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Previously on Beyond the Box Score
Gerrit Cole and Strikeouts: Must They Never Meet? - By Dan Rozenson - Beyond the Box Score
Gerrit Cole is a starting pitcher with a 100 mph fastball, which means you would imagine him striking out an awful lot of batters. Except he doesn't and Dan dives into what's going on with that.
First Pitch 07/24/13: Out of left field - By Bryan Grosnick - Beyond the Box Score
If you haven't checked out BtBS's new column yet you should definitely check it out. Especially this one as the question is asked; who is the best left fielder in baseball now that Ryan Braun is out of the picture?
Who Deserves Credit for Throwing Out Base-Runners? - By Max Weinstein - Beyond the Box Score
This is a piece written last week that touches on how much credit catchers really deserve for throwing out base-runners. Very well written by Max and it certainly makes you wonder who does deserve most of, or all of the credit.
Around the Sabersphere
Alfonso Soriano: A Chance for Something | By Jeff Sullivan | FanGraphs Baseball
Rumors continue to surround the Chicago Cubs and New York Yankees consummating a deal that would send outfielder Alfonso Soriano back to New York for a low-level prospect, and probably peanuts. Truth is, Soriano is still a useful player and would help the Yankees out quite a bit if the deal actually happened as Jeff points out.
Orioles add K-Rod to flagging bullpen | By Jay Jaffe | The Strike Zone - SI.com
The Baltimore Orioles have been the most active team leading up to the July 31 trade deadline and rumor is they may not be done.
The Marlins are at it again | By Jeff Moore | The Hardball Times
Jeff makes the argument that the Marlins continue to operate without a long-term plan in place and their handling of their top prospects proves it.
Around SB Nation
Astros trade rumors: Interest in Norris, Harrell, Veras picking up - By Chris Cotillo - MLB Daily Dish
The Houston Astros are in a good position to deal players that don't have any long-term value to the club other than trading them away for prospects. Which contending teams are interested?
One small step for Bud Selig and his people - By Rob Neyer - Baseball Nation
Rob has long been an advocate for equal rights and non-discrimination polices based on sexual orientation/preference within baseball (the world really). It seems that Bud Selig and company have finally gotten the memo, and on with the times.
Should Matt Kemp be the 2011 MVP instead of Ryan Braun? - By Grant Brisbee - Baseball Nation
This is something that has been getting asked aloud about since Braun's suspension. Grant takes a look at the BWAA's official stance is on the matter and also at a potential precedent already set.
Does Matt Wieters have a long-term contract with the Orioles in his future? - By Eat More Esskay - Camden Chat
The Baltimore Orioles have a decision to make regarding catcher Matt Wieters future with the team and it's not going to be an easy one.