Wednesday, August 25, 2010

SweetSpot Roundup 8/25

By The Common Man and Bill

Pro Ball NW (Mariners): AquaSox: Three Games, One Post

Conor got the royal treatment in three games with the Mariners’ single A affiliate in Everett, WA, and comes back with a full report, including video and scouting reports.

Weaver’s Tantrum (Orioles):
“The Orioles are 12-9 in August with 7 more games to go. They need to win three of those games to have their first winning August since Fiona Apple was pumping out hits. The Orioles are 12-9 in August with 7 more games to go. They need to win three of those games to have their first winning August since Fiona Apple was pumping out hits.”

Baseball Time in Arlington (Rangers): Rich Harden’s Wild Ride (Part V)
“I'm not going to call this a spectacular start from Harden, because the simple fact of the matter is that it wasn't; he did a good job of inducing weak contact on the whole, but five walks per seven innings will kill him sooner rather than later. It was, however, clearly enough to buy him at least 1-2 more starts.”

Fire Brand of the American League (Red Sox): If not Judas, who?
Since Johnny Damon has rejected a trade to the Red Sox, Charlie Saponara looks at some alternatives who could help the Sox for the stretch drive. But will it matter?

Royals Authority: David Glass 2.0
“How exactly does one grade an owner? At the most basic level it has to be about how well a team produces on the field…. So if you were to judge him on the record of the ballclub alone then you have to rate him as one of the worst owners of all-time. Other than moving the team out of the city, he couldn’t have been worse.”

The Daily Fungo (Tigers): Two for Tuesday: Damon Decisions, Ordonez Operations
“With Damon’s decision to stay, he makes the Tigers a better team by his mere presence if not his on-field production. Right now we can only hope that this once-promising season ends with the Tigers north of .500 and they have a much better chance of achieving it with number 18 in the lineup.”

Nick’s Twins Blog: A Plea to Nick Blackburn
“You are a pitcher who has had many ups and downs in your young career. This season has mostly been a valley, but you can erase a lot of ill will by stepping up now, in the rotation's time of need.”

Sox Machine (White Sox): White Sox running the bases backwards
“Ozzie Guillen isn’t afraid of letting his players run … at least until a stolen base would count the most.”

It’s About the Money, Stupid (Yankees): Race, Baseball, and Third Base Coaches
You really, really, really just need to read Mark Smith’s article: “Just like in all other areas of life, race still remains a difficult and controversial issue, but how much does race have to do with the disparity in minority hiring between first and third base coaches?”

Austin's Astros 290 Blog: Myers Wins in return to Philly
Austin recaps Brett Myers' return to The City of Brotherly Love.

Disciples of Uecker (Brewers): The Manny Parra Post
"I'm not ready to give up on Manny Parra."  Jack seems to be the only one left.

View from the Bleachers (Cubs):  Cubs Next Manager Power Rankings
Daver's got you covered from Sandberg to Trammell.

Dodger Thoughts: Merry Barajasmas!
A recap of the Dodgers' big win over the Brewers, with their new catcher as the star.

Mets Today: Tuesday Morning Mets Links
Ah, the link dump, the lifesaver of the busy blogger. What? Don't look at me that way. Some of us have jobs.  By the way, one of the links includes an argument that you should boycott the Mets today (but not Mets Today).  By reading this, you've already failed.  Scrub your eyes out and start anew.  Like that second chance at virginity thing.  What am I saying? If you're a blogger, you're still on your first one.

Nationals Baseball: Jesus, Dibble
Speaking of religious contradictions... "Dibble is a man, sorry A MAN, who was an inaugural subscriber to STUFF magazine and uses only body wash that comes from dark blue bottls, so of course he thinks Strasburg shoudl just keep playing through the pain."  That's a good take.  TCM's partial to his own, of course.

Ducksnorts (Mets): How Good are the 2010 Padres at Run Prevention?
So good they just beat Depends in a nationwide test. (Hi-oh! Very good sir!)  Ducksnorts' answer is less funny, but more informative, I guess.

Crashburn Alley (Phillies):  Was Michael Bourn Out?
Baserunning shenanigans caused some controversy in Philadelphia on Monday night, when Michael Bourn may have gone out of the baseline to reach first, and a run scored.  Bill Baer has got a great look at the play in .gif and photo form.

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