As it is every Monday morning, here I am to bring you the quality goods from the best and, sometimes, brightest of us here at Beyond the Box Score. So say we all.
Previously on Beyond the Box Score
Back-to-Back: When Starters Face the Same Team Twice in a Row - By Jon Roegele - Beyond the Box Score
What happens when a starting pitcher faces the same team two starts in a row? Jon walks us through some data on this very thing.
Non-Contending Teams Should Be Trading Their Good Relievers - By Mike Mulvenna - Beyond the Box Score
This is something that I have long been a supporter of -- trading away your top bullpen arms for valuable prospects at the deadline when you aren't remotely close to contending. Pitching is so volatile year-to-year, especially relief pitching.
Braun and Rodriguez Refuse to Talk in Biogenesis Investigation - By Ben Horrow - Beyond the Box Score
Ben dives into the question of who leaked what and why. Many of us are waiting for is the list of players that will officially be suspended after the All-Star Game, so enjoy it while you can fellas (the guilty players) because it's all likely to come crashing down in short order.
An All-Star Game Makeover For the Ages - By Ben Horrow - Beyond the Box Score
Ben has some changes he'd like to make to the All-Star Game and the way in which the players are selected. Even though these changes are likely to never take place, they are interesting to say the least.
The First Ever All-Star Game - By Lance Rinker - Beyond the Box Score
We step back in time a bit to look at how the All-Star Game came about and what it was supposed to mean back.
Around the Sabersphere
Who is the Real RBI Leader for 2012? | Community Research by Kruser – FanGraphs Baseball
This is an interesting piece of research done by this community member on FanGraphs which takes a unique look at who the real RBI leaders for the 2012 season were.
The 2013 Red Sox: Don't Call It a Comeback - By Jonah Keri - Grantland
As much as it pains me to say -- because I predicted the Red Sox to be barely a .500 team this season -- Jonah does the team justice and giving credit where credit is due.
2013 Park Factors Updated | By David Appleman - FanGraphs Baseball
David gives us an update on park factors being updated for the 2013 baseball season so all of us baseball nerds can get our "band camp" on.
All-Star Futures Game previews some of majors' coming attractions | By Jay Jaffe | The Strike Zone - SI.com
If you didn't take the time to, or get the chance to, watch the MLB Futures Game then you surely missed out. Don't worry though; our good buddy Jay has the rundown on which players you should really pay attention to.
Around SB Nation
Giants trade rumors: Tigers, others interested in Tim Lincecum - By Chris Cotillo - MLB Daily Dish
You have to figure that Tim Lincecum's trade value just went up and more teams took notice after his no-hitter on Saturday against the San Diego Padres.
Ramirez Wants to Enjoy Every Moment Now - By Lee Warren - Minor League Ball
The Texas Rangers are taking a chance that Manny Ramirez can still contribute with the bat at the major league level as a DH. Read what Manny has to say about his most recent comeback effort.
Chris Davis hits 37th HR, ties AL pre-All-Star-break record - By Ryan Rosenblatt - SBNation.com
Chris Davis is now tied with Reggie Jackson for more home runs before the All-Star break in American League history, but is it really as impressive as it seems?