Tuesday, November 9, 2010

SweetSpot Roundup 11/9

Capitol Avenue Club (Braves): Addressing the needs: Bench Bat
The list of candidates for the Braves' big bench addition for 2011 doubles as a list of superstars from 1999. And Brooks Conrad.

The View from the Bleachers (Cubs): Good Call: Dennis Eckersley
Celebrating one of the Cubs' moves that, you know, worked out a little bit.

Redleg Nation: Davey Concepcion and the Hall of Fame
I'm sorry. Blue, Concepcion, Garvey, Guidry, John, Oliver, Simmons, Staub, Billy Martin and a bunch of execs? If any one of those guys makes it, Ron Santo can sue this "committee" for everything they've got.

Dodger Thoughts: 'Out. The Glenn Burke Story' aims to strike out intolerance
A thorough and moving review of the documentary on the former Dodger and his homosexuality.

Disciples of Uecker (Brewers): Various Measures of the Milwaukee Offense
The various advanced measures are high on the Brewers' 2010 offense. Good news for next year, when Prince Fielder is unlikely to hit .010/.200/-1.000 with runners in scoring position again.

Mets Today: 2010 Analysis: Mike Pelfrey
Trying to make sense of the tremendous ups and downs of Pelfrey's 2010. Seems to me his monthly FIP and xFIP tell a much less befuddling story.

Crashburn Alley (Phillies): Roy Halladay Set to Earn Some Hardware
"Whether traditional or Sabermetric, the numbers seem to overwhelmingly support Halladay in the NL Cy Young race. It would be surprising to see anyone else take home the hardware, but stranger things have happened." I like this because the link points to something I'm still totally bitter about.

Ducksnorts (Padres): I Almost Prayed in Albuquerque: Halfway to Phoenix
Part three of the nine-part series...all on the first day of Geoff's trip from San Diego to Tony Gwynn's Hall of Fame induction. Good stuff.

Fungoes (Cardinals): Best values among Type A and B free agents
See, if Elias had any idea at all what it was doing, an article like this wouldn't be possible (or at least would be really boring).

Nationals Baseball: Phrase using the word "done," except...
Sorry, I'm not going to copy that whole title. It's about signing Adam Dunn.  "They want Carlos Pena. They need Carlos Pena. I don't know why. Nobody really does. But there is a deep psychological yearning in Mike Rizzo that will only be satisfied when Carlos Pena buttons up his Washington jersey and runs out onto the field in Viera."

Fire Brand of the American League (Red Sox): Free Agent Watch: OF Jayson Werth
A really in-depth scouting report on what I suspect will be the Sox' next corner outfielder.

Sox Machine (White Sox): Planning Season Ends, Doing Season Begins
The final user-submitted offseason plan.

B-List Indians Blog: A Statement of the Problem
Starting to look at the team's third base issues.

The Daily Fungo (Tigers): Sunday Snacks: Sparky Leftovers
Links, mostly celebrating Sparky.

Royals Authority: Another Month, Another 25
The monthly offseason reevaluation of the 25-man roster.

It's About the Money, Stupid (Yankees): Why It's Important to Not Overpay for Jeter
Brien with a lot of solid reasoning on retaining the Cap'n.

Pro Ball NW (Mariners): High Desert 2010 Prospect Recap
Reviewing the future MLB possibilities on the club's high-A team.

The Ray Area: Teaching Peter Golenbock Why [Big] Apples are not [Tropicana] Oranges
In which Mark takes exception to an article that compared the Rays to the Brooklyn Dodgers.

Baseball Time in Arlington (Rangers): The Birth and Death of a Rumor
Some realism on the Rangers' very briefly rumored push for Hisashi Iwakuma.

Ghostrunner on First (Blue Jays): The Smartest Guy in the Room
Some ruminating on Alex Anthopoulos and his cute little Miguel Olivo maneuver.

And on The Platoon Advantage: Bill looks at the history of interleague play in NL parks. Is the AL really as much better as everybody thinks, or is it just that evil DH rule?

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