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Nickus
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Looks like it's Melky who has to face some uncomfortable truths in public: http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20120815&content_id=36734312&vkey=news_mlb&c_id=mlb

Aug 15, 2012 12:52 PM on Wednesday, August 15
 
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I'm guessing a few different reasons: A) he's only an AAA stud in a great park and league; B) He's much like D Brown); and C) no other teams are interested. While I realize that doesn't mean much and I may be drunk right now, he still seems a lot closer to Kila than an actual major leaguer. Of course, I also see a Brown/Snider trade making too much sense, but again, lots of Jameson tonight. Still, he's only 24. Please, minus away.

Jul 18, 2012 10:35 PM on Top False Trade Values
 
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"Wishful thinkers hoping that the team may deal Jeff Francoeur to clear room for Myers should note that MLB Trade Rumors recently had quotes from Royals General Manager Dayton Moore mentioning that the club was looking to acquire major league talent at the trade deadline, not trade it away." While I might be drunk right now, I'm assuming Dayton Moore is as well if he considers Francouer a major league talent. When will the madness stop?

 
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Can the Red Sox really be considered low-cost? I know this is just the most common pairings this year, but two of their projected starting outfielders (as opposed to players like Rowand who were released) are being paid a combined $29m and have only played seven games and accumulated -0.1 WARP. it would seem they definitely belong in quadrant I. Regardless, the Giants outfield has been surprisingly good, much as the Royals were last year.

 
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Of course you brought this up exactly when I was writing my comment.

Jul 09, 2012 11:50 AM on Monday, July 9
 
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Of course you brought this up exactly when I was writing my comment.

Jul 09, 2012 11:50 AM on Monday, July 9
 
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"Hanley Ramirez received stitches in his right hand after punching a fan on Sunday." Upon reading this my first reaction was, "Why did he punch someone?" Then I remembered it was a cooling fan. How many injuries are there each year from players punching random objects? I'd assume they'd know better by now.

Jul 09, 2012 11:49 AM on Monday, July 9
 
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http://www.baseballprospectus.com/article.php?articleid=17576

 
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'Teams with $170M payrolls don't usually endure "long stretches of losing"' From what I can tell, only three franchises have ever topped this mark in the history of MLB - the Yankees since 2004, the Red Sox in 2010 and 2012, and the Phillies this year. Now, change that statement to "teams in the top 5-6 in payroll don't usually endure 'long stretches of losing'" and see if Mets and to a lesser extent Cubs fans agree with you.

May 17, 2012 10:14 AM on Fixing the Phillies
 
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I kept focusing on the A's, and my god they can't hit. Seriously though, I love these articles. Keep 'em coming!

 
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It's currently sorted by Return Date. You can click any of the headers to have it sort by that column. The only one that doesn't seem to work is player name. I always just sort it by team before looking at it.

May 08, 2012 11:43 AM on Tuesday, May 8
 
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About the map with the television territories, Toronto is not shown at all. All live Blue Jays games are blacked out throughout all of Canada on MLB.tv. Does all of Canada fall into the Blue Jays territory? How does this work?

 
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If lives aren't defined by accomplishments, what is the point of living? A professional athlete at an elite level of competition in his sport has every right to complain, just as an elite employee of any company does. If his employer doesn't think him worthy of his pay he can be fired and attempt to try to find a job elsewhere. In fact, the same goes for ANY level of employee. Ask Johnny Damon how that is going. As Benjamin Franklin said, "Either write something worth reading, or do something worth writing."

 
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I'm guessing because the rest of the lineup isn't all that great. According to the BP depth charts, Chipper, McCann, and Uggla are slated for the most time at the 3-4-5 slots, and stealing home is pretty hard to do, especially when PECOTA projects a .326 OPB.

 
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I don't see Youkilis' heath being anywhere near comparable to Cabrera's. Youk actually played more games last year than in 2010 (120-102) and has never played more than 147, and that in 2006. Since 2003, Cabrera's season low in games played was 150, with his next lowest seasonal total in that span being 157. Youk is also 4 years older. Cabrera should be fine health wise as long as he doesn't take anymore grounders off his face. Leyland could always move Cabrera to LF and Inge to 3b late in a game. As you pointed out, with Young out there anyway it's not much of a defense downgrade.

Mar 20, 2012 8:31 PM on Moving Miguel
 
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Full year of Furcal? I don't understand the question.

 
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He was certainly no Mike Greenwell last year, that's for sure.

Feb 24, 2012 3:05 PM on Big Shoes to Fill
 
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Williams to Yaz to Rice, perhaps.

Feb 24, 2012 11:38 AM on Big Shoes to Fill
 
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Middlebrooks' upside strikes me as a more healthy Tim Naerhring. Is that accurate as far as comps go? As for Ranaudo, shouldn't tipping pitches be one of the easier things to correct as long as its not mechanical (i.e., not arm action or slot)? Finally, any word on Ryan Westmoreland? I'm still holding out hope for him, and any good news would be welcome. Thanks for another great write up, KG.

 
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And he'd be the only one there with adequate security.

 
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The random test for PEDs does not test for drugs of abuse. It only tests for Performance Enhancing Substances, 58 of which are listed, and Stimulants, another 30 listed. There are 7 Drugs of Abuse listed in the Joint Drug Agreement. Section 3.B of the MLB Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program states : Except as set forth in Section 3.A or Section 5.B (as to Stimulants) or Section 3.C or Section 4.E, Players shall not be subject to testing for the use of any Drug of Abuse. Section 3.C deals with reasonable cause, the only apparent way to test for drugs of abuse. As to why, apparently that's what they agreed upon. If you are so inclined you can get a PDF of the agreement here: http://mlb.mlb.com/pa/pdf/jda.pdf

 
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Non-players who work around the clubhouse are subjected to one random test a year according to the SI article about Washington, so you are correct that it is not terribly often. Still, if wikipedia is to be trusted that is more than the players are tested for drugs of abuse, as that is only done with cause, not randomly. Again, that would back your sentiment that it is not covered in the CBA.

 
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Ron Washington failed a drug test for using coke.

 
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I always thought it was when you realized the only reason you are reading an article on a website is because it is not written by Jon Heyman, no matter how crappy the actual article is.

 
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Jeter and Arod perhaps? Reynolds and Hardy is pretty atrocious.

 
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I find it hard to believe the Red Sox couldn't have gotten more out of a team that actually needs a SS.

Jan 23, 2012 9:30 AM on Monday, January 23
 
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Only for the fifty games he will miss each year.

 
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I think the 13-14 was an answer as to where the 3's stop and the 2's begin, not what Milone's rank would be.

 
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The best thing I ever had watching an Expos game was the shot of whiskey the steward brought to me.

 
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They could always put Alonso at DH, a position his glove could handle. Were the A's trying out Carter in the outfield this year? Then Carter could play LF, Allen 1B and Alonso DH. Or something. I don't see why they would trade Gonzalez now when he is under team control for a few more years.

Sep 20, 2011 9:00 AM on Cincinnati Reds
 
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Can Ryan Westmoreland get an honorary spot in the Top 101 after hitting live pitching this year?

 
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I'm guessing Daniel Vogelbach is a 20 speed guy.

 
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Does Freddy Galvis have a shot at the starting SS job next year if Rollins isn't resigned?

 
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From what I've read he has a large bruise on his back and is a little sore. No DL trip.

Aug 22, 2011 12:46 PM on One Wrong Move
 
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Be that as it may, I'm fairly certain the owners could build one on their own if they wanted to.

Aug 19, 2011 8:10 PM on The Battle Ahead
 
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Oh no, I am going to have to change my ways then.

Jul 28, 2011 12:31 PM on Beltran by the Bay
 
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While I agree with you, 30-40% seems quite high for the amount of nutballs in this country. That said, I think it silly to base fantasy, or really any, projection off of some moron's comments. I can only imagine what Joe Theismann must have posited before his leg was viciously broken by a crackhead. No doubt he deserved it though. Karma, it's a bitch.

 
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I wish I could plus this about 100 times more.

Jul 25, 2011 9:26 PM on Lost in the SIERA Madre
 
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Jack Cust took less to return to the same team and he wasn't even injured if I remember correctly. When a player is as mediocre as Cust or Scott, doesn't the fact that they can continue to live in the same area and not uproot their families come into play? I can totally see Scott re-signing. Even with injured players, Brandon Webb re-signed with the Dbacks and Mark Prior with the Cubs, to name but two. Granted, they are both pitchers (and to use the present tense with either seems strange, but they are still trying to come back, albeit with different teams now) and had higher upsides at the time, but it's not exactly unprecedented.

 
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But Derek Lowe was the winning pitcher in every clinching game in each series in the 2004 post-season! He's clutch! +1 to your comment.

 
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And no, I don't really care either.

Jul 11, 2011 1:43 PM on Heroes and Villains
 
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Ryan Doumit on the Pirates and probably Jason Kendall on the Royals.

Jul 11, 2011 1:43 PM on Heroes and Villains
 
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Attempting to slap the ball out of the fielder's glove while running to first comes to mind as well.

Jul 11, 2011 1:42 PM on Heroes and Villains
 
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No problem. I find myself forgetting about the blog posts half the time and only remembering when I see them linked at the bottom of the TA column.

 
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http://www.baseballprospectus.com/article.php?articleid=14342

 
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Is it a hate crime if I write bad things about a 44 year old knuckleballer? Isn’t Wakefield protected by the New England Historical Society? +1

Jun 10, 2011 11:46 AM on Weekly Planner #11
 
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"I have scored eight times and have driven in ten runs but have a slash line of just .228/.268/.277 in 113 plate appearances this month." "A 40 percent line drive rate helped me hit .398 last month while an 18 percent rate is part of the reason why I have hit just .215 this month." Am I being dense and missing something obvious, or are the batting averages for #4 different for the month of May?

May 31, 2011 1:55 PM on Who Am I?
 
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Last Friday for me. Sucker punched by some schmuck for no good reason at all. One bloody lip, a bloody nose and a fairly calm discussion later and all was well. Sometimes bad luck hits.

 
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Mo Vaughn stole 11 bases in 15 attempts in 1995. He's listed as 6'1'' and only 225, which is obviously why he didn't appear in the results. Perhaps my memory of Mo as much larger than 225 are wrong. It must have been those stolen bases that won him the MVP over Belle (a measely 5-for-7 for the runner-up that year).

 
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Indeed, indeed. My response was poorly worded. I should have added quotes like "Just a disaster. Inserted as a 2-1 favorite, first baseman Yonder Alonso combined injuries with uninspiring scouting reports to fall a bit down the list", "Unfortunately, I also had Lars Anderson as the overwhelming favorite to stay as the top prospect, and he responded with one of the most disappointing seasons in the minors last year", "Poorly, by making Eric Hosmer and Mike Moustakas the overwhelming favorites to end up as the top prospect, and not even listing eventual top prospect, Mike Montgomery, in the odds." My point being KG doesn't just note his good picks, but acknowledges his misses as well. There is nothing wrong with patting yourself on the back when you also acknowledge you failings. As I said, nothing to see here.

Mar 18, 2010 11:39 PM on Future Top Dogs, NL
 
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Right, because this couldn't just be done with all of his picks. Wait, it wasn't? Teheran is also 51 in BA's top 100? Oh, nothing to see here. Move along.

Mar 17, 2010 12:36 PM on Future Top Dogs, NL
 
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No! We must hoard all of our knowledge so we can affirm our self-worth and sit in judgment of the unwashed baseball masses.

 
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From personal experience, when I went to basic training I weighed a very out-of-shape 185. Nine weeks later I was 155 and much better off.

Feb 23, 2010 2:48 PM on Chicago Cubs
 
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Oh dear god...

Feb 11, 2010 6:12 PM on Notes on a Monitor
 
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Vis-a-vis McGwire, I think it is disingenuous to say that he claims steroids didn't help him at all. From what I heard, he said they didn't help him hit homeruns. That I can believe, partially. I don't think he would disagree that they helped him stay on the field so he could hit more per season. A minor quibble.

Jan 19, 2010 12:17 AM on Weekend Update
 
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Having Bloomquist and Anderson didn't stop them from picking up Pods. These guys are so hyper-competitive that with more competition they would obviously rise to the occasion. The only knock against Freel is he played for the wrong Chicago team.

 
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He sounds like a future Royal to me.

 
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Exactly. I would be interested to see if Hispanics are "over-represented" in MLB. Also, what is being done about the lack of Asians in the game? Perhaps Torre thinks they are better suited for the front office because they are a very smart people.

Jul 29, 2009 12:31 PM on Who's Still Shopping?
 
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I want to say it was in a Study in Scarlett, the first Holmes story, that he said that. The mention of the giant rat is from the Adventure of the Sussex Vampire.

Jun 22, 2009 12:24 PM on Kicking Off the New Year
 
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What about Thome?

May 07, 2009 12:53 PM on Your Mileage May Vary
 
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I totally agree. As a hockey fan, the cap is a failure. In five years it will be a source of major labor contention. When you have teams signing players like Rick DiPietro to ten year contracts because in the long run it will be cheap, yet neglecting his injury history, it is nothing but a burden. It forces teams to take major gambles on young players like Dustin Penner that then end up hamstringing them in the long run. Also, caps negatively effect a team\'s ability to keep the players they develop. I think MLB has the best system. If you know you have a good crop of young players, you can buy out their arbitration years at below market prices but still more than they would earn through arbitration, and be able to contend for a few years.

 
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I am thrilled that I am not the only person who used OS 6.

Jan 09, 2009 1:10 PM on Under The Hood
 
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Ah, so we shouldn\'t actually believe what a journalist says is what he means, but delve into what they meant. It isn\'t like it\'s a journalist job to clearly state a story or opinion. Neigh, they are supposed to obfuscate and rely on hyperbole. Well, thank goodness they aren\'t bound by the realm of fact.

Oct 09, 2008 7:03 PM on May 28-June 3