Five years ago today, the Rangers walked Vladimir Guerrero four times in five plate appearances in their 10-3 win over the Angels. Three of the walks were intentional, and the game ended Guerrero's 44-game hitting streak against Texas. That was every game he'd played against them in his career up to that point. Vlad is a .318/.380/.556 career hitter, but he has hit .395/.461/.661 in 108 career games against the Rangers.
Here is this week's batch of post-trade deadline links...
- Brotherly Glove welcomes Hunter Pence to Philadelphia, but thinks the Phillies slightly overpaid.
- Crashburn Alley explains how the Phillies built for the future with the Pence trade.
- Call to the Pen says Ryan Howard should thank Phillies GM Ruben Amaro Jr. for the Pence deal.
- Purple Row really dislikes the Ubaldo Jimenez trade for the Rockies.
- Infield Chatter breaks down the good, the bad, and the ugly of Jimenez.
- Rant Sports says the best move the Indians made was trading Orlando Cabrera.
- Baseball Time In Arlington dreams on the Rangers' revamped bullpen.
- Amazin' Avenue believes the Mets played the trade deadline perfectly.
- The Days of Yost thinks the Brewers could have done more at the deadline.
- The Kept Faith provides reactions to the various deadline deals.
- ESPN 1040 Rays Insider looks at some Rays players that could be on the move in August.
- Flags Fly Forever lists ten players that could be dealt in waiver trades this month.
- Royals Review explains why the Royals didn't trade Melky Cabrera before the deadline.
- Capitol Avenue Club wrote about the Braves "failure" to land a right-handed bat.
- Yankees Fans Unite wonders if the Yankees really needed to add another starter.
- DC is for Baseball and FanSpeak both believe the Nationals should take a look at Wandy Rodriguez.
- Pirates Prospects tried to figure out which Pirates could bring draft pick compensation after the season.
- MLB Reports tries to figure out where Brett Lawrie will fit into the Blue Jays lineup.
- The Beanball wonders if Brent Lillibridge could be the new Michael Morse.
- Giants Nirvana takes a look at Andres Torres.
- Bleacher Nations looks at why Ryne Sandberg is no longer managing in the Cubs' minor league system.
- More Hardball shows that the East is dominating MLB.
- Replacement Level Baseball examined the Brewers' winning recipe.
- Baseball Nation created power rankings based on (fictitious) trade conservations.
- Beyond The Box Score tallied up the scoops each reporter got leading up to the trade deadline.
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