Tuesday Halolinks: Verlander is MVP, C.J. Wilson Gets Another Free Meal

Pitcher MVP link edition:

MORE LINKS AFTER THE BREAK...

  • Remember when Mark Whicker was our whipping boy?  Can you imagine getting stuck on an elevator with him and Lyle Spencer?  In this Whicker post, Busy work  - The Orange County Register, he does mention something interesting (!), "Officially they wanted him to sharpen his left-field play. "They wanted me to improve little things, and the way I was charging the ball," Trout said."  Wait a minute...don't the Angels already have a guy playing left?  A former Gold Glove winner?   Very interesting...but stupid.
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  • I wasn't aware he was that old...Texas Rangers Sign Joe Nathan - MLB Daily Dish, "Nathan, who turns 37 tomorrow, is guaranteed $15 million for the next two years."  A lot of money for a 37 year-old pitcher who missed the entire 2010 season after having Tommy John surgery, and posted his worst season in 2011.  Possibly since this signing will move Neftali Feliz into the Ranger rotation, the guy who wrote this linked article seems to think this is "a fantastic signing".  I'm not seeing it.
  • I've read in a couple places that there are some who can't understand why the players agreed to allow HGH testing.  This article makes a good point: Phil Rogers: Players seem to favor testing for use of human growth hormone - chicagotribune.com, "Players want the game to be clean. They want to be respected for their skills, not dismissed with suspicions, when they succeed on the field." 
  • And finally, the real reason behind Lenny Dykstra's decent into weirdo-ness...The Fall of Lenny Dykstra - Maxim

    Over his four years as an outfielder/pitcher for Garden Grove High, Dykstra emerged as Orange County’s best prep ballplayer. He batted .550 and entered the June 1981 amateur draft absolutely certain his hometown Angels would select him in the first round. Instead, they took shortstop Dick Schofield. The first round passed. The second round passed. Finally, with the 315th pick in the 13th round, the lowly New York Mets took a shot. Dykstra was livid. "‘Fuck the Angels," says Brian. "That was his attitude from that day forward." The pain never left.

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