Pre-game link dump

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Ain't no link dump like a World Series link dump.

An infographic-y analysis of the 2012 Championship Series. | SportsonEarth.com
Yeah, I traded laughs/in for charts and graphs/but all of that is only fun/until the evening comes
Your guess is as good as mine/as to just what kind/of trouble I might find/tonight out of my mind

Because there's a World Series game tonight. Also, Affordable Wedding Invitations made just the sweetest comment in the comments of this piece!

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2012 World Series: A tale of 2 types of offenses - Beyond the Box Score
This is a great article that shows what the Giants are doing right with their lineup. Short answer: No Emmanuel Burrii in the lineup.

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Giants' Pence Rides 2 Wheels to the Park - NYTimes.com
The summary for this article: "Right fielder Hunter Pence of the San Francisco Giants travels to his games at AT&T Park on a motor scooter painted in the team's colors, orange and black."

All I want is for him to hit so I can love him unconditionally, dang it.

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BaseballAmerica.com: John Manuel: Pro Scouting Finds Help Fill Out Tigers, Giants World Series Rosters
I'm not sure which BA articles are free and which ones aren't. But I think this 2012 Draft Report Card is a free preview. They're all worth a read.

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Episode 93: World Series Preview, Part Two | Giantspod
I did a podcast with the folks at Giantspod. They put me on after Jonah Keri, and I was sure that he badmouthed me during his segment, so I spent my entire segment ripping on Keri. Turns out I was completely off, but, well, can't go back and fix it now.

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Prospect Retrospective: Pablo Sandoval, 3B, San Francisco Giants | Prospect Retrospective: Sergio Romo, RHP, San Francisco Giants - Minor League Ball
Those are two different links. It's easy to forget that Pablo Sandoval started in high-A in 2008, completely out of the top-30 list. Sickels also takes a look at Sergio Romo, who singlehandedly made the 2005 draft worthwhile.

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Brooks Baseball · Home of the PitchFX Tool - Umpire Card: Fieldin Culbreth
What's the strike zone like for the home-plate umpire of Game 3? Fancy charts!

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Baseball Prospectus | Pebble Hunting: Watching the Worst Game of 2011
I forgot about this article until the Giants and Tigers met in the World Series, and it's one of Sam Miller's best. It will always be relevant. Go for the writing, stay for the Barry Zito graphic put up by the Detroit broadcast.

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IS MONEYBALL DEAD? A SHOCKING EXPOSÉ - Baseball Nation
I was worried that you weren't reading enough of my writing. Or any of it. So here's some. There are pictures! Just look at the pictures.

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