Previously on Beyond the Box Score
- The New York Yankees and Never Selling by Andrew Shen - Beyond the Box Score
Despite a struggling offense and the oldest team in baseball, the Bronx Bombers are closing in on a deal for Alfonso Soriano as I type this. Will we ever see a day when New York rebuilds?
- Will We Ever See Another 70 Home Run Hitter? by Peter Bendix - Beyond the Box Score
If Chris Davis does hit 70 home runs this year, I think it's safe to say that Peter was the first one to call it. Because he called it 5 years ago, before Davis was known as Crush, before he was an All-Star, and before he even had 20 career home runs. That guy is good.
- Optimizing Your Lineup by The Book by Sky Kalkman - Beyond the Box Score
Another throw back on a slow BtBS day. Regardless of how large the impact is (about 1 win over 162 games), baseball fans love to talk about the batting order for their favorite teams. So Sky walks us through which hitters should hit in what spots to return the best results.
Around the Sabersphere
- Jake Peavy is not Matt Garza, May Be Better by Dave Cameron - FanGraphs
With Matt Garza off the market, most now consider Jake Peavy the best pitcher still available. Is it possible that he was also the best pitcher available before Garza was traded?
- Adjusting RE24 for Baserunning by Matt Hunter - The Hardball Times
RE24, while a great measure, certainly has some shortcomings. One such drawback is that the hitter is credited entirely for the quality of the runners on base in front of him, for better or for worse. Matt attempts to to take out this bias and finds some interesting results.
- The Dodger Batter Who's Been Better Than Puig by Zachary Levine - Baseball Prospectus
Someone's been better than Puig? And on his own team? Don't look now, but Hanley Ramirez is quietly playing like HANLEY RAMIREZ once again. How is he doing it and can he keep it up? Zachary digs in to find out.
Around SB Nation
- The Bad Teams That Won't Sell by Grant Brisbee - Baseball Nation
As the trade deadline rapidly approaches, teams should know if they are contenders or not. Unfortunately it seems that some teams are in a wee bit of denial.
- The Toughest Job In Baseball by son of ptbarnum - Athletics Nation
Putting together a playoff team with a tiny budget? That pales in comparison to selling tickets in Oakland of all places. Son of Ptbarnum interviews Jim Leahey about how difficult his job is.
- Why Do We Obsess Over the Trade Deadline? by Bryan Joiner - Over The Monster That is the question of the day, nay the month.
Outside the Sabersphere
- NFL Trade Value, Pt. 2 by Bill Barnwell Grantland
Who are the most valuable players in professional football? Bill and Bill (Simmons) set out to answer that question.