Baseball Reveille 9/26/11

Good morning!

Here are recent links that will keep those dreaded TPS reports from being sent in on time:

  • Dodger Thoughts’ Jon Weisman writes: “The idea that an MVP must come from a contending team is completely invented. It is not part of the rules of the award nor its roots. Nor is it part of baseball history, unless you’d like to go back and take Ernie Banks’ MVP awards away from him.”

  • Red Sox Nation climbed down from the ledge yesterday to celebrate the centennial of Fenway Park’s groundbreaking. Chris Jaffe of the Hardball Times has the details.

  • How often do you see an umpire taking out an infielder? Never? Of course, Mike Fontenot is no Pablo Sandoval!

  • While we are on the subject of collisions, did you hear about Jayson Werth’s antics on behalf of perpetual loser Teddy Roosevelt?

  • Despite Javier Vazquez’s having not given up a run in his past 25 innings, Alex Remington of FanGraphs wonders if the Marlins starter is leaning toward retirement at season’s end. 

  • Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that a new postseason structure may be in place by next season — or 2013 at the latest — which would mean “adding two wild-card teams and holding one-game playoffs in each league to determine which of the wild cards advances.”

  • Is this fender-bender story, as told by David Brown of Big League Stew, a metaphor for the Twins’ awful season?

  • Moneyball had a strong opening weekend at the box office, but Walt Disney’s re-issue of The Lion King reportedly held onto first place, meaning that Columbia Pictures has to settle for the wildcard.

The Brewers, Diamondbacks, Rangers, and Yankees clinched their divisions.

That’s it. Have a walk-off week!

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