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MLB Previews: Phillies, Pirates, Padres, Giants, Mariners

The Phillies and Giants look like repeat division winners, while the Pirates and Mariners look like they’ll continue their runs as bottom-feeders. The Padres aren’t likely to catch lightning in a bottle again. 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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Home Run Smackdown: Carter Vs. Mazeroski

NAVA BRAHE: In the annals of baseball, Bill Mazeroski’s 1960 World Series winning home run for the Pittsburgh Pirates is always going to outshine Joe Carter’s dinger that won the Toronto Blue Jays the 1993 World Series. Mazeroski hit his in Game 7, and Carter hit his in Game 6. Mazeroski’s Pirates took down the mighty New York Yankees; Carter’s Blue Jays thrilled the Toronto baseball faithful to pieces, and ruined the life of Philadelphia Phillies reliever Mitch Williams.

MIKE CUMMINGS: The fiftieth anniversary of Bill Mazeroski’s game-winning home run for the Pittsburgh Pirates against the New York Yankees in Game 7 of the 1960 World Series came and went recently, and that’s gotten a lot of people thinking about the most dramatic homers in Major League history. Another one that readily comes to mind is Joe Carter’s walk-off job for the Toronto Blue Jays in Game 6 of the 1993 Series against Mitch Williams and the Philadelphia Phillies. But while Carter’s homer probably still resonates for Blue Jays and (for obviously different reasons) Phillies fans, the Mazeroski homer still resonates more profoundly with the general American sporting public. There are three very simple reasons why. Continue reading

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Mark Cuban, Not MLB Owner

HOWARD MEGDAL: As someone who writes about Major League Baseball, only one aspect of Mark Cuban failing to acquire the Texas Rangers fills me with anything besides sadness: there’s still a chance he’ll buy my favorite team.

KRYSTEN OLIPHANT: Thank God I don’t have to listen to Mark Cuban’s antics regarding two teams now. I can barely handle him for basketball season. If he ruined my baseball season too, I swear I’d lose it. Continue reading

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State of the Lastings

HOWARD MEGDAL: It’s hard right now for us in the pro-Lastings Milledge camp. His batting line, entering Thursday night’s games, is .244/.313/.305. His UZR in left field, despite a ton of work out there, is terrible. In short, he’s not just far less than the player many expected he’d be by now- he’s not nearly the player he was just three years ago, playing at age 22 with the Mets.

But I, for one, am not giving up on him just yet.

CHRIS NEEDHAM:Oh, Lastings. I used to think you were a misunderstood black kid in a world of crusty ol’ white men. Then I saw you play. They may be crusty, but you’re pretty crappy. Continue reading

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Perpetual Post NL Central Preview

Perpetual Post writers Howard Megdal, Jason Clinkscales and Chris Pummer deliver a rundown of how they see the National League Central Division shaping up this season. Continue reading

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Floating Realignment

CHRIS PUMMER: as long as the Red Sox and Yankees keep printing money on their way to division title after division title, keeping advertisers, television networks and revenue-sharing, bottom-feeding teams happy, then baseball’s ownership circle probably doesn’t see this as a problem in dire need of a solution.

HOWARD MEGDAL: I agree with Chris on the economics of this, but the largest reason for scuttling any floating realignment is a simple one: emotional attachment to rivalries. Continue reading

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Bigger Snub: Alomar or Blyleven?

HOWARD MEGDAL: There were many people on the 2010 Hall of Fame ballot I think belong in the HOF. Barry Larkin should be an easy one, with a 116 OPS+ and terrific defense at shortstop. Alan Trammell for similar reasons. Tim Raines for a long career that only pales in comparison to Rickey Henderson. And as Rich Lederer has taught us, Bert Blyleven is a Hall of Famer as well.

None of these oversights were as egrigious as Roberto Alomar, perhaps a top-five second baseman all-time. He’s a Hall of Famer with room to spare.

DAVE TOMAR:only Nolan Ryan ranks above Blyleven in strikeouts, wins and shutouts. I’ll state this again so it sinks in that this guy only has two years of HOF eligibility left. Only Nolan Ryan, who was inducted with a 98.79% vote in his first year of eligibility, has more wins, strikeouts and shutouts than Bert Blyleven. Continue reading

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Winter Meetings Review: Win, Lose or Draw

Every MLB team went to Indianapolis last week looking to improve itself. We decide which teams got it done, which teams went the wrong way and which ones remain in a holding patern. Continue reading

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