Wednesday, August 18, 2010

SweetSpot Roundup 8/18

By The Common Man and Bill

Baseball Time in Arlington (Rangers)
: The End of Joaquin Arias
Joey laments the life of the utility infielder. No playing time, lots of competition, high expectations, and no job security.

Royals Authority
: There Are No Off Days in Baseball
Nick Scott has a new email resource for Royals fans, an (almost) daily recap of the team’s minor league action in handy .pdf form. Looks great!

The Daily Fungo (Tigers)
: Tigers Today
Remember Eddie Mathews as a Tiger? I don’t blame you.

Nick’s Twins Blog: OK, so I might not hate Drew Butera
Despite hitting .208/.245/.333 this year, Drew Butera has kinda, sorta, almost made a fan out of Nick Nelson.

Sox Machine (White Sox): Reading Room : AJ, Pierre, and Grimey
Jim collects a bunch of Sox related links and comes to the conclusion that both AJ Pierzynski and Andruw Jones are suffering from a case of slow bats. [Our solution? Get new bats!]

It’s About the Money, Stupid (Yankees): Double Plays the Least of Jeter’s Worries
Derek Jeter has always had always had a problem hitting into double plays, and this year is no different. But Brien thinks that Yankee fans should be concerned about The Captain’s ground ball rate in 2010.

The View from the Bleachers (Cubs): Game 120: Bring On the Fourth Quarter
Thoughts and notes from a tough 1-0 loss as the team prepares to enter garbage time the stretch drive Game 121.

Dodger Thoughts: Kershaw LXXVI: Kershawnna Karenina
News and notes (including encouraging news for denizens of Mannywood -- is there still a Mannywood?), and Dodger-related links from around the web.

Disciples of Uecker (Brewers): First Rounder Corey Goes Unsigned
Personally, I would think that the $2-3 million dollars that would be coming Covey’s way if he signed with the Brewers would be better for treating his diabetes than remaining close to home. Still, if the family believes that it’s best for him to avoid the minor leagues and instead choose college, that’s their decision. It’s just unfortunate that the Brewers miss out on a first round pick due to what can really only be considered a freak situation."

Ducksnorts (Padres): If Familiarity Breeds Contempt, What Does Success Breed?
Geoff Young, fidgety in first: "I find myself oddly unsettled after a 9-5 win. There I go again with my sense of entitlement. I can forgive the relief corps for allowing five runs in three innings. Those guys have been brilliant all year, and nobody is perfect. That they faltered doesn’t bug me; what bugs me is the way it happened."

Nationals Baseball: See you in September (2013 Probably)
Reactions to the last-minute signing of Bryce Harper...which was actually kind of a letdown, after 2009's Strasburgmanionium.

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