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Lipstickit
I acutally had hope for Jamie McCourt, the wife of Frank McCourt and de facto owner of the Dodgers. Other female owners haven't fared so well (Marge Schott, Georgia Frontiere), but maybe McCourt would be different. Well, in my SI baseball preview issue this week, I read Mrs. McCourt wants to "revolutionize baseball giveaways." Her revolution? On June 29, the Dodgers are giving away lipstick. Yes, lipstick. What, she couldn't throw in some eye shadow, too? Who's going to go to a Dodgers game for free lipstick? McCourt also plans to institute more changes at Dodgers Stadium, among them, "activities for children." Ah, yeah, isn't there a certain activity already going on at the stadium? THE GAME! Why do children need to be entertained at a game? The game is supposed to be the entertainment. Maybe McCourt should put a little more effort into fielding an entertaining team and she wouldn't have to worry about lipstick and children's activities.

Posted by Jason Thornbury at 3/30/2006 5:56:00 PM
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A Modest Proposal for Mr. Selig
A thought...

If Bud Selig really wants to put the "Steroid Era" of baseball to rest once and for all... there's one thing he could do as a symbolic first step:

Abolish the DH.

Think about it. There's no position that personifies the overly-bulked-up ballplayer better than the DH. The DH doesn't need to be able to move well or field a position without hurting himself. He just needs to stand there and swing for the fences.

Now before you take me to task with the obvious hole in my plan... yes, I'm aware that most of the biggest names associated with the steroid scandal thus far -- Bonds, McGwire, Sosa, Sheffield, etc., don't DH. That isn't the point.

The idea is not to punish those guys specifically, but rather to return the sport to a focus on all aspects of the game: to pitching and defense and baserunning and even the occasional sacrifice bunt.

Do I expect it to happen? Hell no. But I think it would do more for the game -- in returning the focus to the way the game was played before anyone knew what androstendione was -- than any Barry Bonds investigation ever could.

Posted by Charlie at 3/29/2006 7:29:00 AM

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My 44 is Better than Yours
Pete Rose is already planting the seed that if Jimmy Rollins matches his 44-game hitting streak it won't be as exceptional a feat as what Rose accomplished.

"Rose also addressed the 36-game hitting streak that Philadelphia shortstop Jimmy Rollins brings into the season. Rollins could have lost his rhythm at the plate, but doesn't have to worry about tiring as his streak continues, said Rose, who had a 44-game hitting streak in 1978. 'One thing about a hitting streak is the stamina,' Rose said."

What a very Pete Rose thing to do.

Posted by Jason Thornbury at 3/28/2006 4:41:00 PM

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Inflation's Wild Ride
Yesterday was the auction for an NL-Only keeper league I'm in. Inflation was off-the-charts at 41% going in - personally the highest I've ever seen in over 15 years of rotisserie experience. As I expected, the early high value guys were consistently going for at or just below inflated fair market value - which drove inflation up further into the 44-45% range from rounds 3 thru 6. I landed Jason Schmidt early at $26 - much later in the draft Chris Young of San Diego went for $24! Also in the latter portion of the mid-rounds (roughly 8 thru 12) we saw Ryan Zimmerman go for $22, Stephen Drew $20 (JD went for $21!), Aaron Heilman and David Bush for $16 each! Moral of the story: Know your inflation and the dynamic nature of it's fluctuation DURING the auction. Sometimes it IS better to spend early!

Posted by Randy Hale at 3/27/2006 7:40:00 AM
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