Wednesday, October 27, 2010

SweetSpot Roundup 10/27

Fire Brand of the American League (Red Sox): Possible Bullpen Help: Brian Fuentes
Eyeing a possible shut-down lefty for the 2011 pen.

Sox Machine (White Sox): Grace Period Doesn't Apply to 2005 White Sox
Yesterday was the 5th anniversary of the White Sox' first World Series victory in 88 years. Jim notes: "In one sense, the grace period was over years ago. In another, it may never expire."

Royals Authority: Kansas City Royals 2010 Positional Review: First Basemen
Continuing the look around the field, we land today on one of the relatively few bright spots.

It's About the Money, Stupid (Yankees): Playoff expansion possible
Jason on the possibility of expanding the playoff field, and his own ideas.

Baseball Time in Arlington (Rangers): Hindsights Vol. 9: Scattershooting
Mike fires off a ton of brief but interesting thoughts on the Rangers leading up to the big game tomorrow.

View From the Bleachers (Cubs): Offseason Outlook, Outfielders
"Do I think that bringing back the current crop of OF for another year is the best course of action? Probably not, but sometimes you’re not really given much of a choice."

Capitol City Ball (Braves): Braves Top Prospects 1-10
As usual, the Braves have some terrific prospects, despite debuting 47 rookies (I estimate; didn't actually count) in 2010.

Disciples of Uecker (Brewers): Put Up or Shut Up Time for Butler
The Brewers apparently didn't really get much when they dealt Greg Gross in 2008.

Dodger Thoughts: Should the Dodgers Retire More Numbers?
I vote an enthusiastic yes.

Mets Today: 2010 Analysis, R.A. Dickey
The most amazing sentence I've read all week: "What is there to say? R.A. Dickey was the Mets’ MVP."

Ducksnorts (Padres): Alderson Clearinghouse
Geoff had an extensive interview with Mets GM candidate Sandy Alderson in 2008, and it's very revealing about Alderson, his personality and his philosophy.

Crashburn Alley (Phillies): One More Note About Chase Utley
The underappreciation of Chase Utley continues. Bill takes the Philadelphia Daily News to task.

Redleg Nation: A Strange Postseason
"After the Reds were eliminated from the playoffs this season, I found that I just couldn’t get excited about watching someone else’s team fight for a championship. My team should be playing these games! I watched the games, but I wasn’t as invested in them as in years past."

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