ICYMI: SweetSpots hits of the week


With profiles on individuals or organizations in baseball doing it their own way despite doubters, the ESPN SweetSpot Blogs are happy to provide you with some good baseball material for you to read this Independence Day weekend.

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Arizona Diamondbacks: Inside the 'Zona

Castillo makes choice clear: The D-backs have a big decision to make this weekend, with Rule 5 pick Oscar Hernandez's rehab assignment set to end this weekend. Ryan P. Morrison looks at whether Welington Castillo has done enough for the team to cut ties with Jarrod Saltalamacchia. Twitter: @ryanpmorrison

Colorado Rockies: Rockies Zingers

Blackmon trade on the horizon?: Marco Mamolen debuts with a piece suggesting the Rockies might want to consider trading Charlie Blackmon while his value is high and while the Rockies have alternate options in the wings. Twitter: @DrHekylR

Detroit Tigers: Walkoff Woodward

Crumbling rotation the real reason behind Tigers' continued mediocrity: The once-feared Tigers rotation is now a very ordinary unit for a .500 ballclub. Grey Papke examines how this happened and why the starters bear the brunt of the responsibility for Detroit's ongoing struggles. Twitter: @WalkoffWoodward

Milwaukee Brewers: Disciples of Uecker

Tanking: With a successful series against the Phillies, the Brewers officially appear to be back on track, or at least more on track than any point in the season. Keeping this in mind, Nicholas Zettel examines the Brewers' potential landing spot in "Tank Standings." Is it better for the Brewers' veterans to pull it together and win 77, or to trade away talent and win 64? Twitter: @spectivewax

New York Mets: MetsToday.com

The public be damned?: With ownership unwilling to spend enough to make the Mets a pennant contender, Dan Capwell recalls an infamous quote by railroad baron William Henry Vanderbilt. Twitter: @MetsToday

Toronto Blue Jays: Blue Jays Plus

It's time to apologize to Pillar: Gideon Turk takes a look at a mechanical adjustment Kevin Pillar made, and whether it's turned him into a useful everyday player. Twitter: @gideonturk

Skepticism, acceptance, and Kevin Pillar: Matt Gwin joins the Kevin Pillar fan club, looking at how his defense and baserunning have added to his value. Twitter: @Matt_HBB