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Some thoughts on Ichiro Suzuki and baseball's "inevitable" return to Washington, D.C.

I'd like to get to a couple of topics today, so let's jump in...

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February 22, 2002 12:00 am

The Blue Jays' Lineup

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John Brattain

In my mind, anyway.

That day I was online reading the Toronto Sun and came across this tidbit courtesy of new Blue Jays' skipper Buck Martinez: "We don't give a damn, we're a team of free-swingers. I'd like to see us swing at better pitches, but I'm sure not going to tell anyone on this team to go up there looking for a walk. I'm not encouraging anyone to walk." After all, when a player with a career OBP of .284 says that, and the hitting coach sported a career .298 OBP...well, you can call that a recipe for disaster. When I heard Martinez say that I wanted to kick down the Jays' clubhouse door, knock Martinez flat on his back, sit on his chest, and stuff pages from the Baseball Prospectus down his throat until he saw the light.

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Anyone else remember all of those predictions that this would be one of the most boring trading deadlines ever? Instead, we got one of the best. Take a deep breath, and let's dive into it:

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These men returned heroes, for when hope was nearly gone, when these pearls of wisdom were to be lost to the spinning magnetic surfaces of legend, they came upon the document.

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