Today's links were listening to the Twins-White Sox game last night, and thinking the Twins really could have used a pinch-hitter for Jim Thome ... right before Thome walloped Matt Thornton's fastball over the fence. That's why today's links stick to linking and leave the analysis to other, smarter links ...
Defensive metrics are a hot topic that just won't go away (and shouldn't). For example, what do we do with all of them? FanGraphs looks at what happense when we aggregate them, and The Platoon Advantage is flummoxed by some blatant contradictions.
You know what I would like to do? Make a list of my favorite statistically freaky facts. Except I wouldn't even know where to begin looking for them. Except here's one, anyway: As you know, no Met has ever thrown a no-hitter ... but they've thrown 35 one-hitters. Tom Seaver leads the way with five of them. From Mark Simon, here are more gory details like that.
In a bit of typically inspired whimsy, Carson Cistulli critiques the highlight reels of Angels rookie Peter Bourjos.
From the Life archives, fantastic color photos of Babe Ruth in his farewell appearance at Yankee Stadium.