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.