Monday afternoon linkaliciousness

June 18, 2012, San Diego, CA, USA; Texas Rangers center fielder Josh Hamilton (32) prior to the game against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-US PRESSWIRE

A variety of links from around the interwebs to entertain you on this Monday afternoon...

Rob Neyer has an article on the 2013 Hall of Fame class, and the drama and fighting that is going to ensue with Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, and Sammy Sosa among those who will be appearing on the ballot for the first time.

The Hardball Times points out that Yu Darvish has two different kinds of curves, which he seems to vary depending on the count...it is interesting to see how dramatic the split is...

This Week in GIFs includes Adrian Beltre, who really, is always giffable and should be in this list every week...

Jeff Sullivan has the Week in Worst, but alas, there are no Rangers there. But there's an ex-Ranger!

Jerry Crasnick writes that the negotiations between Cole Hamels and the Phillies have reached a "sensitive stage." I still believe Hamels ends up re-signing with Philly in the next few days...

Over at BTB, there's a piece on who in MLB has been the best, and the worst, relative to their salaries this year, and there's a Ranger in both the best and worst lists...

Dave Cameron lists his five most valuable players in MLB in terms of their trade value, and there's no real surprises in this group.

In off-topic links...

Spencer Hall offers his thoughts on the sanctions handed down by the NCAA against Penn State today. There's also some thoughts here from a lawyer you may have heard of who has a Baylor blog.

And scientists made a jellyfish out of a rat. Yay!

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