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I Link Therefore I am Sunday Nov 3, 2013 Links

A brief links post of stuff around the world of baseball and sport.

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The Blue Jay Hunter: The Final Nail in the Coffin
Well, there it is ... that's the final nail in the coffin. The cherry on top of the Blue Jays utterly horrible season was watching the Boston Red Sox clinch a World Series title at Fenway Park.

Unconscious Nuggets Mascot Lowered To Court In Macabre Display
Rocky, the Denver Nuggets' mascot, was unconscious as he was lowered to the floor before Friday night's Blazers-Nuggets game. Because the harness was hidden, it looked like Rocky had been hanged and presented on the court as an omen for something. It was unsettling.

Mike Napoli Had A Wild, Drunken, Shirtless Saturday
A priceless photo of a shirtless Mike Napoli smoking a butt and roaming the streets of Boston surfaced Saturday night, but how did he get to that state? Here's a crude timeline, starting after the Red Sox championship parade ended.

The Strongest (and Weakest) Rookie Classes of 2013 | FanGraphs Baseball
Ugh. Ugh. Ugh. Especially for Jays fans.

2014 Free Agent Leaderboards | FanGraphs Baseball
A list of FAs for the 2013 offseason.

Card Corner: 1973 Topps: Don Baylor
His nickname was "Groove"

Taking the close pitch with two strikes
Looking at batter tendencies of taking vs. swinging at pitches on the edge of the plate.

Baseball History November 3rd - National Pastime - Baseball History
1999 In a nine-player deal, the Rangers trade super star Juan Gonzalez along with pitcher Danny Patterson and catcher Greg Zaun to the Tigers for pitchers Justin Thompson, Alan Webb and Francisco Cordero, outfielder Gabe Kapler, catcher Bill Haselman and infielder Frank Catalanotto. Note: added because 2 ex-Jays were part of this deal.