No car batteries or cans of paint, please.
Edit: I forgot the most important link to dump! Old Time Family Baseball is having a blogathon for charity! Michael Clair is blogging every half-hour for the next 24 hours, and he's doing it to solicit donations for Doctors Without Borders.
After he passes out in a puddle of his own spittle, he will run guest contributions all Sunday. I contributed a short story based on real-life events, but you can't read it unless you donate $500.
(That isn't true. Well, the story part is true, but you don't have to pay to read it. But you should donate if you have the means! Doctors Without Borders is a great charity that's been featured here before. )
Giants' Posey, Pence avoid arbitration - SFGate
We'll start with the news, which is that Buster Posey signed a one-year, $8 million deal to be the catcher for the 2013 San Francisco Giants. Henry Schulman says there's still a chance for a longer deal before the season starts.
When Buster met Yogi
A neat video of Buster Posey visiting the Yogi Berra Museum and interacting with the namesake. In addition to Fritz Museum, Posey also met and interacted with Berra, which is hella cool
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Career WAR leaders | FanGraphs Baseball
At the risk of repeating myself, I'm not in love with WAR. But it's pretty handy. It adjusts for era, league, and position, and it includes hitting, fielding, and running. It's imperfect, but when it comes to single numbers, it's the best we've got.
I never thought to look up the career leaders, though. I don't know why. I shouldn't have been surprised to see the Giants had two of the top three all-time leaders, but there they were (Youngblood, Ortmeier).
Here is Pope John Paul II in a batting cage - Baseball Nation
I don't care if this is fake. If it's fake, it's a pretty fantastic fake, and it was well-played. If it's not a fake, it's Pope John Paul II in a batting cage, which is like the Pope John Paul II in a batting cage of YouTube videos.
Introducing Beers Above Replacement | NotGraphs Baseball
I'm not much of a beer guy, but even I can appreciate this. In March, I was with the author in a Scottsdale bar that had 30 different beers on tap and a fumillion different bottles, and you could see the giddiness in his eyes. It was Disneyland and Wrigley Field rolled into one, but with more beer and drunkeness.
And I couldn't care less. I felt guilty. I knew at that exact moment there was someone ordering a beer at Bourbon & Branch, and that we would both hate each other.
The versatility of Vin Scully - Baseball Nation
An appreciation of Vin Scully. I spent more time practicing my impression of Scully than I did writing this. Probably should have focused on the writing part.
Managers Corner - YouTube
NSFW Earl Weaver clip because RIP Earl Weaver.