Today's links don't exactly have World Cup Fever. But they do have a fever. And the only prescription is ... more baseball!
David Leonhardt asks a bunch of economists why sometimes middle infielders can hit and sometimes they can't (no, the economists don't agree and yes, that's why it's called the Dismal Science).
Pitchers & Poets wonders if this might have been the best first third of a season anybody's ever seen.
And everyone involved in the Roger Clemens investigation just keeps behaving badly.
BtB's Jeff Zimmerman takes the ball and really runs with it ... can you believe the Brewers are spending nearly a quarter of their total payroll on players who aren't on their roster?
Among all the other amazing things Stephen Strasburg has already done? He's created a new pitch the "one-seam fastball"! (OK, so it's just a new name for an old pitch. But I'll bet not many have thrown it as hard as he does.)
One of my favorite things about modern baseball is throwback uniforms. One my least-favorite things about modern baseball is teams that don't care about getting the uniforms right.
Wonderful stuff from PolitiFact on George Will, Don Larsen, Dale Mitchell, Babe Pinelli, and the Perfect Game That Was.
(H/T: BTF's Newsstand)