Monday, September 20, 2010

SweetSpot Weekend Roundup September 20

By The Common Man and Bill

Capitol Avenue Club (Braves): Braves will not make the playoffs
Before you jump to the conclusion that CAC had come to his senses and given up on the Bravos, you should know he's talking about the Gulf Coast League Braves.

Disciples of Uecker (Brewers): The Sabathia Trade
Jack looks back on the deal that brought CC Sabathia to Milwaukee and, years later, thinks the Brewers are looking even better.

Fungoes (Cardinals): How's that Luwick Trade Working Out?
"When the tale is told of the enigmatic 2010 Cardinals, one clear and unequivocal bright spot will be the Ludwick for Westbrook trade. Whatever emotional pain it caused Cardinal Nation, it has only helped on the field."

The View From the Bleachers (Cubs): GirlieView
Lizzie wants to know how you think should managed the Cubs in 2011.

Dodger Thoughts: The Future of Remembering Joe Torre
"Joe Torre conducted himself with a level of class and warmth that will probably be the standard future Dodger managers are measured by ... until there's a Dodger manager who succeeds in a different style."

Bay City Ball (Giants): Oh, That Sanchez
Chris is glad that the Giants never sold low on Jonathan Sanchez, who is having a hell of a season.

Mets Today: Braves 6, Mets 3
Encapsulating a season: "I realize the Mets stink, but I was hoping they’d win at least one of these."

Nationals Baseball: Ladson and Lannan
Should the Nats resign Adam Dunn? Harper thinks maybe the fans should have a say.

Ducksnorts (Padres): Cleanup on Aisle 14-4
In light of Mat Latos' recent struggles, Geoff thinks maybe the Cardinals should have gone after Jake Westbrook at the deadline.

Crashburn Alley (Phillies): What I learned from today's game
Bill takes issue with Charlie Manuel's in game strategy. Manuel promises to "give that punk what for" the next time he sees him.

Redleg Nation: Higher Attendance=More Wins?
Would the Reds have won more if they had bigger crowds? Color me skeptical.

Fire Brand of the American League (Red Sox): Lowell Says Goodbye to Boston
Thoughts on the impending retirement of erstwhile fan favorite Mike Lowell.

Sox Machine (White Sox): What to watch as the White Sox play out the string
The postseason is out of reach, but Jim finds a number of interesting storylines and stat lines to keep an eye on for these final games.

Royals Authority: Final Off-Day Ramblings
Royals news and notes, including an update on Royals who have left us (for other teams) during this season.

Nick's Twins Blog: Hudson's September Disappearance
The man Vin Scully used to delightfully and repeatedly refer to as O-Dog has been awful this month...just as he was 12 months ago. That gets Nick wondering.

It's About the Money, Stupid (Yankees): Colvin hit by shattered bat, pierces chest inches from heart
Lots of info and commentary about the incident and the danger of maple bats in general. That thing everybody said needed to happen before they woke up and made a change? Well, it's happened, and everyone is just very lucky it appears not to have cost someone's life or career. Now, if they don't actually do anything...

Pro Ball NW (Mariners): Smoak & Cortes Called Up
As a quasi-Mariner fan and one who really, really liked the Cliff Lee trade at the time, I'm hoping Smoak hits about .600/1.000/2.000 over these last couple weeks. That'd put just a tiny little bit of a glimmer in the distance during what promises to be a dreadfully depressing offseason.

The Ray Area: We all know what's coming
Some perspective on the Rays' attendance woes: "So, spare me your platitudes about the importance of filling the Trop.  People are struggling to feed themselves and their families.  It is distasteful, at best, to chastise those people for not dropping $100 on a night at the ballpark."

Baseball Time in Arlington (Rangers): Sunday Morning Open Thread: Five Questions
Five things for Rangers fans to ponder, including a hypothetical Cliff Lee re-signing.

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