2007 AL Cy Young Award: Josh Beckett

To all of the pundits and writers who have been extolling the virtues of CC Sabathia as the most deserving candidate for the 2007 A. L. Cy Young Award, I have one thing to say: humbug! Pitching is about WINNING games. Beckett won 20 games this season… Sabathia won 19 games… they both lost 7. And PLEASE do not suggest to me that it’s “only one game” or declare that…

October 20, 2012
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2011 AL West Preview: Seattle Mariners

Staff ace, Felix Hernandez Seattle Mariners (2010 record: 61-101) Many pundits believed the Mariners could win the American League West last season – I am numbered among those people. The joke was on us. Instead of making a run at the Angels and the Rangers, the Mariners turned in one of the more disappointing efforts in major league history, going 61-101. In the process, the club became the first team…

October 20, 2012
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2011 AL East 3d Basemen

« This Day In Red Sox History: February 5, 1933 (The Yawkey Era Begins) | Home | This Day In Baseball History: February 6th (Happy B-Day To ‘The Babe’) » 2011 AL East Positional Analysis And Ranking: Third Base By Administrator | February 5, 2011 I am in the midst of a series examining the relative strengths and weaknesses of the teams in the AL East, on a position-by-position basis….

October 20, 2012
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2011 Top Sleepers, Pt 1

Different editors/writers have differing definitions of the term, “sleeper”. The concept has been watered down in the current fantasy baseball lexicon, probably because there are writers who can’t be bothered to do the analysis required to uncover real “sleepers”. In my opinion, rookies have no place on a sleeper list. They aren’t sleepers. They are prospects who are hoping to have a major league career. Thus, there aren’t any rookies…

October 20, 2012
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2011 NL East Preview: Philadelphia Phillies

Phillies 1B Ryan Howard Philadelphia Phillies (2010 record: 97-65) The Phillies entered the new year as one of the handful of teams with a legitimate claim to the designation as the best team in baseball. They entered the free agent fray towards the end of the process and lured southpaw Cliff Lee away from both the Texas Rangers and New York Yankees… and, as a result, they have arguably the…

October 20, 2012
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2011 AL East Shortstops

I am in the midst of a series examining the relative strengths and weaknesses of the teams in the AL East, on a position-by-position basis. The players at each position are being ranked in relation to their peers within the division, with each team being assigned points based on where their player ranks in comparison to the other players. Today, the series continues with a look at the shortstops. The…

October 20, 2012
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2007 A. L. Preview: Boston Red Sox (I Saved The Best One For Last)

Manager: Terry Francona (fourth season) Notable Additions: OF J D Drew; SS Julio Lugo; 2B Dustin Pedroia; Starting Pitcher(s): Daisuke Matsuzaka; Relief Pitcher(s): Brendan Donnelly, Hideki Okajima, Joel Pineiro, J C Romero Notable Deletions: OF Trot Nixon; OF Gabe Kapler; SS Alex Gonzalez; 2B Mark Loretta; Starting Pitcher(s): David Wells; Relief Pitcher(s): Keith Foulke, Rudy Seanez, Jason Johnson Key Injuries: Reliever Mike Timlin (right oblique) will start the year on…

October 20, 2012
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2011 Top Sleepers, Pt 2

Different editors/writers have differing definitions of the term, “sleeper”. The concept has been watered down in the current fantasy baseball lexicon, probably because there are writers who can’t be bothered to do the analysis required to uncover real “sleepers”. In my opinion, rookies have no place on a sleeper list. They aren’t sleepers. They are prospects who are hoping to have a major league career. Thus, there aren’t any rookies…

October 20, 2012
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2011 NL East Preview: Atlanta Braves

Atlanta Braves (2010 record: 91-71) The Braves begin the new season without long-time manager, Bobby Cox, who stewarded the team to a succession of fourteen consecutive division titles (from 1991-2005, absent the strike-shortened 1994 season), five World Series appearances and a world championship in his 20+ years at the help. The 2011 season will usher in the Fredi Gonzalez era in Atlanta. The Braves failed to make the playoffs from…

October 20, 2012
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2011 AL East Left Fielders

« This Day In Red Sox History: February 8, 1935 | Home | Truck Day At Fenway: First Stop Fort Myers, Next Stop The Series » 2011 AL East Positional Analysis And Ranking: Left Field By Administrator | February 8, 2011 I am in the midst of a series examining the relative strengths and weaknesses of each of the teams in the AL East, on a position-by-position basis. The players…

October 20, 2012
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