10)

Before we get to the links, I have two questions for you:

  1. Do you find these link dumps useful and/or interesting?
  2. Are there any baseball blogs/web sites I should be reading that don’t show up here?

While you’re thinking, let’s take a little trip…

That was a good drum break. Now back to the season. Let’s win some games, eh?

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  1. I usually check out half or more of the links you post. (Most of the ones I don’t check are items that I’ve already read.) So yeah, I find them interesting.

  2. Thumbs up on the useful and/or interesting front.

  3. Geoff, I like the links. There’s always something good and something I haven’t seen in my own browsing. Plus, there’s your pithy comments. You’re in grand form on these. Sounds like you’re in a good mood. Have a great weekend!

  4. The links are incredibly useful — they’re my main clearinghouse for information about the Pads. Thanks for the amazing articles as well.

  5. I like ‘em. Keep it going.

  6. Probably no need for UT stories unless it is really something incredible. Maybe not, but I’m guessing most of us have already seen the story. I’m presently out of state, and I still check the UT daily (for sports anyway).

  7. I love your links because you find stuff I missed. I add those new sites, and you STILL find stuff I missed. My “research” is taking longer and longer – the boss is getting suspicious. I hope you’ll warn us when a site has NSFW material, that could blow my cover.

    Anyway, since you’re now an expert on our hated rivals in Seattle, I noticed how Jed characterized Jack-Z’s response to his inquiry about Cliff Lee with the JC Fields quote, “Go away, kid. You bother me”. I also noticed a report that the Yankees were miffed that Z-man abruptly froze talks with them before making the trade with the Rangers. After his much-heralded off-season rebuild fell flat, could Z-man be feeling some pressure in Seattle?

  8. Geoff, thanks for the link. The palm ball IS Hoffman’s change-up. I don’t know if you read the Schlegel article from 2005 that I linked in my article, but it talked about Hoffman’s development of his change-up. Apparently he started with the circle change-up in 1993 but settled on the palm ball grip in 1995 and has used it ever since.

  9. Thanks, Mike, for the clarification. I was vaguely aware that Hoffman’s change-up wasn’t the circle variety, but I’d never heard the pitch referred to as a palm ball. You learn something new every day!