Friday Filberts

Today's links were tidied up while I wondered if even the great Tim Lincecum could strike out Superman ...

  • Yesterday was a strange day, especially (I'm guessing) for Keith Law and Will Carroll. After a few hours of thinking about them, I finally realized, "Hey! That could have been me!" If I'd had the ballot, I probably would have left Carpenter off mine, too. And all those guys on TV and the radio and the Internets would be saying terrible things about me. I've gotten a bit of that over the years, mostly in New York. But never on a national level.

  • Wezen-Ball takes a first stab at satirizing the over-the-top reactions of those pundits who are just so sure that Chris Carpenter was one of the three best pitchers in the National League.

  • And finally, it's official, friends: With this, Tyler Kepner is officially forgiven for his odd little moment last summer.

  • From baseball-intellect.com, everything you need to know about Aroldis Chapman.

  • In these strange days, it's worth taking a pick-axe to a commonly used (by me, anyway) metric for team performance, and Dave Cameron's just the man to do it.

  • I don't think we'll ever know exactly why the Red Sox were the last major league team to integrate, but Glenn Stout's discovered quite a good clue.

  • Sorry, but I just can't resist.

  • Jeez, what a killjoy this guy is. Sure, he's mostly right, but still ...

  • Bill Simmons is signing books tonight in Denver. A word of advice, if you're going: Go early. I was at a Bill Simmons event last night, and I arrived early, and I still couldn't get near the man. I mean, we're talking rock star here. I'm sure the interaction is worth the wait. But if you're not there early, you'll be there really, really late.

  • Speaking of The Sports Guy, I did pick up his new book (sans signature). From Malcolm Gladwell's preface: "This is the basketball version of the old Baseball Abstracts that Bill James used to put out in the 1980s." Well, that's not exactly right. This is the basketball version of Bill's Historical Baseball Abstract, which was quite a different animal from the annual books of the '80s. Either way, though, you really can't go wrong.

  • Programming note: I'll be blogging infrequently (at best) between now and the end of next week. I might drop in for a little MVP action, but won't return to full-time duties until a week from Monday.