With just one more day before the weekend, I'm sure most of you are gearing up for Star Wars Day and Cinco de Mayo. Before you head off to celebrate the big days, though, be sure to check out these great links.
Previously on Beyond the Box Score
Looking back (and ahead) with Mark Prior by Andrew Ball │ Beyond the Box Score
Oh Mark Prior, you could have been so good. Here's to hoping you reclaim some of your former glory in the near future.
The Running Game Still Matters by Jon Roegele │ Beyond the Box Score
The saber crowd is often quick to dismiss the importance of stealing bases. Jon reminds us that steals are still valuable in winning games.
Around the Sabersphere
Why Joey Votto should bat second by Keith Law │ ESPN Insider
Keith make the argument many of us have campaigned for in the past; hit the best player in the lineup second. He even references the analysis done in The Book.
Would MLP, like EPL, be better without playoffs? by Joe Posnanski │ NBC Sports
Joe and A's GM Billy Beane talk about the idea of getting rid of the Major League playoffs, and awarding a winner just like the English Premier (soccer) league does.
Manny Machado: Superstar in the making by Dave Cameron │ Fangraphs
With Bryce Harper and Mike Trout rewriting the record books for young players, it may be easy to overlook what Manny Machado is doing. Dave reminds us all to pay attention to just how good the 20-year-old Oriole is.
Around SB Nation
How to think about intentional walks by Jason Brannon │ Baseball Nation
Jason asks an important question: are intentional walks good for fans?
Take the money, Chase Headley by Roby Neyer │ Baseball Nation
Reports say that the Padres plan to offer Headly a deal that would make him the highest paid Padre in club history. Rob recommends that Headly signs the contract.
Who will the Astros select number 1? by Timothy De Block │ The Crawfish Boxes
With the draft fast approaching, Timothy looks at some players the 'Stros may be considering with the top overall selection.
Outside the Sabersphere
- For those of you in college or looking to switch careers, Yahoo posted their top (or bottom depending on viewpoint) five "dying" careers. Desktop publisher and reporter top the list, but never fear, the article offers alternative career choices if you were thinking about working in any of the fields.