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Baseball Reveille 8/15/11

Good morning, campers!

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

  • Rangers starter C .J. Wilson is a wee bit critical of A’s fans who do not show up to the ball park to support the team. Oh, and he hates the O.Co. Coliseum mound, too.

  • Speaking of lousy fans, Kevin Baxter of the Los Angeles Times rates the top 10 and bottom 10 fanbases. Baxter pretty much suggests that when Dodger fans stay home, this is done out of love for the franchise, whereas when any other team’s supporters stay home, this is an unconscionable act.

  • The Cubs unveiled a statue of the late Ron Santo at the intersection of Addison and Sheffield.

  • “Are Florida Marlins sending a message by demoting outspoken left fielder Logan Morrison?” asks Joe Capozzi of the Palm Beach Post. The transaction also surprised Big League Stew’s David Brown.

  • Matt Sebek of Joe Sports Fan cues the way-back machine to 1986: Why are the fans at Busch Stadium giving a prolonged standing ovation to a Cardinals batter for hitting a foul ball?

  • Flip Flop Fly Ball’s Craig Robinson figured out which A’s-Red Sox game Ray Kinsella and Terence Mann attended in Field of Dreams.

  • Baseball bats, not those used for cricket, flew off of Amazon.co.uk’s shelves during the riots that engulfed British cities. Slate’s Brian Palmer has potential explanations.

  • Learn everything you wanted to know about the batting average on balls in play (BABIP) statistic and then some way more, courtesy of “elcroata” of Athletics Nation. The uber-short version: when applied to hitters, it’s not about luck.

Dan Uggla’s hitting streak ended at 33 games yesterday afternoon.

Have a walk-off week!

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