Friday, October 06, 2006

Who can argue with a Blogtoberfest?

If you've read this blog, or any of the other fine Arizona blogs, try to stop by the the Blogtoberfest tomorrow afternoon. I'll be there.

Tuesday, June 06, 2006

For the record

Jason Grimsely is not the player to whom I referred in the post immediately below, but I wonder if Grimsely named that player to the Feds:

Grimsley provided "extensive statements regarding his receipt and use of anabolic steroids, amphetamines and human growth hormone over the last several years," the affidavit said.

Grimsley also provided "details about his knowledge of other Major League Baseball players" using illegal performance-enhancing drugs, including several close acquaintances.

An hour before Tuesday night's game against Philadelphia, Grimsley told The Republic, "I have no comment about that and no idea about that."

Jeff Novitzky, the IRS special agent in charge of the BALCO case, filed the affidavit, which also said agents were anticipating the shipment of human growth hormones to Grimsley's home. In a two-hour interview with federal investigators on April 19, Grimsley told investigators:

• Until last year, major league clubhouses had coffee pots labeled "leaded" and "unleaded" for the players, indicating coffee with amphetamines and without. He did not specify how many.

• Latin players were a major source for the amphetamines within baseball.

• Amphetamines also came from players on California teams that could easily go into Mexico and get them. Names of other players he suspected of using anabolic steroids or human growth hormone were redacted from the document.
I didn't realize that speed was a problem for MLB. I hope that the Feds nail them all.

Monday, June 05, 2006

Things that make you wonder

Friends of mine bought a beautiful home in Mesa. They bought the home from a baseball player who had played three years for the Diamondbacks before signing with another team in the National League. That player is still in the major leagues, currently toiling away in the American League. This player is no Barry Bonds. He's never hit .260 in a full year of play, and even though he's never hit 20 homers in a season, his best home run years, by far, were when he played for the Diamondbacks.

Guess what occasionally arrives in the mail at my friends' home (addressed by name to the former resident)?

Postcard advertisements from a mail-order pharmacy in Florida.

Care to guess which pharmaceutical product is featured prominently in the mailing?

Let's leave that one to the imagination.

Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Kinsler Returns

Ian Kinsler is returning to 2B for the Rangers. He got off to a super-hot start before injury. Who knows how he'll do on return, but he was the Ranger's sixth best prospect according to Baseball America. Were I in an AL only league, I'd try to make room.

Recommendation

If Corey Hart is available in your league, I'd pick him up.

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

My muse

If you're curious about why I decided to post again, look no further than this article by a "professional" rotisserie writer in the Seattle Times. On April 12, he wrote about the wisdom of cutting favored players who aren't panning out:

But it soon became clear I needed to drop Swisher, who started just five of Oakland's first seven games and hit either eighth or ninth in each. And he didn't do much to earn a move up in the order, batting just .211 with one home run and eight strikeouts in 19 at-bats.
OK, you say, but if I'm going to drop someone I once liked so much I must replace him with player who has staying power.


Not necessarily true. When filling holes left by middling and underperforming players, I pretty much ignore staying power while concentrating on three things: Who's hot, who can contribute in categories I'm lacking and who has upcoming matchups that favor his splits tendencies.
What's Nick Swisher's stat line just more than a month later: .305 avg., 12 HR, and 30 RBI. Someone in Jerry Faull's rotisserie league is awfully happy that he pulled the trigger so soon.

h/t Roto Blog

Miss me?

What's four years among friends? My rotisserie team is having its worst year yet, so what better time to try blogging again? Hopefully, I'll last a bit longer this time. And if we're really lucky, Pete will rejoin the effort.

Monday, June 03, 2002

The Powerful Lens

By June 1st there are four guarantees:

(1) My front lawn is scorched, the victim of my annual gamble that surely this summer it will rain;
(2) I’ve declared my undying love for a bronze twenty year-old wearing low-rider jeans and a belly chain;
(3) I’ve broken my vow minutes later for her even hotter friend; and
(4) I’m itchin’ to trade with Will

Regretably, Will’s no more interested in dealing with me than the twenty year-olds.

But enough about me. Tonight’s column is dedicated to one my favorite pursuits: Ignoring the faults in my life. This evening I turn the “powerful lens” on Tony’s team and explain why, unless he changes his ways, his name will not reside next to yours and mine on the Sausage League thropy.

“Tony’s got one of the ten best teams of all time” -- a/k/a he’s the Braves all over again

Remember that giddy feeling we’d get watching Bobby Cox saunter to the mound in mid-October and turn the ninth inning over to the likes Bedrosian, Pena, Clontz, McMichael, Stanton, Wohlers, and Rocker? It was like watching Charlie Brown try to kick the ball from Lucy. Tony’s failed to learn from his mistakes in 1995 or Chuan’s indecision last year. Hitting stats are like bad guests – they never leave. Take that HR and RBI lead and trade someone. He’s one great starter away from watching the rest of us play for second place. Instead, he spends half his free agent money on Mark Prior and gives away his best holdover for Josh Fogg. Any chance you’ll let me talk to him about some Arizona beachfront property I just inherited?

Desert Delight’s pitching is a mirage.

The ace of his staff is Odalis Perez. Odalis Perez?? This is the same guy who had a 4.91 ERA for the Braves last year. Name me the last good home-grown pitcher the Braves let slip through their organization? Kent Mercker, Jason Schmidt, Bruce Chen? Here’s Tony’s starting five: Perez, Prior, Fogg, Adams, Armas. And he’s in second in ERA and third in WHIP?? I haven’t seen something this dire since Ricky Martin’s career three months after “LaVida Loca”.

My Prediction

Without trading either Helton, Guerrero or Sosa for one of the top 10 pitchers in the NL, he’ll lose 3-5 points in each category by year end and finish second.

Friday, May 03, 2002

Read this

Pete tells me that he's been too busy at work to post lately. That's too bad because by far the best thing on this site is Pete's comparison of a successful date and a successful draft. Enjoy.