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I disagree with J.C.'s claim that the welfare system gives recipients little incentive to work. The welfare payment is not enough to live a very good life. Only by working can someone make enough money to live a very good life. In my state the payment is below 200 dollars a month. What kind of life can one live on less than 200 dollars a month? Plus your chances of attracting a good spouse is not very good with an income of under 200 dollars a month.
I had a typo and the last word should have read career.
When you're talking about what batters have done in their career against Lee; how much does it matter that Lee has been a "different" pitcher the last two years than he was in the rest of his caree?
In my opinion Pete Rose deserves to be in the Hall of Fame for what he accomplished as a player. I also believe that he should never be allowed to manage or work for a baseball team for what he did as a manager.
"Smoak on the water". I love that Christina! Fire in the sky.
I think one of the attractions to a knuckleball pitcher from the fans standpoint is the idea that we could pitch in the majors if we could develop a knuckler. We know we couldn't throw 95 mph, or throw a 12 to 6 curveball. But if properly taught and with a little bit of luck ; we believe we could throw a knuckleball.
Sweet Elvis line Christina!
You have Jason Vargas listed twice.
The newsletter is important to me. I usually log on from there. I also click on the articles from there, and if the article isn't on there I probably don't end up reading it. My computer skills are weak, so it's easiest for me to do it that way.
I appreciate the work you people do, and your attempts to keep improving.
Christina great "existential philosopher" line!
I agree with R.A. and SC . My doctor says it's about two months. The period can be longer if the person is exercising hard, because as the fat cells break down it releases the THC stored in the fat cells.
Great article. This is exactly the type of article that I like to read!
Bryan: What are the chances Oregon State will be in the top 25 during the season?
Something is wrong if you have the payroll the Yanks have; and one player is hurt and you're "in bad shape".
How about W.
BP STAFF :For those who ordered the book directly from BP; when can we expect to receive our copy in the mail? Thank you for your answer.
What effect will the poor economy and financially hurting states and municipalities have on new stadium construction?
I agree the Tribe should shift the infield. However according to The Cleveland Plain Dealer DeRosa did say that 3B was his best position.
Hey John what is the best version of the song \"Baby it\'s Cold Outside\" that you have heard? My favorite is James Taylor and Natalie Cole on JT\'s \"A Christmas Album.\"
I understand the 3 IP rule for a save; but it\'s still wild to win by 27 and get a save!
Thank you pbsconnection and funsucker for your answers. I always wondered what the deal was.
Derrick Hall from Arizona and Grady Sizemore.
If your wife is a big fan of Japan\'s baseball team you\'d better be rooting for them; or enjoy sleeping on the couch!
I\'d like to know what the advantage would be for a baseball player to be taking a diuretic? I\'m assuming there has to be an advantage for them or they wouldn\'t be paying money to take a substance if there wasn\'t. I looked up the word diuretic in the dictionary and it said, \"causing more urine to be secreted.\" Could someone please explain to me what the advantage would be?
What do \"greenies\" do that massive doses of caffeine can\'t do?
I am fifty years old and have been reading newspapers as long as I can remember. As much as I enjoy reading BP and out of town newspapers on the web; there is nothing like having an actual newspaper to read. I love the tactile experience. I realize that is a function of being \"old school\', or just plain old if you prefer. I live in Athens, Ohio and get the local paper delivered, as well as the Columbus Dispatch and the Sunday New York Times. I would get The Cleveland Plain Dealer if they still delivered here.There is something about walking outside on a Sunday morning and having three papers waiting for me. I will be severely bummed out if or when I can no longer get an actual paper delivered.
My 19 year old son has no desire to read an actual paper; he prefers to get his news on the web. My 17 year old daughter also prefers to use the net to get the news. So it is probably inevitable eventually that I won\'t be able to get an actual paper, or that it won\'t be available at a reasonable cost. Bummer!
What does Jason Varitek think about Scott Boras\' advice to not accept arbitration now?
Why as a pitcher would you take the risk of going hard that early?
I play Scoresheet Baseball, and this is exactly the type of information I need. Thanks.
I love the interviews. The more the better.
Keep up the good work in 2009. May it be a happy and healthy year for you.
what is the correct pronunciation of Jack\'s last name?
Sammy get a clue, no team is going to sign you. You are retired whether you know it or not.
If the pitching count for pitchers in the minors was extended to 110 or 120 pitches would that be good for their long term development, or would that lead to more injuries?
Why would the players have taken PED\'s if they weren\'t expecting an advantage?
CC received an extra 21 million by taking his time. Pretty good pay for having to put up with whatever \"suspicions\" it created. I also read somewhere (LoHud Yankees Blog?) that the three year opt-out was Cashman\'s idea to make CC more comfortable.
I don\'t think Jack Wilson\'s point is that the Pirates should sign washed up free agents on their last legs. I think his point is that the Pirates should do what it takes to compete. That includes drafting and signing the best players available in the draft; instead of drafting players based on their signability as the Pirates have been known to do. That also includes signing good free agents who are not washed up. I think it\'s disingenuous at best for Mr. Coonelly to suggest that Wilson thinks the Pirates need to sign more past their prime Randa\'s and Burnitz\'s. Jack Wilson\'s point is that if you expect accountability from the players; it\'s fair to expect the same from ownership and the front office. That seems fair to me.
Vociferously is an awful big word to use on a baseball site!
Congratulations! Any day that Peter Gammons welcomes you into the club has to be a day you\'ll remember forever.
+1. Why would the Brewers be interested in this? Wouldn\'t the Yankees trade Igawa for a warm can of Blatz beer?
The mL comment went over my head. What do you mean by it Neil?
How about doing the Indians? They need all the help they can get!
Great article Marc. I\'d like to see more sleeper columns as the season approaches.
If the 10,000 dollar figure is correct for their signing bonus then the Pirates are only risking 20,000 dollars plus salary. In MLB that\'s not much of a risk to take. Why not?
I think Vilica\'s comments were meant to be facetious. I believe that they were in reference to Christina\'s comment\"...with the freedom to enjoy the full spirit of the season.\"
I looked up the boxscore, and I stand corrected. My memory was faulty. It was actually the Indians team that struck out 12 in 12 innings. The Orioles struck out 21 in 11.1 innings (with Mussina striking out 15 in 7 innings). Interestingly though Mussina was losing 1-0 to Hershiser when he left the game.
I wasn\'t trying to take the game away from Mussina, just reminiscing about a game that I attended with my then little boy, and explain the game conditions as I remembered them. There was a lot of grumbling then about the TV forced twilight start to the game, and how it put the batters at a disadvantage.
Palmer pitched in the four- man rotation era, and Mussina pitched in the five-man rotation era. More starts is going to result in more innings pitched.
I buy the idea that Mussina is a Hall of Fame quality pitcher.
However the reference to game 3 of the 1997 ALCS is a little misleading. I was at the game in Cleveland with my son. Off the top of my head I believe the game started at 4:00 or so and the shadows made it hard for the batters to see. A past his prime, fastball-gone, Orel Hershiser struck out 12.
I met John when I was an intern with the Oklahoma City 89ers in 1987. The 89ers were the AAA affiliate of the Rangers. Some people in higher positions treat interns as if the were lesser beings. (I was probably more sensitive to that then most interns, because I had given up my law practice to try and make it in baseball.) John was not like that. He talked to us the same way he talked to everyone else. He called you by name and treated us like we were \"real\" baseball people, instead of interns. I appreciated that and I\'ve never forgot it to this day.
Good luck John in your new job.
Great article Steve! My Dad was listening to the radio broadcast on the day Herb got hit. I have never heard the story in detail about Herb\'s arm injury. I had heard Herb mention that his arm injury was the real reason his career went south; but I thought he was just being gracious to Gil.Herb wasn\'t the greatest baseball announcer of all times, but his voice was my favorite one to listen to. It made the losing years a lot easier to tolerate, and made it worth it to listen to the games no matter how bad the team was. RIP Herb!
BP writers should get a vote. What about radio broadcasters? Should a guy who sees 162 games get a vote also? I understand that they aren\'t baseball writers, however they see at least as many games as the beat writers do. An argument against is that they are either employed by a team or are broadcasting with the approval of the team. Can you tell me that Vince Scully doesn\'t know enough to have a valid opinion on the MVP, Cy Young or Rookie of the Year? I bet he knew Volquez wasn\'t a rookie.
Other opinions gentlemen and ladies?
It is interesting that he mentioned long-time Indians bullpen coach Louis Isaac as someone who helped his success. Louis was fired in the off-season by manager Eric Wedge. That was somewhat controversial in the press and among fans.
Yankees 7years, 175 Million
INDIANS: What miebowski313 said plus a 3Bman and I\'d like at least three new relievers.
I like Nick Swisher as a player, however I don\'t see him as full-time CF material.
Who did Redmond sign with? Thanks.