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Friday, July 11, 2008

Pickoff Moves

Diva Diversion: The New Yorker Slays A-Rod

In "Fragments from A-Rod! The Musical", regarding A-Rod's late divorce and alleged sexual hijinks with Madonna. Excerpt:
The dinner cost at least two grand
She made a point to order wine
Later on she moved my hand
Well across her borderline
I boldly went where many, many
Many men have gone before
Dennis Rodman, Warren Beatty,
Vanilla Ice, and dozens more
Dear diary, can sex be love?
She’s so responsive, so adoring
She called my hand a golden glove
And Cynthia is huge and boring

An Appreciation: The Christian Ruzich-less, David Golebiewski-Fueled Transaction Guy

I admit to some ambivalence about the MVN-hosted blogs, because it seems like any time you end up with a scenario where the host has to have a blog about every single team, you know you're gonna get not a few clunkers in there. One of my favorite and most consistent MVN blogs, though, was The Transaction Guy, writ by Christian Ruzich, founder of the now-defunct All-Baseball blog station that later was folded into MVN, and also of The Cub Reporter in that same universe (a blog that continues to this day under that name albeit with different writers). After the All-Baseball mast vanished, I gave up utterly on MVN, which, as it happened, was too bad, because there's still some life over there as it turns out. I checked in this morning to look at Transaction Guy, and I'm glad I did; there's a couple good pieces about the Richie Sexson release, a brief but sad note on what may be the final hour of Mark Mulder's career, in St. Louis or anywhere, and a thorough deconstruction of the Rich Harden trade. I recommend all of them.

Hanley Ramirez Is A Very Good Player, And Brian Falkenborg Is Not: Marlins 5, Dodgers 4 (11 Innings)

Brian Falkenborg continues to underwhelm, Hanley Ramirez got another home run, this one to win it, and I don't have a lot to say about this game except that there's not a lot of evidence that Falkenborg is ever going to amount to anything useful.

Chan Ho Park eroded a bit in this game, only going four innings while giving up four runs, three earned. Another "meh" game in a year that seems full of them.

Yahoo boxMLB.com recap

MSTI On Dave Cameron's Curious Anti-Kemp Slag-Fest

Mike Scioscia's Tragic Illness takes Dave Cameron, one of the co-conspirators at U.S.S. Mariner, to task for his extremely odd piece at Fangraphs questioning whether Matt Kemp is going to be a good player. The most important part of this is that Kemp is no longer an young player when he's no longer young. 23 is hardly old, so calm down, get a beer, and hope the M's brass releases Jose Vidro next, Dave.

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