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Hall of Fame
Was having a debate with a friend of me. I believe Craig Biggio, Jeff Bagwell and Frank Thomas are all Hall of Famers, possibly even first ballot, while he felt that all of them will struggle to get in. Your views?

Posted by Jan Levine at 1/25/2006 2:47:00 PM
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The Reds fire Dan O'Brien
I'll admit being a little surprised by Dan O'Brien's firing yesterday. I understand the reasons for it - there's a new owner in town and he wants his own man, plus O'Brien's track record certainly isn't much to brag about yet. Still, O'Brien hadn't been there very long, plus the timing is somewhat awkward, with most of the major offseason moves having been completed.

Right now Brad Kullman is the interim GM and will get an interview for the job. I hope he receives serious consideration, rather than them finding another recycled GM like Jim Beattie. I'll admit a bias here - I've had Kullman on my XM show twice, and was more than a little grateful for his time.

Posted by Jeff Erickson at 1/24/2006 2:17:00 PM

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CDM vs. MLB
MLB and the other major sports' players associations should just be thankful that fantasy exists, and the DirectTV packages for baseball and football as well as satellite radio subscriptions are selling like crazy. Fantasy has been better for them that it will ever be for us, and there's no amount of marketing they could have done of their own product that would have been as ingenious as inventing an entirely new game that derives from it and that makes people 10 times the fanatic about the underlying sport than they already were. But instead of letting an organic thing continue to multiply and make them billions of dollars, they're so shortsighted as to try and nickel and dime the industry and inflate costs which will no doubt be passed on to our users, their fans - the same people who support them more than anyone else by buying Direct TV, XM Radio, etc. It's not just a legal issue - it's a matter of taste. Understand how this industry has been better for you than anything you could have done for yourself and back the hell off.

Posted by Chris Liss at 1/23/2006 1:07:00 AM
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Roto's Legal Issues...
Bill Livingston of the Cleveland Plain Dealer has the MLB v CDM fight all wrong. Out of one side of his mouth, Livingston mentions a $150 million a year business, then says, "Fantasy leagues are actually as obsolete as the dead ball, as bygone a pastime as riding the trolley to League Park." What? How could you have an obsolete industry generating that much revenue? Another example of not reading something before having it published.

Posted by Randy Ball at 1/22/2006 1:51:00 PM
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