Around the Diamond looks at our favorite baseball articles and observations throughout the internet. Here's what we're reading this week.
-Recent Baseball Press Podcast
guest and injury expert Will Carroll
recently released his team health reports, a great resource for evaluating the injury risk of both teams and individual players for the upcoming 2011 Major League Baseball season
just completed his series on the top baseball players of the upcoming decade, giving us the starting pitchers
who will shine.
-Being intelligent and sounding just as intelligent isn't easy, but there's help from Beyondtheboxscore.com
in the form of this Baseball Stat Acronym Pronunciation Guide.
-As Eno Sarris
discussed on the Baseball Press Podcast
this week, the guys at Fangraphs.com
have their new fantasy baseball game up and running. Full 40 man rosters, the ability to trade salary, no keeper restraints, and full off-season transactions make this much more engaging and challenging than the average fantasy game. There's even a price structure if you want to play for prize money. Check out ottoneu.
-David Brown at Yahoo's
Big League Stew has an interesting and entertaining interview with everyone's favorite general manager, Oakland's Billy Beane.
-Bill Parker at ESPN.com's
SweetSpot raises the issue that the Baseball Writers Association of America really dropped the ball by not giving more Baseball Hall of Fame consideration to Detroit Tigers second baseman Lou Whitaker
, who Parker deems as the "second-best second baseman of the 1980's" behind Ryne Sandberg
mega-writer Ken Rosenthal
reveals that Yankees pitcher A.J. Burnett
is harder on himself than any of us are, and that Burnett isn't as bad as anyone makes him out to be.
Reggie Yinger and Dan Port contributed links to this article.