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The All-Realistic NL Team of 2008

July 15, 2008

So we decided to make the best starters, and put the best backup players behind them. So basically, the best realistic team of 2008. For the backup and utility players, they have to be actual backups or platooners, like Augie Ojeda, or Ruben Gotay for example. No video game rosters here.

My lineup will consist of:

2 Catchers
1 First Baseman
1 First Baseman/Third Baseman
1 Second Baseman
1 Second Baseman/Shortstop
1 Third Baseman
1 Shortstops
4 Outfielders
1 Utility Player
12 pitchers, 7 RP, 5 SP

Catcher: Brian McCann – Atlanta Braves

I made a mistake when I chose Russell Martin based on him dating Alyssa Milano on one of my older articles. Brian McCann is having the better season indeed.

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My NL all-cheap team

June 26, 2008

In my expertise, the cheaper you are, the uglier you are and the worse it’s going to be. Of course, that’s in my second job, prostution (I am pretty high priced myself). In baseball however, there is not really a correlation. There are some great players making peanuts for cash, and these players are mostly pre-arbitration players.

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Jorge Cantu

C Russell Martin – LA Dodgers

This was a tossup between two very good catchers in Brian McCann of the Braves and Russell Martin, in everything. There’s also Geovany Soto, who is very good. But I would go with Martin just because he’s dating Alyssa Milano now, I think, in a trade with Brad Penny. Both are great catchers.

1B Conor Jackson – Arizona Diamondbacks

There are some great, cheap first basemen, like the unhappy Prince Fielder, Joey Votto and James Loney but I’m going with Conor Jackson, as he’s getting on base at a .401 clip, and has always provided consistent play, even though his fielding is somewhat suspect, but the other guys I considered, their fielding is suspect too, and in the case of Loney, his fielding has not developed yet, although I have to admit, I’m not good at analyzing defense. I think CoJack would be my choice though.

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2008 Payrolls and Jeffrey Loria

April 2, 2008

The Associated Press released the list of 2008 payrolls for the 30 major league teams yesterday.

The top 5

1. New York Yankees: $209,081,579
2. Detroit Tigers: $138,685,197
3. New York Mets: $138,293,378
4. Boston Red Sox: $133,440,037
5. Chicago White Sox: $121,152,667 (interesting)

    The bottom 3

    28. Oakland Athletics: $ 47,967,126
    29. Tampa Bay Rays: $43,820,598
    30. Florida Marlins: $ 21,836,500

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    An army of Luis Gonzalezes skiing

    March 28, 2008

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    Division Preview: NL East

    March 12, 2008

    After the Johan Santana trade, the New York Mets became the top of the heap in the NL East, and possibly all of the National League. The NL East has some very good teams in the Mets and the Phillies, an average-to-good team in the Braves, then it drops off to some slightly mediocre teams in the Nationals and the Marlins. Other than Cameron Maybin and othters of the Marlins, Fernando Martinez of the Mets, and several Braves prospects, this division is not really loaded with as many prospects as the other divisions.

    1. New York Mets (2007: 88-74, 2nd)

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    Johan Santana

    The Mets are easy choice for the NL East as they got obviously the best pitcher in baseball in Santana, and they also traded for a few other cogs like C Brian Schneider and OF Ryan Church from the Nationals. Church is a player who has always deserved a chance in the Nationals organization but never really got one for whatever dumb reason. He really could be the Mets’ breakout player. Their pitching, other than Santana, also has El Duque, Pedro Martinez, the average John Maine, and Oliver Perez. The bullpen is decent has Billy Wagner as closer and Joe Smith, with Matt Wise added. The offense, other than Schneider and Church, does not have many notable additions, but they should be quite good, with 3B David Wright, SS Jose Reyes, OF Carlos Beltran, 2B Luis Castillo, etc. The Mets look great.

    Read more for the rest of the predictions.

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    The Best Baseball Mugshots of 2008

    March 10, 2008

    As you might or might not know, the new baseball mugshots came out Saturday. And boy are they more awesome and unprofessional than years past (I guess Darren Daulton is right that the world is going to come to an end in 2010). Let’s count down the funniest mugshots.

    5. Chris Denorfia, RF, Oakland A’s

    The former Red and right field contender for Oakland has facial hair disaster written all over it. If he really wanted to look cool, he would wear a Jeff Kent ‘stache.

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