The Beyond the Box Score band of merry analysts has put together some great research and pieces to the current happenings around the baseball world once again.
Previously on Beyond the Box Score
The Next MLB City: "The Top 10" - By Ken Woolums - Beyond the Box Score
Once again Ken does an amazing job laying it all out there for us when it comes to the cities that would be good landing spots for a Major League Baseball team. My personal preference is for the cities listed number six, two, and one.
San Jose Sues Major League Baseball Over Athletics - By Ben Horrow - Beyond the Box Score
Now this is what I've been waiting for in all the back-and-forth between the Oakland Athletics, the San Francisco Giants, MLB, and the city of San Jose. Ben, as always, gives us a very thorough break down of what's happening with this situation.
BtBS Podcast #66 - Picking Aces - With Blake Murphy and Bryan Grosnick - Beyond the Box Score
Another solid showing from the Double B's (that's what I'm calling them and have deemed their tag team wrestling group to be called). They touch on the Jurickson Profar situation and get into Zack Wheeler's Major League debut.
Around the Sabersphere
Average Leverage Index of events - By James Gentile - The Hardball Times
This is a perfect example of doing research for a very specific thing and then finding the results for other, kind of related, things very interesting and deciding to write about your findings. James gets down and dirty with his data by putting together tables and just really laying it all out there for us. Well done!
Mike Trout and the Greatest Age-21 Season of All Time - By Dave Cameron - FanGraphs Baseball
We're all well aware by now that Mike Trout managed to put together one of the greatest seasons by a 20-year old player in the history of the game. Well, Dave does a little history diving and Trout is actually on pace to put together the greatest 21-year old season in the history of the game. Now I'm just waiting for him to bring about world peace by simply thinking about it.
AL East shaping up as race for the ages - SweetSpot Blog - By David Schoenfield - ESPN
There were some analysts who believed that the Toronto Blue Jays would run away with the American League East and we'd be lucky if it were anything more than a two team race at this point. My how wrong so many of them were as just six games separates the top and bottom teams in the division.
Around SB Nation
Royals trade rumors: Scouting Padres for corner OF, middle IF? - By Justin Bopp - MLB Daily Dish
We're really getting into that time of the year again where trade rumors begin to rear their beautiful, perfectly shaped heads. Justin dives into some rumors involving the Kansas City Royals and San Diego Padres.
Newsflash! Pitching is hard. - By Rob Neyer - Baseball Nation
We've all seen highly touted pitching prospects struggle their first time up in the big leagues, and sometimes their first real season. Rob looks over a study done by Bill James and muses over the findings.
Why don't teams trade in June? - By Mike Bates - SBNation.com
This is an interesting take on the way trades happen in baseball currently, with many teams waiting until July to get anything of substantial notice done. I'd be all for a little more wheeling and dealing to take place a full month or more before the deadline, that's for sure.
Outside the Sabersphere
Lemolo - Full Performance (Live on KEXP) - YouTube
I'm going to be interviewing Meagan and Kendra of Lemolo later today to talk about their most recent album, The Kaleidoscope, and just talk about how they came to be and where they are going. Check them out and be sure to hit them up on Twitter and Facebook if you dig their music.