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Around the Diamond - Weekly Linkage
Reggie Yinger | Friday January 21st, 2011
Donnie Baseball was an excellent player and fan favorite. (AP)
Donnie Baseball was an excellent player and fan favorite. (AP)

Around the Diamond looks at our favorite baseball articles and observations throughout the internet.  Here's what we're reading this week.

 - Don Mattingly or John Olerud?  Both were spectacular hitters and fielders, but are you a Donnie Baseball or Olie person? Andy from Baseball-Reference.com poses this question and looks at some data.

 - Showtime and MLB Productions have teamed up for a behind-the-scenes reality show on the San Francisco Giants.  Our very own Dan Port is largely in agreement with the list, but recommends a healthy dose of Barry Zito too.  'Duk over at Yahoo! Sports gives five tips for the show's producers to ensure they get it right.

 - Hopefully as a baseball fan, you've had the chance to review the annual Baseball America Prospect Handbook. If not, well shame on you.  Editor-in-Chief Will Lingo writes about the book's 10th anniversary this year along with all the hard work that goes on behind the scenes.

- Matt Anderson, the number one overall pick in the 1997 draft by the Detroit Tigers, will try a comeback this season with the Philadelphia Phillies.  While Anderson possibly returning to baseball is fascinating in itself, the fact that Robert Fick makes a cameo makes this a worthy read.  ESPN.com's Jerry Crasnick writes about Anderson's road to recovery and possible comeback.

- The Lenny Dykstra Saga continues to implode thanks in large part to Lenny Dykstra himself.  Craig Calcaterra of HardBallTalk details Dykstra's latest adventure and recommends that Lenny just "shut up".

- Looking for baseball related reading material to hold you over until pitchers and catchers report? Look no further than professional relief pitcher turned best-selling author Dirk Hayhurst's book entitled The Bullpen Gospels.  The book is a must-read for any baseball fan trying to understand the psyche and experience of playing professional baseball.  John Parker of MLB.com has a nice writeup on the pitcher's path to becoming a big leaguer in two professions.

- The Tampa Bay Rays will be without the services of Carl Crawford, Matt Garza, and Carlos Pena next season, but that doesn't mean the Rays won't be reloading this season.  With 12 picks in the upcoming 2011 amateur draft this June, the Rays will once again stockpile talent throughout their system.  Joe Tetreault of the Business of Sports Network wrote a guest post on It's All About the Money regarding how teams in the American League East should still remain wary of the Rays given their chance to reload in the draft.

- Did you know that Chien-Ming Wang has a clause in his recent contract with the Washington Nationals that will pay him $50,000 if he wins the Silver Slugger Award? Jayson Stark of ESPN.com reviews the most creative contact clauses of the off-season and reminds us all "to always read the fine print".

- Jonathan Sanchez of the San Francisco Giants has decreased his ERA over last three seasons as a starting pitcher, but has he been drastically better from season to season?  Albert Lyu from Fangraphs.com examines Sanchez's pitch-type values and batted ball numbers to compare the past seasons along with an outlook for the upcoming 2011 season.


Reggie Yinger, Dan Port, Nate Springfield, Brandon Warne, and Michael Dobreski all 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.