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Pitching Is Magic Friday Sept 20, 2013 Links

The 2nd last weekend of the season. In Boston. I thought this would have been a sort of meaningless series with one team already clinching a playoff spot while the other tries to think about next year but I didn't think the roles would be reversed as I envisioned in the pre season. Yet here we are. If it's the universe's idea of a joke then I don't think it is funny but a season like 2013 can kill one's appreciation of it.

Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports


Toronto Blue Jays’ Todd Redmond continues surprising hot streak in win over New York Yankees | National Post
National Post Recap: Redmond, who was expected to do a short stint as an emergency starter, is firmly in the mix for a starting spot for 2014

Punchless Yankees’ playoff hopes take another hit | New York Post
The always "Classy" NY Post Recap: Say good-bye to the 3-D Yankees who are Definitely Done Dancing.

Yankees drop two of three to Blue Jays as wild-card chances begin to fade - NY Daily News
NYDailyNews recap: The Yankees appeared to be running out of gas Thursday night. Unfortunately for them, Joba Chamberlain had plenty left.

Blue Jays hammer Yankees in rubber match | Toronto Star
The Star's Recap: Adam Lind, who could be playing his last month as a Blue Jay, put the game out of reach by crushing a three-run moonshot into the second deck.


The Blue Jay Hunter: Green with Playoff Envy
Ian writes about not watching any meaningful games in Sept as a Toronto fan. Note: On the faint bright side, the Jays stuck it to the Yanks (finally) by winning 2 of 3.

Toronto Blue Jays vs. Boston Red Sox: MLB series preview | Toronto Star
John Gibbons and the Blue Jays make their final visit of the season to Fenway Park.


MLB: Baseball’s flamethrowers have reached their speed limit | Toronto Star
Is there a limit to how fast a human being can throw? Yes, and that limit already has been reached, according to the research director of the American Sports Medicine Institute.

Blue Jays offer Mariano Rivera ‘distinctly Canadian’ goodbye gift | Toronto Star
In addition to donating $10,000 to the Mariano Rivera Foundation, the Blue Jays also gave the retiring New York Yankees great an Inuit sculpture.

For Blue Jays’ coach Sal Fasano, catching Mariano Rivera was ‘an absolute pleasure’ | National Post
When the Toronto Blue Jays honour Mariano Rivera before Thursday night’s game, one of his old catchers will be applauding in the home dugout

New York Yankees living and dying every night despite feeling of end of empire | National Post
Bruce Arthur: The Yankees are about business, and business has been unseasonably bad

The unbreakable records
And how to break them. At least a few of them. Maybe.

The Screwball: lights, camera, action in the bullpen!
These baseball movies will redefine the theater of the absurd

Daily Notes: Featuring Some Purple Prose, and the Suspiciously Remarkable Henderson Alvarez | FanGraphs Baseball
We are talking about a hitter with the following peripherals: 0 BB%, 35.7 K%, .538 BABIP. We are also talking about Henderson Alvarez. To say that he might be due for some regression would be, to understatements, approximately what Henderson Alvarez would be to right-handed pitchers from Carabobo, Venezuela, were it not for Felix Hernandez.

On Jeffrey Loria And Ownership | FanGraphs Baseball
Miami Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria was in the news this week and, as usual, there was a decidedly unctuous odor to it. Note: seriously, when has it not?

The National League’s Most Unhittable Starter | FanGraphs Baseball
Full, immediate disclosure: it’s actually a tie. When you think unhittability, you might think batting average against, or slugging percentage against, or something. Me, I prefer contact rate, because it’s elegant and simple.


Baseball History September 20th - National Pastime - Baseball History
1996 Eddie Murray’s 500th home run ball is sold to Michael Lasky for $280,000 and it could be worth as much as $500,000 thanks to an annuity to be paid over 20 years. The new owner, who is the founder of the Psychic Friends Network, plans to put the Camden Yards souvenir on public display for “the people of Baltimore". Note: little did the Psychic Friends Network know that they would go bankrupt in 1998 and is sort of back from the dead to continue the fine tradition of separating fools from their money.