Wednesday Liftoff Links

CARMAUX, FRANCE - JULY 12: The peloton during Stage 10 of the 2011 Tour de France from Aurillac to Carmaux on July 12, 2011 in Carmaux, France. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

While Derek Jeter was snubbing the All-Star festivities I was putting together these links that won't snub you.

 

The All-Star Break

Editor's Picks | Altuve shares his thoughts during the Futures Game - Video | astros.com: Multimedia
Guess who got mic'd up for the futures game this past Sunday.

Appy Astros: Altuve Gets A World Of Attention
A nice roundup on the thing said about the one the only Jose Altuve.

The Unfortunate State of the NL Third Baseman | FanGraphs Baseball
Third base in the NL this year lacks some punch.

The 2011 All-Flub Team | FanGraphs Baseball
Four Astros made this team.

 

The Astros

Ultimate Astros " As Drayton McLane leaves baseball, he still maintains a commitment to community
As Drayton McLane leaves baseball, he still maintains a commitment to community. Zach Levine with a nice piece McLane's final days as the Astros owner and what ventures his future holds.

Astros Sunday Roundup: Can Jim Crane Tempt Andrew Friedman to Houston? - SB Nation Houston
Andrew Friedman has worked wonders in Tampa Bay, but what could Jim Crane offer him to work for the Houston Astros?

Astros' Dufek enjoying early success | MiLB.com News | The Official Site of Minor League Baseball
One of the hottest Astros prospects in the system right now. Jonas Dufek added a new pitch and has found success.

 

The Trade Deadline

Potential Replacements For Alex Rodriguez At Third Base - MLB Daily Dish
Could someone on the Astros roster fill in for Rodriguez while he's out with an injury? I'd be pretty upset if the person mentioned in the article were traded to the Yankees.

07/11/2011 - Are Trade Winds Blowing?
An interesting take by Bob Hulsey of Astros Daily on the trade market and the current state of the Astros.

Yankees Trade Rumors: Alex Rodriguez Injury Leaves Yankees In Need Of Right-Handed Bat - SB Nation New York
Could we see Jeff Keppinger or Hunter Pence in pinstripes come August?

 

Power Rankings and a Convention

Beyond the Box Score Power Rankings: Week 15 - Beyond the Box Score
Well its finally happened, the Astros have sunk to the bottom of the Beyond the Box Scores Power Rankings. To be honest it's been a long time coming and I'm surprised they stayed out of the basement for so long.

10 things I didn’t know before SABR 41
THT's annual look back at the SABR convention, held this year in the LA area.

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