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Bagwell
You got to feel for Bagwell - the guy's coming to camp with a shoulder that's not medically cleared because he has to prove to himself that he's physically not able to do it before he can give it up in good conscience. And meanwhile the team wants him to just go away because if he's able to play in a diminished capacity, he'll cost them a ton of money.

He'll get paid, either way, but this is a no brainer Hall of Famer who watched his team in the playoffs and World Series the last two years and couldn't do much. Some people might characterize this as hanging on too long, but there's little doubt that at 37 he'd still be a very good player if he were healthy. It's not like Jerry Rice who won Super Bowls and set every record hanging on at 42 and joining different teams.



Posted by Chris Liss at 2/24/2006 10:27:00 PM

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Absurdity has no limits
Explain to me how Alfonso Soriano can't at least try to be a good soldier and shag some fly balls in the outfield. I understand he's going to be at 2B for the WBC, but it can't hurt to gain some experience in the OF. I mean, he just won the lottery at $10 million per year! Is he upset that he actually "lost" his arb case? Gimme a break. We all know the odds of incumbent second baseman Jose Vidro staying healthy for a full year is as likely as George Bush inviting the Cubans to the White House if they win the WBC. Get in the outfield and wait for Vidro to go on the DL. There has to be semblance of power between the player and the manager. Thank goodness Frank Robinson is the man in charge. I expect to see Alfa-Alfa in the OF in the not-too-distant future - if he's still in a Nats' uniform.

Posted by Topper at 2/23/2006 3:46:00 PM
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Active Players Headed for the Hall
All Time Greats Already (in order of certainty):

  1. Roger Clemens - 7 CY, 1 MVP, 4502 K, 341 W
  2. Barry Bonds - 7 MVP, 708 HR, 2311 BB, .442 OBP, 8 Gold Gloves, 73 HR season, 526 SB, 2078 Runs
  3. Greg Maddux - 4 CY, 318 wins, 3.01 ERA, 3052/907 K/BB, 15 Gold Gloves)
  4. Randy Johnson - 5 CY, 4372 K, 263 W
  5. Mike Piazza - 397 HR, .311 BA, catcher
  6. Pedro Martinez - 3 CY, 2861/662 K/BB, 2.72 ERA, 192 W, age 34
  7. Alex Rodriguez - 429 HR, .307 BA, age 30, 2 MVP, SS and 3B, 2 Gold Gloves

Other Definites

  1. Ken Griffey (10 Gold Gloves, 536 HR, MVP)
  2. Mariano Rivera (Arguably best closer and postseason reliever in MLB history, 4 Rings, 379 saves, 2.33 ERA)
  3. Derek Jeter (4 Rings, division titles every year, beloved player on the biggest stage, 2 Gold Gloves, 1936 hits, .314 BA, SS, age 31)
  4. Ivan Rodriguez (.304 average, 12 Gold Gloves, catcher).
  5. Manny Ramirez .314/.409/.599 career (435 HR, age 33)
  6. Sammy Sosa - 3 60-, 4 50-HR seasons, 588 HR
  7. Jeff Bagwell (449 HRs, .408 OBP, MVP, played half his career with Astrodome as home park).
  8. Craig Biggio (2795 hits, Astrodome as home park, 2 Gold Gloves, 1697 runs, 260 HRs, Second baseman).
  9. Frank Thomas (.427 OBP, 2 MVPs)

Good chance

  1. Tom Glavine (275 wins, 2 CY)
  2. John Smoltz (ace starter, 1 CY, ace closer)
  3. Andruw Jones (301 HR, age 28, 8 Gold Gloves).
  4. Trevor Hoffman (436 saves)
  5. Albert Pujols (201 HR, .332 BA, just turned 26)
  6. Vlad Guerrero (305 HR, .324 BA, just turned 30)
  7. Chipper Jones (331 HR, .303 BA, age 33, 3B)
  8. Gary Sheffield (449 HRs, .399 OBP, age 37)
  9. Todd Helton (.337 BA)
  10. Curt Schilling (will have 200 W, 3000 K, 2 rings, bloody sock)



Posted by Chris Liss at 2/22/2006 6:00:00 PM

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Erickson Does ESPN
Be sure to catch RotoWire's own Jeff Erickson on ESPNews on Thursday. His segment, talking fantasy baseball, of course, is scheduled for 3:50 p.m. EST. You can judge for yourself whether there's any resemblence to Ben Affleck.

Posted by Jason Thornbury at 2/22/2006 4:56:00 PM
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Yankee Stadium's Demise
Not all progress is good progress. Plans for a new Yankee Stadium have been approved by NYC. A final city council vote is still to come, but the clocking is ticking on the House that Ruth Built.

Posted by Jason Thornbury at 2/22/2006 3:28:00 PM
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