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Monthly Archive: February 2006

Monday

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February 2006

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Why not?

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Crazier things have happened. I was browsing through Rotoworld and I saw the following little factoid: Free agent Roger Clemens gave up a homer to his son, Koby, on his first pitch in a simulated game at Astros minor league camp today. After the homer, he went up and in on Koby next time through. Clemens can’t play for Houston unless he sits out until May 1st – perhaps the Cubs should take a run at this guy. Sure, it would cost some money but maybe bringing the first Cubs championship to Wrigley in 98 years might intrigue the Rocket…

Saturday

25

February 2006

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Did Hendry Make a Mistake?

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As the rumors last year were flying that Dusty Baker was on his way out, Jim Hendry quietly made no such move. There were speculations on managers like Grady Little, Bob Brenly, Uncle Lou Pinella, and even Joe Girardi. I mentioned in a comment section of one of the posts that I really liked Joe Girardi. I thought he was a good leader and will never forget the time he had to announce the death of Daryle Kile to thousands of angry fans who wanted a game to begin. This season Joe Girardi, who has no big league manager experience, […]

Friday

24

February 2006

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Stupid should hurt

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Well I’ve got to give Hendry credit on this one. A fair number of people disagreed with Hendry’s dumping of Corey Patterson – you can call it what you will but that’s what it was. If either of the guys the Cubs got for Patterson amount to a hill of beans then I’m going to become the Pope o’ Rome. But I liked the trade because two slim chances were better than no chance at all. Now that Corey is comfortably situated in his new environs he’s begun to speak a little about his time in Chicago and where he […]

Friday

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February 2006

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Prior threw 20 pitches today

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Today’s Chicago Tribune and www.cubs.com made light of the fact that Mark Prior threw off the mound today. Nine days after pitchers and catchers reported, Prior threw twenty pitches and said that it felt “awkward;” according to Mark it was the first time since his last start in September that he threw off a mound. Twenty pitches? What did he do the rest of the practice, talk baseball with Dusty? No wonder rumors are flying around about his health. I seem to recall last year during spring that Prior said it might be a good idea to throw year round […]

Thursday

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February 2006

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Stats Stats & more Stats

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One of my favorite things about baseball is how you can compare basically every player in the league based on their stats. No other team sport can you really do that as effectively as in baseball. As we get ready to get into the meat of Spring Training, I’d like to put together a series on various stats that are not considered common. My goal is to establish the purpose of these stats as well as to provide you with a benchmark for evaluating what would be considered an exceptional, above average, average and bad performance. For example, most people […]