Friday Liftoff Links

WESTERLAND, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 22: Philip Koester of Germany in action during a training session prior to the Windsurf World Cup Sylt 2011 on September 22, 2011 in Westerland, Germany. (Photo by Joern Pollex/Bongarts/Getty Images)

While the Astros were unveiling the new logo I was putting together these solid links for you viewing pleasure.


Power Rankings

Beyond the Box Score Power Rankings: Week 25 - Beyond the Box Score
Even with the 100 losses the Astros are still some how climbing the BtBS Power Rankings.

FanGraphs Power Rankings – 9/19/11 | FanGraphs Baseball
The Astros have managed to stay out of the basement for another week in FanGraphs Power Rankings.

Ranking Major League Baseball By Twitter Followers
A look at team popularity by twitter. So like OMG follow me on twitter @_ymmit .



The Offseason Has Already Started

Previewing The Market: Second Basemen - Beyond the Box Score
This winter's market for second basemen doesn't have a Fielderesque star in it, but it's full of intriguing young players and veterans that shouldn't require expensive long-term commitments. Focusing on the keystone, I cover free agents, trade candidates, sleepers and even one big-name wild card as I take an in-depth look at this winter's market. Jose Altuve doesn't make an appearance but Matt Downs does.

Martinez Corpus Christis 2011 Player of the Year | Corpus Christi, TX | |
J.D. Martinez left his mark on the Minor League system now he'll do it at the Major League level.




FanGraphs Official Position On: Single Season UZR | FanGraphs Baseball
A very good article discussing UZR and it's use when analyzing a player. A lot of what the article discusses makes sense and after reading it I think I've adjusted my own way of looking at the data.

25th anniversary: Pitcher misses perfecto in debut by one pitch
Cecil Cooper, Joe Morgan and a near perfecto all make an appearance in The Hardball Times article.

A Discussion About Evaluating Pitchers | FanGraphs Baseball
Dave Cameron and Eric Seidman discuss the Cy Young candidates in both leagues. It's a long read but a good one on evaluating pitchers using statistics such as BABiP and FIP.

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