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Monday Mendozas

Today's links were worth the wait ...

  • Just when you figured the commissioner's credibility didn't have anywhere to go but up, he goes and signs his name to something like this. I mean, sheesh.

  • Craig's right. When it comes to the umpires, the great majority of baseball fans care about just one thing: getting the calls right.

  • In a nice little book preview, Dave Studeman wonders (and discovers, to a point) where all the runs have gone.

  • No real news here, but I love this bit from Henry Schulman: "The Giants plan to use a carrot-and-stick approach with Pablo Sandoval's conditioning this winter. If he does not eat enough carrots, they might stick him in Fresno to start the 2011 season."

  • It's official: Joakim Soria -- a.k.a. "The Mexexutioner" -- is Mexico's National Sports Award winner. That might not mean anything to you. But I'll bet it means something to Soria. Particularly considering that the award is accompanied by a cash bonus equivalent to roughly one month of Soria's 2010 salary with the Royals.

  • Nerd Fight Alert!

  • Yeah, it always seems odd when a non-superstar (in the popular mind, anyhow) turns down $48 million. But it might be the best thing for all parties.

  • I owe you an apology. Last week, when putting together a few links in the wake of Sparky Anderson's passing, I missed probably the best of them.

  • Because you demanded it, we've got the latest on Big League Chew's return to these United States. Blue or red, that's something we can all celebrate.