A bit of reading material on a Tuesday.

Mike Petriello (FanGraphs) extols the virtue of Billy Hamilton’s range on the center fielder’s 24th birthday.

Craig Calcaterra (NBC Sports, Hardball Talk) pens a long-read (8,000 words) debunking claims about the decline of baseball’s popularity. This is one of the best articles I’ve read all year and worth the time commitment – full of strong, well-researched points.

If it makes you feel better about the Reds – even a tiny amount – to watch bonehead plays by other teams, by all means, watch this blooper-fest from the Dodgers last night. The video clip shows four versions of the call, including Vin Scully’s.