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Niemann came out of Lamar High School as well, I believe... nice little program down there in Houston.
It's a great idea, and I could be wrong, but I believe there is something in the MLB by-laws that excludes the possibility of a (current)player having an ownership stake. It was discussed before the Twins re-signed Mauer.
Well, Sheff did start out as an infielder; 3B and SS, I believe.
Does Sinkbeil come down to the bullpen or bust?
But would this really happen? The A's got Ynoa, the Reds got Chapman, the Twins got Sano, the Pirates just unloaded on this year's draft, etc. I'm not so sure that the same 4-5 teams (Yanks, Sox, and so on) would always be signing the biggest names.
I think Pennington can be an Alex Gonzalez-type SS, all defense and limited offensive ability. While that certainly isn't what you build a team around, there are plenty of opportunities for a player like that to have a valuable role on the right team.
I think what was "expected" and whether or not he's been of good value are two very different conversations. His annual salary is around $10 mil; I think that's decent value.
I would argue the real shift in the Boston organization occurred closer to 2002, so it may not make sense to look at this in a "current decade" parameter. I can't look up the numbers right now, but I'd be willing to bet that since '02 the Sox and Yanks are close to dead even in most metrics (wins, runs scored, etc.).
If you want an example of just how loaded the CCBL rosters can be, look no further than the 1st round of the 2005 draft: picks 1-6, 10, 17, 19, 28, 29, 30.
Mostly due to sacrifices, I believe.
I certainly can\'t disagree with that, and I found no objection to your comment.
No, he shouldn\'t be passing that on to the kids, but I think it\'s a realistic scenario that one has to at least consider. Bud is payed by the owners, and they were just fine with things going the way they were going. That\'s all I\'m trying to say --- not that it was the right or wrong thing to do.
OK, I\'m in no way part of the Selig fan club, but I\'m not too sure what he could have done to stop all this. He works for the owners, right? And do any of us here think the owners had a problem with all the home runs and revenue they gained during the \"steroid era\"? Whether the steroids lead to more home runs/better production is a different story, but clearly most people (owners, players) see this as the case. Can you imagine Bud, in 1995, going to a baseball owner and stating that something needed to be done about steroids? That would have been (was?) crushed by the owners in no time. Bud\'s no clown, he knows which side his bread is buttered on.
From a pure stylistic viewpoint, this is simply a great article. Whether you agree with the article\'s ideas or not, it is still an excellent article, in my opinion.
Well, there\'s that whole thing about Manny\'s knee (we\'re not sure which one) being too sore for him to play while in Boston. I believe he\'s played every game since joining the Dodgers, which should tell you how legitimate this latest \"knee injury\" was.
One thing data doesn\'t do is tell you what goes on in the club house, behind closed doors. Once Theo and his staff saw they could get an equal (dare I say better?) player with less BS, they went for it. People forget how close the Red Sox were to not making any deal and, like the past four years, continuing on. Did Manny quit? That\'s a little harsh. But to say he\'s carrying himself the same way in LA as he did in Boston is a stretch, to put it mildly.
JD Drew is in tonight\'s lineup --- Thoughts?