Throwback Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016 (aka links dump)

January 21, 2016

Since I posted the first of these on a Thursday, which is known on social media as a time of reflection, I thought to make it a regular thing under this rubric. These are kind of fun; it’s like a box of chocolates — you never know what you’re gonna get. (Actually, I never understood that famous quote from Forrest Gump. If it’s a box of chocolate covered cherries, don’t you know exactly what you’re going to get?)

On the one hand, I’m happy to report that I’m catching up/running out of these old links. On the other hand, it’s been cool reminiscing.

I highly recommend Pocket as a way to hold onto links you come that you want to keep. Unlike bookmarks, Pocket keeps the entire page and makes it relative easy for you to find stuff you “pocketed.” I have keepers going back six years — more than 5,000 links — and I’ve decided it’s time to start cleaning house so here are some submitted for your amusement, perusal, and education. Some are not current, but in a sense, they’re timeless. Note: Sometimes individual sites remove the content or simply cease their existence, so Pocket isn’t 100 percent foolproof.

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♦ Here’s my Bookreporter review of Francona: The Red Sox Years.

♦ Not overtly baseball, but I imagine the theme is  here’s this TED talk, “Sport psychology: Inside the mind of champion athletes,” from Martin Hagger.

♦ Ah, the joy of learning Mike Piazza would be coming out with a book, with all the speculation about how forthcoming he would be. In retrospect, it seems he received quite a bit of grief/attention.

♦ I wonder what ever happened to this Bobby Valentine project?

♦ Baseball: Past and Present offered this review of Robert Fitts’ 2012 release Banzai Babe Ruth.

♦ The trade publication Library Journal published this review of several DVD about baseball, including documentaries, feature films, and instructionals.

♦ Baseball Reflections offered this review of Trading Bases: A Story About Wall Street, Gambling, and Baseball (not necessarily in that order). They also reviewed Closer: Major League Players Reveal the Inside Pitch on Saving the Game. I haven’t read this book, but I wonder how different the stories can be, especially when modern day bullpen artists come in with the bases clean so often, as opposed to pitching multiple innings in tougher situations. I’m sure there’s some site that analyzes the degrees of save difficulties.

♦ Here’s a photo-essay on plays at the plate, with varying degrees of seriousness.

♦ Will Leitch reviewed 2013 edition of Baseball Prospectus for Sports on Earth. (Here are Parts Two and Three of my 2010 conversation with Leitch.)

♦ This piece on Weird Scoreboard Facts reminded me of the backs of baseball cards back in some of the series the 1960s and 70s that provided interesting minutia about the player depicted or the sport in general , with lesser or greater success.

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