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Around the Diamond - Weekly Linkage
Dan Port | Friday March 4th, 2011
Relax A.J. Burnett, Ken Rosenthal says you don't suck. (Getty)
Relax A.J. Burnett, Ken Rosenthal says you don't suck. (Getty)
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 of SportsIllustrated.com 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.

-Rob Neyer of SBNation.com just completed his series on the top baseball players of the upcoming decade, giving us the starting pitchers and closers 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.

-FoxSports.com's 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.
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.