Thursday, February 09, 2012

BBA Linkfest - General Anticipation

The members of the General Chapter of the Baseball Bloggers Alliance are getting excited now that pitchers and catchers report to their spring assignments in less than two weeks. Great posts are blossoming everywhere. But then again, if you have been following this weekly links post every Thursday, you know that great posts are the norm around the chapter. As we do each week at this time, here are this week's General Chapter links. Please give a click and your comments are always appreciated.

We'll start this week with a link from Going Yard and the provocative title of, "Why I Hate ESPN." That's enough of a teaser for you to click the link.

Sadly, The Golden Sombrero's, Dee Clark, finished his amazing series on the top fifty prospects. But hey, one series ends and Mike Rosenbaum begins another with a preview of the baseball draft. The first of the series introduces us to Joey Gallo, the fine wine of prospects?

Grubby Glove has a proposal for its BBA buds. This Fan thinks we should support it. Also check out a wonderful post on what a baseball fan did on Super Bowl Sunday.

You can probably guess which athlete Forbes Magazine selected as its most hated player in baseball. Just in case you guessed wrong, The Hall of Very Good has the answer.

Theo of at Hot Corner Harbor plays a game of, "Name that Molina." How fun is that!? Must read in spades.

Our friend over at Left Field gives us the newest market inefficiency. Bet you can't guess what it is.

If you haven't been following along on Jonathan Mitchell's top prospects series, you are seriously missing out. This week's version is on the top prospects in the Twins' organization. MLB Dirt.

Sam Evans over at MLB Reports has an interesting idea for MLB about its roster size.

Over at Niktig's Baseball Blog, its author makes some bold 2012 predictions. Time will tell!

Old Time Family Baseball remembers when Nick Johnson was hungry. His hunger turned into a problem. Read on.

Sadly, this will be the last link here for Mark Smith over at The Platoon Advantage as he was hired by the Atlanta Braves. But how cool is that!? Good for you, Mark. In the meantime, TPA picked up another great writer in Cee Angi. Great choice!

Since we've already mentioned ESPN and since the Super Bowl is still in our memory back (alas), J-Doug over at Rational Pastime takes an analytical look at ESPN's Super Bowl picks.

The Replacement Level Baseball Blog has a great series going on looking at each division heading into 2012. You should read all of them. But the latest is on the AL West.

Over at The Sports Banter, one writer's head is still spinning at the David Wright rumors. Rightly so.

The usually effervescent Sully over at Sully Baseball has a more sobering moment this week with a tribute to Danny Clyburn, who was sadly killed this week. A fitting tribute. 

Danny Zyskind of Through the Fence Baseball reminds us of a forgotten prospect--a guy whose name was on a lot of people's lips just a few years ago.

Russ Blatt has started a fun series over at 85% Sports on how baseball teams got their names. He starts with the AL East. Fun stuff!

Ryan Sendek of Analysis Around the Horn has given you fantasy baseball fans the ultimate tool for your drafts! You have to check this out.

Sooze over at Babes Love Baseball is doing her favorite thing: Baseball Season Previews. But Sooze does them in Haiku! Can guarantee you that nobody else comes close to matching that!

The writer of The Ball Caps Blog has a really lame television set. He ain't kidding either. Highly entertaining stuff.

Baseball Unrated's weekly column feature this week bounces off a Danny Knobler piece on steroid users and the Hall of Fame.

Kyle Davis of Call to the Pen spotted a couple of big stars in full uniform.

Mario Salvini of Che Palle! wants you to buy a lock of Jose Reyes' hair. It is for a good cause, but eww.

Matt Whitener of Cheap.Seats.Please. announces his top five moments in Cardinal history from a fan's perspective. 

In exciting news, Crum-Bum Beat has found Derek Holland's missing mustache!

TheNaturalMevs of Diamond Hoggers fame forgives Josh Hamilton. Agree with every sentiment here.

The Baseball Index has some American League post season predictions for 2012. Agree? Disagree? Check it out.

Matt Melton of Pop Fly Boys ponders on how the Cardinals can replace Albert Pujols. 

Have a great week everyone!

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