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Friday, March 13, 2009

Pickoff Moves

Those Meaningless Spring Training Numbers: Lousy, Good, And Great Angels Seasons

The Register has a pretty good slide show on some of the best spring training numbers put up by various players, and how they did subsequently.

Bad: 2005: That Steve Finley signing looked awfully good; I wish we'd taped it. He hit .351 and was a doubles machine in spring training. He hit .222 and was an entire out factory in the regular season.

Good: 2002: Pick almost any year for Glaus, but this was his best: .341/.455/.818 in 44 at bats, with a homer in every seventh trip to the plate. In the regular season, Glaus' power actually dipped from his first two 40-homer seasons, and he never hit 40 again.

Crazy good: 1996: Jim Edmonds hit .448 with seven home runs and 13 extra-base hits in just 67 at bats. He drove in 21 runs in 22 games. He continued hitting into the regular season, setting new career highs in OBP and slugging percentage.

Kelvim Escobar's Feeling Pretty Damned Good

Good enough he's talking about an April return. I wouldn't put too much stock in it, but I'd be happy with May. He's throwing to hitters, and reports feeling very good after a 60-pitch session.

Jon Stewart And The Bloggerdome

Jon had a bit to say on the Jon Stewart collision with Jim Cramer; some general points: Plunking Cramer was like shooting fish in the proverbial barrel. It is possible to do good work as an unpaid blogger, but those paid to be journalists should actually act like one and ferret out the details, wherever they lead.

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More Hardball wants to know who has the hottest fans in baseball. We've be running a set of posts over the past month or so featuring images of each teams' hotties, with a voting poll to crown a champion. Each division in each league has been decided so now it's time for the playoffs. In both the American and National League we have Los Angeles versus Chicago...cat fight! Also featured is a good old fashioned ho-down between Beantown and Oakland. Lets not forget about the City of Brother Love against "Houston we have a problem"...let the games begin!

Link: http://morehardball.blogspot.com/2009/03/hottest-fan-in-mlb-divisional-series.html

We'd appreciate the plug if you're so inclined.

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