Links: May 11

Looking back at Nomar Garciappara's greatest day ... and his brilliant but too short career.

This was a fun one. I heard a startlingly loud crack on a home run ball hit by Bryce Harper, and it sent me back to ask that great Buck O'Neil question: What are the loudest home runs I've ever heard?

For The Athletic: I've been thinking a lot about the Hall of Fame and career numbers. So many players play several average or below average seasons to reach what we might consider Hall of Fame caliber numbers. Is that really how we should look at things?

In other words: What should averge or below average seasons do for a Hall of Fame case?