Good morning, campers!
Here are recent links that will keep those dreaded TPS reports from being sent in on time:
- Baseball personalities remember Orioles pitcher and broadcaster Mike Flanagan.
- Using Red Sox players Jacoby Ellsbury and John Lackey as examples, Boston Globe columnist Christopher Gasper takes pot shots at the ultimate zone rating (UZR) and batting average of balls in play (BABIP) metrics; Inside the Book blog co-proprietor Tom Tango responds.
- With 31 home runs, 33 stolen bases, and a .417 weighted on-base average (wOBA) as of Saturday night, Matt Kemp of the Dodgers is rather quietly having a Most Valuable Player award season.
- The Poynter Institute reviews ESPN’s coverage of the Little League World Series. In particular, author Kelly McBride defends the network’s decision to “turn a bright spotlight on children.”
- Kevin Lai of the Hardball Times analyzes the return of pitcher Chien-Ming Wang, now starting for the Nationals.
- The Yankees became the first team to slug three grand slams in one game. Interestingly, Carl Bialik of the Wall Street Journal notes that “sixteen times a Yankee stepped to the plate with the bases loaded” in the contest against the visiting Athletics.
- Across town, Chris Capuano of the Mets, of all players, pitched the finest game of the season to date, according to Bill James’ Game Score metric: a 13-strikeout, no-walk, two-hitter against the Braves.
- SweetSpot’s Christina Kahrl analyzes team baserunning and comes away most impressed with the Padres’ performance this season.
- Assuming he pitches well in September, should Justin Verlander of the Tigers receive serious MVP consideration? Writing in the Daily Fungo blog, Nick Shlain answers in the affirmative.
Regarding the 2012 season, good news: Vin Scully is staying put!
That’s it. Have a walk-off week!