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San Francisco Giants link dump, 9/17 - 9/23

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Barry Zito at his Flamethrowingest | FanGraphs Baseball
Jeff Sullivan looks into the fastest fastball that Barry Zito could fast. It's much, much harder than I could throw a baseball right now. And about five-to-ten miles faster than I could at my peak. So cut him a break, Sullivan. Jeez.

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With strong season in San Jose, Crick reaffirms status as top prospect | Giants Extra
Kyle Crick will save us. Kyle Crick will save us. Kyle Crick will save us.

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Baseball Prospectus | Baseball ProGUESTus: Made in Japan
I loved this, and I want about half of these products. I wonder if people in Everton are just geeked about Seattle Sounders gear. Probably not. But that's because they don't have any taste.

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The Umpire Calls That Replay Won't Fix - WSJ.com
Well, this was kind of a surprise. When it comes to calls teams get out of the strike zone, the Giants are slightly below average. It's almost like they have an average defensive catcher 80 percent of the time, with a below-average catcher the other ... no, no, this is probably just sample size.

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Sizing up Cuban slugger Jose Dariel Abreu - ESPN
A scouting report on Jose Abreu, if you're into that sort of thing.

Spoiler: He's not signing with the Giants.

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TBT: Willie Mays announces his retirement | Field of Teams
A quick hit on the retirement of Willie Mays ...

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Here's Willie Mays, MVP, Eating Breakfast In His Little Apartment
... and a picture of him in his apartment at the height of his fame. Huh.

Remember this the next time you want to bitch about the MLBPA. When that picture was taken, Horace Stoneham was literally eating broiled phoenix breast, with a side of dodo foie gras. Literally.

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Why Do Baseball Players Still Bunt So Damn Much
No idea. Bruce Bochy is actually one of the least-buntingest managers out there, which is why it was weird that he had Brandon Belt the other day in that game I've forgotten about because it doesn't matter at all. But don't forget the Dusty Baker Era. Man, there were a lot of bunts back then.

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Jon Miller explains the downfall of the 2013 Giants. | SportsonEarth.com : Howard Megdal Article
Jon Miller talks to Howard Megdal about what went wrong with the '13 Giants.

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A simple picture
Someone sent this to me. Seemed important. And terrifying.

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Another picture
Someone sent this to me. Seemed important. Also, terrifying.