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Some moves are slightly good. Some moves are slightly bad. I tell you about them.
Wednesday, July 25, 2012
 
Cole Hamels gets rich!
The Phillies have effed themselves.

The Mets are the future of the NL East.

I love that contracts site!
 
Dodgers get Hanley Ramirez
I wouldn't.

It cost them 40 million dollars, a good young starter, and a reliever with control issues.

They also got Randy Choate.
 
Astros gain value for Wandy Rodriguez
Early in his career, Wandy Rodriguez was considered a borderline talent. His curveball would often sit in the zone and get hammered, or he would miss and have to throw strikes, and his fastball would get hammered.

But the Astros didn't give up! They kept running him out there, and got cheap production over many years, and he developed into a quality starter.

With a quality contract! Now the Astros have moved that contract, and in addition to not having to pay it, they have received good prospects!

Robbie Grossman is an intelligent player with plus-defense who is a little light in the contact and power departments. Intelligent players improve more than others, so he has a good chance to make it.

Colton Cain has shown some good strikeout rates, but needs to improve control.

And Rudy Owens is a major-league-ready left-hander who succeeds with command rather than velocity, much like Wandy Rodriguez.
Monday, July 23, 2012
 
Congratulations Ron Santo!
Hall of Fame induction way overdue. Barry Larkin is also a correct choice.
Thursday, July 19, 2012
 
Power is strong.
David Wright is having a good year! His walk rate is up, his contact is up, and his power is up!

Baseball Reference
Saturday, July 14, 2012
 
Don't retire, Chipper!
You still make contact. You still have power. Your intelligence is such that you could succeed with much less talent, but you have the talent. Other people retire at 40, but you don't have to.

You can get 3,000 hits. You can get 500 home runs. People will no longer say you're the best switch-hitter since Mickey Mantle, because you are better than Mickey Mantle. It's not even close.

Other people did it with steroids. You did it with talent.
Monday, July 09, 2012
 
Billy Hamilton
Can't hit.

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