Friday, September 3, 2010

SweetSpot Roundup 9/3

By The Common Man and Bill

Capitol Avenue Club (Braves): 2010 Farm Awards 
Freddie Freeman, Brandon Beachy, and other prospects get recognized as the MiLB season draws to a close.

The View from the Bleachers (Cubs): In the News: Another Focus on the Future Post
September call-ups, the Arizona Fall League, and Cubs farmhands with funny names.

Austin's Astros 290 Blog: Astros do wrong by Chris Sampson
A former 'stros prospect's ride finally comes to a sad end at age 32.

Dodger Thoughts: Unthinkable or thinkable: A Joe Torre-Derek Jeter reunion in Los Angeles?
Am I crazy for thinking neither Jeter nor Joe is in a Dodger uniform come April?

Disciples of Uecker (Brewers): Narveson Solid in Starter Role
In which Jack admits that Narveson is a lot better than he thought he'd be.

Mets Today: What Do We Blame It On This Year?
Omar Minaya, right? Obviously? I can't be the only one.

Crashburn Alley (Phillies): Cole Hamels on the Cy Young Award Ballot?
So one disappointing, bad-luck season does not a promising young pitcher's whole career make? Go figure. Bill Baer gets a nice big toldyouso on this one.

Ducksnorts (Padres): Mailbag: Are the Padres Stealing Wins?
Gotta use an awesome multi-line quote:
"In graphical form, this is what we’ve been hearing:
Stolen bases -> Runs -> Wins
And this is what’s been happening:
Baserunners -> Runs -> Wins
In other words, stolen bases are a by-product, not the cause."

Bay City Ball (Giants): Lincecum Snaps Skid; Darren Ford Has Jet Legs; XBH and Andres Torres
Notes from one of the most entertaining games I've seen the end of in a very, very long time.

Nationals Baseball: Acts of Desperation
Thoughs on the Nationals' (and two of baseball's) most popular recent bad boys, Nyjer Morgan and Rob Dibble.

The B-List: The B-List Lite
“How hard is it to find a left fielder who can hit?”

Baseball Time in Arlington (Rangers): Cliff Lee and the Phantom of Luck
You know all that talk about Cliff Lee struggling? As you might expect, it’s overblown. Lee’s struggles are largely luck-related.

Fire Brand of the American League: Left, Since Manny Left
Charlie Saponara looks at who’s been playing in front of the Green Monster since Manny left (was chased from) Boston. He finds their performance underwhelming.

Royals Authority: Down Goes Kendall
“When you have a player who is below average to start, who then suffers an injury that hampers his performance to the extent he becomes worse… Yet continues to play… That’s not being a “gamer.” That’s being selfish.”

Nick’s Twins Blog: Gassing Guerrier (Again!)
“Guerrier is being used more than almost any other reliever in the league, and he's breaking down late in the season. We've seen this exact story before. More than once. It's one lesson that Gardenhire just refuses to learn.”

It’s About the Money, Stupid (Yankees): Baseball’s Unwritten Rules Strike Again
“I don’t want it to come off like I’m defending Morgan, but this is totally ridiculous. It’s bad enough that we expect teams that are winning by large margins to stop playing, it’s absolutely absurd to expect the same of teams that are losing. Aside from the fact that it goes against the basic ethos of competition, it’s completely out of line with the game of baseball in particular.”

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