San Francisco Giants Link Dump, 3/26

Remember when Jason Christiansen got into a fight with Barry Bonds in 2005 and then Barry had to get another knee surgery? What? No, I'm not still bitter. - Thearon W. Henderson

When you first took my hand on a cold Christmas Eve you promised me link dumps were waiting for me

Let's just head this off at the pass: That BABIP thing later on? I did not make that up. I know you kids nowadays won't believe me, but in the heady days of 2009, people actually believed that.

With a season on-deck, Dusty Baker's garden grows
Now, he's certainly been very successful growing his vegetables this year, and I don't want to take that away from him, but I don't understand why Dusty takes his onions out of the garden early and gives them the game ball. THERE'S STILL LIFE IN THOSE ONIONS. DON'T ENTRUST THIS TO BRUSSELS SPROUTS!

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Organic Chemistry and Trick Analytics
Remember that ESPN graphic that talked about the well-aligned subgroups in the Giants clubhouse? As it turns out, there were some other issues with the article, like for example all of it, apparently. Try to contain your shock.

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Anatomy of a Pitch
ESPN has this neat feature on 7 Diamondbacks describing their best pitch. Weirdly, Trevor Cahill chooses his sinker, instead of his trademark LookingLikeAGiantBabySoIfYouGetAHitIWillBeSadAndWhoWantsToMakeABabySadball.

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If All Hell Breaks Loose At Second Base, Will The Giants, You Know, Panik?
El Lefty Malo takes a look at the Giants second base situation, and you'll never guess what name he brings up! I mean, unless you looked at the title of his post, in which case, yeah, you have a pretty good idea.

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Adding Complexity Doesn’t Make Spring Stats More Predictive
You know that rule that players who have abnormally high spring training slugging percentages will have big years? Well, funny story: it doesn't work. It's the "You can approximate BABIP by taking line drive percentage and adding .120" of today.

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NL MVP Andrew McCutchen on staying positive, helping others
Andrew McCutchen is a swell person and I'm glad he plays for the Pirates, so I can be a total bandwagon fan of him and his team. I don't know why people disparage being a bandwagon fan. I take joy in his successes and feel no pain when his team fails. It's way more fun than my Giants fandom.

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