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Reveille 4/30/12

Good morning!

Here are several go-to links that will make your Monday a bit more bearable:

  • Via Hardball Talk, top Angels prospect Mike Trout went 0-for-4 in his 2012 debut, whereas Bryce Harper went 1-for-3 with a sacrifice fly in his very first appearance in the bigs.

  • RIP Bill “Moose” Skowron, 81. Bill Madden of the New York Daily News looks back at the playing career of the first baseman, who played in seven World Series for the Yankees and one for the Dodgers.

  • How often does the crowd give the home-plate umpire a standing ovation? Via Big League Stew’s David Brown, meet Jeff Kellogg, the ump who tackled a half-naked fan who had run onto the field at Camden Yards.

  • Joe Capozzi of the Palm Beach Post details Mets fans’ reactions to Jose Reyes’s return to Citi Field.

  • Sabermetric Research’s Phil Birnbaum explains the reasoning behind the “rule of thumb that in baseball, every additional 10 runs you score turns one loss into a win.”

  • As Detroit Free Press staff writers Robin Erb and Shawn Windsor suggest, Delmon Young probably should not have attempted to do a Mel Gibson impersonation outside his Midtown Manhattan hotel at 2:30 a.m. As “Repoz” at Baseball Think Factory quipped, “Police report Young swung wildly, but made little contact.”

  • Sam Miller of Baseball Prospectus offers thoughts on when to keep a baseball that lands in the stands and when to give it to a youngster nearby.

Has Bobby Abreu reached the end of the road?

That’s it. 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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