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Monthly Archive: February 2005

Thursday

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February 2005

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New Baseball Rule

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One of the main complaints people have about baseball is that it is too slow. MLB is one step closer to potentially significantly speeding up the game. It appears that the minor leagues will adopt a new batters box rule this year. The rule calls for a batter to keep 1 foot in the box at all times or risk a strike being called on them. There are, however, some exceptions to this rule. # The batter swings at a pitch; In all seriousness, this is a good idea. Get the game moving, so more people may be interested. Maybe […]

Wednesday

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February 2005

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The Closer We Get

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As the season draws closer by the minute, the burning question on everyone’s mind is who the closer will be. This offseason there have been a god awful amount of names that have been thrown around. I’d like to offer some opinions on the names that were and are being considered. LaTroy Hawkins If I could choose anyone on the Cubs to not be the closer, he would be tops on my list. Plain and simple, he can’t get the job done in that role. Something happens when Latroy steps on the field in a save situation that makes his […]

Monday

14

February 2005

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Opinions Please

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Yesterday I was browsing some of the “legit media sites”, as if blogs were not included in that, and noticed this article about players / executives on the hot seat for 2005. One name that was mentioned was Dusty Baker. I was curious to see what my readers thought about that. So, please express your opinions. Don’t be lazy, just click the comment section and post if you agree or disagree. If you want to put why, all the better. There is no reason why if we get 150-200 readers today that we can’t have at least 50 comments on […]

Sunday

13

February 2005

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Mr. Sosa

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Mr. Sosa’s initial business venture in Baltimore is a vineyard in the hills of western Maryland. On the bottle of Sosa Vineyard Select: “The growers provide the finest grapes, and I provide the cork.” HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! That said, I’d like to say that I don’t think the Tribune Company ran a malicious anti-Sosa campaign for nothing. Though they blew some things out of proportion, Sosa had been acting like an ass since the Larry Himes era, and somebody finally got so sick of it that they got rid of him. Good riddance — the time had come — but I will, […]

Thursday

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February 2005

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Stockpiling?

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The last two Hendry trades make a fellah like me wonder if Mr. Hendry is stockpiling players some other team covets for an early June trade. Farnsworth’s trade value was high enough to get a former #1 draft pick (who, admittedly, hasn’t set the minors on fire) and garnered a replacement. The Sosa deal was motivated by getting anything back for the franchise’s leading jonron hitter, but apart from Hairston they just got a couple of turds which didn’t seem to fit their particular toilet bowl. Perhaps Hendry has made inquiries and knows what some other teams are looking for […]