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Wally Backman’s Future

MIKE SILVA: Since the end of the 2011 season the Mets have extended Terry Collins another year to 2013, and announced an overhaul of their coaching staff. The latter didn’t include Binghamton manager Wally Backman, who many speculate will be offered the Triple-A job in Buffalo now that Tim Teufel has been promoted to coach third base in New York. What does the future hold for Backman? With the Mets I am unsure, but inevitably it will lead to a big league managerial job.

CHRIS PUMMER: If Backman were sidelined that long because of his troubled history, a coaching job in another organization might be available. But I doubt he’ll get the call for a high-profile major league managerial job.
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MLB Previews: White Sox, Reds, Indians, Rockies, Tigers

Chicago White Sox
Last Year: 88-74, 2nd in AL Central
CHRIS PUMMER: The White Sox say they’re going “all-in” this season, complete with a corresponding bump in payroll. Setting aside the question of why the team hasn’t been leveraging its…

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The Manny Ramirez Signing

HOWARD MEGDAL: No exaggeration: Manny Ramirez, at one year and $2 million, is the biggest bargain of the offseason. It’s not particularly close.

CHRIS PUMMER: Intellectually, I have to agree with Howard. Emotionally, it’s a little harder. It’s not secret that Ramirez elicits a lot of strong, sometimes irrational reactions from fans — both for and against. I have to admit that I’m in the against group after watching a Sunday night game between the White Sox and Tigers in September of last year. Continue reading

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Free Agent Smackdown: Octavio Dotel vs. Jose Veras

HOWARD MEGDAL: I think a strong case can be made for signing either Octavio Dotel or Jose Veras, assuming either one could be had for a short-term deal at the same money. However, with Dotel likely to be among the richer relievers this winter, and Veras a non-tender looking to hook on somewhere, it is worth noting how similar the two are likely to be in 2011.

CHRIS PUMMER: Dotel will make a bit more money than Veras this offseason, and for good reason. Dotel has a much longer track record of success. 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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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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Paul Konerko’s HOF Case

HOWARD MEGDAL: Paul Konerko for the Hall of Fame? Ridiculous, right?

Well, would your answer change if Konerko reached 500 home runs? My guess is, that gets him in. So with that stipulation…

CHRIS PUMMER: Konerko’s HOF case would rest on the assumption that voters are 1) still punishing steroid users and 2) prefer to see that one big round number like 500 home runs, instead of looking at a player’s total offensive contribution in context. Continue reading

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Emotions behind the Ryan Howard Deal and Paul Konerko

DAVE TOMAR: At the risk of being eaten alive by those with the mathematical wherewithal to know better, I am too sentimental to hate this deal. Quite to the contrary, I don’t see another way to keep Ryan Howard in a Phillies uniform. This is, of course, assuming that a team might desire to retain the services of the most prolific RBI and HR hitter in the game’s last five years. To me, this is a no-brainer. Such is to say that using none of my brain and most of my heart, I can’t help but view Howard’s presence as one of the engines that drives the championship machine.

CHRIS PUMMER: While I’m not ready to say that sentiment was worth the premium Philly paid above and beyond what Howard is worth, I’m also not ready to say that it’s without value. Continue reading

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American League Central Division Preview

Last Year’s Final Standings
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Frank Thomas Perspectives

HOWARD MEGDAL: For me, Frank Thomas is a pair of images: at the start of his career, and at the end of his career. And both represent excellence on a scale I won’t soon forget.

CHRIS PUMMER: As a White Sox fan, it’s hard to describe how incredibly lucky I felt to see Thomas — likely the best player in the franchise’s history — compete in his prime. Continue reading

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