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  1. Strong Island's Finest: Pitchers

    Jun 20, 2009, 1:53 PM EDT

    In honor of the U.S. Open out at Bethpage this weekend, let’s look at the greatest baseball players from Long Island, or Strong Island for all you meatheads, in Major League history. The position players are here. Now the pitchers: Frank Viola, Hempstead. 15 seasons with Twins, Mets, Red Sox, Reds, and Blue Jays ……

  2. Potent quotables: End of the road for Dice-K?

    Jun 20, 2009, 1:46 PM EDT

    If I keep going like this, I have no right to be a part of this rotation.” – Daisuke Matsuzaka states the obvious after another poor outing against the Braves on Friday night. Dice-K has an 8.23 ERA and 2.20 WHIP through his first eight starts. A decision on his future in the rotation is…

  3. Strong Island's Finest: Positional Players

    Jun 20, 2009, 12:03 PM EDT

    In honor of the U.S. Open out at Bethpage this weekend, let’s look at the greatest baseball players from Long Island, or Strong Island for all you meatheads, in Major League history. First, the position players: Carl Yastrzemski, Southampton. 23 seasons with Red Sox … 452 HR, 1844 RBI, .285/.379/.462 … .369 AVG, 4 HR…

  4. Projections and Paces – Indians

    Jun 19, 2009, 9:22 PM EDT

    The article below is meant to provide a quick look at how my preseason projections match up with the paces of select major league hitters. Victor Martinez 2008: .278/.337/.365, 2 HR, 30 R, 35 RBI, 0 SB in 266 ABProj..: .296/.368/.459, 19 HR, 71 R, 92 RBI, 0 SB in 538 ABPace: .345/.424/.550, 26 HR,…

  5. Friday's Quick Hits

    Jun 19, 2009, 7:02 PM EDT

    - Fernando Martinez was sent back down to Triple-A by the Mets after hitting .194/.286/.274 in 62 at-bats over 18 games. Once it was determined that Gary Sheffield’s knees were good enough to allow him to return to left field, it was expected that Martinez would be sent down, though the thinking was that the…

  6. What we're watching – Freeway Series

    Jun 19, 2009, 5:01 PM EDT

    - The first of two series between the Braves and Red Sox kicks off with a battle of Japanese starters, as Kenshin Kawakami and Daisuke Matsuzaka will take the mound at Fenway tonight. Kawakami is 3-5 with a 4.54 ERA, but he hasn’t allowed more than three earned runs in any of this last eight…

  7. Projections and Paces – Cardinals

    Jun 19, 2009, 4:32 PM EDT

    The article below is meant to provide a quick look at how my preseason projections match up with the paces of select major league hitters. Albert Pujols 2008: .357/.462/.653, 37 HR, 100 R, 116 RBI, 7 SB in 524 ABProj..: .328/.440/.624, 40 HR, 108 R, 118 RBI, 6 SB in 543 ABPace: .320/.444/.689, 56 HR,…

  8. Link-O-Rama: Shawn Estes calls it quits

    Jun 19, 2009, 3:48 PM EDT

    * Shawn Estes has reportedly decided to retire after trying unsuccessfully to make it back to the majors with the Dodgers. Estes finishes with a 101-93 record and 4.71 ERA in 1,678 innings spread over 13 seasons, which qualifies as a disappointing career after he went 19-5 with 3.18 ERA as a 24-year-old in 1997.…

  9. Meet the AL leader in OPS … Ben Zobrist?!

    Jun 19, 2009, 3:01 PM EDT

    Ben Zobrist became eligible for the league leaderboards after batting five times last night and immediately took over the AL lead in both slugging percentage and OPS. Seriously. Ben Zobrist. No, really. He’s hitting .307/.415/.665 with 14 homers, 14 doubles, 33 walks, 39 runs, and 41 RBIs in 212 plate appearances, which is basically a…

  10. Padres set to call up Kyle Blanks from Triple-A

    Jun 19, 2009, 2:11 PM EDT

    John Manuel of Baseball America reports that the Padres are on the verge of calling up Kyle Blanks from Triple-A, which is interesting given that the massive first-base prospect appeared to be blocked by Adrian Gonzalez as recently as last month. Since then the Padres have moved the 6-foot-6, 290-pound Blanks to left field on…

  11. Link-O-Rama: Reynolds dislikes stats, paragraphs

    Jun 19, 2009, 12:44 PM EDT

    * Harold Reynolds used his MLB.com blog for a lengthy, stream of consciousness-style rant about … well, it’s a little unclear. The basic premise seems to be that stats are bad, but I’m more intrigued by Reynolds a) thinking that OPS is a hardcore stat, b) using the phrase “clogging the bases” without even a…

  12. Torre becomes fifth-winningest manager of all time

    Jun 19, 2009, 11:47 AM EDT

    By beating the A’s last night Joe Torre moved past Hall of Famer Sparky Anderson for fifth place on the all-time wins list with 2,195. “If you told me a dozen years ago that I’d be in this rarefied air, I’d tell you you’re full of baloney because I certainly started way under .500 when…

  13. Life in a Dominican baseball academy

    Jun 19, 2009, 11:03 AM EDT

    When baseball in the Dominican Republic is mentioned, stories of kids using milk bottles for gloves, shady dealings with Buscones and unscrupulous scouts, and the spectre of easily-available PEDs are often soon to follow. There’s another side to that, however, and it’s a side none of us ever really hear much about: Living in a…

  14. The Cubs are still for sale

    Jun 19, 2009, 10:46 AM EDT

    There will probably be generations of Cubs fans who were born, lived, and will die in the time it takes for the Tribune Company to sell the team: Sam Zell is considering a lineup change. Tribune Co., led by Zell, is no longer negotiating only with the Ricketts family on a deal for the Chicago…

  15. Who was wrong about the plans to fire Manny Acta?

    Jun 19, 2009, 10:06 AM EDT

    You may have noticed that, contrary to the reports that circulated last weekend, Manny Acta still has a job. Clearly, then, those who reported his imminent dismissal are eating crow today, right? Not on your life. Via D.C. Sports Bog, here’s Ken Rosenthal on his report: “If my story was wrong, then the Nationals should…

  16. Baseball has never been "pure"

    Jun 19, 2009, 9:31 AM EDT

    Bill Simmons has an interesting column up: We’re going with a one-question mailbag this week, courtesy of Phil D. from Montclair, N.J.: “What was the purest baseball era, from a statistical perspective?” Honestly, Phil? That’s like asking, “Who’s the purest actress in an X-rated movie?” Every baseball era has been tainted to some degree. But…

  17. The Yankees do their fans a solid

    Jun 19, 2009, 9:03 AM EDT

    As I mentioned in the recaps this morning, the Yankees were nice enough to let the people who waited out the five and a half hour rain delay move down to the good seats once the game got going. Sure, that seems like an obvious move and one that wouldn’t bat an eye if it…

  18. Glavine done for 2009, probably forever

    Jun 19, 2009, 8:29 AM EDT

    Tom Glavine texted his almost-retirement to a television reporter last night, writing “I’m not going to pitch or do anything in baseball until at least next year. I want to be a full time dad.” I suspect that the reference to next year is just a charade and that, in reality, he knows he’s never…

  19. And That Happened: Thursday scores and recaps

    Jun 19, 2009, 5:36 AM EDT

    Braves 7, Reds 0: Tommy Hanson shuts out the Reds over six innings. Not that he was brilliant or anything. He threw a lot of pitches, got into jams and all of the kind of stuff you see young kids do. But it’s all good, because even when he’s been getting lit up like a…

  20. Daily Dose: Ibanez blogged down by injury

    Jun 19, 2009, 3:44 AM EDT

    Call it the Jerod Morris hex or merely a coincidence, but Raul Ibanez was put on the disabled list Thursday for the first time since 2004. Ibanez has been in a funk since taking Morris to task last week over a blog entry, going 5-for-27 (.185) with 11 strikeouts while receiving more media attention than…

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