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My feeling is that Bonds and Canseco should sue him for naming his club "The 40/40 Club."
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Welcome Curtis!
Toggle Commented Apr 5, 2010 on Hope Springs: Yanks-Sox Gamer I at YFSF
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Johnson takes it deep. But so far it looks like the Yankees will have a team batting average of 0 this year. Just doing the math.
Toggle Commented Apr 5, 2010 on Hope Springs: Yanks-Sox Gamer I at YFSF
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The scary-non-April-fool's-day story comes from River avenue blues. Steinbrenner family discussing selling the team to the Dolans. That would be super awesome. Alan houston for only 100 mil. dollars!
Toggle Commented Apr 2, 2010 on Report: Joba To Be Traded Within Next Week at YFSF
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I saw that last night somewhere. That would be wild.
Toggle Commented Apr 1, 2010 on Report: Joba To Be Traded Within Next Week at YFSF
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and who gets lost in all of this? That's right. Spike Owen.
Toggle Commented Mar 10, 2010 on Nomar at YFSF
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The show is amazing. 2K9 and 10 have taken over for MVP (that EA sports did and lost the contract). Since that time the 2k series stinks but The Show is amazing.
Toggle Commented Feb 24, 2010 on The Vanished at YFSF
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I liked Wang alot. That came out weird. I will miss him though. His issue was always health because otherwise he was a really good pitcher.
Toggle Commented Feb 17, 2010 on Wang To Sign With Nationals at YFSF
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Well, I was way off on what I thought Beltre would get on the open market. I'm shocked at how small a contract he got. Maybe, in the end he hopes to list his stats in Fenway and on a bigger stage and hope to get that bigger contractnext year. A 5 million dollar player option only seems worthwhile for Beltre if he walks on a landmine during the season and can't play in 2011.
Toggle Commented Jan 5, 2010 on Yo Adrian, It's Me, Theo at YFSF
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Happy Holidays! We just need our outfield to be one member stronger.
Toggle Commented Dec 24, 2009 on Updated Pitching Comparison at YFSF
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How about that for statistics! (walein says while wondering how these buttons he presses make letters appear on the magic screen in front of him).
Toggle Commented Dec 17, 2009 on A Brief Look at YFSF
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ON the other side: Dice-K who knows. He's in the same place as sheets is now, except his upside isn't anywhere near Sheets. Buchholz is a year behind Joba in MajorLB innings pitched. He could be exactly like Joba was last year. Very strong start, followed by everyone saying he's just not built up his stamina in the second half (and whatever Mike Francesa equivalent in Bean town saying he should be a set up man everyday of the season). Wakefield is a big question mark (health wise). I never thought he would be (he seemed to just do what he doos year in and year out). He's basically Pettitte for the Sox in that if he is healthy all year he'll be a very solid number 4 or 5 guy and everyone will be super happy about that (except me and other Yankee fans) but if he isn't right, meh.
Toggle Commented Dec 17, 2009 on A Brief Look at YFSF
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I think that in the end it will come down to which staff stays more healthful. Ben Sheets can put up the best season of everyone on that list but there's a good chance he will do one of three things: Pitch amazing but miss a month here and there throughout the season. Pitch crappy with starts missed until we all are finally told that he's been injured all along, etc. Pitch pretty good, get better as the season progresses, peak just after the all-star break, and then peter-out from fatigue. And I think Sheets is a good move by the Yankees. AJ Burnett will probably do what he always does: pitch like the best pitcher in baseball for two or three games in a row, followed by the biggest head-case in baseball for the next 2 or 3 games. Pettitte is all about health. If he's healthy he'll be prefect as a number 3 man. If not...meh. I think Joba will pitch better. I don't think Hughes will be a starter unless there are injuries or Robertson and Marte are just lights out for the first half of the season in their relief roles.
Toggle Commented Dec 17, 2009 on A Brief Look at YFSF
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Lots of big moves. The Sox and Yankees can be happy that they won't face Halladay during the season barring interleague. That's something!
Toggle Commented Dec 14, 2009 on The Feed at YFSF
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Oops! This is Nick. I'm on my brother's computer. Sorry about that! I'll sign out...or write inflammatory stuff and pin it on walein.
Toggle Commented Dec 14, 2009 on The Feed at YFSF
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The Dice-K # is a little more than that too if you factor in the bid, although this opens up the whole can of worms that was the Dice-K debate from a few years ago. In any case, the Sox have the best rotation in the majors and at a great value. I wonder what the roles of Clay/Wake will be.
Toggle Commented Dec 14, 2009 on The Feed at YFSF
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I think this is a made up thing. I can only hope the Sox don't get Gonzalez. That guy is a monster hitter. He does it in a super pitchers' park (see Chris Young's fly ball ratio and then how few homeruns he gives up at home). Sccccaaaaaarrrryy
Toggle Commented Dec 13, 2009 on Just Go Ahead, Write Anything You Want at YFSF
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I understand. I'm a Yankee fan and I really hope the Sox do not sign Beltre because I think all in all it would be a very good move for them. The talent pool at the hot corner is very thin because the best of the best are locked into very large and long contracts. Strong defense is important all the way around. I realize that this isn't specifically a statistical argument I'm about to relay but I believe that besides the obvious benefits of not having extra runners on base because of poor fielding mistakes, that pitchers and fielders alike are made better when they have confidence in the people playing the field. The first baseman knows the throw is probably going to be on target, the pitcher knows that he can throw the 2 seam fast ball because he doesn't HAVE TO strike out everyone with the fielders behind him. I've watched and followed too many games where young pitcher and veterans lost their s@#t after an error or two in the field. Also, there are so many times in the course of the year where a pitcher is having a rough go of things in the early innings and a good play or an error can turn a tough 5.2 inning 2 run outing, into a 3.1 inning routing (and flip that). Beltre is a terrific fielder and a strong batter. He isn't the greatest hitter all around but he has proven to be productive even in terrible lineups.
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I have to side on Brad side of things here. I'm a big Beltre fan. I think the Sox signing Beltre would be a huge improvement for them now and going forward for the next few years (unless they have a super awesome third base prospect that he's blocking-and I don't think that they do--but I'm not positive about that--but I feel pretty sure they do not). If Ortiz can build on his second half of last season he is a considerably better DH to have than Lowell. Historically Ortiz destroys rightie pitching but he also hits Lefties considerably better than Lowell hits righties. The point in this case is that there are just more righties in any given season for a DH to have to face and Lowell doesn't offer the same threat of hitting against the majority of the league that Ortiz does. I think that the other issue with the hip injury is that age/recovery is a big deal for certain kinds of injuries. In this case Lowell is at an age where the chances of a big bounce back season in the field (range wise) is less likely.
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I don't know the Fenway situation but a part of the Yankee fans' 'bloodlust' for championships comes fro the reality that the Yankee organization has continued to up the prices at the stadium (old and new) consistently since 1996 and so there is always a feeling that they "better win" games and spend alot of money because it seems pretty clear that they are making a ton of money. Theoretically I know that there is a ceiling to spending in any organization, no matter how large. That ceiling is based on the single law of profits. I think that it is fine for Sox fans to be level-headed when it comes to the realities of sports probabilities (the Yankees have the best chance of winning a championship in any given year of any sports organization and that chance is roughly 25%). Just make sure you don't become complacent and start buying expensive season tickets to Knicks games.
Toggle Commented Dec 11, 2009 on They Get Paid for This at YFSF
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I will 1 up you Sam with the prediction, based on some very serious research I recently did (with beakers and bunsen burners--no big deal), that the Sox will win between 75-104 games next season. The beakers probably give me the edge Sam.
Toggle Commented Dec 10, 2009 on They Get Paid for This at YFSF
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I think that one of the issues for the Sox in terms of Texeira, specifically in terms of potentially "over-paying" against the Yankees was that they did not foresee David Ortiz' troubles with the bat lsat year (neither did most people I know for that matter). Lowell ended up putting together some very good numbers, and if Ortiz had been pacing better, the Red Sox would have easily won more games earlier in the year. So, in their estimation, they would have been over-paying for production they didn't need. Now, there was also talk last off-season that they tried to move Lowell; and maybe if they had been able to do that they would have gladly over-paid for Tex and moved Youklis to third.
Toggle Commented Dec 10, 2009 on Definitions at YFSF
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To continue with the theme on Beltre from the previous thread (in terms of the "Overpay" use): I think the Sox' need to replace both the bat and the defense of Lowell will necessitate them paying more than what the market might ask for in Beltre's case. In one sense, there is no such thing as overpaying in this type of case because the "need" for one team to not lose out on a certain type of player, given their market and competition within that market. The Sox also are aware that there really isn't much in the way of big free agent 3rd baseman on the horizon (2011 sees Scott Rolen available and a 33 year old Aramis Ramirez--and Aramis has a 14.5 mil option he may or may not exercise or just be extended by the Cubs). They also cannot wait around for 1st base free agents (with the hopes of moving Youklis over to play 3rd) because the next that's coming in 2011 is Pujols who the Cards are clearly saving up for. After that it's an aging Berkman and Derek Lee.
Toggle Commented Dec 10, 2009 on Definitions at YFSF
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Also, There are a few teams with money and 3rd base needs. Dodgers, Giants, Cards... Astros (off the list now).
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Astros just signed Pedro Feliz.
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