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Red Sox Trade bait....?
Which of these guys do the Sox trade to upgrade? For a SP? a SS with pop? a reliable lefty specialist?

Posted by Mike D. at 7/14/2006 10:50:00 AM
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Reds Trade Is Neifi Perez Bad
Is the deal that saw the Reds trade Felipe Lopez, Austin Kearns and Ryan Wagner to Washington for relievers Gary Majewski and Bill Bray, infielders Royce Clayton and Brendan Harris, and pitching prospect Daryl Thompson the worst since KC couldn't figure out Neifi Perez's park effects? A young All Star shortstop and a good young outfielder, plus a recent #1 draft pick, for middle relievers? Plus even if the prospects are great and turn out to be superstars down the road, the Reds are trading two strong hitters in their lineup (and one at a key position) while they are just four games out of first place. This trade is so bad new Reds GM Wayne Krivsky risks getting the Paul DePodesta treatment even if the trade works out - i.e. trading popular players during a pennant race may be so unsettling that the fans and ultimately ownership revolt.

Posted by Peter Schoenke at 7/13/2006 10:18:00 PM
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Midseason Awards
NL MVP: Albert Pujols – An easy call. He misses 18 days with a strained oblique and still leads the league in homers. A run at 60 bombs cannot be ruled out. He single-handedly makes the Cardinals a threat in the National League.

AL MVP: Jim Thome – My top three picks for AL MVP so far all play designated hitter. Travis Hafner would be a fine choice, but because he plays for a team seemingly out of it, he sits third. Big Papi is just as good of a choice as Thome, as 87 RBI are pretty impressive at the break. Still, I’ll give it to Thome; he plays for baseball’s best team and has a 70-point advantage in OPS over Ortiz. Make no mistake, Aaron Rowand is the best defensive centerfielder in baseball, but GM Kenny Williams really made a brilliant move bringing in Thome.

NL Cy Young: Jason Schmidt – There really isn’t an overwhelming pick here. To put it in perspective, the No. 4 finisher in the AL voting this year would absolutely qualify as the National League’s best pitcher. Schmidt has received the league’s sixth-worst run support, so he doesn’t have many wins to show for his effort. He has been rather dominant, however, holding opponents to just a .216 average. Since April ended, his ERA is 2.05. Not to mention he’s had one of the most dominant performances of the year – a 16-strikeout gem against the Marlins.

AL Cy Young: Francisco Liriano – Like I said, the fourth place finisher in the AL is having a season that would win in the NL. An argument could easily be made for Jonathan Papelbon, Johan Santana and/or Roy Halladay. All are having Cy Young caliber campaigns. My pick goes to Liriano because, well, he has been baseball’s best pitcher this year. I’ve already been effusive enough in my praise, but Liriano’s numbers really do stand out above all the rest.

NL Rookie of the Year: Josh Johnson – Prince Fielder is having a fine season, but when it comes to rookies, it’s all about the Marlins. Dan Uggla, Scott Olsen and Josh Willingham are all solid nominees, and if Jeremy Hermida hadn’t been injured, he’d probably be in the mix as well. The winner so far, however, is teammate Josh Johnson. He leads the entire league in ERA for crying out loud (he needs to pitch 1/3 of an inning to gain eligibility). Did I forget to mention that he’s yet to surrender more than three earned runs in any single start this year?

AL Rookie of the Year: Francisco Liriano – Maybe the best way to handle this situation is give Liriano the Cy Young and Papelbon the ROY award. This year’s ROY second place finisher will no doubt have the best numbers of any runner-up in the history of the game.

Posted by Dalton at 7/13/2006 1:17:00 PM
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Danica Rules
It's good to see in this overly serious and sensitive world that at least Danica Patrick has a sense of humor.

Fellow IRL drive Ed Carpenter: "I think Danica's pretty aggressive in our cars. I mean, you know especially if you catch her at the right time of the month ... "

Patrick: "That sounds like a good joke to me, it's pretty funny to me."

So-called Feminists could learn a thing or two from Danica. She still maintains her femininity in a hyper-aggressive, male-dominated sport and she can take a joke.

Posted by Jason Thornbury at 7/13/2006 8:10:00 AM

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All-Star Boredom
Reading through Gus' latest Baseball Barometer (so thorough, by the way, that he even gives the heads up on a player in Japan to keep tabs on) I was reminded of something regarding the All-Star Game. Gus mentioned how in the '80s you had to get cable just so you could watch good N.L. teams when they played the Braves on TBS. That's true. And I think it's related to why the All-Star game has seemingly lost much of its luster. There's all kinds of talk about how to add intrigue and excitement to the All-Star Game, including the goofy notion of making it the U.S. vs. the World. What all that talk misses, though, is that back in the days before 24-hour news, cable TV, the Internet, interleague play, etc., the All-Star Game was really the only time you could watch baseball stars on television. There was one Game of the Week, but other than that (and This Week in Baseball, I guess) you had to go to the park to watch baseball. And, of course, if you lived in an A.L. town, you never got to see N.L. stars and vice versa. So, the All-Star Game became intriguing because finally you could watch your favorite players from around the league. Now someone can live in the Aleutians and watch any game any day. Thus, the All-Star Game just isn't that important anymore. Which also means folks should stop wringing their hands over the boredom and just accept that exhibition games tend to be a little boring.

Posted by Jason Thornbury at 7/12/2006 3:23:00 PM
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Aubrey Huff
Usually the D-Rays are pretty good about ransoming their players at the deadline for good young prospects (read: Kazmir). But, they are pretty quick with the trigger this year trading Gathright and Huff for players no where near their talent levels or production. I think they could have gotten more for both players. On another note, does this mean B.J.'s coming to play 3rd or Lugo moving there?

Posted by Eddie at 7/12/2006 8:30:00 AM
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MLB on Fox
OK, call me old fashioned... But watching baseball on Fox is very nearly enough to make me hate baseball. (Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes was the last straw.)

Posted by Charlie at 7/11/2006 6:25:00 PM
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