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Daily Link Dump 8/19/14

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Links before a brief series with the Mets.

Thearon W. Henderson

Joe Posnanski wrote an excellent article on Doug Fister and the bias against pitchers who throw under 90 miles per hour.

For reasons that make absolutely no sense to just about anyone with a functioning brain, the Diamondbacks plan to give Kirk Gibson another shot at managing their team. It should be noted that AL West teams are slated to face NL West teams in 2014. That means the A's will likely play three or four games against Gibson's crew.

Joe Stiglich talked about Jeff Samardzija's decision to play baseball instead of football.

On this day in 1951, Eddie Gaedel played for the St. Louis Browns.

Dave Belisle, coach of the Little League World Series team from Cumberland, Rhode Island, gave a fantastic postgame speech after the team from Chicago eliminated his squad from the competition. That team from Chicago is connected to Curtis Granderson, who will be at the Coliseum for the next two days. It is especially notable to have an inner-city team composed of minority players competing in a tournament primarily made of suburban children.

Which pitchers have thrown more sliders as of late? A lot of them come from the AL West.

Landon Jones has ranked first basemen for the current month.

Cee Angi looks at reasons for the A's recent slump.

Joe Mikulik, manager of the Myrtle Beach Pelicans, had a meltdown for the ages after a call at the plate went against his team.

Rob Neyer encourages fans to enjoy the race for the AL West title.

Things have gotten interesting in the clubhouse between Mike Scoscia and Josh Hamilton. Gabe Kapler and Donovan McNabb weigh in on the situation.

Six teams are considered to be in the running for Cuban outfielder Rusney Castillo, including one in the AL West.

Yoenis Cespedes weighed in on the trade that sent him across the country.

Susan Slusser held a roundtable with Oakland's Holy Triumvirate of John Jaso, Derek Norris and Stephen Vogt.

Tonight's minor league action includes the RIver Cats hosting Oklahoma City and Drew Granier pitching for Midland.

On this day a year ago, Brandon Moss hit a walkoff homer to give the A's a 2-1 victory over the Mariners behind a complete game from Jarrod Parker.

Tonight's starting lineup includes a variety of righties and lefties. It also includes three catchers! The bench has both right-handed and left-handed bats, as well as a switch-hitter.