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Tuesday, November 24, 2009
My very long Morning in ExileI pulled double duty over at the Blue Network today. Let's get to it:
Ah. So that's what it feels like to blog full time. I probably need to start working out more or something, because I'm a bit winded.
Posted by Craig Calcaterra at 1:52pm
It was Pujols in a landslide. And well deserved, too.
For your general fund of knowledge, Tracy Ringolsby posted his vote at Inside the Rockies.
Seems reasonable to me, speaking as a Rockies fan.
Posted 11/24 at 03:04 PM
Bob Rittner said...
I know the comment about Bullington is jokey, but I think the Royals are doing some smart things so far, and one of them is signing pitchers like Bullington and Campillo. They cost nothing and might contribute, and it does not preclude them doing other more promising things.
Last year, for the first time, Bullington became a full time reliever-in Las Vegas which I believe is an extreme hitters’ environment and league. Here is a rate line on his 38.1 innings:
9.9 Hits 0.5 Home runs 1.6 BBs 10.1 Ks 1.28WHIP
It means little given the sample size and his history, but sometimes failed starters become productive relievers, and they can be useful either in the bullpen, as system depth or as part of a trade later. No risk, possible benefit, however unlikely or minor. The idea is to fill the system with cheap talent while pursuing other more significant advantages and hope that one may emerge to help in some way.
Posted 11/24 at 03:18 PM
Does anyone have an idea on how much teams are spending on other expenses, such as scouting, draft, non-player payroll, facilities, advertising, etc. It could be that these expenditures have gone up over the past 15 years. I have no doubt the owners and teams are turning a healthy profit, but it seems a bit lazy to say that the owners are making more just because the players are getting a smaller share of the revenue*.
*i’m not taking the owners side here at all, btw, just raising the point.
Posted 11/24 at 03:23 PM
It’s just like the Mets to introduce a “retro” jersey that doesn’t actually match the historic jersey. I wasn’t around in the 60’s, but I’m pretty sure that the drop shadow is an artifact of the 90’s.
Posted 11/24 at 03:39 PM
Kudos to Ringo for sensibly including Chase Utley on his ballot. Once again, Ryan Howard finishes towards the top of the voting, and Chase’s name isn’t mentioned in the results article at ESPN.com. If I wasn’t a Mets fan, I think I’d really like Chase.
Posted 11/24 at 03:46 PM
And Jeremy Affeldt gets a tenth place vote?!
Posted 11/24 at 03:56 PM
The right person obviously won the MVP, and outside of that, everything is of little importance. But Utley finishing 8th? Really? When someone is looking back on Utley’s HoF candidacy (and it’s by no means a sure thing at this point), they’re going to see his MVP finishes (13, 8, 7, 14, and 8 during his prime) and wonder. What does the best fielding and best base-running second baseman in the game (who also happens to hit a little) have to do to get some love?
Also, if the Angels can get Halladay for Saunders + 2 prospects, I will be giddy.
Posted 11/24 at 04:08 PM
“Consistancy is the hobgoblin of small minds”
Posted 11/24 at 04:08 PM
Oh! How about “Made to be Your Man?”
Posted 11/24 at 04:26 PM
Jason @ IIATMS said...
“start working out more”? I still say +10 lbs once you realize your pantry full of snacks can actually talk to you.
They will call on you more than the telemarketers, but you won’t ignore them like you do the phone calls.
You’ll heed the call of the chips and cookies.
+10 lbs. Easy.
Posted 11/24 at 11:46 PM
It’s simple really. Utley missed 6 games and at least 30 plate appearances. It’s been clearly established that someone who is injured and misses time during the season can’t be listed anywhere higher than 4th on the ballot.
Because their season can’t be nearly as good as someone who played the entire year.
Maybe next year, when Utley quits being a wuss and plays the entire season, he’ll have a chance to finish higher in the balloting.
Posted 11/25 at 04:01 AM