- David Schoenfield, SweetSpot blogger
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I'm from Seattle, where the wave was invented. It was a fun thing in the '80s at Seahawks games, when the decibel level in the Kingdome would reach near-unbearable levels. But at baseball games? In 2011? I was at a Red Sox game last night when the crowd in the right-field bleachers attempted to get a wave going. It never made its around the ballpark, despite repeated efforts.
Anyway, Page 2 has a story saying the Texas Rangers have sort of unofficially banned the wave. Check out that story and a few other links:
Rory Paap of Bay City Ball has a few letters to Brian Sabean and Bruce Bochy, beginning with one about Brandon Belt and Aubrey Huff.
Speaking of the Giants -- or ex-Giants -- Clay Davenport has a statistical study of Zack Wheeler and comes up with a list of statistically comparable minor league pitchers. If you're a Mets fan, at least one name on the list is good news.
The Common Man lists the five greatest deals in deadline history.
Colin Wyers of ESPN Insider and Baseball Prospectus reports that deadline deals rarely make a difference in deciding playoff teams.
Stephanie Liscio writes about the Indians picking up Kosuke Fukudome.
The Braves have a big problem and it has to do with the letters "O," "B" and "P."
Paul Sporer breaks down whether Jason Kubel and/or Kevin Slowey could help the Pirates.
Snakes on Jefferson has five trades that make sense for the Diamondbacks.
Will the Mariners do anything? (I mean, other than lose more games.)
What if Barry Bonds had retired in 1998? Joe Posnanski crunches some numbers and makes an interesting argument.
Mark Simon met some fellow Mets fans in Cincinnati.
USA Today's Erik Brady with a touching story of the man who died in his house from the airline crash two years ago in Buffalo. Doug Wielinski had a huge sports memorabilia collection, much of it lost in the accident.
Had lunch with old friend with Dan Shanoff today. Be sure to check out his website, Quickish, a valuable compilation of stories, tweets, links and other recommendations.