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A-ROD NOT THE VILLAIN

A-ROD NOT THE VILLAIN The rain cleared, the game ended, the chanting stopped, and the door closed.  Last Friday night, A-Rod said goodbye to the Bronx; and the Bronx said goodbye to one of the most polarizing athletes in the history of the sport. Love him or hate him, A-Rod had a storied (steroid?) career. …

By Dan Freedman August 18, 2016 0

MOUND BALL

MOUND BALL Before he took some flak for assaulting/accosting a fan the other night, Joey Votto took some flak for denying batting gloves to a kid sitting behind the dugout at AT&T Park.  Votto’s told the kid that he was sitting in the front row, he is elite, and didn’t need the swag.  We can debate the…

By Dan Freedman August 5, 2016 0

MORALITY vs. IMMORTALITY

MORALITY vs. IMMORTALITY The Mets won their first pennant in 15 years last season.  They had high hopes for this year.  And then the cornerstone of their franchise – and their infield – went down with a season-ending injury.  What is a contender to do? The Cubs haven’t won a playoff game since 2003 (cue,…

By Dan Freedman August 2, 2016 0

KEEPING SCORE

KEEPING SCORE We all know the old adage: The difference between a .250 hitter and a .300 hitter is a hit a week.  One minor duck fart, quark, Baltimore Chop, Texas Leaguer, or frozen rope per week, and a guy is on his way to All-Star games and the possibility of mega-riches; one less and…

By Dan Freedman July 13, 2016 0

EXORCISING DEMONS

EXORCISING DEMONS On October 16, 2003, Aaron “F*&^%ng” Boone added to the Boston lore by hitting a walk-off, game-winning, series-ending homerun in the bottom of the 11th inning, sending the Yankees to the World Series and the Red Sox home without a championship for the 85th consecutive year. The Boston faithful had reason for hope…

By Dan Freedman June 19, 2016 0

EATING CASH

EATING CASH Eating cash is the new eating crow.  I am not sure when the tide turned and teams decided it was better to eat cash and release or trade a player rather than rolling him out day after day (or start after start) and suffer the indignity of a deal gone bad.  But it…

By Dan Freedman June 10, 2016 0

UNDERVALUED ASSETS

Last week we set out to determine which team was carrying the worst contracts for the 2016 season.  As we saw, there were many contenders.  We ended by making reference to the great value in Noah Syndergaard’s $535K deal.  The great news for baseball owners and GMs is that there are many more Thor-like contracts…

By Dan Freedman June 6, 2016 0

DUDGER STADIUM

  DUDGER STADIUM Hot Take: The Dodgers hate their fans?  More than three million people have flowed through the gates at Chavez Ravine in 18 of the past 20 seasons, so the fans obviously don’t hate the Dodgers, but the feeling certainly doesn’t seem mutual.  The only explanation I can come up with is that with…

By Dan Freedman May 20, 2016 0

WHO HAS IT WORSE?

WHO HAS IT WORSE? Remember the good old days, when Kevin Brown’s 7/$105M deal with the Dodgers seemed like the worst contract in history?  Brown was baseball’s first $100M man; and the deal included twelve chartered flights from Georgia for Brown’s family.  A year later the Angels, not to be outdone, gave Mo Vaughn 6/$80M. …

By Dan Freedman April 27, 2016 0

HEAD FIRST SLIDES HURT BOTTOM LINES

HEAD FIRST SLIDES HURT BOTTOM LINES According to FanGraphs, A.J. Pollock tied for second in wins above replacement (WAR) among outfielders last season; and he was fourth overall in WAR in the National League. His unique combination of speed and power (20 HRs/39 SBs) make him a must-have for any fantasy team. And, when paired…

By Dan Freedman April 8, 2016 0