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Around the Diamond - Weekly Linkage
Dan Port | Friday August 26th, 2011
Nyjer Morgan is getting national acclaim. (Icon SMI)
Nyjer Morgan is getting national acclaim. (Icon SMI)
Around the Diamond looks at our favorite baseball articles and observations throughout the internet.  Here's what we're reading this week.

-Sports Illustrated's Lee Jenkins has an upcoming cover story about Tony Plush, the SWAT team, and Nyjer Morgan's role in resurrecting Milwaukee Brewers baseball.

-Ever wonder why a manager wouldn't just stick a specialist pitcher in the outfield for a play and then return him to the mound?  It's called a "Waxahachie Swap" and Houston Astros manager Brad Mills pulled one on Tuesday.

-The Triple-A Nashville Sounds one-upped the Brewers and Red Sox by turning their own triple play this week, but theirs included an odd bounce off of their centerfielder's head.

-Steve Gardner of USA Today's Fantasy Windup tells us who will likely be the top picks in next year's fantasy baseball drafts.

-As we near the end of August, more and more sports fans are leaving baseball and defecting to football.  David Schoenfield of ESPN.com's SweetSpot blog has ten reasons to keep watching the national pastime.

-Tom Verducci looks at Joe Mauer's future in Minnesota and whether it will be behind the plate.

-Some MLB players could benefit greatly from a change of scenery.  Larry Dobrow of CBS Sports lists the ones who would be best helped by a move.

-MLB.com's Tom Singer checks out baseball's top dynamic hitting duos this season and compares them to 1961's epic Mantle/Maris pairing.

-Baseball Prospectus gives us a fascinating list of 11 disastrous big league player acquisitions

-Minnesota rookie Ben Revere channeled Willie Mays and made a must-see over-the-shoulder catch on Monday night.

-Grantland's Jonah Keri has some ideas for resurrecting the Chicago Cubs, and none of them include Albert Pujols or Prince Fielder.
Dan PortDan Port has been a writer and article editor for Baseball Press since the fall of 2009. He's a Wisconsin native and Los Angeles resident, as well as an aspiring novelist, moderately successful gambler, and avid craft beer aficionado. You can reach him at dan@baseballpress.com or check him out on Twitter @danport and at DanielPort.com.