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    AL Cy Young

    Santana should win and Santana will win. The man has been virtually unhittable since about May or so.
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    Dusty Baker is an Idiot

    The fact that makes the Bako mishap even worse is that they're both catchers. It's not like putting Barrett in would leave a gaping hole behind the plate - not only could he pinch hit but, should the game keep going into more extra innings, he could certainly man the plate.
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    A reminder regarding MLB Fantasy Leagues

    Which team are you?
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    AL MVP: Who is it, and does Sheffield have any

    Take a couple, I think your sarcasm detector is running a little low.
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    NL MVP: Who is it?

    It definitely should be Bonds' award to lose, but I've got this weird sensation that Jim Edmonds could have a shot at it, if he gets hot down the stretch. Edmonds has the highest OPS on the Cards (1.052), will probably have a good shot at a Gold Glove (even with Mike Cameron around), and is on pace for 108 runs, 42 home runs, and 112 RBIs with an average around .300 (he's at .303 now). I mean, there's no question that it should be Bonds, but out of all of the Cardinal candidates that everybody has been throwing around, I think Edmonds has the most legitimate shot.
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    MLB Game Chatter

    Easy they didn't show up. Every team does that a long win streak, with the exception of St.Louis. Well, that and the fact that Ted Lilly ain't no joker this year, as they say in the suburban hood. 3.66 ERA, nearly a strikeout an inning. And, while there's really no disputing the merits of the Kazmir/Zambrano trade, I don't think we should start the bandwagon just yet - the Mariners aren't exactly an offensive juggernaut and they probably didn't have the book on Kazmir just yet (considering that he wasn't even expected to be up this year).
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    MLB Game Chatter

    What the fuck happened to Ben Sheets? Did the book just finally get passed around on him, or is he dragging and getting tired from striking out too many people in the first half?
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    MLB Game Chatter

    Well, if it makes you feel any better, Contreras lost. How's that Loaiza guy doin'?
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    MLB Game Chatter

    Serious question - do you think that, by starting his everyday major league career at the age of 20, Alex Rodriguez has fast-forwarded through the usual "physical prime" of his career and hit the decline phase? Even away from Yankee Stadium, he's hitting 40 points off of his career OPS.
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    So help me out with...

    Hogwash. I haven't played World Series Baseball, but I'd take All-Star 2004 and its realistic game simming and franchise/expansion mode over MVP Baseball and its idiotic "franchise goals" any day and twice on Sundays. Don't play the in-game engine (now THAT's ass), but picking up ASB2004 at $15 simply to go through the sim aspects ain't a bad deal.
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    MLB Players from your college

    Wow. My school is a Division III baseball university, but we've got 10 players, most of them from the 40's and 50's: Bill Beckmann Warren Gill Bill Jennings Kurt Krieger Dal Maxvill (Gold Glove SS in 1968) Paul Meloan Lloyd Merritt Hank Schmulbach Doc Shanley John Stoneham
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    Franchise Mode

    Yeah, I'm with you on that one. Thank god for All-Star Baseball. The in-game engine is absolute shit, but it has an amazing Expansion Mode and the franchise mode squishes all of the other offerings that I've played. In terms of team-building strategies, I tend to rely on inexpensive young pitchers with decent strikeout rates and K/BB ratios and cash it in on offense, usually focusing on guys who can hit home runs and play defense. The defense usually softens the blow of the young pitching, which I can continually keep fresh through the draft each year.
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    MLB Game Chatter

    Given that they traded "the team's heart and soul" and a perennial fan favorite, it's probably a turbulent time in LA. Having Penny get shelved with an injury mere weeks after the trade doesn't help matters either.
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    Homogenic is a great place to start, as it's probably her best overall album. The rest of her albums all have two or three songs worth checking out, but I'd probably start with Post (which has her first breakout hit, "It's Oh So Quiet", along with "Possibly Maybe" and "Hyper-Ballad") and then follow up with Vespertine ("Hidden Place" and "It's Not Up To You" are ones to look out for). If you're mp3 hunting, go snag "New World", which is a great orchestral piece from Selmasongs. Also, it should also be noted that she's got a Greatest Hits album as well that was compiled from an online survey of fans, which does a serviceable job of snatching songs from her entire career.
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    Yeah. I thought that's what I said in my post. I wasn't doubting Giambi as fitting the mold of an OBP-heavy masher (which is certainly one of the virtues that Moneyball applauds) but, rather, as a college stud with a proven track record. Of course, after doing a little bit of additional research, I found that Giambi hit .397 through his college career and was the Big West Conference Freshman of the Year in 1990. *smacks himself on the head* I think Gleeman pulled together the list of players from the current A's roster, so that's why Swisher and Blanton are absent. It should be interesting to see how Mark Teahen does with the Royals, though, since I believe he was one of the draft picks that the book talked about.
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    Thanks to SNKT's Invision Board swallowing our version of this thread, I'll be bringing my response over here. I haven't read Moneyball, but far too many people proclaim it to be synonymous with OBP and sabermetrics, when there's some really telling stories about Beane's draft philosophy. Billy Beane's primary philosophy in player acquisition and drafting focuses on players with proven track records in college, rather than high-school phenoms that have better odds for burning out in the minors. If you don't believe this strategy has been put into action, notice this list of players (compiled by Aaron Gleeman at Hardball Times) that were drafted out of high school: Barry Zito Tim Hudson Mark Mulder Rich Harden Mark Redman Chad Bradford Bobby Crosby Scott Hatteberg Eric Byrnes Mark Kotsay Jermaine Dye Bobby Kielty Damian Miller Adam Melhuse Mark Ellis Though the A's did not draft all of these players (Kotsay was drafted by Florida, Kielty by Minnesota, etc), they've gone to great lengths to acquire players of this mold. The inherent problem with this method is that is consistently provides talent that is good, but not necessarily great. Though they've came up with big hits with Hudson, Mulder, Zito, and Harden, most of those guys are scrappy veterans, their two greatest players of the last ten years - Miguel Tejada and Jason Giambi - were not of this mold at all and it could very well be argued that much of their prior success comes from these two players, along with the Big Three.
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    The Keltner List

    Given the recent hoopla over the Cardinals/Rockies trade, I think it would be interesting to take a look at Larry Walker at the end of this season (so that we'd have another instance of his contribution to a team in the pennant race). I mention this because I feel that a lot of people might mistakenly shelve Walker in with Rice in the "benefitted from hitter's park" category.
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    Kyle Farnsworth is more of a liability than Sosa.

    Well, considering last year's SammyGate incident, it's not for lack of trying.
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    Kyle Farnsworth is more of a liability than Sosa.

    I know - the sheer absurdity is what makes it so funny.
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    ESPN's Top 100 Moments of past 25 years

    Eh, it loses a lot of steam once you realize that Jordan "faked Russell out of his shoes" by blatantly pushing off on that final shot. Still a great job of booking by the NBA, though.
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    TSM MLB Chatter

    And, on top of that, Orlando Cabrera duffs two ground balls at his natural position. The hilarity never ends.
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    Kyle Farnsworth is more of a liability than Sosa.

    I'm putting my money on Corey Patterson in the "Subject of the Next Angst-Ridden Cub Thread" Pool.
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    Borland back with Limp Bizkit

    Call it justice for trying to keep Limp Bizkit afloat.
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    Kyle Farnsworth is more of a liability than Sosa.

    As much as I'd love to endorse the idea of throwing Ryan Dempster into the fire with his 7.26 K/9 strikeout rate, I think the particularly ugly 1.56 WHIP and utter lack of any ability to pitch since 2001 would probably cost the Cubs at least ten games in the next month.
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    MLB Game Chatter Thread

    Was this the Stephen A. Smith / Skip Bayless rev of PTI or the actual good PTI? After seeing my television bleed, I haven't felt brave enough to try out PTI again.