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Thursday, January 27, 2005
mail from josh
i got a letter from my friend josh. i added responses.

On Sun, 23 Jan 2005 22:20:45 -0600, Josh Unterman wrote:

> hafner's wal is significantly higher than ortiz's, no?
> and he's young.
> i bet hafner is a difference maker next year.

i agree.

> and i think big frank is a huge difference maker if full playing time.
> the problem is he'll never get full playing time.
> he was having a rockin season last year.
> he gets bad press.
> i don't get it.
> white sox fans should love him.

there's only one kind of difference maker. but yeah frank is one if he
keeps up the numbers he had last year. white sox fans are morons. so
are white sox general managers. and white sox owners.

> and i think you're being a bit harsh on the young indians.
> it seems they've got a whole team of up and comers, not guys.
> but i'm becoming an indians fan, so maybe i'm too optimistic.

yeah, they're up-and-comers. i think i said that in the position
reports. what i meant is in 2005 we can only expect guy-level
production. but 2006---watch out!

apologies to any white sox fans out there. i wasn't talking about you. i was talking about those other white sox fans. yeah.

i also got this letter:

On Sun, 23 Jan 2005 22:25:58 -0600, Josh Unterman wrote:

> look at how this one turned out:
> Friday, January 09, 2004
> the mariners are stupid
> carlos guillen is better than rich aurilia.

ha yeah i love it when things work out like that.

really they did it to make room for jose lopez, but they had to
pretend like they were doing it to get someone the fans had heard
about. goes to show what happens when your trade priorities are other
than getting the best value. billy beane doesn't make that mistake.

jose lopez, by the way, is a killer. i had him ranked 35 in my top prospect list last year. looks like he should have been a little higher. i depends on if you're thinking about his immediate impact or his long-term value. i tend to think long-term. if this kid ever develops any patience, he's unstoppable.
Jose Lopez never developed patience...
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