Today's links are beginning to worry that the games in San Francisco this weekend won't mean nearly as much as they'd hoped ...
If you're into this sort of thing, some lovely details (lovingly rendered) of the McCourts' runaway spending.
Nice piece from Darren Everson putting Jose Bautista's season -- but even more, Mickey Mantle's 1956 campaign -- into perspective.
Over the years, I've mentioned a few times that Sports Illustrated covers just aren't what they used to be. But gosh, that Jim Thome cover sure was pretty.
If you're interested in PECOTA specifically or forecasting player performance generally, you should read Colin Wyers' long meditation on what's next for PECOTA (and there's more on the way, as this is Pecota Week at BP).
Thomas Boswell dropped a mini-bombshell last night on PBS -- a "Jose Canseco milkshake"? -- and Wezen-ball does a bit of a detective work.
Whatever we might have thought at the time, bringing Ron Washington back after he acknowledged using cocaine couldn't have worked out much better. This season, anyway. Tim Brown's got plenty of details.