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Some Friday Phillies Links for you, July 8, 2011 -- Phils-Braves, All Stars, Clemens


New 3D Ballpark Painting to Appear in Left Field at Citizens Bank Park - Crossing Broad
Beginning Friday, July 8, near the Left Field Gate at the start of Ashburn Alley.

Hamels should be among top-paid pitchers next season | Philadelphia Daily News | 07/08/2011
new word: horse-hood

Phillies' Victorino, voted an all-star, may not play | Philadelphia Inquirer | 07/08/2011
The fans have voted Shane Victorino into the All-Star Game, but it remains to be seen if he'll actually play.

Phillies' offense could use a righthanded complement | Philadelphia Daily News | 07/08/2011
The usual over-reliance on Batting Average, with a surprising sprinkling of WAR, "if you go for that sort of thing."

Brotherly Glove: Adding the Right Bullpen Arm
Eric Seidman advocates the Phils go after Baltimore's Koji Uehara.

Phillies Nation " Lidge Continues Rehab in Lakewood

Hot or Not | Phuture Phillies
Lisaberto Bonilla's week: 15IP 9H 1ER 1BB 18K

Cooperstown Confidential: Remembering Wes Covington
A topical subject at the start of a Braves-Phillies series, Covington split his career evenly between the two.

He was not a superstar, but he was an integral part of two franchises during the 1950s and 60s. He also ate right-handed pitching for breakfast.

Jair Jurrjens: Lucky SOB, the New Matt Cain, or Both? | FanGraphs Baseball
Is Jurrjens success sustainable? Maybe.

mlb on fox preview braves need cash to make deals - MLB News | FOX Sports on MSN
Braves predicament not too different from the Phils'. Rosenthal with a questionable assumption regarding a possible Phils acquisition and its impact on Brown.

more after the jump

All Stars


MLB All-Star Game 2011 Lineup Comparison - Beyond the Box Score
Full disclosure, I had never before heard of Alex Avila.
Total AL WAR (with DH) = 28.2; NL (with no DH) = 28.7 -- thanks be to Jeter.

Bloated rosters, managerial decisions hurting MLB's All-Star Game - Tom Verducci -

MLB All-Star Game 2011: NL Lineup By The Numbers - Beyond the Box Score
Polanco's offense doesn't look good in this comparison, but his defense does.

Twitter, fake press conferences, stumping all lead to laughable All-Star voting - MLB - Sporting News

Around the League

Prince Fielder, Adrian Gonzalez lead baseball's MVP races - Cliff Corcoran -

Anti-All-Stars: Plenty of worthy candidates for 2011 team - MLB - Baseball
When you beat out both Raul Ibanez and Carl Crawford for a starting spot, you know you're having a tough time.

The Difference Between a Mediocre and a Putrid Offense | FanGraphs Baseball
Interesting read about Seattle and comparisons to the Phils (ignore the sloppy comparison of stats across leagues).

Is Volatility an Attribute? Player Volatility Part IV - Beyond the Box Score
One way to identify streakiness. 2007-09 data, no mention of Ibanez.

Jose Reyes, MVP. I Am Serious, And Don't Call Me Shirley - Amazin' Avenue

There's no question Jose Reyes has been the Mets' MVP this season and one of the best players in baseball. But has he been the NL MVP so far?

Mets' Reyes on 15-day DL with strained hamstring - MLB - Yahoo! Sports
Jose Reyes was placed on the 15-day disabled list by the New York Mets on Thursday with a strained left hamstring that will keep him out of next week's All-Star game.

Death of Don Buddin, the Man Boston Booed | FanGraphs Baseball
When the Red Sox were less successful, and not coincidentally, less integrated.

The Ups and Downs of the Brett Wallace-Michael Taylor Trade - Beyond the Box Score
Wallace and Taylor were seeing big-time hype going into 2010, and by the end of the season they were running on fumes. Now, both are seeing their stocks rise again.

To argue the Roger Clemens trial is a waste of time and money makes my Diet Coke taste flat | SportsJustice | a blog
Richard Justice, responding to this (and others like it):

United States v. Roger Clemens is a waste of everyone's time - MLB - Baseball
Roger Clemens is a fraud and a liar. We don't need a trial by a jury of 12 to tell us what is already known. Gregg Doyel says the government should stop wasting time and end its involvement in this charade of a case.

Good sites to know about

Minor League Ball - A SBNation Community about Minor League Baseball, Rookies, and Prospects
Lots of info on the Futures Game.

Cardboard Gods
If you collected baseball cards, and maybe even if you didn't, you should know about this site.

The Biz of Baseball :: Part of the Business of Sports Network
Lots of goodness, including MLBPA reaction to the AZ immigration law, All-Star bonuses, Yankees ticket prices as Jeter zeroes in, and more.

Flip Flop Fly Ball - Infographics
Baseball infographics and other visual treats. Excerpts from the book: The Stats of Summer -