Today's links were worth the wait ...
- Just when you figured the commissioner's credibility didn't have anywhere to go but up, he goes and signs his name to something like this. I mean, sheesh.
- Craig's right. When it comes to the umpires, the great majority of baseball fans care about just one thing: getting the calls right.
- In a nice little book preview, Dave Studeman wonders (and discovers, to a point) where all the runs have gone.
- No real news here, but I love this bit from Henry Schulman: "The Giants plan to use a carrot-and-stick approach with Pablo Sandoval's conditioning this winter. If he does not eat enough carrots, they might stick him in Fresno to start the 2011 season."
- It's official: Joakim Soria -- a.k.a. "The Mexexutioner" -- is Mexico's National Sports Award winner. That might not mean anything to you. But I'll bet it means something to Soria. Particularly considering that the award is accompanied by a cash bonus equivalent to roughly one month of Soria's 2010 salary with the Royals.
- Nerd Fight Alert!
- Yeah, it always seems odd when a non-superstar (in the popular mind, anyhow) turns down $48 million. But it might be the best thing for all parties.
- I owe you an apology. Last week, when putting together a few links in the wake of Sparky Anderson's passing, I missed probably the best of them.
- Because you demanded it, we've got the latest on Big League Chew's return to these United States. Blue or red, that's something we can all celebrate.