Archive for January, 2008

Who Makes Up Your Position Players

Sunday, January 27th, 2008

Yesterday we took a look at who makes up my pitching staff headed into Opening Day. Today, the assignment is to finish out the 25 man roster with 13 position players. This one isn’t as tough as I made it seem yesterday. I’ve got to sell it to you though, right?

Let’s start with the obvious ones, since Lou gave us his opening day lineup. Remember, all of these are based on the assumption that what we have in house right now is what we have to choose from. If trades or more signings happen, that’s a whole new bag of rocks.

C – Geovanny Soto
1b – Derrek Lee
2b – Mark DeRosa
SS – Ryan Theriot
3B – Aramis Ramirez
LF – Alfonso Soriano
CF – Felix Pie
RF – Kosuke Fukudome

That leaves five spots to fill out the team. Obviously we need a backup catcher, so Henry Blanco takes that spot. Daryle Ward, who is capable of playing first or in the outfield, fills out a second spot.

Now the fun begins. I put Matt Murton in the mix as the 4th outfielder, but that means you need someone capable of playing CF in the event something happens to Fukudome and Pie. That means Sam Fuld has to fill bench spot number four, which leaves us with one spot left and it has to be an infielder. I see three potentials for the spot.

a) Ronny Cedeno

b) Mike Fontenot

c) Eric Patterson

If option years were not a factor, I think you move Patterson into the spot and use his speed and versatility off the bench. However, with Cedeno out of options, he has to make this team or we risk losing him for nothing via the waiver system. That being said, let’s assume that Cedeno makes the team out of spring. He’s been taking time in the OF, so he could probably be asked to fill the CF spot in a pinch. That would allow the team to choose to send Fuld down and keep Fontenot or Patterson. If it were me, I’d like to see Patterson get the shot, with Fuld getting some more experience in Iowa. So my bench looks like this.

  • Murton
  • Blanco
  • Cedeno
  • Ward
  • Patterson

What do you think? Did I miss the boat? Let’s hear it. Put me on the grill.

Also, don’t forget to take 2 seconds and register for the site by clicking the “contribute” icon to the right of this post. Doing so allows you the opportunity to post diaries for all to read and comment on. For more information on what diaries are, check out our explanation.

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Saturday Morning Trivia

Saturday, January 26th, 2008

This one goes out to all the historians in the mix.

Q: There have been six unassisted triple plays in NL history. One of those was done by a Cub in 1927. Who completed this historic feat

Hint: He caught a liner, touched 2nd, and tagged a runner coming from first. that should narrow down the position.

A: Click Here

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Milwaukee Brewers Preview (Podcast)

Friday, January 25th, 2008

The Brewers put a stranglehold on the NL Central in the first half of the 2007 campaign, fought the Cubs to the final week before settling for a second place and no October action with 83 wins. Alas, Milwaukee fans did not ‘Pee their pants for the Brewers.’

So what should we expect from the ’08 Brew Crew?

“Brew Crew Ball” author Jeff Sackmann joined The Pitch’s Joe Aiello and Brandon Rosage to answer the burning questoins about Milwaukee’s offseason changes and defend his club as a legit NL Central contender over the Cubbies.

From the perpetually-hurt Ben Sheets, 50-HR Prince Fielder and youthful pitching staff, this edition of The Pitch’s 30-part MLB Season Preview puts the microscope on the 2008 Milwaukee Brewers.

LINKS
Brew Crew Ball (Jeff Sackmann, author)

MP3 DOWNLOADS
2008 MLB Season Preview: Milwaukee Brewers

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Diaries: What you want to know but are afraid to ask.

Thursday, January 24th, 2008

What is a diary?

Diaries are the newest addition to The View From The Bleachers in response to the widely successful system piloted on the Sports Blog Network. Diaries allow the community to blog their thoughts in posts of their own on the site. Essentially it’s a blog within the blog.

Why should I care about diaries?

The addition of diaries will serve two purposes to make the site better:

1. They will increase the amount of new content on the site each day.
2. They allow you to not only have a voice, but also to hear the voice of other very intelligent fans that read the site, but aren’t currently on staff.

What do I need to be able to post a diary?

The only requirement to be able to post a diary is that you are registered as a user of the site. You can sign up by clicking the “Contribute” icon located in the right sidebar. This will take you to the sign up screen where you will choose your login and enter your e-mail address. From there, we will send you an activation e-mail for you to activate your account. Doing so will send me an e-mail saying that you registered and will send you an e-mail with your temporary password. We have it set to default to marking you as a subscriber, which means no diary privileges. When I get notified of your sign up, I’ll contact you to assure you are not a spammer. Once you reply back to me, I will list you as a contributor and you will be free to post diaries as often as you like.

How do I post a diary?

Once you’re registered and listed as a diary contributor, you will want to login using the link in the navigation box at the top of the right sidebar. Once you login, you will be taken to a dashboard that looks like this:

From there, click on the option that says “Write a Post” and enter your title and post.

Once you’re all finished and have looked over the spelling and things of that nature, it’s time to post it to the site. Because we’re in the beginning stages of diaries, all of them are subject to moderation. By clicking the submit for review button, it posts it in the moderation queue for me to review, but it doesn’t send me any notification that it’s there. The easiest way to make sure your diary is review ASAP is to click the box that says “ready to post”

By checking this box, it sends me an e-mail instantly that a post is ready for me to look at. Once I approve the post, which is just to prevent spammers, it will be linked in the sidebar in the diaries section for all to ready and comment on.

Will my diary ever see its way to the front page?

Definitely. One of the things we’re most excited about is the ability to move high quality diary posts to the front page as featured posts. Consider it an audition for the show. Who knows, you may even find an e-mail in your box inviting you to join the staff.

Are there things I should focus on in my writing?

One of the best things to remember is to write things that people will want to read. For example, posting about something that is already on the front page may not be a great idea. Remember to keep the posts free of profanity and keep it focused on baseball or sports in general. The most important thing is to have fun with it. Talk it up to your friends. Get them to sign up and let’s start growing this community.

Do diaries show up in RSS feeds?

Yes, the diary entries show up in the regular RSS feed for the site. They also have their own feed which is linked in the left sidebar.

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NY Mets Preview (Podcast)

Thursday, January 24th, 2008

After a devastating last-minute exit from the MLB postseason picture last season, New York Mets fans don’t necessarily have a lot to boast going into Spring Training. But MetsBlog.com’s Matthew Cerrone warns “The Pitch” that the Mets haven’t made an impact change, “Yet.”

Cerrone joins Joe Aiello and Brandon Rosage on “The Pitch” in another installment of the show’s 30-part team preview series leading up to Opening Day of the upcoming Major League Baseball season.

From the Mets troubled pitching staff, the exit of Tom Glavine and Paul LoDuca, a new deal for Endy Chavez and an improved NL East, this edition of The Pitch puts the microscope on the 2008 New York Mets.

LINKS
Mets Blog (Matthew Cerrone, author)

MP3 DOWNLOADS
2008 MLB Season Preview: New York Mets

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