Tuesday, November 2, 2010

SweetSpot Roundup 11/2

Sox Machine (White Sox): Starting Lineups for the 1980s, 2011
Remembering the team's Starting Lineup figurines, and another reader (helpfully named after a White Sox player from the 1980s) provides his offseason plan.

Royals Authority: What Are The Odds?
Taking a stab at the probability of some Royals prospects panning out.

It's About the Money, Stupid (Yankees): Why so quick to throw dirt on Joba?
"OK, Joba might not be the heir apparent to Mo anymore. That’s fine. Can’t he just be a useful piece of the team and we can put the 2007 season further in our rearview mirrors?"

Pro Ball NW (Mariners): *Yawn* - Ichiro Wins Another Award
It's not as exciting as the three the Mariners got last year, but Ichiro came away with another Fielding Bible Award.

Baseball Time in Arlington (Rangers): Putting Their Backs To The Wall
"The only thing I can hope is that if this is that final night, that the Rangers go down fighting -- and not the Vladimir Guerrero-esque swing-and-miss style of fighting -- right to the very last out. That's all any of us can really ask for." Did they do that? I can never tell when players are "fighting" and when they're not. I don't think they actually gave up or anything.

Austin's Astros 290 Blog: What the Astros can learn from the Rangers, Part 2
"The Rangers get value for their veterans while the Astros just get old.  The Rangers also get much more out of their youth because they have a manager who lets the good young players play and develop rather than making them battle cheap veterans for their jobs."

The View From the Bleachers (Cubs): Girlie View
Easily my favorite feature on VFtB is back and Lizzie reveals her crush on Baby Buster. 

Dodger Thoughts: What the Giants' ascent tells us about the Dodgers
"As much as we want to blame everything and global warming on the McCourts, they are not all that went wrong with the Dodgers this year. I want the Dodgers to have better owners, but there is so much more that affects a team's World Series chances than ownership. Much of the Dodgers' ill fortunes this year is tied up in the tiniest of fibers, threads that might have held together but simply frayed."

Bay City Ball: Space held for Game 5 retrospective

Mets Today: 2010 Analysis, Pat Misch
Joe sees a useful spare part in Pat Misch.  But not much more.

Nationals Baseball:  Non-selective Bryce Harper Newsflash
Bryce's AFL is going well.

Ducksnorts (Padres): I Almost Prayed in Albuquerque
Part 2 of Geoff's pilgrimage to see Tony Gwynn's Hall of Fame induction.
Crashburn Alley (Phillies): In Which Rational Phillies Fans Headdesk
Bill takes out his inner-FJM and Freshman Comp and fisks Jack McCafferty's idiotic suggestion that Chase Utley move to the outfield.

Redleg Nation: This Year in Reds History
Steve Price recounts the sad tale of Benny Frey, the former Reds ace who committed suicide in 1937, a year after his release.

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