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Monthly Archive: February 2006

Wednesday

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February 2006

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He gone…sorta

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According to ESPN and Fox Sports, close confidantes of His Samminess report that the Sultan of Sulk has decided to retire. Said agent Adam Katz: “We’re not going to put him on the retirement list…[we] decided that [not putting him on that list] was the best thing to do. But I can say, with reasonable certainty, that we’ve seen Sammy in a baseball uniform for the last time.” Katz went on further to elaborate by saying that: “[It] basically came down to this: He has such high expectations for himself, and last year was absolute misery for him, the way […]

Wednesday

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February 2006

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Interesting Reading

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It seems like I am subscribed to so many different feeds on my bloglines that I wonder how I have the time to read them all. I’d like to highlight just a few interesting ones for you to read and discuss. Who Will be Selig’s Replacement? ~ The Hardball Times Golden Arms vs. Golden Bats ~ Rob Neyer (Insider Required) Top 25 Baseball Innovations – Jason Stark A look at unearned runs by pitcher type – Baseball Analysts Reds signed outfielder Tuffy Rhodes to a minor league contract. Probably Wayne Krivsky’s most interesting addition so far, even if Rhodes is […]

Tuesday

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February 2006

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Plenty of Love to Go Around

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Awhile back we featured the five athletes we hate. Nasty stuff but I joined in cuz it gave me another chance to burn Palmeiro in cyber effigy. Enough hate, already. This is Valentineís Day and so I wish to offer the ten figures in sports I love, respect, support and cheer for. The list is expanded to ten because these selections cover my lifetime. Feel free to chime in with yours. 1. Ernie Banks ñ His entire demeanor exemplifies why I love sport, baseball and the Cubs. Met him when I was 13. The picture of his arm around me […]

Monday

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February 2006

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More chutzpah from Carrie

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In this week’s “Cubs mailbox” Carrie Muscat gives us another interesting piece of information. Says Carrie: “[Neifi Perez] also hit .280 in the No. 2 spot in the order, and was second in the NL in fielding percentage.” Hold your horses for just a second. Second in the NL in fielding percentage? For what, NL bench utility players born in the Dominican Republic? Here’s Neifi’s stats for 2005, courtesy of baseball-reference.com: Shortstop – .982 in 1063.3 innings. 2B – .975 in 160 innings. 3B – 1.000 in 6 innings. Now those aren’t atrocious numbers but I wouldn’t exactly classify them […]

Monday

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February 2006

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Is Sammy a 2006 version of Rodney Dangerfield?

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Reports are that Sammy might retire instead of taking a $500,000 contract with Washington; apparently the Nationals are the only team interested in him. According to ESPNdeportes.com: “Sammy doesn’t think of himself as someone who has to beg for a spot on a big-league roster…he feels that the lack of interest in his services constitutes a humiliation.” Give me a break…His Samminess “don’t get no respect?” I’m glad they used the word “humiliation” because humility is one personal attribute that Sosa doesn’t have. UPDATE: Also from Rotoworld: Nationals GM Jim Bowden has told MLB.com that Sammy Sosa has rejected his […]