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My guilty (sort of) pleasure player is Eric Chavez. Almost everything about his career is about frustration and unreached potential, but he's so personable, fun and candid on the few times you see him interviewed that I can't help but root for him. Look up any quote from him in the Week In Quotes article archives on this site to see what I mean.
I can only hope this is recognized and he gets a chance to transition to the booth or analyst desk when his playing days are over.
For obvious reasons, he's pretty well-known up here in Canada. Even before and after he played for the Blue Jays, the sports networks would often mention him in recaps and what not if he did something noteworthy.
It's actually not as bad as I might have thought.
Hail to the TTO king!
I would think the overall sample size would be quite good for days 1 to 7 or so, but it seems logical that sample size driven anomalies like the 1B-Day8 can happen when you start looking further than that simply because most schedules will have an off day come along in there to restart the counter for everyone.
Also, with respect to what Will Carroll said, I actually had the EXACT same thought while reading the article. I had always thought of Maddux's insistence to have O'Brien catch for him as a minor detriment, but maybe it was actually a blessing in disguise.
I'm a little disappointed that there doesn't appear to be any "surprise" like the ones mentioned at the top of the article. It's always fun to see whether or not those come true. This years projections look rather close to conventional wisdom.
Rob Neyer has made the case for Portland more than once in the past.
I had Sizemore near the top of my ballot, but then I\'m kinda biased. He\'s one of my favorite players.
WARP does factor in baserunning, right?
much very... yeesh =/
Although this branch of the conversation appears pretty much closed, I just want to chime in for completeness\' sake.
Anyway, with the respect to the question of what logic would explain K-Rod finishing ahead of Cliff Lee in the MVP voting when Lee blew him away in the Cy Young race, remember that team performance is taken into account far more for the MVP than the Cy. K-Rod\'s team won 100 games, Lee\'s team was below .500.
Whether you agree that it should be factored in at all is one thing that can be debated (and is frequently =P), but the instructions given to the voters for the MVP is much very ambiguous on this point, whereas the Cy voters are *explicitly* instructed *not* to factor the team\'s overall record (though some of them have admitted they still can\'t help themselves and use it there too).
Worth a shot, but I think the Jays are limiting themselves to whether or not they will resign AJ Burnett and stopping there on the starting pitcher front.
Diamondbacks, 7/140, 12/07
A couple more votes for Aubrey Huff would have been nice so he could at least have cracked the top 15 for visibility purposes on this article. He finished 16th. I have no rooting interest one way or the other on him or the Orioles, but it\'s amazing how under-the-radar his incredible offensive explosion has been to even the most avid and informed baseball fans.
I thought the same thing, I imagine that if you compare the results with respect to teams that won Game 2, 3 and 4, the difference probably wouldn\'t be all the much, if any. Sweeps and 4-1\'s probably cause a heavy skew in all of their favor.
That\'s not to say that Joe\'s assertion isn\'t correct in this particular instance however, given the circumstances of how these two teams match up.
Ssimply picking the opponent to win doesn\'t equate to hate.