Wednesday Liftoff Links

MILWAUKEE, WI - JULY 31: Umpire Eric Cooper wipes his face with a towel to try and stay cool in the heat during teh game between the Milwaukee Brewers against the Houston Astros at Miller Park on July 31, 2011 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo by Scott Boehm/Getty Images)

While Tim's on vacation, reveling in the Michael Bourn trade, I was putting these links together for you.

Minor leagues

 

Stubby Clapp Has Epic Meltdown After Being Ejected From Tri City Game Monday | Top Prospect Alert Minor League Blog - 
He was not a fan of this call. Would you be happier with Stubby as the Astros manager instead of Millsy?

 

MLB Draft - Jack Armstrong and Carter Capps on opposite paths in the Cape Cod League - ESPN
Oh boy. Bad news about Jack Armstrong. Or, is it good news as it'll get him to sign faster?

Trade Roundup

 

Prospects in the Michael Bourn Trade - Minor League Ball
Prospects in the Michael Bourn Trade: Juan Abreu, Brett Oberholtzer, Paul Clemens

 

Waiver Deal Candidates | FanGraphs Baseball
Wandy's on the list, but says there's no reason for Wade to trade him. Maybe.

 

Michael Bourn and Self-Evaluation - Beyond the Box Score
A story on the importance of proper self-evaluation, relating to Michael Bourn's trade to Atlanta. It's nice to see someone outside the Astros blogosphere expressing the same thoughts we've been having.

Miscellaneous geekery

 

Crowdsourcing MLB Broadcasters: Names and Places | FanGraphs Baseball
The start of an effort to grade broadcasters based on the wisdom of the crowds.

 

"The media tries to keep Philadelphia fans from being happy" | HardballTalk
I hope someday to get called out in a similar manner.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tough Losses - Beyond the Box Score
Nolan Ryan and Don Sutton both turn up on this list of pitchers with the most tough luck losses in their careers. 

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