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HOF Profile: Mo Vaughn

Mo Vaughn, First Baseman   Boston Red Sox 1991-1998 Anaheim Angels 1999-2001 New York Mets 2002-2003   Awards 1995 AL MVP 1995 AL Silver Slugger - 1B   All-Star Selections: 3 (1995, 1996, 1998)   League Leader 1995: RBI 1996: Runs Created   Career Ranks Homeruns: 91st SLG%: 56th OPS: 59th   Best Performance September 24, 1996 - Baltimore at Boston Hits three homeruns against the Orioles, all of them off of David Wells.   Hall of Fame Stats Black Ink: Batting - 4 (405) (Average HOFer ≈ 27) Gray Ink: Batting - 78 (301) (Average HOFer ≈ 144) HOF Standards: Batting - 29.9 (274) (Average HOFer ≈ 50) HOF Monitor: Batting - 86.5 (191) (Likely HOFer > 100)   Similar Batters in HOF: None Top 10 Similar Batters: Paul Konerko, Ted Kluszewski, David Justice, Kent Hrbek, Carlos Lee, Derrek Lee, Hal Trosky, Joe Adcock, David Ortiz, Richie Sexson   Year-by-Year Win Shares & Wins Above Replacement Level (WARP3)   1991: 6/1.3 1992: 7/1.8 1993: 19/6.3 1994: 17/6.8 1995: 24/7.3 1996: 29/8.1 1997: 22/7.4 1998: 25/9.3 1999: 19/4.3 2000: 17/4.9 2002: 15/3.5 2003: 1/0.1   Career Win Shares: 201 Career WARP3: 61.2   My Stupid Opinion   Although his 1995 AL MVP was a complete joke, Vaughn did have a nice little run with the Red Sox. But it was not surprising that a man of his, um, girth did not age well at all. He was already in the middle of perpetual decline when he missed the whole 2001 season due to a ruptured tendon in his left arm. Fun Fact: Vaughn was the highest paid player in baseball during his final active season where he hit .190/.323/.329 in 27 games. Remember kids, it pays to have a good agent.

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HOF Profile: Greg Vaughn

Greg Vaughn, Left Fielder   Milwaukee Brewers 1989-1996 San Diego Padres 1996-1998 Cincinnati Reds 1999 Tampa Bay Devil Rays 2000-2002 Colorado Rockies 2003   Awards 1998 NL Silver Slugger - OF   All-Star Selections: 4 (1993, 1996, 1998, 2001)   League Leader None   Career Ranks Homeruns: 73rd   Best Performance September 7, 1999 - Cincinnati at Chicago (Game 2 of DH) Hits three homeruns against the Cubs.   Hall of Fame Stats Gray Ink: Batting - 22 (928) (Average HOFer ≈ 144) HOF Standards: Batting - 25.0 (418) (Average HOFer ≈ 50) HOF Monitor: Batting - 50.0 (368) (Likely HOFer > 100)   Similar Batters in HOF: None Top 10 Similar Batters: Jeromy Burnitz, Ron Gant, Rocky Colavito, Roy Sievers, Andruw Jones, Darryl Strawberry, David Justice, Greg Luzinski, Dave Kingman, Jack Clark   Year-by-Year Win Shares & Wins Above Replacement Level (WARP3)   1989: 6/1.1 1990: 10/1.3 1991: 20/8.4 1992: 16/6.4 1993: 22/6.7 1994: 9/4.9 1995: 5/1.2 1996: 17/6.3 1997: 8/1.8 1998: 30/10.6 1999: 24/7.2 2000: 16/5.1 2001: 15/3.8 2002: 1/0.6 2003: 1/0.4   Career Win Shares: 199 Career WARP3: 65.3   My Stupid Opinion   Vaughn was your prototypical low batting average slugger. His one really standout year in 1998 was of course completely overshadowed by a couple of other sluggers who's names escape me at the moment. Really nothing special about him outside of his power.

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HOF Profile: Jesse Orosco

Jesse Orosco, Relief Pitcher   New York Mets 1979-1987 Los Angeles Dodgers 1988, 2001-2002 Cleveland Indians 1989-1991 Milwaukee Brewers 1992-1994 Baltimore Orioles 1995-1999 St. Louis Cardinals 2000 San Diego Padres 2003 New York Yankees 2003 Minnesota Twins 2003   Awards None   All-Star Selections: 2 (1983, 1984)   League Leader Games: 1995   Career Ranks Games: 1st Saves: 69th ERA+: 62nd K/9: 23rd H/9: 24th   Best Performance October 27, 1986 - Boston at New York (N) In Game 7 of the '86 World Series, comes in the 8th inning with none out after a Dwight Evans' two-run double off Roger McDowell pulls the Red Sox with a run. Orosco strands the tying run at 2nd by retiring Rich Gedman, Dave Henderson, and Don Baylor in order and then pitches a perfect 9th to clinch the championship for the Mets.   Hall of Fame Stats Black Ink: Pitching - 1 (822) (Average HOFer ≈ 40) Gray Ink: Pitching - 17 (1143) (Average HOFer ≈ 185) HOF Standards: Pitching - 13.0 (589) (Average HOFer ≈ 50) HOF Monitor: Pitching - 62.0 (199) (Likely HOFer > 100)   Similar Pitchers in HOF: None Top 10 Similar Pitchers: Tug McGraw, Don McMahon, Gary Lavelle, John Hiller, Dan Plesac, Kent Tekulve, Darold Knowles, Mike Timlin, Mike Stanton, Ron Perranoski   Year-by-Year Win Shares & Wins Above Replacement Level (WARP3)   1979: 0/0.4 1981: 2/0.9 1982: 9/4.5 1983: 20/8.0 1984: 17/6.3 1985: 10/4.5 1986: 13/5.4 1987: 5/2.3 1988: 6/2.0 1989: 10/4.1 1990: 3/1.8 1991: 3/1.4 1992: 3/1.4 1993: 7/3.4 1994: 2/1.0 1995: 6/2.9 1996: 6/2.3 1997: 7/3.5 1998: 7/2.9 1999: 1/0.6 2000: 0/0.0 2001: 1/0.5 2002: 3/1.0 2003: 0/-0.2   Career Win Shares: 141 Career WARP3: 60.9   My Stupid Opinion   I have to say it's remarkable a player from the 19th century is a first time nominee on the writer's ballot. Okay not quite, but Orosco and Rickey Henderson will be the last players to make their MLB debut in the 1970s and be a first timer on the ballot. Orosco is purely on the ballot due to his longevity and his career games pitched record might stand for a while but obviously he's not a HOF.

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HOF Profile: Dan Plesac

Dan Plesac, Relief Pitcher   Milwaukee Brewers 1986-1992 Chicago Cubs 1993-1994 Pittsburgh Pirates 1995-1996 Toronto Blue Jays 1997-1999, 2001-2002 Arizona Diamondbacks 1999-2000 Philadelphia Phillies 2002-2003   Awards None   All-Star Selections: 3 (1987, 1988, 1989)   League Leader None   Career Ranks Games: 6th Saves: 59th K/9: 10th K/BB: 61st   Best Performance April 25, 1990 - Kansas City at Milwaukee Comes in with the bases loaded, none out in the 8th inning with a 1-0 lead and George Brett coming up. Brett pops out and then Willie Wilson grounds into an inning ending double play. Plesac retires the side in order in the 9th.   Hall of Fame Stats Gray Ink: Pitching - 17 (1143) (Average HOFer ≈ 185) HOF Standards: Pitching - 8.0 (981) (Average HOFer ≈ 50) HOF Monitor: Pitching - 54.0 (231) (Likely HOFer > 100)   Similar Pitchers in HOF: None Top 10 Similar Pitchers: Mike Jackson, Mike Timlin, Mike Stanton, Willie Hernandez, Dave LaRoche, Darold Knowles, Craig Lefferts, Roger McDowell, Paul Assenmacher, Roberto Hernandez   Year-by-Year Win Shares & Wins Above Replacement Level (WARP3)   1986: 13/6.4 1987: 14/6.2 1988: 10/4.1 1989: 11/5.5 1990: 6/3.1 1991: 4/2.0 1992: 6/2.8 1993: 3/0.8 1994: 2/1.3 1995: 6/3.2 1996: 8/3.2 1997: 5/2.2 1998: 7/2.4 1999: 2/1.2 2000: 4/1.7 2001: 5/3.2 2002: 3/1.7 2003: 4/1.4   Career Win Shares: 113 Career WARP3: 52.5   My Stupid Opinion   Along with Jesse Orosco, I'm pretty sure Plesac is the first pitcher to make the HOF ballot who was primarily a middle reliever. Closers are gaining more acceptance when it comes to HOF voting but just a hunch we are way off from LOOGYs gaining enshrinement. Maybe if they open a middle reliever wing of the HOF Plesac would be worthy of consideration but for the real HOF he's no where close.

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Who Didn't Make the 2009 Baseball HOF Ballot

I'm always happy with the Baseball Hall of Fame ballot is announced as it means content for my blog! I'll be doing profiles on each the first year nominees over the next few weeks but before I get to what I wanted to talk about in this entry, here are links to old profiles I did for the returnees on this year's ballot listed in order of where they finished in the voting last year.   1. Jim Rice 72.2% (15th and final year) 2. Andre Dawson 65.9% (8th) 3. Bert Blyleven 61.9% (12th) 4. Lee Smith 43.3% (7th) 5. Jack Morris 42.9% (10th) 6. Tommy John 29.1% (15th and final year) 7. Tim Raines 24.3% (2nd) 8. Mark McGwire 23.6% (3rd) 9. Alan Trammell 18.2% (8th) 10. Don Mattingly 15.8% (9th) 11. Dave Parker 15.1% (13th) 12. Dale Murphy 13.8% (11th) 13. Harold Baines 5.2% (3rd)   If a player played ten seasons in the Majors they are eligible for nomination on the baseball writer's ballot but believe it or not there actually is a screening process for the HOF ballot. I always find it interesting to see what players didn't make the cut and originally thought about making brief comments on each player but there were more players than I expected so this is just going to be a random list. Whole lot of back up catchers and middle relievers but there's a few decent players in there.   Mike Bordick John Burkett Omar Daal Joe Girardi Mark Guthrie Joey Hamilton Bill Haselman Darren Holmes Trenidad Hubbard Todd Hundley Brian L Hunter Felix Jose Chad Kreuter Graeme Lloyd Keith Lockhart Albie Lopez Pat Mahomes Al Martin Orlando Merced Charles Nagy Denny Neagle Troy O'Leary Lance Painter Craig Paquette Tom Prince Jeff Reboulet Rick Reed Rich Rodriguez Terry Shumpert Luis Sojo Dave Veres Matt Walbeck Mike Williams Kevin Young

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Bowl Projections

I don't know why anyone does bowl projections as they are almost impossible to predict until the final week of the season, which is why I wait that long. Now I normally cheat and peak at other bowl projections or Google various local newspapers to see where schools are likely going to end up but this time it's almost total guess work. Note I'm going under the assumption Oklahoma will finish #2 in the BCS when they are released in a couple of hours. Also I'm making the prediction that the WAC allows Boise State to accept an at large invite from the Motor City Bowl since the conference has enough eligible teams to fill their four bids to set up an all undefeated match-up against Ball State.   Edited due to blogger stupidity.   Congressional: Navy vs. Maryland New Mexico: Colorado State vs. Louisiana Tech St. Petersburg: South Florida vs. Memphis Las Vegas: BYU vs. Arizona New Orleans: Troy vs. Southern Miss Poinsettia: TCU vs. Fresno State Hawaii: Hawaii vs. Central Michigan Motor City: Ball State vs. Boise State Meineke Car Care: Wake Forest vs. Pittsburgh Champs Sports: Virginia Tech vs. Wisconsin Emerald: California vs. Miami Independence: Louisiana-Lafayette vs. Notre Dame PapaJohns.com: Rutgers vs. Arkansas State Alamo: Missouri vs. Northwestern Humanitarian: Nevada vs. Clemson Holiday: Oregon vs. Oklahoma State Texas: Rice vs. N.C. State Armed Forces: Air Force vs. Houston Sun: Oregon State vs. West Virginia Music City: Vanderbilt vs. North Carolina Insight: Minnesota vs. Kansas Chick-Fil-A: Georgia Tech vs. LSU Outback: Iowa vs. South Carolina Gator: Nebraska vs. Florida State Capital One: Michigan State vs. Georgia Rose: Penn State vs. USC Orange: Cincinnati vs. Boston College Cotton: Texas Tech vs. Mississippi Liberty: Tulsa vs. Kentucky Sugar: Alabama vs. Ohio State International: Buffalo vs. Connecticut Fiesta: Texas vs. Utah GMAC: East Carolina vs. Western Michigan BCS: Oklahoma vs. Florida

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2008 Bowl Bubble #3

ACC   Bowl Tie-ins: BCS/Orange, Chick-Fil-A, Gator, Champs Sports, Music City, Meineke Car Care, Emerald, Humanitarian, EagleBank   Locks: Boston College, Florida State, Georgia Tech, Maryland, Miami, North Carolina, Virginia Tech   Bowl Eligible: Wake Forest   Bubble Teams: Clemson, N.C. State, Virginia   We finally had a team be eliminated for bowl consideration this week, that being Duke. N.C. State stayed alive with a stunning blowout win over North Carolina and they finish with a home game against Miami on Saturday. I misspoke last week I said the winner of the Clemson/Virginia game would become bowl eligible. Clemson actually needed two wins since they've played two I-AA teams this year and you can only count one of those games towards bowl eligibility. Their last game will be at home against South Carolina. Wake Forest could be in trouble if they don't beat Vanderbilt this week to pick up win #7 and if there ends up being more eligible teams than bids for this conference, they likely will have to go hunting for an at large bid which could be tough with a 6-6 record.   Notre Dame   Bowl Tie-ins: Cotton, Gator, Sun   Wow, don't think anyone anticipated them losing to Syracuse. This puts the USC game as almost a must win for the Irish or they could be staying home for bowl season. You can forget about the Gator Bowl if they finish 6-6 but the Sun Bowl would still be possible. Remember they are considered a Big East team when it comes to bowl selections and the rule is bowls must invite 7+ win teams over 6 win teams if there are not enough available slots in a conference. The Big East has six bids and currently four teams with 7+ wins. If Rutgers and South Florida pickup win #7 that would fill of the Big East slots and Notre Dame would have no where to go except hope for an at large bid although the same 7+ win rule applies for at large bids as well.   Big East   Bowl Tie-ins: BCS, Gator/Sun, Meineke Car Care, International, Papajohns.com, St. Petersburg   Locks: Cincinnati, Connecticut, Pittsburgh, West Virginia   Bowl Eligible: Rutgers, South Florida   Bubble Teams: Louisville   So with Notre Dame's bowl hopes in doubt, the Big East might get to keep all six of their bids. Very big game for USF against UConn tonight to get that all important win #7 because the following week they are at West Virginia. Louisville's season will be on the line in two weeks at Rutgers.   Big Ten   Bowl Tie-ins: BCS/Rose (two bids?), Capital One, Outback, Alamo, Champs Sports, Insight, Motor City   Locks: Iowa, Michigan State, Minnesota, Northwestern, Ohio State, Penn State, Wisconsin   I was a bit presumptuous last week in stating that if Ohio State won they were on their way to a BCS bowl and the reason is because of what is happening in the Pac-10. Oregon State is one win away from getting the Rose Bowl bid which would put USC into the at large pool and the Fiesta Bowl would likely jump all over them. That would send Ohio State off to the Capital One Bowl. It then remains to be seen if the Motor City Bowl will be an open bid or not.   Big XII   Bowl Tie-ins: BCS/Fiesta (two bids), Cotton, Holiday, Gator/Sun, Alamo, Insight, Independence, Texas   Locks: Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Texas, Texas Tech   Bubble Teams: Colorado   There are no changes in this conference. Again Colorado must beat Nebraska on Friday to keep their season going or then the Independence Bowl becomes an open bid.   Conference USA   Bowl Tie-ins: Liberty, GMAC, Texas, Armed Forces, New Orleans, St. Petersburg   Locks: East Carolina, Houston, Rice, Tulsa   Bubble Teams: Memphis, Southern Miss, UTEP   Marshall was eliminated yesterday with a loss to Rice. Of the three bubble teams, UTEP has the longest odds as they finish the season at East Carolina. Memphis and Southern Miss play conference bottom feeders Tulane and SMU respectively.   MAC   Bowl Tie-ins: Motor City, GMAC, International   Locks: Ball State   Bowl Eligible: Buffalo, Central Michigan, Northern Illinois, Western Michigan   Bubble Teams: Akron, Bowling Green   I can now safely call Ball State a lock after they beat CMU on Wednesday thus eliminating any chance that they will have to rely on an at large bid. CMU and WMU may have to sweat a little because Buffalo will be attractive to the International Bowl.   Mountain West   Bowl Tie-ins: BCS, Las Vegas, Poinsettia, Armed Forces, New Mexico   Locks: Air Force, BYU, Colorado State, TCU, Utah   Utah is on their way to the BCS now so the conference will get five bids. I was probably the only one watching UNLV last night blow their chance at their first bowl bid in eight years as they were stunned by lowly San Diego State and their season is now over. UNLV's loss ends up being Colorado State's gain as they became bowl eligible with a win over Wyoming.   Pac-10   Bowl Tie-ins: BCS/Rose (two bids?), Holiday, Sun, Emerald, Las Vegas, Hawaii, Poinsettia   Locks: Arizona, California, Oregon, Oregon State, USC   Bubble Teams: Arizona State, UCLA   As covered in the Big Ten section, Oregon State is a win away from going to the Rose Bowl and likely giving the conference two BCS bids assuming that USC beats Notre Dame and UCLA. Stanford broke my heart yesterday with a listless performance against Cal and has been eliminated. The conference now will have no more than six eligible teams at the most with the ASU/UCLA elimination game this week. The winner of that game will still need another win the following week in their rivalry game to become bowl eligible. Poinsettia Bowl is now a WAC bid.   SEC   Bowl Tie-ins: BCS/Sugar (two bids), Capital One, Cotton, Outback, Chick-Fil-A, Music City, Liberty, Independence, Papajohns.com   Locks: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, LSU, Mississippi, South Carolina, Vanderbilt   Bubble Teams: Auburn   Arkansas was eliminated yesterday with a loss to Mississippi State. Auburn will have to shock the world against Alabama this week to become bowl eligible or the Independence Bowl becomes an open bid.   Sun Belt   Bowl Tie-in: New Orleans, PapaJohns.com?   Locks: Troy   Bowl Eligible: None   Bubble Teams: Arkansas State, FIU, Florida Atlantic, UL Lafayette, Middle Tennessee   Troy crushed ULL yesterday but they haven't officially won the conference yet. I think that Arkansas State can still win the conference by tiebreak if they win this week against a horrific North Texas team and then upset Troy in two weeks. But even if that scenario plays out, Troy is a lock for a bowl bid because the PapaJohns.com would then become a Sun Belt bid since the SEC will not fill it and the conference had a contingency bid. I'm still not 100% sure if the Sun Belt needs a 7+ win team to be pick up that bid officially though so if the Arkansas State scenario doesn't play out, there wouldn't be another 7+ win team in the conference.   WAC   Bowl Tie-ins: Humanitarian, Hawaii, New Mexico, Poinsettia   Locks: Boise State   Bowl Eligible: Fresno State, Hawaii, Louisiana Tech, Nevada, San Jose State   Boise State can still get a BCS at large invite but you can forget about them getting invited over Ohio State and now possibly USC. The conference did officially pickup the Poinsettia Bowl with Stanford's elimination in the Pac-10. The rest of the conference is still a mess but I think it's safe to assume at 6-6 that San Jose State will definitely not be getting a bid.

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2008 Bowl Bubble #2

Aww the Congressional Bowl sold it's naming rights and is now the EagleBank Bowl. I'm shocked the St. Petersburg Bowl still hasn't sold theirs as that always seemed like a generic placeholder bowl name.   ACC   Bowl Tie-ins: BCS/Orange, Chick-Fil-A, Gator, Champs Sports, Music City, Meineke Car Care, Emerald, Humanitarian, EagleBank   Locks: Boston College, Florida State, Georgia Tech, Maryland, Miami, North Carolina   Bowl Eligible: Virginia Tech, Wake Forest   Bubble Teams: Clemson, Duke, N.C. State, Virginia   Everyone is technically still alive but highly unlikely Duke or N.C. State win their last two games. The winner of the Clemson/Virginia game this week will become bowl eligible while the loser will have to pull of an upset in a rivalry game the following week.   Notre Dame   Bowl Tie-ins: Cotton, Gator, Sun   Irish barely avoid disaster at the end of the Navy game to become bowl eligible. Should lock up a bid with an easy win against Syracuse this week which will have them on their way to the Gator or Sun Bowl. Upset USC the following week and they will end up in the Cotton Bowl.   Big East   Bowl Tie-ins: BCS, Gator/Sun, Meineke Car Care, International, Papajohns.com, St. Petersburg   Locks: Cincinnati, Connecticut, Pittsburgh   Bowl Eligible: South Florida, West Virginia   Bubble Teams: Louisville, Rutgers   As covered last week the Big East will lose a bid to Notre Dame if they finish 7-5 leaving the conference with five bids. Rutgers crushed a reeling USF team and can become bowl eligible with a win over Army this week which is quite the surprise considering how bad they played the first half of the year. With that in mind, there will be at least one team in this conference needing to find an open bid if they want to go bowling so it is very important to get seven wins.   Big Ten   Bowl Tie-ins: BCS/Rose (two bids?), Capital One, Outback, Alamo, Champs Sports, Insight, Motor City   Locks: Iowa, Michigan State, Minnesota, Northwestern, Ohio State, Penn State   Bowl Eligible: Wisconsin   Bubble Teams: Illinois   The Big Ten's season is over after this week and if Penn State and Ohio State win, they are both on their way to BCS bowls. Illinois needs to win at Northwestern this week or otherwise the Motor City Bowl will become an open bid.   Big XII   Bowl Tie-ins: BCS/Fiesta (two bids), Cotton, Holiday, Gator/Sun, Alamo, Insight, Independence, Texas   Locks: Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Texas, Texas Tech   Bubble Teams: Colorado   There is no scenario where this conference doesn't put two teams in the BCS so you can put them down for nine bids which also locks Kansas up for a bid even they still sit on six wins. With Kansas State and Texas A&M being eliminated from bowl consideration, the Texas Bowl is now an open bid and if Colorado doesn't win at Nebraska in two weeks then the Independence Bowl will also be an open bid.   Conference USA   Bowl Tie-ins: Liberty, GMAC, Texas, Armed Forces, New Orleans, St. Petersburg   Locks: Rice, Tulsa   Bowl Eligible: East Carolina, Houston   Bubble Teams: Marshall, Memphis, Southern Miss, UTEP   Only change was Houston became bowl eligible with a drubbing of Tulsa. Southern Miss scored a big win over East Carolina and now only has to beat an awful SMU team to become bowl eligible.   MAC   Bowl Tie-ins: Motor City, GMAC, International   Locks: None   Bowl Eligible: Ball State, Buffalo, Central Michigan, Western Michigan   Bubble Teams: Akron, Bowling Green, Northern Illinois   The odds of Ball State getting into the BCS are now zilch as they were passed by BYU in the BCS standings. See last week's entry as to why there is a really small chance Ball State could not go bowling but it gets slimmer and slimmer with the the growing number of open bids there will be.   Mountain West   Bowl Tie-ins: BCS?, Las Vegas, Poinsettia, Armed Forces, New Mexico   Locks: Air Force, BYU, TCU, Utah   Bubble Teams: Colorado State, UNLV   There's a story out there that I don't think has received any attention yet and that is if BYU beats Utah this week, they and not Boise State could end up with the Fiesta Bowl invite. There's nothing in the BCS rules that requires the highest ranked non-BCS conference team to be taken, if there is another eligible non-BCS team who can be chosen. Boise getting passed over for a one loss non-BCS team could be a nice shitstorm. UNLV should become bowl eligible with a win over San Diego State this week while Colorado State will play at Wyoming with a chance to become bowl eligible as well. Popular belief is that the New Mexico Bowl would invite the Rebels over CSU.   Pac-10   Bowl Tie-ins: BCS/Rose (two bids?), Holiday, Sun, Emerald, Las Vegas, Hawaii, Poinsettia   Locks: Arizona, California, Oregon, Oregon State, USC   Bubble Teams: Arizona State, Stanford, UCLA   No changes this week as every favorite won. Stanford's season is on the line in the Big Game on Saturday and they will win. They just have to. ASU and UCLA are both idle before their elimination game in two weeks. Still seems likely that at least the Poinsettia Bowl will be an open bid which would go to a WAC team.   SEC   Bowl Tie-ins: BCS/Sugar (two bids), Capital One, Cotton, Outback, Chick-Fil-A, Music City, Liberty, Independence, Papajohns.com   Locks: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, LSU, Mississippi, South Carolina, Vanderbilt   Bubble Teams: Arkansas, Auburn   Since the conference is pretty much assured to BCS bids at this point which pushes the conference to ten bids, every eligible team is now a lock including Vanderbilt will be going to their first bowl in 26 years. Both Arkansas and Auburn are longshots to become bowl eligible which would leave the Independence and the Papajohns.com Bowl as open bids. I'm sure the Independence Bowl is just giddy over the possibility of instead of having an SEC/Big XII match-up they may end up with a MAC/Sun Belt showdown.   Sun Belt   Bowl Tie-in: New Orleans   Locks: None   Bowl Eligible: Troy   Bubble Teams: Arkansas State, FIU, Florida Atlantic, UL Lafayette, Middle Tennessee   The winner of the ULL/Troy game this week all but clinches the conference title and the New Orleans Bowl bid. Because of contingency bids and other open bids this sad sack of conference could conceivably end up sending four teams to bowls when all is said and done.   WAC   Bowl Tie-ins: BCS?, Humanitarian, Hawaii, New Mexico   Locks: Boise State   Bowl Eligible: Fresno State, Louisiana Tech, Nevada, San Jose State   Bubble Teams: Hawaii   As I already covered, Boise State's odds of landing a BCS bid could even longer than you think. Fresno, LA Tech, and Nevada all became bowl eligible this week but there is still way too many things that can happen to figure out who is going where and who is staying home. Again the Poinsettia Bowl will likely be added as a 4th bid for the conference, assuming the Pac-10 doesn't fill.

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2008 Bowl Bubble

Did this the last couple of years so might as well keep doing. This is just a conference-by-conference breakdown (plus Notre Dame) of where everyone stands when it comes to making bowl games.   I know last year you were all thinkg, "Hey they just aren't enough bowl games and I was outraged that 6-6 South Carolina didn't go to a bowl game last year." My friends, the NCAA and ESPN have listened to you and they added two more bowl games (Congressional and St. Petersburg Bowls) bringing the total number of bowl games to 34. That increases the odds even further this year that if you are 6-6 and play in a BCS conference, you will probably find a bowl bid some where. But for the sake of taking into account all possible scenarios I'm not going to consider all six win teams as locks just yet to make bowl games except in certain conferences which I'll get to.   Note Navy has already accepted a bid to the Congressional Bowl.   ACC   Bowl Tie-ins: BCS/Orange, Chick-Fil-A, Gator, Champs Sports, Music City, Meineke Car Care, Emerald, Humanitarian, Congressional   Locks: Florida State, Georgia Tech, North Carolina   Bowl Eligible: Boston College, Maryland, Miami, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest   Bubble Teams: Clemson, Duke, N.C. State, Virginia   As usual the ACC is just one big entertaining, clusterfuck. Technically it is possible that all 12 teams will become bowl eligible as there just isn't a whole lot of difference in talent from 1 to 12 but the odds of that are very, very slim. The most important game among the bubble teams will be two weeks from now when Virginia hosts Clemson. Duke and N.C. State are both longshots.   Notre Dame   Bowl Tie-ins: Cotton, Gator, Sun   I'm going to mention the Irish before the Big East since what happens to them directly effects the Big East bids. With their loss last night the Irish's were officially eliminated from BCS consideration but if they run the table they could still get into the Cotton Bowl (note this would take away a bid from the SEC) although they'd have to win at USC to do so. 7-5 is more realistic but that also means beating Navy this week which isn't a given and if they do end up 7-5 they probably get an invite to the Gator Bowl or at worst the Sun Bowl, which if either happens the Big East loses a bid. At 6-6 it then gets a bit dicey for them as they then would need to rely on an open bid and hope they don't get gobbled up by 7-5 teams who don't have a bid. By rule any bowl that has a bid that couldn't be filled by one of their conference affiliations, they must invite an available 7+ win team over a 6 win team. If this happens and Notre Dame gets shutout of a bowl at 6-6, expect that rule to change.   Big East   Bowl Tie-ins: BCS, Gator/Sun, Meineke Car Care, International, Papajohns.com, St. Petersburg   Locks: Cincinnati, Pittsburgh   Bowl Eligible: Connecticut, South Florida, West Virginia   Bubble Teams: Louisville, Rutgers   Now that I've covered Notre Dame, it's very likely the Big East will have only five available bids instead of six so 7+ wins might be a must in this conference to go bowling. If everything goes to form, the Louisville/Rutgers game on 12/4 will be an elimination game for bowl eligibility. The Cardinals do have Cincinnati and West Virginia at home before then and its not out of the question they could spring an upset in one of those games.   Big Ten   Bowl Tie-ins: BCS/Rose (two bids?), Capital One, Outback, Alamo, Champs Sports, Insight, Motor City   Locks: Michigan State, Minnesota, Northwestern, Ohio State, Penn State   Bowl Eligible: Iowa   Bubble Teams: Illinois, Wisconsin   As long as Ohio State avoids an upset in their final two games against Illinois and Michigan, they will give the conference a second team in a BCS bowl. Wisconsin has some bizarre scheduling this year as they finish the year against I-AA Cal Poly so you can put them down for win #6 there, if they don't do it this week against Minnesota. Illinois has much longer odds as they finish at home against Ohio State and then at Northwestern.   Big XII   Bowl Tie-ins: BCS/Fiesta (two bids?), Cotton, Holiday, Gator/Sun, Alamo, Insight, Independence, Texas   Locks: Missouri, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Texas, Texas Tech   Bowl Eligible: Kansas, Nebraska   Bubble Teams: Colorado, Kansas State, Texas A&M   Unless something truly shocking happens, this conference will send two teams into the BCS. That also means that it doesn't look they'll fill the Texas Bowl bid and possibly not the Independence Bowl bid either. Kansas State has the easier road of the three bubble teams as they have Nebraska and Iowa State at home but a loss in either eliminates them.   Conference USA   Bowl Tie-ins: Liberty, GMAC, Texas, Armed Forces, New Orleans, St. Petersburg   Locks: Rice, Tulsa   Bowl Eligible: East Carolina   Bubble Teams: Houston, Marshall, Memphis, Southern Miss, UTEP   Outside chance that the conference won't fill the illustrious St. Petersburg Bowl bid as Marshall, Southern Miss, and UTEP all need two wins and they will all need to spring an upset to do so. Memphis is a near lock with only home dates against UCF and Tulane remaining.   MAC   Bowl Tie-ins: Motor City, GMAC, International   Locks: None   Bowl Eligible: BCS?, Ball State, Central Michigan, Western Michigan   Bubble Teams: Akron, Bowling Green, Buffalo, Northern Illinois, Temple   The MAC is kind of a poor man's Big XII this year because the three best teams in the conference all play in the same division, that being the West divison. Now you probably are wondering how the hell can I say Ball State isn't a lock? Yes they are undefeated and it is not impossible that they could sneak into the BCS if both Utah and Boise State lose. But the problem is, is that they still have to play CMU and WMU. If they were to lose both games and then say the East division champ were to upset the West division champ in the MAC title game then Ball State could find themselves without a MAC affiliated bowl game to go to, if both CMU and WMU were invited over them. The odds are strongly against this and they likely find an open bid somewhere but again have to take into account all possible scenarios, however unlikely. This is also why CMU and WMU are not locks either in case there is a huge upset in the title game.   Mountain West   Bowl Tie-ins: BCS?, Las Vegas, Poinsettia, Armed Forces, New Mexico   Locks: Air Force, BYU, TCU, Utah   Bubble Teams: Colorado State, UNLV, Wyoming   As we all know, Utah will be going to a BCS Bowl (likely the Fiesta) if they finish undefeated which would give the conference five bids. UNLV and Wyoming will play an elimination game this week. The Rebels will be in great shape if they win as they finish the season against lowly San Diego State. Since all three bubble teams are 4-6, it is possible that the New Mexico Bowl will become an open bid if Utah does end up in the BCS.   Pac-10   Bowl Tie-ins: BCS/Rose (two bids?), Holiday, Sun, Emerald, Las Vegas, Hawaii, Poinsettia   Locks: Arizona, California, Oregon, Oregon State, USC   Bubble Teams: Arizona State, Stanford, UCLA   The reason why all eligible teams are already locks in this conference is because UCLA and ASU play an elimination game on 11/28 thus there can be no more than seven eligible teams for the conference. There is an outside shot at the Pac-10 getting two teams in the BCS because if Oregon State wins out, they win the conference by tiebreak over USC and get the Rose Bowl bid. The odds are against this because the Beavers still have Cal, Arizona, and Oregon left to play but it's certainly not impossible. Also, STANFORD~ will beat Cal to become bowl eligible...or at least they better win.   SEC   Bowl Tie-ins: BCS/Sugar (two bids?), Capital One, Cotton, Outback, Chick-Fil-A, Music City, Liberty, Independence, Papajohns.com   Locks: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, South Carolina   Bowl Eligible: Kentucky, LSU   Bubble Teams: Arkansas, Auburn, Mississippi, Mississippi State, Vanderbilt   Just like the Big XII, it would be a shocker if the SEC doesn't send two teams into the BCS so you can put them down for ten bids. Now they might not fill them all as Mississippi State for one will need pull off the upset of the year at Alabama this week just to stay alive and Auburn will have to upset Georgia or Alabama to become bowl eligible. Mississippi should pick up win #6 against UL Monroe this week.   Sun Belt   Bowl Tie-in: New Orleans   Locks: None   Bowl Eligible: Troy   Bubble Teams: Arkansas State, FIU, Florida Atlantic, UL Lafayette, Middle Tennessee   Barring something unforeseen, the conference title should come down to the ULL/Troy game on 11/22. The conference this year does now have contingency bids with the Congressional Bowl, Papajohns.com Bowl and the Independence Bowl where if those bids are not filled by the primary conference, a Sun Belt team will be taken although I think they have to be 7-5 or better but I could be wrong about that.   WAC   Bowl Tie-ins: BCS, Humanitarian, Hawaii, New Mexico   Locks: Boise State   Bowl Eligible: San Jose State   Bubble Teams: Fresno State, Hawaii, Louisiana Tech, Nevada, New Mexico State   Boise State will be huge BYU fans on 11/22 as they need Utah to lose that game to get into the BCS, otherwise they play another glorified home game against a 6-6 ACC team in the Humanitarian Bowl. Now the conference does have a contingency bid with the Poinsettia Bowl if the Pac-10 doesn't fill it and popular speculation is that they will invite the Broncos to play BYU. Not sure that is much of a consolation prize though. The rest of this conference is a complete mess and I'm not even going to attempt to figure out how it will shakeout.

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'08 Player Rankings: Starting Pitchers

Finally, it's over. The list includes the top 120 pitchers in games started.   Starting Pitcher Rankings   1. C.C. Sabathia, Indians/Brewers   26.1 Win Shares 76.2 VORP 11.1 WARP33   Year Ag Tm  Lg  W   L   G   GS  CG SHO  GF SV   IP     H    R   ER   HR  BB   SO  HBP  WP  BFP  IBB  BK  ERA *lgERA *ERA+ WHIP +--------------+---+---+---+---+---+---+---+--+------+----+----+----+---+----+----+---+---+-----+---+---+-----+-----+----+-----+ 2008 27 TOT     17  10  35  35  10   5   0  0  253.0  223   85   76  19   59  251   7   2  1023   1   2  2.70  4.37  162 1.115     2. Cliff Lee, Indians 3. Tim Lincecum, Giants 4. Roy Halladay, Blue Jays 5. Johan Santana, Mets 6. Dan Haren, Diamondbacks 7. Rich Harden, A's/Cubs 8. Cole Hamels, Phillies 9. Brandon Webb, Diamondbacks 10. Ryan Dempster, Cubs 11. Ervin Santana, Angels 12. Ben Sheets, Brewres 13. Derek Lowe, Dodgers 14. John Danks, White Sox 15. Jon Lester, Red Sox 16. Jake Peavy, Padres 17. Justin Duchscherer, A's 18. Mike Mussina, Yankees 19. Ricky Nolasco, Marlins 20. Chad Billingsley, Dodgers 21. Daisuke Matsuzaka, Red Sox 22. Edinson Volquez, Reds 23. Roy Oswalt, Astros 24. Zack Greinke, Royals 25. James Shields, Rays 26. Joe Saunders, Angels 27. Scott Baker, Twins 28. Josh Beckett, Red Sox 29. Gil Meche, Royals 30. Tim Hudson, Braves 31. Jeremy Guthrie, Orioles 32. Matt Cain, Giants 33. Felix Hernandez, Mariners 34. Mark Buehrle, White Sox 35. A.J. Burnett, Blue Jays 36. Shaun Marcum, Blue Jays 37. Aaron Cook, Rockies 38. Hiroki Kuroda, Dodgers 39. Paul Maholm, Pirates 40. Scott Kazmir, Rays 41. Carlos Zambrano, Cubs 42. Matt Garza, Rays 43. Jamie Moyer, Phillies 44. Ted Lilly, Cubs 45. Randy Johnson, Diamondbacks 46. Kyle Lohse, Cardinals 47. Armando Galarraga, Tigers 48. Jesse Litsch, Blue Jays 49. Gavin Floyd, White Sox 50. Jair Jurrjens, Braves 51. Todd Wellemeyer, Cardinals 52. Kevin Slowey, Twins 53. Mike Pelfrey, Mets 54. Ubaldo Jimenez, Rockies 55. John Lackey, Angels 56. Javier Vazquez, White Sox 57. Tim Wakefield, Red Sox 58. Jered Weaver, Angels 59. Jorge Campillo, Braves 60. Wandy Rodriguez, Astros 61. Dave Bush, Brewers 62. Andy Pettitte, Yankees 63. Andy Sonnanstine, Rays 64. John Lannan, Nationals 65. Greg Smith, A's 66. Braden Looper, Cardinals 67. Greg Maddux, Padres/Dodgers 68. Nick Blackburn, Twins 69. Scott Olson, Marlins 70. Randy Wolff, Padres/Astros 71. Dana Eveland, A's 72. Justin Verlander, Tigers 73. Oliver Perez, Mets 74. Bronson Arroyo, Reds 75. Brett Myers, Phillies 76. John Maine, Mets 77. Jason Marquis, Cubs 78. Jorge de la Rosa, Rockies 79. Edwin Jackson, Rays 80. Paul Byrd, Indians/Red Sox 81. Doug Davis, Diamondbacks 82. Kyle Davies, Royals 83. Aaron Harang, Reds 84. Joe Blanton, A's/Phillies 85. Manny Parra, Brewers 86. Jonathan Sanchez, Giants 87. Brian Moehler, Astros 88. Odalis Perez, Nationals 89. Johnny Cueto, Reds 90. Vincente Padilla, Rangers 91. Cha Seung Baek, Mariners/Padres 92. Kevin Millwood, Rangers 93. Jon Garland, Angels 94. Tim Redding, Nationals 95. Jarrod Washburn, Mariners 96. Zach Duke, Pirates 97. Glen Perkins, Twins 98. Jeff Francis, Rockies 99. Barry Zito, Giants 100. Luke Hochevar, Royals 101. Joel Pineiro, Cardinals 102. Sean Gallagher, Cubs/A's 103. Daniel Cabrera, Orioles 104. Scott Feldman, Rangers 105. Jeff Suppan, Brewers 106. Sidney Ponson, Rangers/Yankees 107. Jason Bergmann, Nationals 108. Ian Snell, Pirates 109. Brian Bannister, Royals 110. Kenny Rogers, Tigers 111. Fausto Carmona, Indians 112. Jeremy Sowers, Indians 113. Kyle Kendrick, Phillies 114. Brian Burres, Orioles 115. Carlos Silva, Mariners 116. Nate Robertson, Tigers 117. Brandon Backe, Astros   118. Livan Hernandez, Twins/Rockies   1.9 Win Shares -11.7 VORP 1.1 WARP3   Year Ag Tm  Lg  W   L   G   GS  CG SHO  GF SV   IP     H    R   ER   HR  BB   SO  HBP  WP  BFP  IBB  BK  ERA *lgERA *ERA+ WHIP +--------------+---+---+---+---+---+---+---+--+------+----+----+----+---+----+----+---+---+-----+---+---+-----+-----+----+-----+ 2008 33 TOT     13  11  31  31   2   0   0  0  180.0  257  129  121  25   43   67   2   3   811   4   1  6.05  4.17   69 1.667   119. Jo-Jo Reyes, Braves 120. Garrett Olson, Orioles

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'08 Player Rankings: Closers

List contains the top 30 in Saves. I know you will all be shocked that K-Rod isn't #1.   Closer Rankings   1. Mariano Rivera, Yankees   17.3 Win Shares 34.0 VORP 10.3 WARP3   Year Ag Tm  Lg  W   L   G   GS  CG SHO  GF SV   IP     H    R   ER   HR  BB   SO  HBP  WP  BFP  IBB  BK  ERA *lgERA *ERA+ WHIP +--------------+---+---+---+---+---+---+---+--+------+----+----+----+---+----+----+---+---+-----+---+---+-----+-----+----+-----+ 2008 38 NYY AL   6   5  64   0   0   0  60 39   70.7   41   11   11   4    6   77   2   1   259   0   0  1.40  4.44  317 0.665     2. Joe Nathan, Twins 3. Jonathan Papelbon, Red Sox 4. Joakim Soria, Royals 5. Kerry Wood, Cubs 6. Brian Fuentes, Rockies 7. Brad Lidge, Phillies 8. Francisco Rodriguez, Angels 9. Bobby Jenks, White Sox 10. Takashi Saito, Dodgers 11. Jose Valverde, Astros 12. Billy Wagner, Mets 13. Jonathan Broxton, Dodgers 14. Matt Capps, Pirates 15. Huston Street, A's 16. Trevor Hoffman, Padres 17. Francisco Cordero, Reds 18. B.J. Ryan, Blue Jays 19. Kevin Gregg, Marlins 20. Jon Rauch, Nationals/Diamondbacks 21. Salomon Torres, Brewers 22. Brian Wilson, Giants 23. Ryan Franklin, Cardinals 24. Mike Gonzalez, Braves 25. J.J. Putz, Mariners 26. Brandon Lyon, Diamondbacks   27. George Sherrill, Orioles   5.0 Win Shares 5.8 VORP 3.4 WARP3   Year Ag Tm  Lg  W   L   G   GS  CG SHO  GF SV   IP     H    R   ER   HR  BB   SO  HBP  WP  BFP  IBB  BK  ERA *lgERA *ERA+ WHIP +--------------+---+---+---+---+---+---+---+--+------+----+----+----+---+----+----+---+---+-----+---+---+-----+-----+----+-----+ 2008 31 BAL AL   3   5  57   0   0   0  49 31   53.3   47   28   28   6   33   58   1   1   239   6   0  4.73  4.53   96 1.500   28. Troy Percival, Rays 29. Todd Jones, Tigers 30. C.J. Wilson, Rangers

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'08 Player Rankings: Middle Relievers

It's the list you've all been waiting for...the guys who aren't good enough be starting pitchers or closers!!!!   I almost decided to skip doing middle relievers this year as I'm rarely satisfied with the final rankings and always change the guidelines that I use for who I include in the rankings. This year I opted for the top 60 in relief appearance, excluding those who will be on the closer list. I should probably do more than 60 as there's a few good ones that don't qualify (Grant Balfour and Brad Ziegler for example) but there's only so much time want to spend looking at stats for set up men.   Middle Relievers   1. Matt Thornton, White Sox   23.3 VORP 2.11 ERC 2.75 FIP 48 PRC   Year Ag Tm  Lg  W   L   G   GS  CG SHO  GF SV   IP     H    R   ER   HR  BB   SO  HBP  WP  BFP  IBB  BK  ERA *lgERA *ERA+ WHIP +--------------+---+---+---+---+---+---+---+--+------+----+----+----+---+----+----+---+---+-----+---+---+-----+-----+----+-----+ 2008 31 CHW AL   5   3  74   0   0   0  12  1   67.3   48   20   20   5   19   77   2   3   268   2   0  2.67  4.57  171 0.995     2. Carlos Marmol, Cubs 3. Chad Qualls, Diamondbacks 4. Jesse Carlson, Blue Jays 5. Scott Downs, Blue Jays 6. J.P. Howell, Rays 7. Manny Delcarmen, Red Sox 8. Ramon Ramirez, Royals 9. Ryan Madson, Phillies 10. Hideki Okajima, Red Sox 11. Rafael Perez, Indians 12. Heath Bell, Padres 13. Russ Springer, Cardinals 14. Dennys Reyes, Twins 15. Damaso Marte, Pirates/Yankees 16. Dan Wheeler, Rays 17. Chad Durbin, Phillies 18. Doug Brocail, Astros 19. Jeremy Affeldt, Reds 20. Will Ohman, Braves 21. Brian Shouse, Brewers 22. Octavio Dotel, White Sox 23. John Grabow, Pirates 24. Joel Hanrahan, Nationals 25. Tony Pena, Diamondbacks 26. Joe Beimel, Dodgers 27. Chad Bradford, Orioles/Rays 28. Scot Shields, Angels 29. Joe Smith, Mets 30. Jeff Bennett, Braves 31. Eddie Guardado, Rangers/Twins 32. Javier Lopez, Red Sox 33. Matt Lindstrom, Marlins 34. J.C. Romero, Phillies 35. Saul Rivera, Nationals 36. Jesse Crain, Twins 37. Kyle McClellan, Cardinals 38. Trever Miller, Rays 39. Mike Lincoln, Reds 40. Tyler Walker, Giants 41. Manuel Corpas, Rockies 42. Duaner Sanchez, Mets 43. David Weathers, Reds 44. Rafael Betancourt, Indians 45. Blaine Boyer, Braves 46. Cla Meredith, Padres 47. Sean Green, Mariners 48. Bob Howry, Cubs 49. Scott Schoeneweis, Mets 50. Tyler Yates, Pirates 51. Pedro Feliciano, Mets 52. Alan Embree, A's 53. Jamey Wright, Rangers 54. Renyel Pinto, Rays 55. Luis Ayala, Nationals/Mets 56. Wesley Wright, Astros 57. Matt Guerrier, Twins   58. Aaron Heilman, Mets   -1.1 VORP 5.45 ERC 4.66 FIP 24 PRC   Year Ag Tm  Lg  W   L   G   GS  CG SHO  GF SV   IP     H    R   ER   HR  BB   SO  HBP  WP  BFP  IBB  BK  ERA *lgERA *ERA+ WHIP +--------------+---+---+---+---+---+---+---+--+------+----+----+----+---+----+----+---+---+-----+---+---+-----+-----+----+-----+ 2008 29 NYM NL   3   8  78   0   0   0  23  3   76.0   75   48   44  10   46   80   9   2   356   8   0  5.21  4.21   81 1.592   59. Ron Villone, Cardinals 60. Jack Taschner, Giants

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Why I Didn't Give a Shit about the Last Ten World Series

Finally. Finally, finally, finally, finally I am excited about a World Series. I don't give a shit about the predictions of this being lowest rated World Series ever. If this ends up being true, then it's Fox and MLB's fault (and by proxy the WWL) for programing casual fans to think that only the Yankees, Red Sox, and Cubs matter. I personally have not watched the majority of a World Series since 1997 and let me run down each year as to why I didn't care.   1998: New York Yankees vs. San Diego Padres   At this time I was fairly indifferent towards the Yankees but I was always partial to the Padres because I liked Tony Gwynn. This was clearly a huge mismatch and I knew the Padres had no chance but I did tune into Game 1, which I was into until the bottom of the 7th when Tino Martinez took a pitch right down the middle (or at least that's what I remember) that should been a called strike three against Mark Langston to strand the bases loaded and keep the game tied. Next pitch, grand slam, and I tuned out from the rest of the series after that.   1999: New York Yankees vs. Atlanta Braves   Already saw them play in '96 and had no desire to see them play again. I think I watched about five minutes of Game 1 and that was it.   2000: New York Yankees vs. New York Mets   I like most people outside of New York and Bristol, CT didn't give a shit. Did not watch a single second of the series.   2001: New York Yankees vs. Arizona Diamondbacks   Now this one I think I will have to revisit some day but at the time I couldn't be bothered to watch any of it, not even Game 7. The Yankees had eliminated the A's for the second straight and this time in heartbreaking fashion in part to the most overrated defensive play in baseball history because some fat fuck didn't slide...not that I'm still bitter. I wanted to no part of the Yankees or any sort of baseball after that.   2002: Anaheim Angels vs. San Francisco Giants   Finally the Yankees reign of terror is stopped but instead we get the Rally Monkey against the Assholes by the Bay. Giants fans are the most smug group of fans in sports, with no real reason to be, and this didn't help matters. I think briefly tuned into Game 6 to torture myself but that was it.   2003: New York Yankees vs. Florida Marlins   Once again the Yankees were back to poison us all so once again I didn't tune in, although I think I did flip on the end of Game 6 due primarily to this board.   2004: Boston Red Sox vs. St. Louis Cardinals   Now I was genuinely intrigued by this series, for a brief moment. If had to say who my N.L. team is, it'd probably be the Cardinals because I did pretty much adopt them as my second favorite team and followed them pretty closely when Mark McGwire played there. I really thought it would be a good series and since it was the Red Sox, it would end with Boston have their hearts ripped out which is always fun. How wrong I was. I watched most of Game 1 and then quickly lost interest.   2005: Chicago White Sox vs. Houston Astros   Now this series was kinda similar to this year because it was a very fresh match-up. But 2005 was all about LOLZ OZZIEBALL > MONEYBALL and Joe Morgan and the usual band of idiots slobbering all over the White Sox ability to "manufacture runs." If it had ended up being a competitive series I might have tuned for a Game 6 or 7 but it wasn't, so I didn't watch any of it.   2006: Detroit Tigers vs. St. Louis Cardinals   Now I'm going to contradict myself with the "Caridnals are my N.L. team" thing because I really didn't want them to win this series. The baseball elitist in me simply didn't want to see an 83 win team win a World Series because I felt it cheapened the whole season. I didn't have any real animosity towards the Tigers for shitkicking the A's right out of the ALCS but I was disappointed that I wouldn't get use my World Series tickets so really wasn't up for watching the series. I think I tuned in every once in a while during the series but overall the whole thing fell flat and I could only put up with so much "David Eckstein is clutch and scrappy" talk.   2007: Boston Red Sox vs. Colorado Rockies   God damn did the 2007 postseason suck ass or what? Didn't watch a single second of the series.

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Another Pointless Top 25 Poll #3

This week I spent five minutes working on the poll instead of the usual ten.   1. Texas 2. Alabama 3. Penn State 4. Oklahoma State 5. Oklahoma 6. Georgia 7. Florida 8. Utah 9. USC 10. Ohio State 11. LSU 12. TCU 13. Pittsburgh 14. Boise State 15. Texas Tech 16. Missouri 17. Georgia Tech 18. Boston College 19. Minnesota 20. South Florida 21. Northwestern 22. BYU 23. Florida State 24. Ball State 25. Tulsa

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'08 Player Rankings: Right Fielders

This list lives up to Smues' hype!   Also...Ryan Ludwick: Big Fluke or Biggest Fluke Ever?   Right Fielder Rankings   1. Ryan Ludwick, Cardinals   26.4 Win Shares 53.6 VORP 10.9 WARP3   Year Ag Tm  Lg  G   AB    R    H   2B 3B  HR  RBI  SB CS  BB  SO   BA   OBP   SLG *OPS+  TB   SH  SF IBB HBP GDP +--------------+---+----+----+----+---+--+---+----+---+--+---+---+-----+-----+-----+----+----+---+---+---+---+---+ 2008 29 STL NL 152  538  104  161  40  3  37  113   4  4  62 146  .299  .375  .591  150  318   1   8   3   8   8     2. Nick Markakis, Orioles 3. Brian Giles, Padres 4. Vladimir Guerrero, Angels 5. Andre Ethier, Dodgers 6. Xavier Nady, Pirates/Yankees 7. Jermaine Dye, White Sox 8. Bobby Abreu, Yankees 9. Alexis Rios, Blue Jays 10. Ichiro Suzuki, Mariners 11. Magglio Ordonez, Tigers 12. Randy Winn, Giants 13. Jayson Werth, Phillies 14. J.D. Drew, Red Sox 15. Hunter Pence, Astros 16. Brad Hawpe, Rockies 17. Ken Griffey Jr., Reds/White Sox 18. Corey Hart, Brewers 19. David Murphy, Rangers 20. Eric Hinske, Rays 21. Ryan Sweeney, A's 22. Kosuke Fukudome, Cubs 23. Jose Guillen, Royals 24. Jeremy Hermida, Marlins 25. Mark Teahen, Royals 26. Justin Upton, Diamondbacks 27. Jay Bruce, Reds 28. Franklin Gutierrez, Indians 29. Gary Matthews Jr., Angels   30. Jeff Francoeur, Braves   6.0 Win Shares -17.3 VORP 3.2 WARP3   Year Ag Tm  Lg  G   AB    R    H   2B 3B  HR  RBI  SB CS  BB  SO   BA   OBP   SLG *OPS+  TB   SH  SF IBB HBP GDP +--------------+---+----+----+----+---+--+---+----+---+--+---+---+-----+-----+-----+----+----+---+---+---+---+---+ 2008 24 ATL NL 155  599   70  143  33  3  11   71   0  1  39 111  .239  .294  .359   73  215   0   4   5  10  18

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'08 Player Rankings: Center Fielders

Center Fielders   1. Carlos Beltran, Mets   32.6 Win Shares 57.6 VORP 10.4 WARP3   Year Ag Tm  Lg  G   AB    R    H   2B 3B  HR  RBI  SB CS  BB  SO   BA   OBP   SLG *OPS+  TB   SH  SF IBB HBP GDP +--------------+---+----+----+----+---+--+---+----+---+--+---+---+-----+-----+-----+----+----+---+---+---+---+---+ 2008 31 NYM NL 161  606  116  172  40  5  27  112  25  3  92  96  .284  .376  .500  131  303   1   6  13   1  11     2. Grady Sizemore, Indians 3. Josh Hamilton, Rangers 4. Nate McLouth, Pirates 5. Curtis Granderson, Tigers 6. B.J. Upton, Rays 7. Torii Hunter, Angels 8. Shane Victorino, Phillies 9. Matt Kemp, Dodgers 10. Cody Ross, Marlins 11. Vernon Wells, Blue Jays 12. Mike Cameron, Brewers 13. Marlon Byrd, Rangers 14. Chris Young, Diamondbacks 15. Skip Schumaker, Cardinals 16. Jacoby Ellsbury, Red Sox 17. Rick Ankiel, Cardinals 18. Aaron Rowand, Giants 19. Jim Edmonds, Padres/Cubs 20. Scott Hairsotn, Padres 21. Carlos Gomez, Twins 22. Lastings Milledge, Nationals 23. Reed Johnson, Cubs 24. Coco Crisp, Red Sox 25. Adam Jones, Orioles 26. Mark Kotsay, Braves/Red Sox 27. Willy Taveras, Rockies   28. Michael Bourn, Astros   7.6 Win Shares -12.0 VORP 2.5 WARP3   Year Ag Tm  Lg  G   AB    R    H   2B 3B  HR  RBI  SB CS  BB  SO   BA   OBP   SLG *OPS+  TB   SH  SF IBB HBP GDP +--------------+---+----+----+----+---+--+---+----+---+--+---+---+-----+-----+-----+----+----+---+---+---+---+---+ 2008 25 HOU NL 138  467   57  107  10  4   5   29  41 10  37 111  .229  .288  .300   56  140   7   1   0   2   3   29. Melky Cabrera, Yankees 30. Corey Patterson, Reds

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'08 Player Rankings: Left Fielders

Tim McCarver's hatred for this man almost made me want to root for the Dodgers.   Left Fielder Rankings   1. Manny Ramirez, Red Sox/Dodgers   33.4 Win Shares 83.5 VORP 10.8 WARP3   Year Ag Tm  Lg  G   AB    R    H   2B 3B  HR  RBI  SB CS  BB  SO   BA   OBP   SLG *OPS+  TB   SH  SF IBB HBP GDP +--------------+---+----+----+----+---+--+---+----+---+--+---+---+-----+-----+-----+----+----+---+---+---+---+---+ 2008 36 TOT    153  552  102  183  36  1  37  121   3  0  87 124  .332  .430  .601  164  332   0   4  24  11  17     2. Carlos Quentin, White Sox 3. Matt Holliday, Rockies 4. Jason Bay, Pirates/Red Sox 5. Ryan Braun, Brewers 6. Johnny Damon, Yankees 7. Raul Ibanez, Mariners 8. Carlos Lee, Astros 9. Adam Dunn, Reds/Diamondbacks 10. Dave DeJesus, Royals 11. Jack Cust, A's 12. Pat Burrell, Phillies 13. Alfonso Soriano, Cubs 14. Conor Jackson, Diamondbacks 15. Garret Anderson, Angels 16. Luke Scott, Orioles 17. Fred Lewis, Giants 18. Josh Willingham, Marlins 19. Delmon Young, Twins 20. Willie Harris, Nationals 21. Ben Francisco, Indians 22. Carl Crawford, Rays   23. Gregor Blanco, Braves   Year Ag Tm  Lg  G   AB    R    H   2B 3B  HR  RBI  SB CS  BB  SO   BA   OBP   SLG *OPS+  TB   SH  SF IBB HBP GDP +--------------+---+----+----+----+---+--+---+----+---+--+---+---+-----+-----+-----+----+----+---+---+---+---+---+ 2008 24 ATL NL 144  430   52  108  14  4   1   38  13  5  74  99  .251  .366  .309   83  133   6   3   2   6   3   24. Chase Headley, Padres 25. Luis Gonzalez, Marlins 26. Adam Lind, Blue Jays 27. Juan Pierre, Dodgers 28. Emil Brown, A's 29. David Dellucci, Indians 30. Jay Payton, Orioles

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'08 Player Rankings: Shortstops

Is Hanley Ramirez the most underrated player in baseball right now? Of course playing for the Marlins doesn't help him.   Shortstop Rankings   1. Hanley Ramirez, Marlins   32.5 Win Shares 80.7 VORP 10.9 WARP3   Year Ag Tm  Lg  G   AB    R    H   2B 3B  HR  RBI  SB CS  BB  SO   BA   OBP   SLG *OPS+  TB   SH  SF IBB HBP GDP +--------------+---+----+----+----+---+--+---+----+---+--+---+---+-----+-----+-----+----+----+---+---+---+---+---+ 2008 24 FLA NL 153  589  125  177  34  4  33   67  35 12  92 122  .301  .400  .540  148  318   0   4   9   8   5     2. Jose Reyes, Mets 3. Jimmy Rollins, Phillies 4. Stephen Drew, Diamondbacks 5. Jhonny Peralta, Indians 6. J.J. Hardy, Brewers 7. Cristian Guzman, Nationals 8. Michael Young, Rangers 9. Derek Jeter, Yankees 10. Mike Aviles, Royals 11. Orlando Cabrera, White Sox 12. Ryan Theriot, Cubs 13. Yunel Escobar, Braves 14. Miguel Tejada, Astros 15. Marco Scutaro, Blue Jays 16. Jason Bartlett, Rays 17. Nick Punto, Twins 18. Brendan Harris, Twins 19. Erick Aybar, Angels 20. Edgar Renteria, Tigers 21. Yuniesky Betancourt, Mariners 22. Maicer Izturis, Angels 23. Troy Tulowitzki, Rockies 24. David Eckstein, Blue Jays/Diamondbacks 25. Bobby Crosby, A's 26. Cesar Izturis, Cardinals   27. Jeff Keppinger, Reds   5.7 Win Shares 0.6 VORP 1.5 WARP3   Year Ag Tm  Lg  G   AB    R    H   2B 3B  HR  RBI  SB CS  BB  SO   BA   OBP   SLG *OPS+  TB   SH  SF IBB HBP GDP +--------------+---+----+----+----+---+--+---+----+---+--+---+---+-----+-----+-----+----+----+---+---+---+---+---+ 2008 28 CIN NL 121  459   45  122  24  2   3   43   3  1  30  24  .266  .310  .346   70  159   6   5   3   2  14   28. Jack Wilson, Pirates 29. Julio Lugo, Red Sox 30. Khalil Greene, Padres

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Another Pointless Top 25 Poll #2

So I waited two weeks before doing my 2nd Pointless Top 25 because I wanted to do some hard research on all 119 I-A teams...or I just didn't feel like it last week. You make the call!   Again I spend about ten minutes doing this so don't bother spending more than ten seconds reading it.   1. Texas 2. Alabama 3. Penn State 4. Oklahoma State 5. Oklahoma 6. Georgia 7. Missouri 8. Florida 9. Utah 10. BYU 11. USC 12. LSU 13. Texas Tech 14. Virginia Tech 15. Ohio State 16. North Carolina 17. California 18. Michigan State 19. Wake Forest 20. Boise State 21. Pittsburgh 22. South Florida 23. Kansas 24. Ball State 25. Tulsa

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'08 Player Rankings: Third Basemen

Hey look another position where the A's had the worst everyday player! How I got through this season without slitting my wrists, I'll never know.   Third Basemen Rankings   1. David Wright, Mets   29.1 Win Shares 66.2 VORP 10.6 WARP3   Year Ag Tm  Lg  G   AB    R    H   2B 3B  HR  RBI  SB CS  BB  SO   BA   OBP   SLG *OPS+  TB   SH  SF IBB HBP GDP +--------------+---+----+----+----+---+--+---+----+---+--+---+---+-----+-----+-----+----+----+---+---+---+---+---+ 2008 25 NYM NL 160  626  115  189  42  2  33  124  15  5  94 118  .302  .390  .534  143  334   0  11   5   4  15     2. Chipper Jones, Braves 3. Alex Rodriguez, Yankees 4. Aramis Ramirez, Cubs 5. Troy Glaus, Cardinals 6. Evan Longoria, Rays 7. Jorge Cantu, Marlins 8. Melvin Mora, Orioles 9. Casey Blake, Indians/Dodgers 10. Ty Wigginton, Astros 11. Adrian Beltre, Mariners 12. Carlos Guillen, Tigers 13. Alex Gordon, Royals 14. Kevin Kouzmanoff, Padres 15. Edwin Encarnacion, Reds 16. Mike Lowell, Red Sox 17. Mark Reynolds, Diamondbacks 18. Garrett Atkins, Rockies 19. Scott Rolen, Blue Jays 20. Ryan Zimmerman, Nationals 21. Blake DeWitt, Dodgers 22. Chone Figgins, Angels 23. Joe Crede, White Sox 24. Jose Bautista, Pirates/Blue Jays 25. Willy Aybar, Rays 26. Pedro Feliz, Phillies 27. Geoff Blum, Astros 28. Bill Hall, Brewers   29. Jack Hannahan, A's   5.4 Win Shares 3.8 WARP3 -9.5 VORP   Year Ag Tm  Lg  G   AB    R    H   2B 3B  HR  RBI  SB CS  BB  SO   BA   OBP   SLG *OPS+  TB   SH  SF IBB HBP GDP +--------------+---+----+----+----+---+--+---+----+---+--+---+---+-----+-----+-----+----+----+---+---+---+---+---+ 2008 28 OAK AL 143  436   48   95  27  0   9   47   2  0  55 131  .218  .305  .342   77  149   3   5   4   2   5   30. Jose Castillo, Giants/Astros  

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'08 Player Rankings: Second Basemen

This is the third straight year that Utley has topped the rankings.   Second Basemen Rankings   1. Chase Utley, Phillies   29.8 Win Shares 62.2 VORP 10.6 WARP3   Year Ag Tm  Lg  G   AB    R    H   2B 3B  HR  RBI  SB CS  BB  SO   BA   OBP   SLG *OPS+  TB   SH  SF IBB HBP GDP +--------------+---+----+----+----+---+--+---+----+---+--+---+---+-----+-----+-----+----+----+---+---+---+---+---+ 2008 29 PHI NL 159  607  113  177  41  4  33  104  14  2  64 104  .292  .380  .535  133  325   1   8  14  27   9     2. Dustin Pedroia, Red Sox 3. Ian Kinsler, Rangers 4. Dan Uggla, Marlins 5. Brian Roberts, Orioles 6. Mark DeRosa, Cubs 7. Kelly Johnson, Braves 8. Jose Lopez, Mariners 9. Orlando Hudson, Diamondbacks 10. Akinori Iwamura, Rays 11. Placido Polanco, Tigers 12. Alexei Ramirez, White Sox 13. Brandon Phillips, Reds 14. Ray Durham, Giants/Brewers 15. Rickie Weeks, Brewers 16. Howie Kendrick, Angels 17. Kazuo Matsui, Astros 18. Clint Barmes, Rockies 19. Robinson Cano, Yankees 20. Joe Inglett, Blue Jays 21. Mark Ellis, A's 22. Felipe Lopez, Nationals/Cardinals 23. Aaron Miles, Cardinals 24. Asdrubal Cabrera, Indians 25. Mark Grudzielanek, Royals 26. Alexi Casilla, Twins 27. Jeff Kent, Dodgers   28. Freddy Sanchez, Pirates   10.4 Win Shares -1.8 VORP 1.4 WARP3   Year Ag Tm  Lg  G   AB    R    H   2B 3B  HR  RBI  SB CS  BB  SO   BA   OBP   SLG *OPS+  TB   SH  SF IBB HBP GDP +--------------+---+----+----+----+---+--+---+----+---+--+---+---+-----+-----+-----+----+----+---+---+---+---+---+ 2008 30 PIT NL 145  569   75  154  26  2   9   52   0  1  21  63  .271  .298  .371   76  211   8   6   1   4  13   29. Jamey Carroll, Indians 30. Adam Kennedy, Cardinals

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'08 Player Rankings: 1B & DH

I'm throwing the Designated Hitter rankings in this entry as they don't need their own entry. For the DH list it is made up of the top 14 in plate appearances   And now see the pain I had to go through in watching prized prospect Daric Barton be a colossal flop in his rookie year.   First Basemen Rankings   1. Albert Pujols, Cardinals   35.1 Win Shares 96.8 VORP 13.5 WARP3   Year Ag Tm  Lg  G   AB    R    H   2B 3B  HR  RBI  SB CS  BB  SO   BA   OBP   SLG *OPS+  TB   SH  SF IBB HBP GDP +--------------+---+----+----+----+---+--+---+----+---+--+---+---+-----+-----+-----+----+----+---+---+---+---+---+ 2008 28 STL NL 148  524  100  187  44  0  37  116   7  3 104  54  .357  .462  .653  190  342   0   8  34   5  16     2. Lance Berkman, Astros 3. Mark Teixeira, Braves/Angels 4. Kevin Youkilis, Red Sox 5. Justin Morneau, Twins 6. Adrian Gonzalez, Padres 7. Carlos Delgado, Mets 8. Miguel Cabrera, Tigers 9. Carlos Pena, Rays 10. Ryan Howard, Phillies 11. Prince Fielder, Brewers 12. Joye Votto, Reds 13. Derrek Lee, Cubs 14. Jason Giambi, Yankees 15. Adam LaRoche, Pirates 16. Lyle Overbay, Blue Jays 17. James Loney, Dodgers 18. Mike Jacobs, Marlins 19. Ryan Garko, Indians 20. Ron Belliard, Nationals 21. Casey Kotchman, Angels/Braves 22. Paul Konerko, White Sox 23. Nick Swisher, White Sox 24. Kevin Millar, Orioles 25. Doug Mientkiewicz, Pirates 26. Rich Aurilia, Giants 27. Todd Helton, Rockies   28. Daric Barton, A's   9.3 Win Shares -7.4 VORP 2.5 WARP3   Year Ag Tm  Lg  G   AB    R    H   2B 3B  HR  RBI  SB CS  BB  SO   BA   OBP   SLG *OPS+  TB   SH  SF IBB HBP GDP +--------------+---+----+----+----+---+--+---+----+---+--+---+---+-----+-----+-----+----+----+---+---+---+---+---+ 2008 22 OAK AL 140  446   59  101  17  5   9   47   2  1  65  99  .226  .327  .348   85  155   6   3   5   3   6     29. John Bowker, Giants 30. Ross Gload, Royals     Designated Hitter Rankings   1. Aubrey Huff, Orioles   23.1 Win Shares 58.4 VORP 7.9 WARP3   Year Ag Tm  Lg  G   AB    R    H   2B 3B  HR  RBI  SB CS  BB  SO   BA   OBP   SLG *OPS+  TB   SH  SF IBB HBP GDP +--------------+---+----+----+----+---+--+---+----+---+--+---+---+-----+-----+-----+----+----+---+---+---+---+--- 2008 31 BAL AL 154  598   96  182  48  2  32  108   4  0  53  89  .304  .360  .552  137  330   0   7   7   3   9     2. Milton Bradley, Rangers 3. Jim Thome, White Sox 4. David Ortiz, Red Sox 5. Jason Kubel, Twins 6. Hideki Matsui, Yankees 7. Cliff Floyd, Rays 8. Matt Stairs, Blue Jays/Phillies 9. Billy Butler, Royals 10. Gary Sheffield, Tigers 11. Frank Thomas, Blue Jays/A's 12. Craig Monroe, Twins 13. Travis Hafner, Indians 14. Jose Vidro, Mariners

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'08 Player Rankings: Catchers

I know that you are all thinking, "The regular season ended four days ago and I've already forgotten who was good and who sucked this year." Well my friends the annual Bored Player Rankings are here to help you!   Starting with position players, each list includes 30 players who had the most plate appearances at each position. Now these lists always end up including players who weren't true everyday players and end up populating the bottom of the list. So this year I'm going to highlight the worst everyday player at each position so we can all point and laugh at them.   Catcher Rankings   1. Joe Mauer, Twins   31.2 Win Shares 55.5 VORP 11.8 WARP3   Year Ag Tm  Lg  G   AB    R    H   2B 3B  HR  RBI  SB CS  BB  SO   BA   OBP   SLG *OPS+  TB   SH  SF IBB HBP GDP +--------------+---+----+----+----+---+--+---+----+---+--+---+---+-----+-----+-----+----+----+---+---+---+---+---+ 2008 25 MIN AL 146  536   98  176  31  4   9   85   1  1  84  50  .328  .413  .451  134  242   1  11   8   1  21     2. Brian McCann, Braves 3. Geovany Soto, Cubs 4. Russell Martin, Dodgers 5. Ryan Doumit, Pirates 6. Chris Iannetta, Rockies 7. Bengie Molina, Giants 8. Kurt Suzuki, A's 9. Dioner Navarro, Rays 10. Kelly Shoppach, Indians 11. Yadier Molina, Cardinals 12. Chris Snyder, Diamondbacks 13. Jason Kendall, Brewers 14. A.J. Pierzynski, White Sox 15. Ivan Rodriguez, Tigers/Yankees 16. Ramon Hernandez, Orioles 17. Brian Schneider, Mets 18. Gerald Laird, Rangers 19. Rod Barajas, Blue Jays 20. Chris Coste, Phillies 21. Jesus Flores, Nationals 22. Miguel Olivo, Royals   23. Jason Varitek, Red Sox   8.7 Win Shares -1.0 VORP 5.3 WARP3   Year Ag Tm  Lg  G   AB    R    H   2B 3B  HR  RBI  SB CS  BB  SO   BA   OBP   SLG *OPS+  TB   SH  SF IBB HBP GDP +--------------+---+----+----+----+---+--+---+----+---+--+---+---+-----+-----+-----+----+----+---+---+---+---+---+ 2008 36 BOS AL 131  423   37   93  20  0  13   43   0  1  52 122  .220  .313  .359   74  152   0   2   3   6  13     24. Brandon Inge, Tigers 25. John Buck, Royals 26. Kenji Johjima, Mariners 27. Jeff Mathis, Angels 28. Jose Molina, Yankees 29. Carlos Ruiz, Phillies 30. Paul Bako, Reds

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Another Pointless Top 25 Poll #1

You've seen the rest, now you'll see...more of the rest. It's my own personal college football Top 25 that shouldn't be read by anyone. I did this for about a month last year before getting Bored with it and I expect the same this year.   We're not even halfway through the season but were already down to 13 BCS conference unbeatens and 18 total in Division I-A. My feeling is at this point if you are still undefeated I'm going to rank you, regardless of schedule and conference affiliation. Also I try to keep the rankings based what you've done so far this year and who you've played which will explain why I have Texas Tech so low as they should be embarrassed for scheduling such a weak non-conference schedule and there is no justification to rank them in the Top 10 at the moment. I'm sure I will end up contradicting myself as early as this poll though, plus I'm taking about ten minutes to put this together.   1. Alabama 2. Oklahoma 3. Penn State 4. LSU 5. Missouri 6. Texas 7. BYU 8. Utah 9. South Florida 10. Boise State 11. Vanderbilt 12. Auburn 13. Georgia 14. Kansas 15. Wisconsin 16. Florida 17. USC 18. Northwestern 19. Connecticut 20. Ball State 21. Oklahoma State 22. Tulsa 23. Kentucky 24. Texas Tech 25. Virginia Tech

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Best SP Seasons since 1979

And I'm finally done with the best lists, just two days before they are out of date! It is pretty amazing to think that the best season by a pitcher in the last 30 years was by a guy who peaked at age 20.   Top 20 Starting Pitcher Seasons since 1979 (per Win Shares)   1. Dwight Gooden, 1985 - New York Mets 32.9 Win Shares   Year Ag Tm  Lg  W   L   G   GS  CG SHO  GF SV   IP     H    R   ER   HR  BB   SO  HBP  WP  BFP  IBB  ERA *ERA+ WHIP +--------------+---+---+---+---+---+---+---+--+------+----+----+----+---+----+----+---+---+-----+---+---+-----+-----+----+-----+ 1985 20 NYM NL  24   4  35  35  16   8   0  0  276.7  198   51   47  13   69  268   2   6  1065  4  1.53   228 0.965   2. Roger Clemens, 1997 - Toronto Blue Jays 31.9 3. Greg Maddux, 1995 - Atlanta Braves 29.9 4. Pedro Martinez, 2000 - Boston Red Sox 28.9 5. Roger Clemens, 1986 - Boston Red Sox 28.8 6. Randy Johnson, 2002 - Arizona Diamondbacks 28.7 7. Steve Carlton, 1980 - Philadelphia Phillies 28.6 8. Brett Saberhagen, 1989 - Kansas City Royals 28.3 9. Roger Clemens, 1990 - Boston Red Sox 28.1 10. Roger Clemens, 1987 - Boston Red Sox 27.7 11. Greg Maddux, 1992 - Chicago Cubs 27.4 12. Johan Santana, 2004 - Minnesota Twins 27.2 13. John Smoltz, 1996 - Atlanta Braves 27.1 14. John Tudor, 1985 - St. Louis Cardinals 27.1 15. Kevin Appier, 1993 - Kansas City Royals 27.0 16. Pedro Martinez, 1999 - Boston Red Sox 26.9 17. Mike Scott, 1986 - Houston Astros 26.8 18. Pedro Martinez, 1997 - Montreal Expos 26.4 19. Randy Johnson, 1999 - Arizona Diamondbacks 26.2 20. Greg Maddux, 1994 - Atlanta Braves 26.0

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