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Gregg Zaun played 16 seasons in the big leagues, won a World Series ring with the '97 Marlins and now has ... well, this. Other links of the day:
After I wrote about 10 players who deserve Hall of Fame election, Bill at The Platoon Advantage has his own fun list: 20 guys who shouldn't be in the Hall of Fame. I can't say I disagree with any of the choice. I still don't understand the wave of support that Bruce Sutter received a few years ago. The most controversial guy on the list is Catfish Hunter, who frankly is vastly overrated. But he had a few big seasons, pitched well in the World Series and become the first big-bucks free agent.
Jon Weisman checks in to see if Clayton Kershaw has a chance to wrestle the NL Cy Young Award from the Phillies' three-headed monster.
Feel-good story about the Indians passing the hat for teammate Jack Hannahan to pay for a private plane so he could get home in time for the premature birth of his son.
The Indians also released Austin Kearns and Craig Calcaterra and made a good point about overrating young players with old players' skills. Baseball America rated Kearns the No. 11 prospect in baseball before the 2002 seasons, mostly based on a big season in the Midwest League in 2000. But after hitting .315 as a rookie with the Reds in '02, never came close to that figure again.
ESPN Insider Jason Grey looks at new Red Sox call-up Ryan Lavarnway, a hard-hitting catcher with questionable defensive skills. Lavarnway could DH for the week or so with David Ortiz sidelined. Also in Insider: Kevin Goldstein wonders if the Diamondbacks should call up pitcher Trevor Bauer, the third pick in the June draft.
Joe Posnanski with a great story -- maybe true, maybe not -- about Duane Kuiper and Jim Bibby.
Ian Kinsler's hit Wednesday may have buried the Angels for good.
Wednesday was the anniversary of one of the darkest days in Indians history.
Chris Quick had a nice chart of all the Giants' injuries in 2011. We've been putting a lot of blame on Bruce Bochy for playing Aubrey Huff and not playing Brandon Belt, but it would be a different story if the Giants had remained reasonably healthy.
Finally ... don't miss this fun piece from Paul Lukas, who examines 10 famous uniform-related myths. They're not all baseball ones, but you'll enjoy the read.