Weekend link dump

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Light on the Giants, heavy on the dumping.

There isn't enough Giants news to fill a link dump. Lean times. But there's still an near-infinite amount of good reading out there, and my goal is to share it with you because I am so learn-ed and worldly.

To the links!

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Aubrey Huff intends to play in 2013, hopes an opportunity opens up - CBSSports.com
This news has been met with guffaws and mean-spirited japes. SHOW SOME RESPECT, YOU DERELICTS. If you lend me some money when Huff is at a bar (because I'm broke), Huff will never have to buy a drink in this town again. Here's hoping he can find something, preferably in the A.L., so he doesn't murder the Giants in a predictable fashion.

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Sam Khalifa - Briefly a Rising Star, Forever a Mourning Son - NYTimes.com
Khalifa was a shortstop for the Pirates in the ’80s. I knew the name, knew the baseball card, but had no idea of this story. It's unbelievable.

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The 50 best baseball players not in the Hall of Fame, Version 3.0 | Baseball: Past and Present
A list of the players who aren't in the Hall (yet). This is a good reminder to go to Barry Bonds's Baseball Reference page and just stare for a while.

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For MLB's Venezuelan players, stardom comes with a hidden danger - ESPN Boston
FDo you take as much stuff for granted as I do? Because it feels like I take everything for granted until I make a concerted effort to pay attention to the things I've never had to deal with or contemplate. Here's what it's like to be young, rich, successful, and deathly afraid of life in your home country. I can't even imagine ...

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Roberto Alomar's weird Hall of Fame plaque
By way of Will Leitch at Sports on Earth, we're alerted to the fact that Roberto Alomar's Hall of Fame plaque is weird looking.

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HOF vote: Tossing a no-no to PED guys | Golfers West

Editor’s Note: All three golferswest.com writers, Bob Sherwin, Jim Street and Kirby Arnold, covered baseball for various newspapers long enough to earn the right to vote for Baseball’s Hall of Fame.

Oh.

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An Oral History of Nick Punto Sliding Headfirst into First Base - Twinkie Town
I wish I wrote this. It's fantastic. And it reminds me that it's been a long time since I've done a fake oral history, which is a format that hasn't been picked on enough yet. But it also gives me an excuse to dust that oral history off from the archives! Hooray!

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The Godfather Wars | Vanity Fair
A friend just alerted me to the existence of this article, which is just mesmerizing. I knew a smidgen of this story, but I didn't know anything about the best parts.

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