Weekly Links for 2/22/11


Time for some more links from around the baseball blogosphere…

Joe Guzzardi over at Baseball Past and Present wrote up about how he is turned off by the talk surrounding Albert Pujols and his next contract. I think that the topic is interesting, but it is hard to feel a lot of sympathy for anyone when you start arguing about the difference between $20 million and $30 million in annual salary.

Arne over at Misc. Baseball had a couple of great posts again, this time about the minor league career of Felix Hernandez, and a great post about Ronald Reagan and his link to baseball.

As we get closer to the first games of the season, Twinsgirl197 over at Twinkie Town, the SBNation blog for the Twins, breaks down 50 reasons to love baseball. Just a further reminder of what is so great about this sport.

I’ve also finished a couple of great baseball books recently, and can highly recommend these titles:

The End of Baseball as We Knew It by Charles Korr – This is a great read about the evolution and growth of the MLBPA from its infancy in the late 1950’s and early 1960’s until 1981.

The Bullpen Gospels by Dirk Hayhurst – Follow Dirk through the trials and tribulations of a year in the minors, and the many facets of the game that aren’t always so visible. A very well written, well thought out book that I would say that any baseball fan should read.

The Eastern Stars:  How Baseball Changed the Dominican Town of San Pedro de Macoris by Mark Kurlansky – Another excellent read, this one talks about the evolution of the most famous town in the Dominican Republic, home to many professional baseball players over the span of the last 50+ years.

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