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    The Official MERB 2010 Baseball Thread.

    Might as well get this started now that spring training's in full swing and the regular season is just under 3 weeks away.

    Let's try to be respectful in this thread. I'd rather not see references like "Spankees" "ARoid" "Big Poopie" "Roid Sux" "Bwwwwwaahhhh!!!" etc.
    Jules Winnfield (Samuel L. Jackson in Pulp Fiction) English, motherfu*ker, do you speak it?

    Typical Yankee fan in the Merb Sports Section!! Bwwaahh.

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    Ron Washington manager of the Texas Rangers doing rails!

    Lol, this guys 58 and still doing the blow.

    http://sports.espn.go.com/dallas/mlb...ory?id=5003261
    Jules Winnfield (Samuel L. Jackson in Pulp Fiction) English, motherfu*ker, do you speak it?

    Typical Yankee fan in the Merb Sports Section!! Bwwaahh.

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    He's highly respected as a manager and his players love him, plus the Rangers played very well last year, so he gets a pass, though I seriously doubt his story that he only used cocaine once. A 58 year old does not suddenly decide to try cocaine at age 58, especially after being in MLB many years as a coach and player and knowing the rules.

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    I found this response hilarious. "When asked if that was the only time he used illegal drugs, Washington said "the drug we're talking about, yes."

    He is a great and highly respected manager by his players though. I'm happy to see they didn't seek his resignation.
    Jules Winnfield (Samuel L. Jackson in Pulp Fiction) English, motherfu*ker, do you speak it?

    Typical Yankee fan in the Merb Sports Section!! Bwwaahh.

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    Hello SK!

    Thanks for starting the thread.
    Gents and Ladies...let's have fun and keep it clean, intelligent and baseball.



    Have fun!

    Jman
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    Thanks SK,



    Looks like it's shaping up for Boston this year.


    Lackey Looking Sharp

    http://bostonherald.com/sports/baseb...528&position=0

    Red Sox righthander John Lackey remains unscored upon this spring, and it’s starting to bother him a little.

    “I’ve thrown the ball pretty well,” Lackey said. “I’d like to maybe give up a couple of runs. I don’t want to bring them all north with me.”

    Lackey’s latest efficient effort was probably his best of the spring. He limited the Mets to two hits and nothing else in four innings in an outing so short, he needed to throw 10 more pitches in the bullpen afterwards. Had it been the regular season, he would have been on pace for an 87-pitch complete game.

    The Mets rallied late for a 4-2 victory.

    “I definitely wouldn’t have been able to make it nine today, for sure,” Lackey said. “I feel pretty good. I feel like my delivery’s on time, location’s pretty good. The arm strength isn’t quite there yet, but I’m working on it. ”

    Lackey had one slight scare in the third when Alex Cora [stats] lined one off the bottom of his foot. It kicked to third baseman Adrian Beltre, who made one of his signature highlight plays, gunning down Cora on the run.

    “It hit like the padding,” Lackey said. “It was nothing. That was a pretty awesome play by AB though. That dude can play.”


    For now Lackey is being just what the Sox hoped, with some great fielding support. It goes without saying this is Florida and spring training. But he is doing extremely well considering everyone is generally in the same condition at this time and he is still unscored on.

    GO SOX!

    Merlot (Proud Lifelong Member of Red Sox Nation)

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    I was looking for something that said "Red Sox Nation" and she popped up. What's a guy to do...lol. All I can say about our nation after seeing her is...WHAT A COUNTRY!
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    Ok Merlot...your balls were better than mine and you brought the bat!
    Nice, very nice. I could not find a copy of her that would post in the other thread, congrats.

    Now lets get serious.

    Gents I am a little lax on my FBB research this year and I have a draft coming up soon. Assume I know the obvious choices and have read the sometimes inaccurate rankings as projected by ESPN and the experts. I am looking for the sleepers...who do you guys think is lurking out there that the rest of the world won't notice until the late, late rounds. Any serious input is appreciated.

    Chone Figgins, Adrian Beltre and JJ Hardy are all on my suspect list as could have good fantasy seasons after moving. Figgins lacks power, but make up for it in speed. Denard Span is in that same category. Who else is sleeping out there...?

    Have fun and thanks in advance.

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    Cliff Lee is pitching with a chip on his shoulder after not wanting to leave Philly. could be a bad thing for the American league tho




    NEW YORK - Seattle pitcher Cliff Lee was suspended Wednesday for the first five games of the regular season for throwing over the head of a hitter, possibly delaying his highly anticipated debut with the Mariners.

    Lee also was fined by Major League Baseball vice-president of discipline Bob Watson.

    The former AL Cy Young winner was ejected from Monday's exhibition game against Arizona after throwing inside to Chris Snyder, then zipping a fastball over his helmet.

    Lee declined comment Wednesday through a team spokesman.

    "I'm sure Cliff's going to appeal it, so we'll see where it takes us," Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik.

    If the players' union appeals on Lee's behalf, the penalty would be delayed until after a hearing and a decision.

    The Mariners acquired Lee from Philadelphia last December in a four-team, nine-player trade that also sent Toronto ace Roy Halladay to the Phillies. Lee was dealt to the Phillies last July from Cleveland, and became a post-season star.

    Seattle was eager to pair Lee with ace Felix Hernandez at the top of the rotation. The Mariners open the season April 5 at Oakland.

    "We'd like to get a definitive on this sooner than later so that we can get set," Zduriencik said. "It's certainly in everyone's best interest -- the ballclub, the other pitchers and Cliff, for that matter."

    Suspensions that result from incidents in spring training have occurred in the past, although they are rare. In 2008, three players were suspended after the New York Yankees and Tampa Bay brawled.

    "Yeah, a little bit surprised," Zduriencik said. "In the end I don't think we have a whole lot of comment about it. ... There is an appeal process and an opportunity for Cliff to state his case. He will do that and we'll see what happens."

    The trouble between Lee and Snyder may've started in the first inning when they collided as the pitcher was backing up a play at home plate. In the third inning, Lee was tossed after his two pitches to Snyder.

    Snyder walked toward the mound and the dugouts and bullpens emptied, but no punches were thrown. Lee denied he was trying to retaliate.

    "I was trying to go inside and a couple got away from me and the guy hitting got mad and came close to the mound and I got thrown out of the game in the process," Lee said then. "That's it in a nutshell."

    Snyder missed much of last season with injuries. Arizona teammate called Lee's actions "bush league."

    On Wednesday, the Diamondbacks offered little reaction to the suspension.

    "It's not my call," Snyder said.

    Said Arizona manager A.J. Hinch: "That's major league baseball's decision."

    The Mariners and Diamondbacks don't meet in interleague play this season.

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    Cool Chapman...a sleeper...

    The New Market For Cuban Players

    By Mike Axisa [March 17 at 7:38pm CST]
    When you think about Cuban players that signed with a Major League team this past offseason, the first name that will come to mind is Aroldis Chapman and his six-year, $30.25MM contract. However, as ESPN's Jorge Arangure writes, the contracts signed by Jose Iglesias, Adeiny Hechevarria, and Noel Arguelles may dictate the future of the Cuban market.
    Arangure notes that at this time last year, Iglesias and Arguelles were expected to command only $1-2MM on the open market. They, of course, signed for $8.25MM and $6.9MM, respectively. If those players meet expectations, not only will teams start to specifically target Cuban prospects, but players in Cuba will surely take notice and attempt to defect at a younger age.
    Even though players like Hechevarria and Iglesias are college-aged, they're perceived to be more advanced than their American counterparts because they've faced tougher competition growing up. However, for every Kendry Morales making an impact in the big leagues, there's a Juan Miranda stuck in Triple-A. The risk associated with young players is the same no matter where they come from, but the Cuban market is getting more and more expensive
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    Chapman

    Chapman worked out for the Red Sox last fall and from what I read on one of the Red Sox blogs, the Red Sox did not like his mechanics and felt like he could be another Dontrelle Willis who had one or two good years and then hurt his arm because of fucked up mechanics. Actually I think Chapman is a much better athlete than Willis. However there are those concerns about him and only time will tell.

    Regarding Hecheverria, the Yankees wanted him badly but the reports I have read on other boards and on ESPN are that the Blue Jays are going to sign him because he wants to play right away at SS and does not want to wait for the Yankees to move Jeter to another position. The Yankees apparently offered Hecheverria a ton of money with the idea of signing him, developing him as a second baseman and then possibly trading Cano, but Hecheverria and his agent said no way, he wants to be a shortstop and wants to play right away. Unfortunately the problem with some of these highly touted young prospects is that they want to be guaranteed a job when they have not proven they can even play at the minor league level. Tim Beckham went #1 overall in the draft in 2008 and he cannot hit in the low minors. Supposedly he has had all kind of problems adjusting to good offspeed and breaking pitches at the professional minor league level. It's the same story as it has been for a lot of guys.

    I have seen Bryce Harper play (likely overall #1 pick in 2010) and he reminds me, swing wise, of Don Mattingly except he is bigger and stronger than Mattingly. I will be surprised if he is not in the majors for good by age 22, but again, he has not yet faced a good professional curveball. He has only faced high school pitching, and though he is hitting .600 with many 475 foot homers, that is with an aluminum bat against guys who are marginally better than you and me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jman47 View Post
    I am looking for the sleepers...who do you guys think is lurking out there that the rest of the world won't notice until the late, late rounds. Any serious input is appreciated.
    Depends where you play. There's no such thing as a Sox sleeper in New England or a Yankee sleeper in NY. Therefore, if you're not in NY, I'd stake a small auction buy or a late round draft choice on Alfredo Aceves. He should be the Yankee fifth starter and a reasonably good one at that. My guess is that Hughes winds up back in the pen. It's a bit early to say for sure, as he's still young, but the smart money says that Chamberlain's career washes out.
    The mounties always get their man.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rumpleforeskiin View Post
    Depends where you play. There's no such thing as a Sox sleeper in New England or a Yankee sleeper in NY. Therefore, if you're not in NY, I'd stake a small auction buy or a late round draft choice on Alfredo Aceves. He should be the Yankee fifth starter and a reasonably good one at that. My guess is that Hughes winds up back in the pen. It's a bit early to say for sure, as he's still young, but the smart money says that Chamberlain's career washes out.
    Hello Rumples.

    Participants in the league I am in will be well versed in both the Boston and NY markets.
    I typically look for my sleepers and talent outside of those markets.
    I also typically, because of principle and superstition, stay away from NYY players (although I would make an exception for Texiera) and only had one daily RS player on my squad last year.
    All intelligent suggestions are welcome.

    Thanks for the info and keep it coming - I am a perpetual learner.

    Have fun!

    Jman
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    Stopped following baseball when the Expos died.

    Its just not the same anymore

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    Scout wowed by Ortiz
    March, 19, 2010
    MAR 19

    By Gordon Edes
    BRADENTON, Fla. -- One major league scout, seeing Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz for the first time this spring, watched him launch some deep drives during batting practice here Friday and said, "That's the best I've seen him swing in two years.''

    The scout, who has watched Ortiz from the start of his big league career, said Ortiz was swinging much more freely than he had in the last couple of seasons. "He must have really been protecting that wrist,'' the scout said, alluding to the torn tendon sheath Ortiz had in his left wrist in May, 2008.

    He also said that Ortiz looked to be in much better shape than he was last season.

    Update: About an hour after the scout made these comments, Ortiz hit a two-run homer against the Pirates. It was his second dinger of the spring.
    The mounties always get their man.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rumpleforeskiin View Post
    Scout wowed by Ortiz

    The scout, who has watched Ortiz from the start of his big league career, said Ortiz was swinging much more freely than he had in the last couple of seasons.

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    Could be awesome news for the Nation...
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