Previously on Beyond the Box Score
Home Run Similarity Scores by Chris St. John - Beyond the Box Score
Following up on his previous work, Chris looks at home runs and which hitters hit them in similar fashions. My favorite point it that there really is only one Wily Mo Pena.
MVP Runner-Up: A Baseball Novel by Charlie Adams - Beyond the Box Score
This is a really fun piece, looking at the fictional Elgin Woodell from the the novel "Rookie" and his actual MVP credentials versus real life players.
MLB Trade Rumor Analysis: Jonathan Papelbon by Bryan Grosnick - Beyond the Box Score
As we approach the trade deadline, rumors are rampant that Phillies' pitcher Jonathan Papelbon will be on the move. In the first of an on-going BtBS feature, Bryan breaks down the trade market for the proven closer.
Around the Sabersphere
Shopping for a Starting Pitcher? Good Luck. by Dave Cameron - FanGraphs
It looks like everyone is turning their attention to the trade deadline, as Dave Cameron examines the market for starting pitcher. True to the title, he doesn't find much out there for teams in need.
Preparing for Baseball's Most Extreme Circumstances by Zachary Levine - Baseball Prospectus
Lately it seems that long games, say 14 or more innings, are occurring with some regularity. Should managers go into every night with a plan for a marathon game? Zachary looks into the data to find some trends.
All-time two-first-names team by Greg Simons - The Hardball Times
I don't know about you, but I love novelty all-time teams, and Greg does a great job with this one.
Around SB Nation
Surprising Average Distance Leaders by Daniel Schwartz - Fake Teams
Approaching July Daniel brings us the average distance leaders in Major League Baseball thus far. While the article is geared towards fantasy baseballers, it gives us some good insight into which players are making real strides.
How Much Is Too Much When Watching A Home Run? by Grant Brisbee - Baseball Nation
After another incident with his beloved Giants, Grant attempts to finally write down one of baseballs unwritten rules once and for all. And I must say, I'm with him in enjoying a good bat flip now and again.
Outside the Sabersphere
- Need something to get you through the workday before the weekend? This Time Next Year by the Movielife always makes me feel better about the future: