Welcome to our weekly adventure around the General Chapter of the Baseball Bloggers Alliance. Normally, this post comes out every Thursday. So it is a day late. But it is not a dollar short as our chapter features great writers from around the world. Steep a little tea, have some toast and enjoy some great baseball writing.
Let's start by stopping by The Platoon Advantage. The site has long been one of this compiler's favorites. Amidst the curmudgeons is the wonderful Cee Angi who writes a completely unbiased (not) post about two left-handed pitchers. By the way, spellchecker is saying that, "Amidst," is not a word. Do tell.
Replacement Level Baseball Blog had two terrific posts this week, so it was hard to choose between them. The decision was to go with the one on why the Orioles keep winning. Nice analysis.
As you may or may not know, our friend, Sully of Sully Baseball is now a featured writer for The Bleacher Report. Fortunately, he links some of those posts to his site. This one was particularly liked.
Jake Mastroianni of Through the Fence Baseball introduces us to Mike Fiers. Super.
The X-Log's fine writer, Jonathan Dyer, ponders whether the Angels cost themselves a championship with their April.
Eugene Tierney of 85% Sports is at it again with another wonderful idea. This time he has a DFA Tracker. Awesome.
Daniel of The Ball Caps Blog riffs on a fun idea from the magazine of riffs. Enjoyed this one.
Love these kinds of posts. Baseball Unrated writes about the biggest surprises of 2012.
Christopher Carelli has a great piece this week on the Tampa Bay Rays being poised for another late season run. Check out the post at his The Baseball Stance site.
Brian Vaughan has an interesting look at the American League MVP vote this season over at Call to the Pen.
You may or may not know that a former big league pitcher has a daughter in the Olympics. Mario Salvini of Che Palle! has the story.
TheNaturalMevs of Diamond Hoggers has a tribute to the MLB Network. Perfect.
Dugout 24 has an interesting post because it talks about the bad reputation baseball bats have in other countries. And it includes Barack Obama.
Might as well toot the compiler's own horn. This post set a weekly hit record for this site.
The post of the week goes to Blake Murphy of Full Spectrum Baseball that is a full-court press on the topic of BABIP. Read it.
Mike Rosenbaum, who is always the most encouraging guy to this compiler, has a video of Mike Trout in high school. Yeah, he was pretty good. On The Golden Sombrero.
David Ross is a big league catcher. Catchers aren't known for their speed. David Ross stole his first career base. The Hall of Very Good has the story.
Theo of Hot Corner Harbor has the second part of his terrific discussion on how big the Hall of Fame should be. Great stuff.
Yay! Left Field gets back to its All Time Team series. This one is the All Time Tigers Team. Awesomeness.
Peter Verniere of MajorLeagueAHoles.com has a great post on the horse race that it is going to be between the Tigers and the White Sox down the stretch. Except one team might win by trotting.
Michael Holloway has a terrific post on keeping score with lazy radio announcers. Wonderful post on his Michael Holloway's Baseball Blog.
Michael Schwartze has some thoughts on Manny Machado's recent call up by the Baltimore Orioles. Exclusively on MLB Dirt.
John Burns, who is a high school junior, by the way, has a great article for MLB Reports on the painful rebuild of the Houston Astros. Well done, son.
Nik of Niktig's Baseball Blog has some thoughts on the direction of the Miami Marlins.
Have a great weekend and a great week everyone!