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Monthly Archive: February 2005

Monday

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February 2005

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More on the Last Pitcher in the Game

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The Hardball Times posted some research about how relievers are being used. I’m not going to attempt to summarize it ‘cuz I don’t really have a handle on it myself, but it’s worth reading. Instead, I’ll take some of their own words: A closer is two-and-a-half times more likely to be brought into the ninth with a three-run lead (75% of the time) than with the score tied (30% of the time). Excuse my bold formatting, but this makes no sense at all! Three-run leads are gimme situations; fans are heading to the exits. On the other hand, tie games […]

Friday

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February 2005

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Special Treat

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Since everyone loved the Clammy Sosa picture, I figured I would direct you to the official site of the characters. Here are a few of my favorites. Nomar Garciaparrot Mia Hammster

Thursday

24

February 2005

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Enough Already

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I am so sick and tired of all this Sammy Sosa garbage. I am making this pledge to all 5 of my readers. I WILL NOT mention his name again this year. That is my promise to you. However, I did find this character to be hysterical. I give you, “Clammy Sosa”

Monday

21

February 2005

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A little nugget of info

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Maybe I missed someone mentioning this, but I found it interesting. In the Sunday Sun Times, Mike Kiley mentions that Greg Maddux will not have a personal catcher this year. Dusty had this to day: ”I’ll have [Barrett] catch everybody,” he said. ”I have some things in my head I’m going to do. Maddux thinks [Barrett] is going to be one of the better catchers around. That’s a pretty good compliment coming from him. Michael is going to get better. Our staff is tough to catch. We’ve got guys with velocity and movement.” Maybe it’s just me, but but I […]

Sunday

20

February 2005

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Walker’s Words

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www.mlb.com published a story about Todd Walker’s thoughts on the 2005 season. It seems like Todd’s been talking a lot this offseason, more than the other guys. Anyway, here are some of the things he said that I thought were interesting: In 2001, the Seattle Mariners began the season without Alex Rodriguez, without Ken Griffey Jr., and without Randy Johnson. That 2001 Mariners team won 116 games and their division. This little bit of baseball history is brought to you by Chicago Cubs second baseman Todd Walker. He sees a lot of similarities between the Mariners’ situation then and the […]