Wednesday Wangdoodles

Today's links are still recovering from what might have been the nuttiest night of baseball this summer ...

  • Hey, if Omar Vizquel keeps playing like this, I might have to reconsider my Hall of Fame stance. (I mean, if he keeps playing like this for a few more years ...)

  • It's worth taking at least a moment to consider what Carlos Marmol's doing this season (or has done, anyway). He's a marvel.

  • I think the contest is closed, but the video is still a great deal of fun (especially if you're a Yankees fan. Or grew up hating the Yankees. Both are fine. (You late-coming frontrunners, on the other hand ...)

  • Speaking of fun, there's so much fun in this post about clutch hitting that I can't do it justice in a simple Wangdoodle, but don't want to diminish it with an excerpt in a normal blog entry. When in doubt, though, I like to link and stand aside.

  • If it hadn't been such a weird night for Don Mattingly, everybody would be talking about Tim Lincecum, who had his own issues.

  • One of my favorite things about baseball is that it's a meritocracy. One of my least favorite things about baseball is when it isn't. Free Kila Ka'aihue.

  • Hey, nobody's perfect (especially when it doesn't work). Not even Joe Mauer.

  • You ever notice Nick Blackburn's 2008 and 2009 seasons? They might be the two most similar consecutive seasons that any starting pitcher's ever had. He was the epitome of consistency. Until 2010. Which would have been great if he pitched better. He didn't. And now he's out of the rotation. Supposedly it's temporary. I'm not sure why.