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CK...I've been screaming from the green and gold mountaintops for the A's to consider a corner OF platoon of Buck and Cunningham. Notwithstanding the Hairston deal or the OF presence of Jack Cust's rapidly deteriorating OPS, would that blunt Buck/Cunningham's respective "4th OF if played full time" tendencies enough to give it a shot?
I think your A thru C all apply to me, but I still sent in a 1,497-word piece with a few hours to spare on Wednesday.
I actually took a little bit of pride in submitting something that *wasn't* stat-heavy, with most of my time "researching" spent on baseball-reference or Retrosheet.
Even if I'm not a finalist, maybe I'll be a breezy little break between all the super-good stuff for BP Idol judges. The "Us Magazine" that sits next to "US News & World Report" at your local newsstand, as it were.
Couldn't agree more, Jayhook. I laid $100 on the over. The Rangers have the best offense in the division and a pitching staff that, last year, had an ERA+ of 80 or 82 (somewhere in there), yet still won 79 games.
They overachieved last year to the tune of 3 or 4 more wins, but they only need to make a small step forward (or be the same team as last year, more or less) to beat 73.5.
Pretty sure the logo was a swingin' alligator.
Did I miss the announcement of BP\'s new association with ESPN? Here I am with my morning coffee, opening up the WWL\'s homepage and there are words like \"PECOTA\" \"Jay\" and \"Jaffe\" all over the main page. Freaky.
That\'s only slightly less absurd than adding \"...didn\'t play against minorities...\" to the plaques of every player in the HOF whose career ended before 1947.
Maybe I\'m in the minority, but I really didn\'t enjoy Neyer\'s \"Legends\" book. I\'m a huge fan of him, otherwise, but \"Legends\" seemed to take a few tales that have been told (and analyzed) a thousand times (Ruth\'s called shot) and padded with too many little-known anecdotes that the author concludes with an ending of \"we\'ll never know\".
For the most part, I liked Mike Shropshire\'s \"The Last Real Season\". The subtitle\'s a little misleading as it strongly hints at a more comprehensive look at the 1975 MLB season, but it\'s actually a diary of the \'75 Texas Rangers and the author\'s time on their beat. Starts off slow and cliched, but finishes with a flourish in the second half.
Rickey is my all time favorite player (my wife even conceded to the middle name of \"Henderson\" for our son) and aside from all the things that made him a great player, I\'ll remember that he was arguably the most reviled player in the game for a few years. I think that\'ll keep him from being a unanimous choice as the Lou Brock line (often taken out of context of what was actually a pretty heartfelt, albeit self-serving speech) or the \"pay me like Mike Gallego, I\'ll play like Mike Gallego\" dig or the ugly way his NYY tenure ended will all be used as fodder by some of the old guard writers.
Boo on them, yay for Rickey.
Sheehan\'s entire Joe Nelson blurb sounds like it was filtered through the vocal cords of Stephen A. Smith. Nicely done! Now, do Eric Young!
Street wasn\'t traded because he\'s arbitration eligible. He was dealt because the A\'s have better in-house options for closer and right-handed set-up man who happen to be more affordable.
The A\'s of the last eight years have been signing players *through* their arbitration years, following the model that the Indians used in the \'90s.
I completely agree that the A\'s need to do more than nab Holliday. They\'ve got holes at 1B, SS and 3B. And, the best they can hope for is league-average production at 2B and the other two OF spots. And, the starting rotation - currently - is one ginormous question mark.
While Huston Street may not throw 100% over the top, I think it\'s a stretch to refer to him as a \"sidearming right-hander\". Semantics, probably, but still...
Anyways, as an A\'s fan, I\'m a little more restrained in my praise. I agree that Holliday improves the line-up, but this is STILL an awful, awful offense with holes at 1B, SS, 3B and relying on an awful lot of (best case scenario) league-average offense from 2B and the other two OF spots.
Yes, I get that Beane probably isn\'t done dealing, but as of today Sean Gallagher is probably the #2 starter entering 2009. Yipes.
...or whenever Obama finishes up his prime-time spot on Wednesday.
\"After all, Dodgers Dioner Navarro and Edwin Jackson are going to the World Series... as Rays...\"
I mean, I guess I see what you\'re trying to say, but, dude...at least let \'em play Game #5, first!