Hello! And welcome to another week of links from around the General Chapter of the Baseball Bloggers Alliance. What is a general chapter? That is a sticking point here. The definition of general is, "Concerned with, applicable to, or affecting the whole or every member of a class or category." There is kind of a blah connotation to the word. In this case, it means that this chapter's writers do not cover a specific team or write about one aspect of baseball. We are generalists. But again, the word does these writers a disservice. There is nothing about these links you will find generally interesting. You will find it hugely interesting. Please click a link and leave a comment or two. Our terrific writers will appreciate that very much.
Jonathan Dyer of the X-Log has an interesting bit of advice to today's non-homer hitting batters. And truthfully, and mention of Wade Boggs seals a must read here.
Dan Kirby of Through the Fence Baseball has a great interview with one of the top baseball prospects out there, Joey Gallo. Terrific.
Sully over at Sully Baseball asks a question that is dear to this heart, why is Scott Podsednik allowed to wear Wade Boggs' number for the Red Sox. Here is this compiler's take on that question which was written more than a year ago.
In a fun and thorough read, Replacement Level Baseball Blog hands out All Star picks based on the first quarter of the season. The only complaint here is leaving out Derek Jeter. The guy is batting .348!
For a truly must read, you have to go to The Platoon Advantage and read TCM's research into Whitey Herzog's recent comments concerning tanking seasons for better draft picks. Superb.
Matthew Mahhafey of the Pop Fly Boys has a well thought out argument that the Cardinals are about to have a reality check. Great stuff, but this compiler respectfully disagrees.
Old Time Family Baseball has a perfect example of how the American League works. Still not sure that author approves though. Fun post.
Nik of Niktig's Baseball Blog lists this year's most valuable third basemen.
The always excellent MLB Reports had another full week of content. This compiler's favorite was a retrospective on the recently retired, Kerry Wood. Nice work from Bryan Sheehan.
This compiler still thinks Dylan Bundy sounds like a sitcom character name. But Jonathan Mitchell of MLB Dirt show us that he is a superb pitcher that is wasting his time in the minors.
Left Field has a wonderful post on the author's memories romping around minor league parks. Loved this one! And a mention of the Portland Sea Dogs!
The Hall of Very Good has the amazing story of the fan who caught two home run balls. That guy should have played the lottery that night.
For reason number 1,347 of why Joe Maddon is one of the best managers ever, check out The Baseball Index to see a really cool lineup. Make sure you click on the picture to get the full effect.
Dennis Lawson has a super fun romp at the expense of Jamie Moyer's age over at Full Spectrum Baseball. Loved this.
In life, we are drawn sometimes to the bad boys. As a father of a teenaged girl, this compiler knows that danger. For Baseball Junkies has the bad boy All Star team.
Dugout 24 has the scoop on the most expensive baseball jersey of all time.
TheNaturalMevs of Diamond Hoggers has seen critical mass in Chapmania.
Curley Bender of the Crum-Bum Beat is going to miss Kerry Wood. Right there with you, Curley.
Matt Whitener of Cheap.Seats.Please. is cautiously optimistic in what he sees with the new owners of the Los Angeles Dodgers.
As is only right and terrific, Mario Salvini of Che Palle! celebrates Alex Liddi's grand slam.
Doug Wachter of Call to the Pen has a great take on the surprising Baltimore Orioles.
In what has become one of this compiler's must stops each week, Justin Jabs of Baseblog has his weekly Emma Award winner.
Baseball Unrated thinks this past week has been dominated by the umpires and that's never a good thing.
Happy Moe Thacker Day! Who? That's why this compiler adores the writing of Stevo-sama who comes up with such things at his The Baseball Enthusiast site.
The Ball Caps Blog, the newest member of the East Coast writers' club and sure to soon develop an East Coast bias links us to a terrific New York Times article. Glad he did.
And finally, ending on a really terrific note, Eugene Tierney of 85% Sports gives us the 2012 all-surprise All Star team. Loved it.
Have a great week, everyone!