Linkage: Christmas Eve Style

It’s Saturday and Christmas Eve! Let’s have some linkage!

First off, Christmas season is among you and while I understand that not everyone celebrates it, I do. So a Merry Christmas to you all and a Happy New Year.

Okay first shout out link goes to a rare individual. He continues to wow me with his analytically thinking and ability to stretch the boundaries of what I thought I knew and then explain it all a level at which I can almost grasp. Which, let me tell you, by itself a huge feat. Mike Fast is a brilliant mind and does what he does better than most.

Normally he is out doing great things with Pitch F/X but a couple of days ago he put together a great article on Baseball Prospectus about the “Hit-and-run”. It’s mind blowing and I highly suggest you all read it.

Lewis Pollis brings back some bad memories but at least brings a fresh perspective than the usual “why-did-we-make-this-horrible-trade?”. Crazy to think it was 18 years-ago. I remember like it was just a few years ago.

One of my new favorite posts that Rob Neyer has done recently consists of him blogging as he watches the movie “For Love Of The Game” staring both Kevin Costner and Kelly Preston. His play-by-play commentary is amusing.

Keeping with SBNation and heading to Athletics Nation, Dan Merqury, wrote a killer post about line-ups and power hitters. It’s a rehashing of sorts, about various stats and the value of analyzing specific aspects of hitters. What caught my eye is how much this applies to the Mariners and their fans. It also caught the eye of the ever ominous Tom Tango and the great thinkers that visit his site, great discussion is prompted and it’s very educational.

On the less statistical side of the house, I enjoy reading opinions that conflict with mine when it comes to prospects and specifically trades. What caught my eye and rather surprised me was what Keith Law wrote in his post about the Red/Padres deal from late last week/early this week. While, I didn’t expect him to love the trade one way or another, I got the impression, he liked the deal much better from the Reds perspective, than that of the Padres.

For what it’s worth, I liked the trade and felt the Reds overpaid for Latos. But, then again I haven’t seen him pitch more than 3 or 4 times in the past two years. Lonnie asked on our podcast if I thought that we could get a similar, better or worse haul for Pineda. To hear my exhausting answers (seriously I talked REALLY fast) as well as the entire conversation between Lonnie and I make sure to out Mariner Central. (My apologies, Lonnie, for not sending you that picture…)

Speaking of comparing Latos to Pineda, Rick Randal does just that. What would be a Harrison Crow linkage special without some Bromance love for Rick. He’s one of the most underrated writers in not just the Mariners blogosphere but I believe in all of baseball. Seriously people check the site.

My boss, John Parent, takes a look on whether or not the Rangers could still be in for Prince Fielder. I really like his approach and much like John, I really believe it comes down to Hamilton or Fielder for the Rangers front office. Should they choose Fielder, I wouldn’t mind trying to jump all over Hamilton via free-agency next year.

MLB Draft Insider, Chris Crawford, unfortunately (for you all) encourages my insatible love for big left hander Nick Williams (ranking him third overall in his HS rankings). Chris, does go on and gives the standard list “this is a list, so don’t take it too seriously” Miranda Rights.

Thank you, Chris for helping me keep the faith. After reading Baseball America and Perfect Game it’s had me doubt my eyes and stumbled in my devotion. Don’t worry I realize that I’m bunches of crazy.

Fansided’s own Robbie Knopf of Rays Colored Glasses profiles some of the catchers that will be available in the up coming  June draft.

Just a note: I noticed how I royally jacked up that post was that I wrote yesterday and I’m in the middle of fixing it. I’ll make it where it’s near readable and re-post it, promise.

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