General PH8 Stuff

I’ve got an idea, and you’ve got a stadium.  MLB has a Stand Up To Cancer campaign.  I’ve always wanted to get into the Guinness Book of World Records.  Do you see where this is going? I haven’t worked out all the details.  I’m an idea man – a big picture kind of guy, so [...]

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Yep, that’s right, Pitchers Hit Eighth has reached the 600 Post Club.  I’m not sure what that means, if anything, other than Dennis has been writing a lot lately. Dennis’ post “Encyclopedia Brown and the Case of the B12 Bobbleheads” this morning was number 600. Consequently, the “milestone” offers me the opportunity to thank Dennis [...]

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Scratch.  Moolah.  Dough.  Coin.  Benjamins.  Paper.  Opulence.  Rich teams has it.  Poor teams want it.  In baseball, it’s all about revenue or revenue gap to be precise.  Revenue gap often translates to talent gap, or it at least translates to differing margins of error.  There are exceptions, and it’s technically possible to field a competitive team with [...]

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2011 Special Edition 4×4

by on December 19, 2010 · 0 comments

With the latest hot stove news coming out of Milwaukee, it’s tempting to make snap judgments about the degree to which the Brewers have improved their starting pitching.  The Phillies, Giants, and Cardinals already boast rotations with 4 proven starters, so has Milwaukee done enough to join the conversation with its top 4?  Well, I’ll provide a [...]

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Who’s on Second?

by on October 20, 2010 · 0 comments

Come spring of 2011, several of us Cardinals fans may be asking that very same question. Rather than wait for knowledgeable baseball oracles to purvey insider information to us in the form of #intrigue and #development, let’s do some pondering of our own.  I’ll begin with a list of free agent second basemen that I [...]

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As we enter the offseason, the Cardinals have multiple positions where they can attempt to fix their offensive woes. Either of the corner outfield positions (with Holliday willing and able to play right), shortstop, or second base. Unless St. Louis throws Shelby Miller or Colby Rasmus on the table of trade talks, which I don’t [...]

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I’ve read several columns lauding the Rangers for their classy celebration of their series clinching victory over the Tampa Rays.  The celebration included a special shower for the team’s star outfielder and recovering substance addict, Josh Hamilton, that included Canada Dry ginger ale substituted for the usual champagne.  The champagne was instead kept on ice while the [...]

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I’ve never warmly embraced the end of MLB’s regular season, even when the Cardinals were headed to the playoffs.  There’s just something about the end of the regular season that signals a change in the air.  It’s the unofficial beginning of “true” fall for those of us who live in denial of what the modern Gregorian calendar indicates every [...]

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In this follow-up to “Play GM For A Day”, you get to see just how poorly I play the aforementioned game.  While I lack both business acumen and talent evaluation ability, it’s probably my inability to emotionally detach that ultimately will derail my career as a GM.  Honestly, the members of Cardinal Nation may have a [...]

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Play GM For A Day

by on September 27, 2010 · 2 comments

Okay, let’s play GM for a day.  Why not pretend to spend someone else’s money and run our favorite baseball team this off-season?  Since many of us question every move the team makes (or doesn’t make), let’s give it a shot.  This post contains some pertinent information which might be useful for making the tough business decisions the GM makes.   There is also some [...]

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