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High & Inside: 4/21/11

Baseball links from around the sabersphere...

  • The Hall of Not Famous Enough | Joe Blogs
    A list of players who are at or around the level of the average Hall-of-Famer at his position, but receive almost no Hall of Fame consideration (from both voters and fans).
  • Remembering Wade Boggs’ Dominance | Fangraphs
    Now, Wade Boggs was no Barry Bonds, but he sure was more impressive than I had been giving him credit for and in fact, if not for the three years of age difference, Boggs is a very similar player to Albert Pujols.
  • MVPolanco | Brotherly Glove
    Polanco’s plate presence is unlike any Phillie in recent memory. He never looks overmatched or overwhelmed. He doesn’t walk a lot, but rarely chases bad balls. You never have to worry about a strikeout, because he swings and misses less than half as much as the rest of the league. He seems to perform better with two strikes than with none.
  • Bartolo Colon partying like it’s 2003. | It's About the Money
    Yes I know it’s only one start, on April 20th no less. And yes, Colon is still not in the best shape of his life, and will probably have at least a couple of clunkers before he breaks down at some point mid-season. But for now the guy has been an incredibly valuable asset for this team, and has done more than just about anyone thought he would in 2011.
  • Lowest RBI per HR ratios in history | Baseball Reference Blog
    Rob Deer hit 32 home runs in 1992, and only had 64 RBI.

More links after the jump...

  • Matt Curry – Top 1B prospect in the system? | Pirates Prospects
    Curry is off to a .400/.481/.800 (1281 OPS) start after Wednesday's game. Embedded within that .800 slugging percentage are 6 doubles, 3 triples, and 2 homers. Additionally, Curry has walked 8 times and struck out only 4 times in 45 at-bats.
  • Does MLB Have An Attendance Problem? | Baseball Nation
    There are plenty of things to worry about in this world. Major League Baseball's attendance in April 2011 absolutely is not one of them.
  • The Casey Kotchman Conundrum | DRaysBay
    It was never part of the master plan to give Casey Kotchman 20+ plate appearances (PAs) before Easter. When the Rays signed him to a minor league deal, the intention was most likely to give the Rays a veteran backup and to give Triple-A Durham a quality first baseman. But, things -- as they are wont to do -- happened.
  • The Ramos lie? | Nationals Baseball
    Wilson Ramos may very well be the starter for the future. Pudge will not be. The Nats need to know if he can be sooner rather than later. Riggleman appears to be actively working against finding this out.
  • When Will Montero Arrive? | The Yankee Analysts
    Jesus Montero is raking in AAA right now. After another 3-5 night, he’s now up to .423/.423/.558 on the year, with 1 home run and 4 doubles in 52 plate appearances. Understandably, there has been quite a bit of commotion to call him up as soon as possible.