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Around the Diamond - Weekly Linkage
Dan Port | Friday July 29th, 2011
Quick pitch Justin Upton and he'll make you pay. (Icon SMI)
Quick pitch Justin Upton and he'll make you pay. (Icon SMI)
Around the Diamond looks at our favorite baseball articles and observations throughout the internet.  Here's what we're reading this week.

-Second baseman Roberto Alomar and pitcher Bert Blyleven were among Sunday's Baseball Hall of Fame inductees.

-Who will be part of the next wave of hall of famers?  SI.com's Joe Posnanski investigates the possiblities.

-Yahoo's Big League Stew shows us that bad things can happen to pitchers who quick pitch Arizona's Justin Upton.

-Bill Pennington of the New York Times chronicles the saga of Kei Igawa , the Yankees' big money Japanese import who is stuck in baseball purgatory and wants to be back in the big leagues.

-As Grantland's Jonah Keri writes, there are lots of lessons to be learned from past major league trade deadlines.

-The reigning World Series champion San Francisco Giants visited the White House on Monday and met with President Barack Obama.  Obama admitted that he feared Brian Wilson's beard, though U.S. Secret Service was not alerted.

-Tuesday night's 19-inning marathon game between the Braves and Pirates ended on what may have been a blown call by umpire Jerry Meals.  Was he right, or just trying to get home for a good night's sleep?

-Bleacher Report has the best lineup made entirely of players snubbed from Baseball Hall of Fame enshrinement. (warning: slideshow)

-Houston beat writer Alyson Footer gives us an inside look at some of the amusing hotel check-in pseudonyms once utilized by Astros players.

-As Baseball-Reference.com shows, Seattle's Jason Vargas simply can't buy a win.

-Meanwhile, ESPN's David Schoenfield points out a similar run of rough luck from Turk Farrell in 1962.

-Logan Morrison can face down the toughest big league pitchers, but this week he was severely frightened by a praying mantis in the Marlins dugout. (video)

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.