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It's hard to fathom now that the Twins received for so much negative press for passing over Mark Prior in order to draft the hometown guy, Mauer.
I loved watching Rickey play when I was growing up. I hope that people when people think of Rickey in the future, they focus more on his amazing career and athleticism rather than his quotes. Yogi Berra was a fantastic player, but it seems like that people have forgotten this over time and instead remember the "Yogi-isms."
Rickey was just a phenomenal player. It still boggles my mind that Mark McGwire appeared in more All Star games than Rickey.
Best wishes, Will. Just make sure BP doesn't overload your return with agility drills, like the Mets did with Jose Reyes. We wouldn't want you to have a setback.
Kevin: Has anyone made the case that it is in the players' long-term financial interests to sign sooner rather than later? Yes, an agent might be able to extract some extra money for you on the front end but at the same time, a player is losing salary that they could otherwise be earning now. Also, it seems like you could get to the majors (and free agency) more quickly by signing early and avoiding a "wasted" first season in the minors.
I've often wondered the same thing with regards to the Giants. "I'll give you Cain for free, but you have to take Zito or Rowand." If someone were taking on a true albatross contract (e.g., Wells, Zito), I would be somewhat surprised if the acquiring other team had to throw in a boat-load of prospects. If the Beckett-Lowell trade were to occur today, I wonder if the Red Sox would need to offer a top prospect?
I wonder if anyone knows the costs associated with demolition vs. maintaining the property (e.g., maintenance, utilities, insurance, etc.). I would be curious to know which alternative is actually more expensive.
Pierre's contract renders him untradeable. If you're a Dodger fan, you almost want him to start cooling off right before Manny comes back so he doesn't cut in to Ethier's or Kemp's playing time. In particular, Dodgers don't seem to appreciate Kemp for some odd reason (batting 7th? really?) and I could see him getting relegated to some sort of platoon with Pierre. That is your worst case scenario, Dodger fans.
Also, do you have any sense as to what the minimum amount of time Melky would miss? I know these injuries will likely vary due to severity, but am curious if you have any initial impression.
I really enjoyed the podcast as well. I would love it if you would go on again and discuss PEDs, since there seems to be a lot of misinformation in the mainstream media about the subject. I know that the subject may be viewed as a "dead horse" by now, but I think you would be able to enlighten listeners on the topic. Even when I listen to Simmons (whom I enjoy and who I think is pretty knowledgeable), I notice that when the the topic of PEDs comes up, there is little science or evidence to back up things which are written and said (e.g., steroids make your head bigger; someone had a great, fluke year so they are clearly on steroids). Just a thought ...
Thanks for the great Strat story. I played Earl Weaver baseball before discovering -- and then getting completely addicted to -- Strat. I would love to see an article which analyzes the Strat rating system and ways to improve the great game.
Enjoy Camden -- it really is a beautiful stadium. I would be curious to hear your thoughts as how it compares to other similar ballparks which followed.
I was floored by the quote as well. He sounds like a minor league GM begging for people to come to Nats games. Sad.
Mmmm ... Red Bull and Thai food ...
Nate: Your writing is one of the reasons I have subscribed to this site from day one. Thank you for all your contributions over the years.
Kevin: Good luck in the new role, the MP position is in good hands.
Is it just me, or has RF really fallen off the cliff in recent years? I mss the good old days of Vlad in his prime.