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Jorge's end around on the music question was pathetic. I will picture him listening to LFO deep album cuts while he hectors people on Twitter until proven otherwise.
Regarding the use of Chapman in the playoffs, it's kind of forgotten now but Percival did earn all the saves for the 2002 Angels. Rodriguez was used for more innings and put up some amazing performances, but Percival wasn't a slouch in the one inning, close it down role. I think Jason's point still stands that Chapman's got to show enough control to make pitching in the higher leverage situations, or if he's brought in with runners on base. With Masset doing so well lately, the Reds do have some good problems to have in this regard.
Vampires: A VORP Story
Not sure about Degrassi, but Skins out of the BBC is a good guilty pleasure teen drama, with short seasons that make the time investment minimal.
An inning later, Bobby Valentine ALSO mistook "expletives" for "superlatives." There was no sign of a knowing chuckle to indicate he was ribbing Orel. I don't think I've ever heard a broadcast where the announcers even wanted to say the word "superlatives" twice, let alone mangled it.
After all that prudent analysis of the Dodgers' OF situation, they come out with ... Jamey Carroll in left.
Chris Duncan circa the 2006 World Series wished he could field like Dunn.
This podcast will be a goldmine for the Tumblr "Stuff Hipsters Hate." So far, we've got:
3) John Cusack movies
The first thing on Mota's baseball obituary will always be provoking Piazza into developing murderous eyes during spring training in 2003, throwing his glove and running for the hills.
Is Machado a Jio Mier type?
I don't know if there's much need for one if the new site design incorporates adjusting to mobile browsers. USA Today did turn that into a free app, but a slimmed down mobile design with a spot for a banner ad would pay off.
If you're looking at a weekly schedule, I really enjoy the setup for Slate's Hang Up and Listen podcast. They hit on a couple of main stories each week and then add in little takes at the end. It's like Sports Reporters, but actually decent. If a regular BP crew did this, I think it could work really well.
Plus, this year probably will determine if Billy Butler deserves to be in the upper-echelon names of that draft. Even with his relative disappointments, turning some of those doubles into home runs could make for a valuable masher pre-arbitration.
When trying to forget that Lohse is owed way too much money, I was puzzled by Stock already being designated a "miss." A 19-year-old catcher with a .936 OPS in Low-A? I was under the impression they were going to have him be a position player.
It will be interesting to see if Friday's game shows any indication of letting Rasmus get some time off in his first full year and seeing Ankiel. Small sample size and all that, but in Ankiel's case pretty much any time he looks good it seems like it portends a nice run from him - and he laced a couple last night. LaRussa managed to find the right spots for Aaron Miles, so I'm hopeful he can balance Ankiel/Rasmus to the best advantage.
I finally bit the bullet and dropped Rafael Furcal in a 12-team standard 5x5 league. I'd been playing F. Lopez and his OK production in front of him, and then picked up Andrus for some steals and upside. Furcal looked decent against Livan last night, but I just don't see the power or speed returning anytime soon.
I'm still in a holding pattern on my iPod touch - my house wireless can't get a confirmed location to approve of me watching Dodger games in Illinois, for instance. But I put in my hotspot to Skyhook Wireless to confirm my location. Until then, I heartily recommend the app if only for near-immediate highlights. If I could customize a page with my fantasy teams, I'd be in heaven.
Nagy entered the lineup in the second inning in a 1999 game - http://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/CLE/CLE199907220.shtml
"G*****m those toolsy outfielders, do it to me every time ..."
The Midwest League looks a little shallow at the start, besides Hosmer. I'm sure a few guys were percolate, but it's a little difficult figuring out which teams to look out for.
This may have been covered in another Unfiltered or at a meet-up, but I guess this is as good a place as any to ask - what happened with the 1980s book? Has it been rescheduled or put on the back burner?
I can't wait for Goldstein's essays book, "Consider the Walrus"
Here\'s a guy who I think is gonna crush his PECOTA-Carlos Quentin. It doesn\'t love him the way it should a guy with his swing in that ballpark. It really underestimates his power
Even as a Cardinals fan who watched Lopez regain some form last year, I\'m not a believer in him - at least not to put him in the top 10 fantasy-wise at the position. Cano and Kendrick, despite their faults, seem much more draft-able with the upside being you don\'t have to dig down far in the scrap heap if the negatives emerge once again.
Just a little heads-up on what (I think) is a typo - The Peavy/Smoltz comment should reference 1994 and 1995, not 2004-2005.
Though seemingly humorless, he played against that image to great effect in an ESPN the Magazine commercial a while back. (Big, comic book-style blurbs covering his face during the usual pitch). Sadly, it doesn\'t look like anyone saved that one for future YouTube uploading.
I think these comments totally miss the real source of potential outrage - Olbermann\'s a Yankees fan. PSHAW!
Seriously, Olbermann was writing stories for Baseball Magazine before Rickey Henderson entered the league! He\'s got the chops, both in general baseball knowledge and in fantasy.
You don\'t wake up every day to read a David Nied reference. That and some Nigel Wilson dap and the new network might be a fun alternative to Baseball Tonight\'s stranglehold.
I\'ve been a Swisher fan since his A\'s days, but watching the local broadcasts here in Chicago I just didn\'t see the fluky BABIP problems that the stat lines provide. His propensity to run everything to a full count, while upping the pitch count and gaining some walks, seemed to result in a lot of weak contact (and not the at-\'ems that might make one hopeful). He clearly pressed by the end of the season, though, so it\'s possible he can find himself again.
The defensive jump from the 1999 to the 2001 Mariners almost equals the Rays\' rise, which only supports the amazing nature of doing it in one year. Cameron, Ichiro and Olerud helped, but there were no weak links on that defense ... and the same can be said for the Rays.
With Konerko\'s leg injury, the Molinas finally found their opening to shed the title of \"MLB\'s Slowest Man\"