Baseball links from around the sabersphere...
MLB Leaderboard: First Base; Cabrera, Fielder Lead the Pack | MLB Daily Dish
2011's first-base OPS leaders.
The 2011 all-rookie all-star team | ESPN SweetSpot Blog
2011's best rookies at each position.
The Eight Worst Hitters With 300 Homers | The Outside Corner
There are 130 players that now have 300 hoomers. I'm not sure where Teixiera ranks on the list, but it's definitely not near the botom of the list. So, I went on a list to discover the worst players with 300 career homers.
The Deal That Keeps Helping the Diamondbacks | Fangraphs
In a span of six months the Diamondbacks turned one promising young starter into two. Those two are currently carrying the pitching staff.
Ben Zobrist, Stealth MVP Candidate (Again) | Fangraphs
We can debate how all these variables should affect his exact ranking in baseball’s hierarchy. What we do know is this: Ben Zobrist is one of the most indispensable players in the game today.
More links after the jump...
Best Reliever In Baseball | Capitol Avenue Club
My thoughts on Mike Cameron | Fire Brand of the American League
Of course, what they missed in their cursury, facile analysis was an 11% career walk rate; consistent 20-25 home run power; outstanding skills on the base paths (worth 19 runs since 2002); and superior defensive abilities while playing a premium position (valued at +109 runs over his career). By all accounts, he was the very definition of an undervalued, underrated player.
Pulling Out All the Stops | Nick's Twins Blog
Below is a list of four moves I would make to give them their best shot at pulling off an improbable second-half comeback.
Mark Teixeira is just getting started | ESPN SweetSpot Blog
If Teixeira is able to go on the second-half tear that is to be expected of him because of the combination of his current low BABIP and his past performance, all sorts of things are on the table. By the time October rolls around his numbers should have him in contention for American League MVP honors.
Putting Things in Perspective / Some Basic Ideas | Splashing Pumpkins
Simple and realistic changes that Brian Sabean or Bruce Bochy could make to possibly improve the Giants.