Friday Filberts

March, 27, 2009
Is it still navel-gazing if you're gazing at the navels of others? Please let me know. In the mean time, today's links include a bunch of stuff about my fellow bloggers and such …

• To commemorate Billy Beane's 47th birthday (this weekend) we present -- well, actually Athletics Nation presents -- a long interview with Mr. Beane: Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3.

• ShysterBall suggests -- here, and then again here -- that franchise values must be dropping more than anyone's bothered to notice before now.

• Josh Kalk, who used to do PITCHf/x analysis at The Hardball Times, is retiring from blogging. The scuttlebutt is that he's been hired by a major league club, and the scuttlebutt is supported by the odd fact that all of Kalk's old stuff has been deleted from the site. You can just do that?

• Tango compares the BBWAA to Congress (and I can get away with linking to stuff like this because I still haven't seen my membership card, and so I'm beginning to think the whole thing was just a wonderful practical joke).

• Meanwhile, MGL kindly offers the big clubs some advice on effective base-stealing tactics.

• From Ducksnorts, a collection of valuable Brattain-related links.

• Jim Bowden: the gift that just keeps on giving.

• Scott Lemieux responds to a question of mine (and yes, it's nice to know that someone out there is actually paying attention).

• When my friends collide … King Kaufman interviews Allen Barra about Barra's book about Berra.

Big doings with our friends over at Baseball Prospectus.

• I had to read this, so you do, too (and in a similar vein, Darren Rovell goes somewhere I just can't).



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