Monday, October 25, 2010

SweetSpot Roundup 10/25

Austin's Astros 290 Blog: Manuel hangs ex-Stroswalt out to dry, Lidge comes to the rescue again
Austin takes issue with Charlie Manuel's decision to use Roy Oswalt in relief in the NLCS.

Capitol Avenue Club (Braves): 2011 Top Prospects, 11-20
An in-depth look at players who might be debuting in Atlanta next year.

Disciples of Uecker (Brewers): Parra Undergoes Hip Surgery
The Enigma gets a tuneup.  He's bullpen bound in 2011.

Fungoes (Cardinals): Best Cardinal Not in the Hall of Fame
No one ever votes for Jose Oquendo.

The View From the Bleachers (Cubs): Good Call, Lloyd McClendon
The unsung hero of the '89 Bearcubs.

Dodger Nation: Fernando Nation, A Babe Ruth for All
The only baseball on Tuesday will be this ESPN 30 for 30 documentary, which Jon promises is excellent, and a special World Series podcast with TCM, Bill, and Lar of

Bay City Ball (Giants): Giants Win NLCS, Head to World Series
I like how every Giants game is described as torture now.  A dozen naked, hooded Iraqis and the dozen remaining, and thankfully clothed, Pirates fans have something to say about that.

Mets Today: Mets Fans' Dream Comes True
OK, maybe seeing the San Francisco Giants and Texas Rangers face off in the World Series isn’t exactly a “dream” for a Mets fan. But a World Series played between the Philadelphia Phillies and the New York Yankees is pretty much a Mets fan’s worst nightmare, isn’t it?

Ducksnorts (Padres): Friday Links
We haven't hit the expiration yet, so these are still good, even though Geoff left them out of the fridge all weekend.  And Platoon Advantage made the list!  It's the circle of life...

Crashburn Alley (Phillies): David Beats Goliath, Phillies Out of the Playoffs
TCM is as guilty about this as anyone, and yes the Phillies were favored, but let's not forget that the Giants have a heck of a team.  If Goliath was 10 feet tall and bulletproof, David was still Shaq.  Bill's takeaway message for 2010? "In closing, if I can ask one thing of the Phillies fan base in the aftermath of the NLCS — don’t harp on players for what they didn’t do in the post-season."

Redleg Nation: The Reds Disband
Don't worry, this happened in 1879 with the team facing financial calamity.  I'd say we're at least 2-4 years away from this problem resurfacing (I kid, I kid).  Seriously though, cool story.

Sox Machine (White Sox): A/V Room: Addison Sox and Plan No. 3
A multimedia collection of notes and Sox-related stuff, including one of the user-submitted plans for the team's offseason.

Royals Authority: Grading Dayton Moore, Part 2
Picking up where they left off on Thursday, here's a look at Moore's transactions from January 2010 up to opening day.

It's About the Money, Stupid (Yankees): Lee v. Greinke
Mark weighs the options: sign the 32 year old best pitcher in the world of 2010, or trade for the 27 year old best pitcher in the world of 2009? It's good to be the Yankees, even a couple days after being eliminated from the playoffs...

Pro Ball NW (Mariners): Assorted Thoughts and News
Ichiro's birthday, teal jerseys, the future for former interim manager Daren Brown, and lots of other stuff.

Baseball Time in Arlington (Rangers): How To Clinch The AL Pennant
"In actuality, I think this series was over before it ever bounced from New York back to Texas. A trusted attendee of the Game 4 proceedings at Yankee Stadium described to me how the in-stadium atmosphere shifted from hopeful to dejected -- and ultimately violent -- after Bengie Molina's historic home run, and how, even after Game 5, the prevailing sentiment ran more along the lines of 'well, at least they won't clinch on our field' rather than genuine optimism that a comeback could materialize."

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