The Player Cards are back!
First, let me emphasize that these player cards are an ongoing project. I fully expect to be able to make future revisions to the cards themselves and the glossary without having to take everything down again. Some of these changes–like a full set of translated statistics for every player, to go with their actual statistics -are already in the works. Others -like extensions to the glossary- will follow the questions from readers.
As you’ve probably seen, the Player Cards are back. We’ll be working with this feature as time permits during book-writing season to make it more useful and user-friendly, and we’ll gladly consider any thoughts you have on the matter. Please see Clay’s article for more details and contact information.
Barry Bonds continued his domination of Internet NL Player of the Year voting by winning the IBA NL Player of the Year for the third straight year and the sixth time overall. Bonds has finished at least third in Internet NL Player of the Year voting after every season except 1999, when he was limited to less than 450 plate appearances by an injury.
From your Transaction Analysis page:
Anaheim Angels – purchased the contract of RHP Francisco Rodriguez from Salt Lake. [9/15]
I thought a player had to be on the active roster (or disabled list) as of August 31 to be eligible for post-season play. Does this mean that the Angels have to forfeit his 5 wins?
The Angels pulled the oldest roster trick in the book to make this work: They placed someone from their 60-day DL (Steve Green) on their postseason roster, effectively leaving a roster spot open for somebody else, or in this case, Francisco Rodriguez.
If you truly believe that Pete Rose does not belong in The Hall of Fame, then why don’t you disassociate yourself from the game completely. Baseball’s ultimate honor belongs to Rose whether you believe he gambled on baseball or not. To say otherwise is to live in a world of fantasy!
This guy went back to a column I wrote in June, 2001 in which I discussed the Pete Rose situation, so clearly, what he lacks in logic and a moral compass, he makes up for in tenacity.
It’s hard to say if the Baseball Writers Association will ever give Alex Rodriguez the MVP award he’s due, but Internet Baseball Awards electors voted Rodriguez his second Internet AL Player of the Year award in 2002 by a decisive margin; he won almost 70% of the first-place votes.
Winning a close race with Barry Zito and Derek Lowe, Pedro Martinez followed in the footsteps of Randy Johnson, Greg Maddux and Roger Clemens by winning his fourth Internet Cy Young Award.
The price of our national pastime, it turns out, is $40-$50 million, which is how much MasterCard is spending on their ‘MasterCard Presents Major League Baseball Memorable Moments’ campaign. I can’t believe it’s that low, considering they’ve shown those commercials so frequently that I get nauseous looking at that shot of Jackie Robinson. Keep in mind, Robinson is one of my favorite baseball players, one whose autobiography I wore down reading repeatedly.
Continuing from Part 1 of the discussion with former major league pitcher Dr. Mike Marshall.
This series is almost remarkable in its absence of “hooks.” Sure, you’ve got the “Pastaman’s Progeny” angle, as two putative Sons of Lasorda duke it out from the dugouts. As regional incest goes, the Bay Area versus the Angeleno megalopolis doesn’t really rise to Boston-New York, and certainly ranks as much more on the level than the low-water mark of the 2000 World Series.