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Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Pickoff Moves, Lunchtime Edition

Roster Notes

Improbable Stories From Jeff Passan

Jeff Passan lists the top 25 least probable stories in baseball this year:
17. Russell Martin, C, Los Angeles Dodgers: Canadian. Oh, and quickly parlayed a year at Chipola College in Florida into a flyer 17th-round pick by the Dodgers, who converted Martin from third base to catcher and watched him blossom into an on-base machine and great clubhouse leader.

13. Tim Lincecum, SP, San Francisco Giants: Taught by his father to throw 98 mph despite standing 5-foot-10, weighing 150 pounds and looking, at times, like a UNICEF case. Among the five best pitchers in baseball. [Incidentally, if you missed the excellent Tom Verducci piece on Lincecum, you really should read it; he's got an amazing story, and quite the iconoclast father. -- RLM]

12. Torii Hunter, OF, Los Angeles Angels: Grew up in Pine Bluff, Ark., surrounded by gangbangers. Drug-addicted father nearly ruined career when cops found dad's used crackpipe in Hunter's car. Friend and mentor Basil Shabazz, a Cardinals prospect, got arrested — charges were later dismissed — and his career ended. Hunter signed for $90 million with the Angels this offseason.

10. Shane Loux, RP, Los Angeles Angels: While giving lessons at a Phoenix academy, Loux, a former cup-of-coffee major leaguer, was spotted by the owner, who reached out to a scout friend. Now Loux is back in the big leagues at 29. Not quite Jim Morris, but close.

Of course number one is and has to be Josh Hamilton. Via David Pinto.

Wrong Simpsons Character

From Joe Sheehan's chat:
Tim (DC): Kevin, of the prospects who were moved at the trading deadline, or since, who do you see as having a type of career to generate that "Doh!" moment from the GM?

Kevin Goldstein: Carlos Santana.

That's Flanders, not Homer...

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