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Around the Diamond - Weekly Linkage
Dan Port | Friday July 8th, 2011
Derek Jeter marches to 3,000 hits and a place in history. (Icon SMI)
Derek Jeter marches to 3,000 hits and a place in history. (Icon SMI)
Around the Diamond looks at our favorite baseball articles and observations throughout the internet.  Here's what we're reading this week.

-David "The Bullet" Smith, also known as The Human Home Run, recently entertained fans at a minor league baseball game by launching himself over the outfield wall.

-As Derek Jeter marches toward 3,000 hits, Jayson Stark of ESPN.com reflects on the shortstop's illustrious career.

-This year's MLB rookie class may not have a standout like Stephen Strasburg or Buster Posey, but there are still plenty of prospects that have made an impact for their team.  Baseball America reviews them in their mid-season all-rookie team.

-For owners who are already playing for next season, ESPN.com's Tristan Cockcroft lists the top 250 fantasy baseball keepers.

-In the wake of All Star Game snubs and controversy about the processes and rules surrounding the mid-summer classic, many sportswriters have weighed in with possible revisions.  Yahoo's Jeff Passan has a list of changes that could help the game return to its former glory, while SI.com's Tom Verducci has a plea for managers Bruce Bochy and Ron Washington.

-He is baseball's father of modern statistical analysis, but Bill James has expanded his focus and sat down with Grantland's Chuck Klosterman to discuss his new book about crime and violence.

-At what age does the major league dream become futile?  When should it?  Royals Review writer Will McDonald addresses this dilemma, using Royals prospect Nick Van Stratten as a prime example of a player stuck between hard reality and big league dreams.

-Is the strikeout taking over baseball?  ESPN.com's David Schoenfield checks out the strikeout's growing role and the effects of its increased importance.

-Joe Posnanski analyzes the quality start statistic and judges whether it is actually an important measurement of a pitcher's performance.

-The most memorable man getting to second base in Thursday night's game between Baltimore and Boston wasn't a player, but rather it was a Red Sox fan caught on camera with a female companion.  His grabby behavior sent announcers Jerry Remy and Don Orsillo into a laughing fit and likely made him a legend at his local sports bar.

-Blogger Timothy Malcolm recently took baseball metaphors to a whole new level by imagining each major league team as a type of ice cream.

Dan Port, Reggie Yinger, 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.