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Around the Diamond - Weekly Linkage
Dan Port | Friday April 22nd, 2011
Justin Verlander's unusual balk is a must-see. (Getty)
Justin Verlander's unusual balk is a must-see. (Getty)
Around the Diamond looks at our favorite baseball articles and observations throughout the internet.  Here's what we're reading this week.

-Brandon Wood was designated for assignment by the Angels this week.  Our own Dan Port laughed until he cried; then cried some more.

-The College Baseball World Series has a new home in downtown Omaha.  Aaron Fitt of Baseball America has all the details on the new stadium.

-Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports tells us why Aroldis Chapman's alleged 106 mile-per-hour fastball was bogus and why ballpark radar guns are blurring our perception of pitch speed.

-A Mississippi high schooler did his best Neo impression in amazingly avoiding a tag at the plate this week.

-Deadspin shows us how Dallas Observer columnist Richie Whitt made an ass of himself this week by chiding Rangers pitcher Colby Lewis for missing a start to attend the birth of his second child.  Also, what kind of man above the age of ten calls himself "Richie"?

-A good pickoff move is hard to perfect, and no one proved that more this week than Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander , who committed one of the most memorable balks in big league history.  Fangraphs has the breakdown of what the heck happened.

-The Phillies had a robot designed by engineers from the University of Pennsylvania toss out the first pitch prior to a game versus the Milwaukee Brewers on Wednesday.  The video shows us that Philliebot isn't replacing Cliff Lee or Roy Halladay anytime soon.

-The infamous 1919 Chicago White Sox scandal is pretty well known, but Associated Press writer Don Babwin has uncovered some evidence and poses an interesting question:  Did the Cubs throw the 1918 World Series too?

-A Yonkers woman is claiming that her uncle created the New York Yankees famous bat-and-hat logo and is suing the club... 70 years after it was first adopted.

-Ike Davis of the New York Mets had a solid week at the plate.  Brian Smith of Pro Fantasy Baseball examines Ike's hot start and informs fantasy owners what they can expect going forward.

-After tying the state record with four consecutive no-hitters, California high school pitcher Steven Perry allowed just a single hit in a five-inning mercy rule victory Thursday night.  The feat is specially impressive because Perry is much more highly-touted as a batter.

Dan Port and Reggie Yinger 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.