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Around the Diamond - Weekly Linkage
Dan Port | Friday September 23rd, 2011
For Vernon Wells, hitting and tweeting are firmly linked. (Icon SMI)
For Vernon Wells, hitting and tweeting are firmly linked. (Icon SMI)
Around the Diamond looks at our favorite baseball articles and observations throughout the internet.  Here's what we're reading this week.

-FoxSports.com's Jason Whitlock recently ruffled some feathers among baseball stat heads by asserting that "geeks are ruining sports."  Soon after, Bill Baer of Crashburn Alley had one of the better responses to Whitlock's piece.

-The O.C. Register reveals a striking correlation between Vernon Wells' on-field performance and the volume of his Twitter activity.

-With the movie Moneyball hitting theaters this weekend, Yahoo's Jeff Passan asks if baseball movies are now defunct.

-On that note, Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal recently penned an extensive article about how, almost a decade later, Moneyball is still changing the way baseball does business.

-Speaking of movies, Cubs fans will still have something to celebrate this October when Wrigley Field will host a screening of Ferris Bueller's Day Off on October 1st.

-Dodgers reliever Kenley Jansen has had his ups and downs this year, but as Hardball Talk's Aaron Gleeman points out, his strikeout numbers are piling up at a historic rate.

-With a over a week left in the regular season, Boston outfielder Carl Crawford apologized for his disappointing first year of play for the Red Sox.

-Thirteen years later, Cal Ripken's consecutive games streak looks more unattainable than ever, according to MLB.com's Joey Nowak.

-The revelation of a new Florida Marlins logo came this week, along with an amusing analysis by SB Nation's John Bois and the chilling scenario that it could mean the demise of mascot Billy the Marlin.

-Mike Fast of Baseball Prospectus provides a detailed analysis of catcher framing and its effect on overall pitching performance.

-Batting Stance Guy gives us an amusing look at some ballplayers' reactions to making Sports Illustrated's recent list of MLB's meanest players.

Reggie Yinger, Dan Port and Nate Springfield 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.