Today is May 11, the 14th anniversary of IBM computer Deep Blue's victory over Gary Kasparov in a six-game chess match. On this day in 1977, Atlanta Braves owner Ted Turner made himself manager of the team, only to be removed by National League officials after the game. Also, this happened in 1950:
After fans boo him for misplaying a ball, Ted Williams makes an inappropriate gesture three times (once to left, once to center, and once to right) to the Red Sox fans sitting in the outfield stands. During his next at bat, as the booing continues, the Splendid Splinter becomes the Splendid Spitter as Williams steps out of the box to spit at fans to show his displeasure.
Milton Bradley is so misunderstood. Here are your fantasy baseball links for today:
Rotoprofessor looks at the five hitters with the lowest BABIP in the league. Make sure you check out their xBABIP (or at least their LD%) before blindly buying.
RotoGraphs has some guys who may be getting overlooked in your OBP league.
Baseball Prospectus tries to determine if there's a correlation between fastball speed and performance, using a ton of examples (and graphs!). The answer: It depends. You saw that coming, right? Anyway, it's worth checking out, because you're bound to learn something about a pitcher on your team.
Follow the jump for more of the latest fantasy baseball news and analysis from around the web.
Over the Monster ponders slump-busting methods for Dustin Pedroia. Ride it out, fantasy owners. He'll be back.
Don't let the gaudy strikeout rate fool you: Dexter Fowler has a very good batter's eye. Baseball Analytics explains.
Razzball declares (hopes) that this year is the year for Alex Gordon.
RotoGraphs examines Aramis Ramirez' career monthly numbers. It doesn't surprise me that a streaky, fly ball hitter that plays at Wrigley doesn't perform as well in May, but what's up with the April numbers? Anyway, if you're going to buy, wait until June.
Mike Scioscia's Tragic Illness (wait, what?) uses numbers and stuff to confirm what we already know: James Loney is clinically dead.
Roto Hardball notes that Gregor Blanco may see increased playing time with his new team. Monitor this situation if you need steals.
Lester's Legends believes in Brandon Beachy.
FanGraphs is impressed with Anibal Sanchez.
Fantasy Baseball Cafe keeps an eye on three prospects on the verge of getting called up.
The Fantasy Fix checks in on some rookies.
Finally, Baseball Prospectus settles the age-old debate: Who is stronger, A-Rod or Spider-Man?