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• From our story about Bob Melvin's demise:
Two years later, the Diamondbacks made a surprise run to the NL West title despite scoring 20 fewer runs than they allowed -- a fact that led many to praise Melvin's ability to squeeze the most out of his lineup.
• Baseball Daily Digest's Bill Baer with what might be the last word (for now) on the difference between Raul Ibanez's performance and what many of us expected.
• Worry not, Yuniesky Betancourt fans. Yes, after finally drawing a walk, he'll rarely be seen in this space. But we've still got Bengie Molina, who's now racked up 104 plate appearances this season without a walk ... and like Betancourt (before his walk), Molina's on-base percentage is lower than his batting average!
• From mental_floss's Scott Allen, a list of nine famous baseball stadium vendors. (It's a solid compendium, but where is Fenway Park's Rob, the champion thrower of peanuts?)
• Murray Chass is not a big fan of Selena Roberts' new book. Steven Goldman's not a fan of Roberts' work, generally. I've decided to read the book only if someone pays me or makes me. (So far, so good.)
• Also, MGL isn't Bud Black's biggest fan. (My personal feeling is that Black can do absolutely no wrong, mostly because of this game).
• Wow, talk about a potential time sink ... every issue of Baseball Digest, searchable!
• I'm willing to cut Frenchy some slack because he's young and he's got a fun nickname, but in this case the evidence is damning.
• Uh-oh ... This is the last Cardboard Gods post for a while. Don't worry, though; it's for a great cause, and Josh will return.