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Baseball Reveille 7/25/11

Good morning, campers!

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

  • Roberto Alomar, Bert Blyleven, and Pat Gillick were formally inducted into the Hall of Fame. Joe Lemire of Sports Illustrated offers up his observations on yesterday’s Cooperstown festivities.

  • Of the 104 pitches Justin Masterson hurled in his start Tuesday night, amazingly all but one were fastballs. Fangraphs’ Jack Moore describes the performance of the Indians pitcher as perhaps “the single easiest game a catcher has ever called.”

  • Bay Area native and Brewers center fielder Nyjer Morgan (a.k.a. Tony Plush) visited San Francisco this weekend and, as Big League Stew’s Mark Townsend reports, engaged in some rather provocative trash talking and gesturing with Giants fans.

  • Beyond the Boxscore’s Strike Three! explores the relationship between foul territory size and strikeouts, utilizing data from National League ballparks from 1954-68 and those of the American League from 1954-63.

  • What accounts for the recent improvement of Rockies’ hurler Ubaldo Jimenez? Josh Weinstock of the Hardball Times examines his pitch selection.

  • THT’s Chris Jaffe looks back at one of the better games of the 1986 regular season in “Silver anniversary: Davey Johnson runs out of players.”

  • Via the DRaysBay blog, listen to a radio interview with Rays pitching prospect Matt Moore. The highly regarded southpaw, who was recently promoted to AAA Durham, talks about the evolution of his change-up and his participation in this month’s Futures Game.

  • Bill Pennington of the New York Times attempts to understand the plight of the Yankees’ most expensive farmhand, Kei Igawa.

A fractured ankle ended Stephen Drew’s season. How might the D’backs cope? asks Hardball Talk’s Matthew Pouliot.

Have a walk-off week!

Jason Epstein is the president of Southfive Strategies, LLC. He was a public-relations consultant for the Turkish embassy in Washington from 2002 to 2007.

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