Friday, June 24, 2011

SweetSpot Roundup 6/24

This Roundup is full of disappointment and bat-lathing. 

Austin's Astros 290 Blog: 3 Trades I'd Love to See the Astros Make
Austin thinks the Astros should trade Clint Barmes for Ryan Hanigan.  I think they should trade him for cold fusion and the end of world hunger.  That's more likely.

Capitol Avenue Club (Braves): Best Catcher in Baseball?
Has Brian McCann eclipsed Joe Mauer?  Hells yes.

Disciples of Uecker (Brewers): Mark Kotsay-Depressingly Bad
"Of course, I was wrong. Here we are, two and a half months into the season, and Mark Kotsay has 141 plate appearances.... There are no positives.  One has to imagine the Kotsay issue will be coming to a head soon."

Fungoes (Cardinals): Add Batista to the long list of midseason cuts
The Cards have helped restore the careers of a lot of pitchers, but there's a long list that didn't work out.

Dodgers Baseball: Chris-cross-Comparing the Dodgers and Angels top draft choices
"The question of the day is this: Why did the Dodgers, an organization that needs offensive help, take the pitcher – a reliever at that – instead of the hitter."

Bay City Ball (Giants): Giants hitters unlikey to improve (much)
Don't get your hopes up, Giants fans.

Marlins Daily: Dustin Richardson Claim Resembles Marlins Brass Lack of Patience
Dave thinks the Fish could use a slower trigger finger

Mets Today: Jose Reyes Will Stay Focused on Baseball
Reyes isn't interested in negotiating in season, and Joe thinks that's smart.

Redleg Nation: Don't You Wish You Heard This From the Reds Front Office?
"At some point, it's all about production."

Blake Street Bulletin (Rockies): Five Questions
False advertising.  There are also answers.

Ghostrunner on First (Blue Jays): Aaron Cibia is the Mayor of Split City
Graphical yumminess.

It's Pronounced "Lajaway" (Indians): This is not the 2007 World Series
Lots of thoughts.  Some connected.

Pro Ball NW (Mariners): Seager, Franklin Promoted; Triunfel Shifted
Major Minor League news for the M's.

Camden Depot (Orioles): They Lathe the Bats, Dont They?
A cool series on bat-making.

Baseball Time in Arlington (Rangers): The Rangers' Lone Star Meltdown
"Before going any further this morning, a bit of necessary disclosure: I've mellowed a bit in my (relatively) old age, at least with respect to managers....  And with all that being said, I can now say with a clear conscience that I still don't understand what in the hell went down in Arlington last night."

The Ray Area: In Response to Steve Berthiaume
Mark is, predictably, not a fan of Bert's suggestion that the Rays move elsewhere.

Fire Brand of the American League (Red Sox): A Little Help for Lackey?
Very, very little.

Royals Authority: The Melkman Cometh
Melky Cabrera, productive baseball man.

Nick's Twins Blog: Is it happening?
"Even if it's often put forth with a twinge of sarcasm by P-Mac and others, the catchphrase – or, more accurately, the attitude behind it – is taking over Twins Territory, despite losses the past two days....  People are ready to believe."

It's About the Money, Stupid (Yankees): Time for a decision on Montero
"Last week, Brian Cashman indicated that Montero isn’t coming up because they want him to get regular playing time. That’s fine and good in theory, but in reality there’s really no reason that should be a problem in the majors right now either."

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