It's Friday, it's hot and the trade rumors are flying fast and furious. But let's take a break and check on some links.
Our friends at The Platoon Advantage have a fun list where they pick one player from each franchise that fans just can't judge rationally. Like Braves fans and Jeff Francoeur. Or, in the opposite direction, Ryan Howard and Phillies fans. Anyway, take a look at their list and join the debate.
Chip Buck writes that Adrian Gonzalez isn't the AL MVP right now ... and maybe not even the Red Sox team MVP.
There has been a lot of controversy on how the Rockies have handled former No. 1 pick Tyler Matzek, who was sent home for a short time this season due to an inability to throw strikes. Logan Burdine of Blake Street Bulletin takes a look at the issues.
The Human Cannonball ... maybe coming soon to a minor league park near you!
Meet the Pirates (part 2!).
My friend Jim Baker has a blog over at SB Nation. Check it out.
Chris Jaffe at The Hardball Times with 10 things you may not know about Bert Blyleven.
Joe Posnanski with stuff on Chris Getz, Adam Dunn and best seasons by age.
Aaron Gleeman points out that Justin Verlander has had 40 straight starts with 100-plus pitches, the most since 1988 (the first year we have pitch data).