Yesterday was a bit light on the baseball commentary, but don't worry we scoured the corners of the internet to bring you some quality content on this Friday morning. Let's dive in to today's SaberSphere!
Previously on Beyond the Box Score
MLB All-Star Game 2013: The BtBS NL All-Star Reserves by Bryan Grosnick │ Beyond the Box Score
With the final round of voting in the books, Bryan presents the reserve choices for the National League All-Star Team. I must say I'm a bit disappointed that Yaisel Puig didn't get more fanfare for the game.
First Pitch: Doubling Up by Bryan Grosnick │ Beyond the Box Score
Have you had a chance to check out BtBS's latest feature, First Pitch? This is your one one-stop shop to recap all the events from the previous night.
Around the Sabersphere
Getting to Know The New Insane Strikeout Rate Relievers by Ben Lindbergh │ Baseball Prospectus
Strikeouts are on the rise and there may not be an end in site. So, that means we have a whole new batch of whiff artists coming out of Major League bullpens. Ben gives us an introduction to ten of the best in the first half of the season.
Best Deadline Deal Ever: Orioles by Dave Schoenfield │ ESPN Sweetspot Network
Have you ever heard that sometimes the best deals are the ones you don't make? Well in his continued team-by-team journey through the best deadline deals ever, Dave suggests just that for the O's.
Joey Chestnut Eats 69 Hot Dogs by Ian Begley │ ESPN New York
Joey Chestnut has solidified himself as an American sports hero. His take on the day?
"I made a new record and people seemed happy.It was a great day."
Around SB Nation
How a 39-year-old Hank Aaron surprised everyone by Larry Granillo │ Baseball Nation
Back before PED's, fans could still enjoy surprise seasons by breakout or older players, and one of the best was Hammerin' Hank's age-39 year. Larry takes us back through the Hall of Famer's last great year.
Happy Birthday America, home of Sabermetrics by Ian Malinowski │ D Rays Bay
As a fan of sabermetrics and freedom, I urge you to take the minute to read this.
How Do Fireworks Work? by Adrienne Jeffries │ The Verge via Lone Star Ball
On our Nation's birthday, Adrienne explains just how fireworks actually work. Great stuff, and kudos to Lone Star Ball for pointing it out.
Outside the Sabersphere
- In honor of our country's birthday, I give you my favorite "American" movie ever.
- And as a bonus, when I went to grab the clip from YouTube, I found out the Rocky is going to be a musical! Here's the trailer: