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Around the Diamond - Weekly Linkage
Reggie Yinger | Friday September 16th, 2011
Josh Hamilton's grand slam made CC Carpet pay up. (Icon SMI)
Josh Hamilton's grand slam made CC Carpet pay up. (Icon SMI)
Around the Diamond looks at our favorite baseball articles and observations throughout the internet.  Here's what we're reading this week.

- For all you Rob Deer fans, Christina Kahrl of ESPN.com's SweetSpot blog lists 2011's best "Three True Outcome" hitters.

- Many baseball fans are greatly anticipating the release of the movie Moneyball, based on the novel by Michael Lewis. NBC Hardball Talk's Aaron Gleeman rather enjoyed his advanced screening of the flick, while fellow sportswriter and blogger Keith Law definitely did not.

- As Yankees closer Mariano Rivera sits on the brink of the all-time saves record, SI.com's Tom Verducci examines Mo's career and the quiet elegance of the game's best closer.

- Baseball Reference reviews the worst full-time players of the last 50 years. Yes, Adam Dunn's 2011 season is included.

- Major League Baseball has seen a lot of freak injuries, from pitcher John Smoltz burning himself while ironing a shirt he was wearing to outfielder Kevin Mitchell scalding his mouth on a microwavable doughnut. This week saw another wild one when Giants reliever Jeremy Affeldt cut himself while separating frozen hamburger patties, leading to an injury that will cost him the rest of his season.

- The Tampa Bay Rays are soaring up the standings in the American League Wild Card race. Ian Casselberry of Big League Stew lays out five reasons why Rays manager Joe Maddon and team will overtake the Boston Red Sox.

- Joe Christensen of the Star Tribune tells us that, in an odd twist of fate, Michael Cuddyer's hot minor league hitting at Double-A back in 2001 prevented his then-teammate pitcher Brad Thomas from ending up on one of the flights that were hijacked on September 11.


- Phillies High is back. This time, Principal Charlie Manuel is holding a meeting on the upcoming prom.

- Intense, late-season baseball games often have a lot of sparks flying, but a foul tip in a recent Detroit Tigers-Chicago White Sox game took that to a literal level.

- Josh Hamilton's grand slam in the fourth inning against the Cleveland Indians on Wednesday night set off a refund promotion for a Texas carpet company and might cost them half a million dollars.

Reggie Yinger, Dan Port and Nate Springfield contributed links to this article.
Reggie YingerReggie is a writer and the co-founder of Baseball Press. He enjoys fantasy baseball and hates when players bunt in baseball.