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Papelbon to the Phillies

CHRIS PUMMER: The merits of forking over big money to a relief pitcher are dubious, but if the Phillies were bound and determined to spend that cash on someone to accumulate saves, picking Jonathan Papelbon over Ryan Madson was the right choice. Continue reading

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Toxic Red Sox

CHRIS PUMMER: Despite the frenzy created by the Boston Globe’s report that Red Sox pitchers were drinking beer, playing video games and ordering fried chicken during games, those extra-curricular activities likely had nothing to do with the team’s stunning September collapse. Continue reading

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Baseball Winter Meetings Recap

HOWARD MEGDAL: This season’s winter meetings produced a huge number of moves, as usual. Briefly, here’s how I see them. Continue reading

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The Victor Martinez Signing

CHRIS PUMMER Injury and workload concerns mean there’s no such thing as a slam-dunk solution for teams at the catcher position, especially when gambling on a player as old as Martinez. The downfall here seems to be relatively minimal for a big-payroll team like Detroit, and the upside makes it a pretty reasonable gamble.

HOWARD MEGDAL: At four years and $50 million, the Tigers were taking a real chance on Victor Martinez as a full-time catcher. As it stands now, Martinez will be an extremely overpaid DH and 1B, as per Detroit’s plan, with a bit of catching thrown in. And even that assumes he’ll continue hitting in his age 32-35 seasons as he did through age 31- no safe bet. Continue reading

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Expanded MLB Playoffs

CHRIS PUMMER: The dollars make sense for everyone, and really, so does this expansion.

HOWARD MEGDAL: My concerns are two-fold about the potential for expanding baseball playoffs: diluting playoff baseball, and potentially shortening the regular season. Continue reading

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More Deserving Fanbase: Cubs or Indians?

BRAD GOLDBACH: In terms of fan bases in suffering, not many can compete with the Chicago Cubs and Cleveland Indians, but when looking at an all-sports landscape, those fan bases aren’t even in the same league of pain.

Cleveland seems to be in permanent sports purgatory, while Chicago, Cubs aside, has done pretty well for itself over the years.

SHANNON MCCARTHY: The Cubs drought is an integral part of the fabric of baseball. Who would we at once mock and empathize with, what curse would we invoke if they were to go and do the unthinkable? The Curse of the Really Crappy Sports City doesn’t quite have the same ring to it. (Sorry, Cleveland, it’s all I can come up with.) Continue reading

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Liverpool Sold

HOWARD MEGDAL: Listen, Liverpool fans: I get it. You are rightly upset with the ownership of Hicks and Gillette.

But your anger toward Americans in general is clouding what a great gift the ownership of John Henry will be.

KAREN PATEL:I think the way that a minority of Liverpool fans directed their feelings of Tom Hicks and George Gillett were wrong – namely flag burning and inappropriate name calling relating to the two Texans’ country of birth. The way that Hicks and Gillett bled dry one of the most decorated football clubs in the world has absolutely nothing to do with the fact that they are American but unfortunately the actions of a few Liverpool fans has tarred the rest of us with the same brush. Continue reading

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Ken Burns’ The Tenth Inning

HOWARD MEGDAL: I’ve spent the past two days considering why, despite covering more recent territory, the latest edition of Ken Burns’ documentary Baseball felt more remote. And I think the answer is a change in the way he told the story.

THOMAS DELAPA: The extra inning of Ken Burns’ winning Baseball series felt less like a fall classic than a classic forties film noir: A foul sense of doom and gloom was ever lurking on-deck, despite the two decades of on-field drama and brilliant heroics. The lurking gloom, of course, was steroids, Major League Baseball’s crippling scandal that made the Black Sox cheaters look like bush leaguers.

STEPHON JOHNSON: We live in an era where everyone re-contextualizes an event within minutes of its occurence. Despite the obvious difficulties in painting a picture and telling a story, Burns succeeds with The Tenth Inning. Continue reading

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Josh Beckett Extension

HOWARD MEGDAL: There are lots of ways for me to show why I am such a big fan of Boston’s decision to sign Josh Beckett to a four-year, $68 million contract. But I think the easiest one is a comparison to the four-year, $80 million deal Roy Halladay signed with the Phillies- one most people feel was less than Halladay would have earned on the free agent market.

CHRIS PUMMER: If the Sox were going to pay retail, maybe they could have done better by waiting until Beckett hit free agency. Continue reading

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Perpetual Post AL East Preview

STEPHON JOHNSON: While I tire of the “American League is better than the National League” talk, there’s no denying how good the American League East is.

EMMA SPAN: The 2010 AL East race in a nutshell: Continue reading

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