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  1. 5 points
    No, but I think that if something happens to Donnie Murphy in spring training we may be interested in acquiring Chase Utley.
  2. 3 points
    The internet has revolutionized how many of us get our information and there are great sites available for the baseball junkie. If you haven't built your link list, you don't know what you're missing. You probably know all these. But for those who don't, here you are: These 13 indispensible sites I glace at every morning with my coffee and often before I hit the sack. Firefox's "open all in tabs" will make your life easier: Baseball Geeks http://baseballgeeks.com/ Ballbug http://www.ballbug.com/ Ballhype http://ballhype.com/mlb/ Hardball Times http://www.hardballtimes.com/main Baseball Digest Daily http://www.baseballdigestdaily.com/ Baseball Musings http://www.baseballmusings.com/ ProSports Daily http://www.prosportsdaily.com/mlb/mlb.html The Baseball Analysts http://baseballanalysts.com/ Cardboard Gods http://cardboardgods.net/ Baseball Think Factory http://www.baseballthinkfactory.org/ Rotoworld http://www.rotoworld.com/content/playernews.aspx?sport=MLB MLB Trade Rumors http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/ KFFL http://www.kffl.com/hotw/mlb Baseball America http://www.baseballamerica.com/today/ Sadly, Baseball Toaster is now finished as it was truly a great baseball site, perhaps the best. I feel like a friend just died. The below are team sites that are notable for some reason or another. It's interesting that the Mariners and the Twins elicit such intelligent blogs: Red Sox http://www.sonsofsamhorn.net/ NYY http://www.nyyfans.com/ Cubs http://www.northsidebaseball.com/ Padres http://ducksnorts.com/ Dodgers http://www.dodgerblues.com/ (pretty much an internet baseball riot but not to be missed) Jays http://www.drunkjaysfans.com/ (mainly for the guides which are irreverntly amusing, mildly) Twins http://www.sethspeaks.net/ and http://www.aarongleeman.com/ Mariners http://www.ussmariner.com/ and http://prospectinsider.com/ Giants http://www.onlybaseballmatters.com/ Useful, intelligent or interesting sites at which I often end up: Cots http://mlbcontracts.blogspot.com/ PitchFX http://baseball.bornbybits.com/php/combined_tool.php FanGraphs http://www.fangraphs.com/ Hit Tracker http://hittrackeronline.com/index.php Injury Tool http://www.fantasypitchfx.com/DL/injury-tool.php Ben Fry's Salary vs Performance http://benfry.com/salaryper/ Baseball Reference http://www.baseball-reference.com/ Baseball Cube http://www.thebaseballcube.com/ Baseball Almanac http://www.baseball-almanac.com/ Ballpark Digest http://ballparkdigest.com/ Japanese Baseball http://www.japanesebaseball.com/ Ground Rules by Park http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/official_info/umpires/ground_rules.jsp Baseball Prospectus http://www.baseballprospectus.com/ (tough to get much info here as BP is pretty much by subscription. But don't miss the annual book. I'll say it again. Don't miss the annual book. Don't. It's available in stores in a few weeks I believe. I'll probably take the day off work to get it, it's that good.) No opinion on these other team forums or blogs but I might go there occasionally to see how their fans react to their own news. But good or not they all happen to be in my link list, so here they are. Marlins http://www.marlinbaseball.com/forums/index.php?act=idx White Sox http://www.soxtalk.com/forums/ Cards http://www.vivaelbirdos.com/ Royals http://royalsnation.proboards62.com/index.cgi Indians http://www.letsgotribe.com/ Nats http://www.federalbaseball.com/ and http://dcbb.blogspot.com/ Rays http://raysindex.com/ Angels http://www.angelsfanforum.com/forum/index.php?PHPSESSID=ffedc2910e2a296da400fc868b99e87b& Mets http://www.hotfootblog.com/ Reds http://www.redszone.com/forums/index.php?s= Tigers http://tigerscentral.com/forums/ Brewers http://www.brewcrewball.com/ Pirates http://www.pittsburghsports.net/viewforum.php?f=1&sid=4ecfc0fd2a0aaf8eaad9d5596a83da7c Astros http://evilwontwin.yuku.com/directory I've missed a few teams, but some, like the D-Backs, I could care less about. I don't know why. Add what I've missed. How can you ever get enough baseball? Unless it's the D-Backs, but that's just me.
  3. 2 points
  4. 2 points
    You're quibbling over semantics here, then using words fast and loose later. The Mitchell Reports states that "In 1971, baseball’s drug policy required compliance with federal, state, and local drug laws and directed baseball’s athletic trainers that anabolic steroids should only be provided to players under a physician’s guidance." It further states that "... as early as 1991 baseball’s drug policy expressly prohibited the use of “all illegal drugs and controlled substances, including steroids or prescription drugs for which the individual … does not have a prescription." My thesaurus says that "prohibited" and "banned" are synonyms. Sure! I won't hold my breath waiting for it. What some people seem incapable of comprehending is that there is a vast degree of difference between "suspect" and "know". The law is not going to resolve baseball's PEDs problem, although it may help us to estimate the scope of the problem. A lot of criminal acts go unpunished, either because they weren't detected or because prosecution wasn't worth the time.
  5. 1 point
  6. 1 point
    I'll try to keep up with this thread and provide you links to stories about the Orioles, particularly their roster moves. I hope you enjoy. ____________________________________________________ A couple links for Today - 12/28 The Orioles may have interest in Chris Coste of the Phillies. The Phillies seek a relief pitcher and a bat off the bench. The Phillies are looking to deal Coste during ST. Lone Star Ball notes that the Orioles and Rangers discussed Hank Blalock during the winter meetings. Rotoworld's latest notes on Gregg Zaun and Ivan Rodriguez. Scott Boras wants to get the Nats and O's involved in the Manny Ramirez bidding (cold) war. The New York Daily News thinks Mark Teixeira is a gentleman. A story out of Sarasota about the Orioles rejecting the city's ST offer. A Joe Jordan quote in a story regarding Red Sox scouting. Happy reading.
  7. 1 point
    Looper was surprisingly not horrendous for a failed closer turning into a starting pitcher in his 30's. However, he didn't even average six innings per start in his two years with the Cardinals, and I fail to see how bringing him to the AL to face stacked lineups with DH's instead of pitchers was going to do anything but get him out of games earlier.
  8. 1 point
    Was there crazy lighting during that interview or have the steroids turned A-Rod's body a different color?
  9. 1 point
    Spot on post, ARoid just makes too much sense and fits perfectly.
  10. 1 point
    None of this steroid stuff bothers me at all, and I think any team's fans who actually cheered for David Segui, Jay Gibbons, Miguel Tejada, and others really have no right to give anyone a hard time. That being said, ARoid is just plain funny. So I voted for that.
  11. 1 point
    That's it! His nickname should be A-Pathetic.
  12. 1 point
    Everyone seems to forget the absolute NUMBER ONE reason why Manny Ramirez would never consider playing for the Orioles: THE HAIR. Not a chance in hell he would ever cut his hair and shave down to play for a non-contender. He won't lose the dreads for the O's. Manny wouldn't be Manny without them. Sad but true. <a href="http://photobucket.com/images/brutus%20beefcake" target="_blank"><img src="http://i180.photobucket.com/albums/x310/The_Ultimate_Wrestling_Gallery/Brutus%20Beefcake/BrutusBeefcake009.jpg" border="0" alt="Brutus Beefcake Pictures, Images and Photos"/></a> <a href="http://photobucket.com/images/manny%20ramirez" target="_blank"><img src="http://i518.photobucket.com/albums/u349/cprimo8/manny.jpg" border="0" alt="Manny Ramirez Pictures, Images and Photos"/></a> ...not happenin'
  13. 1 point
    You keep posting avatars like that and it will heat up reaaaaaaaaaal quick!
  14. 1 point
    From a total business standpoint, the one I tend to take, signing Manny would be the greatest transaction this ballclub has made in ages. This coming from only a monetary standpoint. Jerseys would sell out, wigs would sell out, and any type of merchandise with his face or logo on it would be sold out. I'm not trying to back Boras, but he does make a point with the amount of money you can make off of his client. Now, if we signed Manny, this would of course be the worst transaction having since the signing of Albert Belle, if you would take the winning-at-all-costs strategy. If Angelos wants to make money, more than what he already is, I would at least offer him a 3 or 4 year deal at $12-15 million a piece just to get media coverage and a good laugh and slap in the face to Boras. At the minimum, giving him some form of contract proposal would be worth a shot, wouldn't one think?
  15. 1 point
    Although the deal may still be on the table, Looper looks to sign with the Brewers by the end of the week. GM Melvin leaked this information earlier today. I believe Andy is up to something bigger (Peavy/Dunn/Manny), who knows! At least one can hope.
  16. 1 point
    Doesn't DT cover that tune....oh no it's the other guy that looks just like him.:laughlol:
  17. 1 point
    He's partially done his physical. Some done last Thursday, and he's finishing up this week. Roch said it would be done by the end of this week. (with of course a player beign waived to make room on the 40 man roster for Wigginton)
  18. 1 point
    Your man card. I'll be taking it now.
  19. 1 point
    Besides "a Yankee" which one of those things isn't Brian Roberts?I'm not trying to knock B-Rob here, I love the guy, just putting things into perspective. Having double-standards pisses me off.
  20. 1 point
    Admitting it absolves him, IMO. He shouldn't get the criticsm he'll get going forward, and certainly shouldn't be thought of in the same light as obvious users who are still denying like Clemens or Bonds. Anybody who isn't pissed at Brian Roberts can't be pissed at ARod about this. I love that its gonna cause him and the Yankees a huge headache, but obviously you can't hold anything against him that you don't hold against the other guys who have admitted wrongdoing.
  21. 1 point
    I suppose, but prior to Huff, when was the last time we had even a ML ave. bat at DH?
  22. 1 point
    Any criticisms for not signing Looper are not only flawed from a baseball standpoint, but also are just inherently ridiculous because Looper has essentially said that he won't sign with an AL team unless he has no other options.
  23. 1 point
    Blasphemy!!!!!! He signed Mark Teixeira, didn't he?!?!?!?!!!
  24. 1 point
    Congrats, Danielos! I graduated with degrees in Gov't and Politics (and Economics) in 2002. If you are interested in doing an internship on Capitol Hill, one class you will need to take is called "Legislatures and Legislation." It was one of my favorite classes there. I suggest taking it from Dr. Eric Uslaner -- he knows all about Congress inside and out, and he was my favorite prof in the GVPT department. He was still there as of 2006 -- not sure if he is still there now. I wound up doing an internship on the Hill, and having the background from that class was great to have. The human sexuality class is pretty good -- I audited that my Senior Year (didn't need the credits, so I took it for fun and didn't have to worry about any exams). I will echo what people have said -- high rises are a good place to meet people. However, I also recommend joining a club of some sort when you get there. With plenty of activities, it is easy to find your niche, and meet some cool people that share similar interests outside of class. Also, go to sports events -- but do more than football and basketball. The soccer team there is unbelievably good. Lacrosse is also fun to watch, as is baseball (even though the MD baseball team is typically terrible). Overall, take your time the first semester to get the lay of the land, but by all means, take full advantage of the myriad of activites and events that are there. If you are able to maintain a good work/life balance, you will be successful there. Good luck and congrats again!
  25. 1 point
    I picked "other", as Ozzie will draft the best player available.
  26. 1 point
    If these arguments were presented in an arbitration hearing, it's pretty clear BRob earned his money the previous 4 years, and SGuy makes a good point that from a purely business point of view, it would be silly for the O's to increase their offer. I would like to expand on that, this is not a pure business move. This is Baltimore and we do like our heroes. It doesn't make a whole lot of sense to sell tickets to thousands of "no-shows." They don't spend any additional money at the games. It's much better to put thousands of warm butts in cheaper seats who consume large amounts of beer, cokes, ballcaps, any make lots of noise and excitement. More importantly is the fact that this franchise has to maintain and increase it's fan base. Brian Roberts is the face of the club, he represents all that was good and exciting about our storied past. In many way he's the last touchstone to that tradition. He's the hard-nose, give-it all you can blue collar guy we love. Sometimes, it's smart to ignore what your "purely business" instincts say, and do what is best for the player, the fans, and the club. Four years for forty million is what he wants, give it to him. He'll earn that extra ten million, and we show our fans and the rest of the baseball world that Baltimore rewards it's heroes and wants them to remain in town.
  27. 1 point
    I was drafted in 1970 (Army - Infantry). I just don't see what military service has to do with his overall comment. BTW....Thank your brother for me.
  28. 1 point
    In before Old#5 claims baseball was a much better and purer sport when it was just drunks, greenies, staying out all night to get laid and making the black guys stay in their own hotel.
  29. 1 point
    It is 20. I guess it will warm up some.
  30. 1 point
    Ya think? First time I flew out to Cali to meet my sweetie... it was Feb. 13th. And 14th..... We were smarmy, like-teenagers-in-love. :hearts: but I digress.. First time, FEBRUARY, we took a driving tour of SF. It was 65 degrees! A gorgeous sunny day! Deb and I sat out by the sea, watching the waves. Gorgeous gnarly waves too! Had that wintertime bite to them. Good 6-footers. :mwahaha: Another time I was out there, she took me driving one day. Drivin' South, as Jimi might have said...we drove down thru Gilmore, Garlic Capital USA. Thru Stanford, Learning Capital USA. Further past rich farmlands, after rich farmlands. On and on. This truly is the promised land. We passed some faultlines and steep hills... and we were back on the coast. My sweetie had driven me to Pebble Beach! A course I had played hundreds of times on the computer. We stood, out on the pier, that overlooks the 18th tee... AT PEBBLE FRICKIN BEACH! :rofl:
  31. 0 points
    Here we go, reaction to all the steroid news over the weekend. First, Dan Rodericks will ask Jim Palmer to react from 1-2 on his radio show today. That's WYPR, 88.1. Steve DeClue of The Examiner provides his piece on the A-Rod revelation. PilotOnline did a nice feature on Camden Yards. Fluff for Monday morning! Enjoy!
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