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Around the Diamond - Weekly Linkage
Dan Port | Friday September 2nd, 2011
Ex-pitcher Rick Ankiel is still impressing with his arm. (Icon SMI)
Ex-pitcher Rick Ankiel is still impressing with his arm. (Icon SMI)
Around the Diamond looks at our favorite baseball articles and observations throughout the internet.  Here's what we're reading this week.

-Once a talented pitching prospect, the Washington Nationals' Rick Ankiel has reinvented himself as an outfielder and The Flagrant Fan has a collection of clips that highlight his best throws and assists.

-SI.com's Joe Posnanski poses an interesting question: are too many statistics and measurements ruining otherwise good sports stories?

-In addition to his already heroic beer-serving duties, a vendor for the Washington Nationals recently saved a choking child's life by administering the Heimlich maneuver.

-The movie Moneyball is set to release this month, nearly a decade after the book became a bestseller.  Bennett Cohen of San Francisco Magazine has the interesting story of why the screenplay took so long to produce.

-Last weekend, Yahoo's Jeff Passan published his annual list of 25 Things You Didn't Know About Baseball.

-SB Nation's Rob Neyer writes that the greatest single-game pitching performance this season belongs to... Chris Capuano?

-Outfield prospects Mike Trout and Bryce Harper headline the recently announced 2011 Arizona Fall League rosters of top prospects and draft picks.

-Baseball America reflects on the 2005 MLB Amateur Draft and, six years after, ranks the performances of all 30 major league teams.

-Beyond the Boxscore recently examined hitting metrics from year-to-year and posted a table that illustrates their correlations over time.

-Al Yellon of SB Nation explains "Bryan LaHair Syndrome" and how very few hot-hitting Triple-A sluggers in their late twenties end up doing much in the big leagues.

Dan Port and Reggie Yinger contributed links to this article.
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.