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  1. JobaJr says:

    Anyone know if 880 plans to make an iPhone App sometime in the future? It’d be nice to have one.

  2. aj says:

    Just food for thought…What are Jason Giambi’s chances of making the hall of fame? and is Gary Sheffield a lock?

    • Sheff should get in on his merits, but the writers don’t like him as a person so he won’t get in easily.

      • Add steroids to the mix and he may not get in at all.

        Which is especially unfair in his case, it’s not like steroids made him something he wasn’t (McGwire/Sosa). All the way back to his days in High School he was one of the most legendary baseball prospects Florida ever produced. Scouts DROOLED over him since he was a teenager. People always knew he was going to be great.

        According to him, he used to recover from an injury. I have no idea if that’s true, but I do know his power numbers were pretty consistent throughout his career with the ebbs and flows of a normal player and he didn’t have some huge spike in production like McGwire or Sosa.


        If Sheffield really juiced, he’d hit 70+ like Bonds did.

    • Gary should be a lock, but then again, Tim Raines should also be a lock.

      • Steve H says:

        Yup. If they can totally screw up an easy one like Raines, Sheff might be waiting a while.

      • +1

        I think Raines will eventually get in, but it will take years of debate. Sheff should be a no-brainer on Baseball merits, but I could see waiting a year or two (like what will happen with Alomar) due to the character stuff. You and I may not let that stop us from voting for someone, but it is part of the guidelines set by the HOF.

  3. aj says:

    More interesting news…the Tigers are going to use Austin Jackson as next year’s starting center fielder and he is going to lead off every day.

  4. kimonizer says:

    Found this interesting ranking system for soccer (real football).


    It assigns points for individual plays, zone, and quality of competition. Would be great to see a ranking system like this for baseball that combines fielding/hitting/baserunning/etc/etc that results in a single number to rank players. (this video describes how they analyze each player: http://www.castrolfootball.com/rankings/about/)

    Unless something exists that I am naive about.

  5. SamVa says:

    Just got recruited to close for my High School team (i’m a senior and haven’t played since freshman year)
    Anyone have any suggestions on batting gloves? (i’m going to try to play 2nd base as well)

  6. Nady Nation says:

    Anyone else see the rumors that LeBron will sign an extension if Danny Ferry lands one of Amare, David West, or Antawn Jamison before the deadline? I don’t see how LeBron doesn’t, at the very least, test the free agent waters at this point. He’s come this far and has preached time and time again how he wants to keep his options open.

    • Steve H says:

      Agreed. Funny thing is they’ve spent the last few years in “win now screw the future” mode trying to put a winning team around him, but certainly have sacrificed a little of the future with their somewhat panic moves.

    • Zack says:

      He wants to keep his options open yes; but is the Knicks roster more attractive than playing with 1 of those 3, plus the other guys they have on the roster? They’re a championship quality team now, add one of those 3 and they’re only better, going to the Knicks, even if he went with Wade or Bosh, wouldnt be a better situation to win. Plus the Cavs can also offer the most money.

      (Amare’ can also opt-out, so they’d need to give him an extension as well)

      • Nady Nation says:

        They’re ONLY a championship caliber team now because of LeBron though. That roster is gross without him. LeBron, Gallinari, Chandler, Hill, and some other pieces is not a worse situation at all, in terms of being able to win. Also, the Cavs already have 33 mil on the books for next year. If they resign LeBron to a max deal, they have maybe 4 mil more to work with. How would they offer Amare an extension?

        • Zack says:

          Cant you go over the salary cap if you resign your own guys? Just got to pay the luxury tax

          That would require them to obviously trade for Amare.

          • Nady Nation says:

            That is true. However, can they offer Amare a max deal in an extension, and then give LeBron his max deal? Honestly asking – NBA cap rules confuse the shit out of me.

            • Zack says:

              No clue. The only thing i know is that they have a soft cap and they can go over if they sign their own guys. When you start talking about ‘max’ contracts and mid-level exceptions and everything else i get lost.

      • but is the Knicks roster more attractive than playing with 1 of those 3, plus the other guys they have on the roster?


        They’re a championship quality team now,

        Are you talking about the Cavs? The Cavs roster, sans LeBron, is nondescript and shitty. There’s nothing there that’s enticing. He IS that team. He SINGLEHANDEDLY makes them goos.

        add one of those 3 and they’re only better,

        Add LeBron to the Gallinari-Chandler-Douglas-Hill core and it’s just as good as the Mo Williams-Varejao-Delonte-Boobie Gibson-whatever other dreck Cleveland uses core. Probably better.

        And the Knicks have the expiring contracts of Jeffries and Curry to bundle with the sign-and-trade D.Lee and Nate Robinson deals (plus all the expiring money) to add Bosh/Wade/Joe Johnson to that core, instead of the Cavs adding Amare/Jamison/West. Knicks situation is better.

        going to the Knicks, even if he went with Wade or Bosh, wouldnt be a better situation to win.

        Yeah… no.

        The Knicks not only have the clear and massive market advantage, but the improved play of our 6 young guns (Gallo/Chandler/Hill/Douglas/Lee/Nate) makes us now the better on-court situation as well.

        • Nady Nation says:

          Thank Mo for your unbridled optimism, TSJC. Some of the Knick boards and their negativity regarding the direction of the team have been driving me crazy lately.

        • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster) says:

          If the knicks get Lebron, I may actually start watching basketball and become a Knicks fan.

          Right now due to family ties if you put a gun to my head I’d say I was a Nets fan, but I only watch basketball when Lebron’s playing-since I don’t get the Cavs, pretty much never. He’s like Tiger Woods, he makes a sport that would otherwise bore me interesting.

        • Zack says:

          “The Knicks not only have the clear and massive market advantage, but the improved play of our 6 young guns (Gallo/Chandler/Hill/Douglas/Lee/Nate) makes us now the better on-court situation as well.”

          Will Lee and Nate return next year? And is it fair to really count Hill and Douglas?

          You made some good points, really dont think there is a clear right answer. Cavs are a championship team because they Lebron AND because they play defense, Knicks do not play defense. Is adding Lebron suddenly going to change the coach’s mindset and the other players too?

    • Anyone else see the rumors that LeBron will sign an extension if Danny Ferry lands one of Amare, David West, or Antawn Jamison before the deadline?

      No, I haven’t. Now that you’ve brought them to my attention, here’s my response:

      That’s some hot bullshit right there. LeBron ain’t signing jack squat, other than a fat free agent contract with the New York Knickerbockers come July 1, 2010.

  7. Johan Iz My Brohan says:

    I can’t wait until the Rangers unload/get rid of some of those stupid contracts during the offseason… they’re horrible right now…

  8. Steve H says:

    Heh. Steroid era MVP voting is great. 2000 NL MVP ballot

    19. Brian Giles .315/.432/.594 35 HR/123 RBI
    t20. Moises Alou .355/.416/.623 30 HR/114 RBI
    t20. Richard Hidalgo .314/.391/.636 44 HR/122 RBI

  9. Matt says:


    The comments are what makes the post…

    • Jason led off with a good one

      Jason @ IIATMS

      That’s the thing about Jeter; he’s not afraid to stay single to keep banging as many models as he can without getting hit with a golf club by his model wife. Gotta respect that.

    • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster) says:

      I resent the Jeter jokes.

      However, I do enjoy Jason from “It’s About the Money Stupid”‘s quote (great blog, BTW):

      That’s the thing about the Mets’ medical staff; they’re not afraid to admit they have no idea what they’re doing and have other doctors do the work. Gotta respect that.

  10. Brendan says:

    I’m a little late to the twitter party.. would anyone mind suggesting some sports writers to follow?

  11. Since Matt brought up the Favre pass, it was so dumb on so many levels that it’s amazing he doesn’t get destroyed for it.

    -There were 12 seconds left when the play started.

    -He threw across his body on the move, which college QBs know not to do.

    -He threw to a receiver who was surrounded by 3-4 defenders

    -The receiver was in the middle of the field, so even if he caught the pass there was little chance he would get out of bounds.

    -They had no timeouts, so you couldn’t stop the clock to attempt a field goal.

    It was so stupid on so many levels, Favre should have been destroyed for that pass. But as Craig Calcaterra said that’s par for the course with Brett and the media.

    • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster) says:

      I know not to throw across my body. I’ve never played bfootball in my entire life.

    • Zack says:

      All those points.

      And I love how people continue to make excuses for him. “Well he had a great season” , “He was great up to that play” , “If it wasnt fot 12 men on the field he wouldnt have needed to do that”.

      Everyone knew he was going to throw an INT in a big spot, that’s him.

    • Nady Nation says:

      Totally agree. Not to mention he could’ve ran for at least 5 yards and scrambled out of bounds if he needed to. The entire right side of the field was open.

    • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster) says:

      I’m shocked they didn’t roast him, really. That play was ridiculously, mind numbingly stupid. He probably could’ve run for five yards and at least given the kicker a shot.

      But the Saints were majorly helped by that ridiculous pass interference call.

      Either way, I thought that the ending tothat game was very sad. A sad way for Fsvre to go out (if he does), and sad how a bad penalty call pretty much decided the game.

  12. Mister Delaware says:


  13. Keanu Reeves says:

    A little something concerning Piliere’s top 100 (from Chad Jennings at LoHud):

    I talked to Piliere a few times throughout the ranking process, and I know he had Jeremy Bleich in the Top 100 before Aroldis Chapman signed.

    “Bleich’s stuff was better this year,” Piliere wrote in an email. “The velocity was up, which of course is excellent. Command doesn’t just go away, but I think there was an adjustment period to his increased velocity. I just think we’re going to see the whole thing come together this year.”

    That’s definitely encouraging. I happen to a big Bleich fan and I’m excited to follow him this year.

  14. Jimmy Key vs Grerg Maddux? Pfffft. NO WAY the Yanks win this game.

    I mean, Key’s a nice pitcher and all, but please.

    • JGS says:

      why do people not realize that thre is a difference between team stats and individual stats. team runs and wins are pretty darn important. player runs and wins much less so

      • If I could bring back an old, underused stat, it would be “Total Bases”. It’s an aggregate stat, not rate-based, but its amazing how many sophisticated new stats are, when you boil it down, just a reworking of TB.

      • Evilest Empire says:

        Exactly. Context based statistics are severely flawed when it comes to evaluating individual talents. Cause they, y’know, rely on stuff said talent cannot control.

        • Evilest Empire says:

          From Caple’s pro-run article:

          “I can hear you now. Ichiro’s season is the perfect example of why the RBI is more important than the run. Getting on base is only important if someone drives you in later”

          Way to completely miss the point of why you’re wrong, Jim!

  15. Good piece by Neyer. Throw in the fact that it’s the Yanks were talking about, who try to win it all every year. So it’s even harder to keep running him out there if he’s hurting the team in any way.

  16. Steve H says:

    Speaking of hit totals. You know who, while a long ways away, actually has a chance at 3000 hits? Adrian Beltre. If his defense holds up, and he played 10 more seasons he’d only need 130 a season. That’s the benefit of being in the bigs at 20 I guess.

    • Jack says:

      Andruw Jones has 1776 and is only 32. Imagine if he hadn’t shit the bed these last 3 years.

    • Evilest Empire says:

      I’m rooting for Damon and Abreu to make it to 3000. Both have an outside shot. I think both will end up being worthy of the HOF by the time they end their careers. They’ve both put up interesting numbers where not one thing really stands out, but they do everything above average (even defensively when they were young).

    • Accent Shallow says:

      I don’t think that either Rollins or Beltre have much of a shot at 3000 hits. For one, neither are particularly high average players. For two, they’re both not superstar-level hitters — they likely won’t be above average hitters as they age. One advantage that they do have is that they both have excellent defensive reputations, so they may be able to hang on even if they’re no longer an offensive asset.

      • Steve H says:

        I agree. I think Beltre would have to continue to be a great defensive 3B until he’s 40 to have a chance. His bat won’t play elsewhere, and he’s bound to slip defensively as he ages.

      • becca says:

        What are you talking about, Beltre is the best 3B in baseball. He’s in the conversation with Mike Schmidt as the best 3B of all time.

        /ESPN now that Beltre signed with the Sox’d

  17. Great ending to 24. But it was sad to see the French Film director from the VISA commercials die. Just didn’t see that one coming.

  18. Steve H says:

    Ruben Sierra had 1160 hits thru age 26 and barely cracked 2000 for his career. He’s a great anti-steroid case, he just got too jacked and lost a lot of his athleticism.

  19. Jake H says:

    Anyone preorder BA’s prospect Hanbook? I always wait until I can get it for 30% off at Amazon.

  20. ledavidisrael says:

    Anyone think Rajai Davis could be a nice platoon partner with Brett Gardner?

    I don’t see them giving up a lot of talent for him…

  21. Steve H says:

    So glad this isn’t Jerod Mayo.

    http://tinyurl.com/maualuga (kinda NSFW)

  22. Want to know something humorous? Kelvin de Leon and Hector Noesi both play Farmville on Facebook.

  23. Steve H says:

    Fun fact: In Barry Sanders’ worst full season, he led the league in rushing.

  24. southernyankeefan says:

    wanna see a video of burboun street after the Saints glorius victory?


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