Links from around the baseball blogosphere...
The irresponsibility of Blogger Chass | Lone Star Ball
And Blogger Chass can call Musial a racist based on a 93 year old's recounting of a third-hand story he heard almost a half-century ago, in which Musial wasn't even a participant.
How Significant Is Batting Order? | Fangraphs
If a team’s typical batting (again, not the same as the worst possible order) is 15 runs worse over a season than an optimized lineup, it’s practically the same as having the pitcher hit cleanup all season. If a manager hit his pitchers cleanup all season, would that be something worth getting worked up over?
Starting another year of baseball memories | ESPN SweetSpot Blog
David Schoenfield makes his SweetSpot debut.
Wishing For a Better Luke Hochevar | Royals Authority
The question, quite obviously, is can Luke Hochevar become something other than the guy who has compiled a 5.59 earned run average over his first 378 major league innings?
Nationals have "reached a near-final decision" to bench Nyjer Morgan for Rick Ankiel | Hardball Talk
Morgan has certainly earned the demotion by hitting like a fifth outfielder, running the bases recklessly, and behaving like a jackass, but the odds of Ankiel actually being an upgrade are pretty slim.
Many more links after the jump...
Teams Who Won @ Home Often | Baseball Reference Blog
Of the 34 teams on this list, the New York Yankees appear ten times.
Salary inflations and market behavior | The Hardball Times
A look at changes in average salary over the past 25 years.
Which Website's Box Score Is Best? | Amazin' Avenue
Forced to choose just one, my pick is ESPN. Say what you will about the Worldwide Leader, and there's plenty to say, but it makes a mean box score. Baseball-Reference is a close second place.
A New Pitch for Phil Hughes | Pinstripe Alley
It's a game of adjustments, and for the first half of last season Hughes was untouchable, then the league adjusted. Now he's adjusting back. Good to see.
Book Review: The Beauty of Short Hops... | The BOOK Blog
If the book cost 10 bucks, I would say, "Go ahead and spring for it, if you want a good laugh or a good cry." But at 30 bucks, don’t waste your money!
Player Page Comments | Fangraphs
This could be an interesting new feature.
2011 Organization Talent Rankings | Baseball America
SPOILER ALERT: The Kansas City Royals are ranked #1.
The Diamondbacks sign Kip Wells | Hardball Talk
I’m not going to say that Kevin Millwood is asking for too much money and/or has nothing left in the tank, but when you’re passed up as the "random starter signed late in the spring by a desperate team hoping that they can catch lightning in a bottle" by Kip Wells, you should probably consider filing your retirement papers.