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mhughes
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mhughes
(41955)
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"hey, will you take $10 for this stuff?" That's awesome... this is the reason I read BP comment sections.

Jul 23, 2009 6:34 PM on Some Royal Perspective
 
mhughes
(41955)
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jeez... YM = YB. lazy fingers this morning.

Jul 23, 2009 7:38 AM on Some Royal Perspective
 
mhughes
(41955)
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Disagree with the "way better than any available alternative" comment. You won't find anyone bugged more by TPjr and Luis Hernandez, but whatever upgrade you get over them must be weighed against the 7 Million the Royals will end up paying YB for the duration of his contract. For a team with limited means, throwing millions of dollars at guys like YM, Farnsworth, Jacobs, etc. amounts to professional malpractice. Much better in my mind to suffer through another few months of Willy Bloomquist at short and wait for Aviles to get better. 'Course, all the options are pretty reprehensible, so I can't disagree with you too strenuously. The broader point, I think, is that a real GM wouldn't have allowed a situation to happen where YM for 7 million is an upgrade.

Jul 23, 2009 7:35 AM on Some Royal Perspective
 
mhughes
(41955)
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Eric- Your effort is appreciated. I'm guessing you want to be fair minded and reasonable, give DM the benefit of the doubt, etc., etc.... However, I think you're splitting hairs here. Without calling anyone names, I think it's fair and accurate to say that 90% of committed fantasy players, 98% of BP readers, and 100% of BP writers could do a better job than DM. It is inevitable that he will be fired, most likely having never even sniffed a winning season... the question is, how long should the Glasses wait before deciding DMs "Process" is hopelessly flawed?

Jul 23, 2009 7:12 AM on Some Royal Perspective
 
mhughes
(41955)
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Ditto.

Apr 29, 2009 1:27 PM on Same Old Stories
 
mhughes
(41955)
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Will- Nudge, nudge on Alex Gordon's hip next time. Thanks!

Apr 16, 2009 6:28 PM on Fixer-Uppers
 
mhughes
(41955)
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Will- Thanks as always. Also, have you looked into Alex Gordon's hip injury? The MSM says he'll be back out tonight, but by my recollection, this is the same hip he injured last year. Any young players with comparable injuries? Thanks-

 
mhughes
(41955)
Comment rating: -7

you're right, it's quite clear I'm an idiot. from now on I'll stick to articles at my reading level. as a bonus, I can avoid the limp apology that a clerical nutcase is merely "complicated" or at worst, "Chicagoan".

Apr 08, 2009 12:27 PM on Royals versus Sox
 
mhughes
(41955)
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Christina- My objection wasn't to making note of man and I certainly wasn't arguing in support of Fox broadcasting. I was commenting on the disingenuous suggestion that his rant about Hilary was only controversial thing he's done. The euphemism "complicated" doesn't cover his tracks...

Apr 08, 2009 11:42 AM on Royals versus Sox
 
mhughes
(41955)
Comment rating: -4

"Whatever your feelings about Hizzoner, Pfleger's brief and unhappy dance in the national spotlight for making light of one presidential candidate's flagging fortunes really shouldn't obscure decades of good works doing urban ministry at St. Sabina's." Christina, I think you may be deliberately understating the decades of controversy following a man who openly admires "Minister Farrakhan". As a long time and enthusiastic reader of BP, please allow me the suggestion that politics, even in passing, is probably best suited for a different venue.

Apr 08, 2009 8:05 AM on Royals versus Sox
 
mhughes
(41955)
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RE: Whether only the big names count. This isn\'t a phenomenon limited to PEDs; I have no doubt that many, many MLB players go to strip clubs and cheat on their wife. Only A-rod makes the back cover of the NYPost. That doesn\'t strike me as hypocritical... a bit unfair, but, maybe there iss compensation for those of us who weren\'t blessed with world-class athletic ability.

Feb 20, 2009 11:24 AM on The Men In Black
 
mhughes
(41955)
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Will- Shaughnessy is a bit of a straw man... I\'ve given up on caring what he has to say. I\'ll agree that the available evidence suggests that most MLB players were clean or casual users, but the contention that \"94% of baseball players were absolutely clean\" needs at least one modifier: \"... at the time of the testing.\"

Feb 12, 2009 8:31 AM on More on Awards
 
mhughes
(41955)
Comment rating: 1

Will- Good stuff, thanks. A question: \"It doesn\'t convert to estrogen or dihydrotestosterone, and it doesn\'t affect natural hormones.\" The impression I got is that SARMs are acting as androgen receptor agonists, i.e., they bind to the receptor and are \"like testosterone w/o the testosterone.\" How confident is X2 that SARMs don\'t screw up normal hormone levels? I don\'t know much about the mechanism of normal testosterone regulation, but it seems entirely reasonable to assume a negative feedback loop based on the level of androgen receptor signaling. If that\'s the case, SARMs would depress natural testosterone production if given at high levels for long enough. I find it unlikely that the body can recognize the testosterone-like effects without also deciding to shut down normal testosterone production...although the precise pharmacological profile of SAMRs versus testosterone may be different. Is my intuition wrong, or is X2 hyping his product? Or is there something more complicated going on? All moralizing aside, the lesson from Vioxx should be a certain amount of caution regarding how difficult and expensive it is to determine whether a new pharmaceutical is safe for long term use.

Feb 05, 2009 10:56 AM on Dr. X2