Major League Baseball

Pre-Preseason Predictions

by on December 15, 2010 · 0 comments

Why wait until Spring to make silly predictions?  I can make silly predictions now, and maybe everybody will forget my predictions long before the season even gets here.  Better yet, I can make absolutely outlandish predictions before the hot stove ashes are even cool, and a few might even pan out.  Thus, I’m inspired to [...]

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Cheap Labor

by on December 14, 2010 · 0 comments

Before any of you get any bright ideas, I’m most definitely NOT talking about Meg Whitman’s housekeeper.  Instead, I’m actually referring to the cheap labor that most major league teams rely on to round out their rosters after they throw millions of dollars at superstars, stars, and established veterans.  The current system works to keep [...]

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Werth Versus Holliday

by on December 6, 2010 · 0 comments

This post is most certainly about Werth versus Holliday, but there is a bit of business to tend to first.  Based on what little I’ve read about Cliff Lee‘s agent, Darek Braunecker, I suspect that he’s about as useful as a box of rocks.  That’s not to say that he isn’t a good agent.  He could be the greatest agent [...]

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Ron Santo and the HOF

by on December 3, 2010 · 1 comment

This isn’t a snarky post about the Cubs, and I hope that everybody understands that my snide remarks are all in fun (except maybe for the ones about Zambrano).  I do have an appreciation for the rivalry’s history, and I rank it right up there with Celtics – Lakers, Coke – Pepsi, ND – USC, and Red [...]

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Since there seems to be some growing unrest in Cardinal nation about the contract status of one Albert Pujols, I thought it might be a good idea to survey the current free agent landscape for clues of what the future might bring.  The present might be a poor predictor of the future, but that’s never [...]

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I can’t actually prove that former MLB commissioner Fay Vincent was actually abducted by aliens, but that’s the only explanation I have for his Wall Street Journal op-ed piece.  If you haven’t read it, I’ll save you the 2 minutes by giving you a watered-down version in which I make fun of Fay’s idea.   Somewhere [...]

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Rule 5 Draft Tidbits

by on November 29, 2010 · 0 comments

For me, one of the most interesting aspects of the baseball offseason is the 40-man roster adjustments and the “Rule 5 Draft”.  Players who are “outrighted” off the 40-man roster are sent through the waiver process.  If they pass through the waiver process unclaimed, then they are eligible for the Rule 5 Draft.  The basic [...]

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  Within hours of the Cardinals signing Jake Westbrook to a 2 year contract with a mutual option for a 3rd year, much has already been said and written about the deal itself.  If you spend enough time searching the blogosphere, you’ll find that the reactions cover the spectrum, and it’s very much a “Goldie [...]

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Twitter Mailbag

by on November 17, 2010 · 2 comments

In the short period of time that I’ve been contributing here at PH8, I’ve noticed that about half of my new Twitter followers are #stlcards fans.  Approximately 3-4 times each week, one of these new followers will tweet or dm an interesting sports question that requires a bit of time to reply, and 140 characters [...]

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This blog piece is so easy that it basically writes itself.  Veterans Day is an annual federal holiday in the United States which is observed on November 11th to honor military veterans.  Technically, the US government declared that the official spelling does not include the use of the apostrophe, so the grammar police can just [...]

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