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south·paw (southpô) n. Slang A left-handed person, especially a left-handed baseball pitcher.

Thursday, February 19, 2004  

Lots of News . . . We're Getting Close

In case you missed it, Albert Pujols signed a 7-year $100 million deal with the Cards.

As expected, Greg Maddux returned to the Cubbies.

Peter Gammons has his latest over at ESPN, in which he praises L.A. for signing Paul DePodesta and champians the Red Sox.

And speaking of DePodesta, Rob Neyer has an EXCELLENT piece about him and the Dodgers. The most interesting part of his column is that the previously linked DePodesta speach has been pulled off the net. Luckily, I did some searching and came up with an interesting solution. While I do not believe it contains his ENTIRE speech, if you download the "Concept Cards" from all of the presentations . . . INCLUDING Paul's. I believe that there was more to the speech (it's been a while since I read it - if anyone saved a copy, PLEASE let me know), but if you didn't get a chance to read it, this is a very good explaination of what he was talking about. The PDF is over 9MBs, but if you can get it it's definitely worth the read.

Jayson Stark's got a great odds-n-ends Spring Training piece up . . . I just LOVE this time of year.

Eric Neel wrote up a to-do list, as it were, for small market teams to be successful. It's a good read.

And finally, in local news, A.J. Pierzynski won his arbitration hearing. He'll get $3.5 million instead of the $2.25 million the Giants were offering.

Scratch that, one more from Rob Neyer, in which he lists Barry Bonds in the Top 10 baseball players of all time . . . a list dominated by a certain Mr. Ruth.

1:29 PM

Sunday, February 15, 2004  

Thanks for Nothing

Greg Maddux remains unsigned.

This after rejecting a multi-year offer from the Giants, a team that he had expressed interest in during the 2003 season.

Kudos to Sabean & Co. for making a run, but it just wasn't enough.

The Cubs, again, look to be the front-runners for his services . . . although if I were the Rangers I'd think about using some of that new "caproom" to show the fans that they're seious about getting some pitching.

That WAS what they told the fans in Texas, right?

7:38 PM

Seems Familiar

Here's a team that I traded for in EA's MVP Baseball 2003 for the PS2:

C Marerro
1B Durazo
2B Durham
SS Rodriguez
3B Rolan
LF Bonds
CF Guerrero
RF Pujols

And I'm not even going to get into who was on my bench (including Dunn and Kearns).

And yet, George Steinbrenner plays the same Fantasy Baseball game in real life, every day. Increadible.

Tim Kurkjian lists some Winners and Losers in the A-Rod trade, but let me add a few of my own.

Alfonso Soriano
He's out of the New York media circus, and will likely play CF next season. He'll also have the chance to become a big star on a young team, and could be given (likely more than he should) high praise as the reason the Rangers become contenders again (if they in fact do so).

The Yankee Nation
Is there another player that any team would rather have? Bonds is the best hitter in baseball today, but is also considered rude and treated harshly by the media. A-Rod is the best player in the AL, and plays (played?) a premium position. I can't even imagine the lineup card that would have included Vlad instead of Sheffield.

Derek Jeter
Appearantly, Mr. Clutch is so popular that not even the reigning MVP Gold Glover can remove him from his perch at SS. I can't think of a single team outside of the Yanks that wold move A-Rod under any condition other than a personal request.

Third? THIRD? Someone tell me this is a misprint. I just hope that they told him that after it was done they'd sowly phase out the "Jeter at Short" era of Yankees baseball.

The Yankee Nation
There goes another young guy for another big contract. If this doesn't work out, then A-Rod will be in the same situation he was in with the Rangers (well, similar anyway) and the Yankees will be looking 80's fabulous.

Alfonso Soriano
Hey, the best player in the league wanted out, and didn't even care which side of the rivalry he ended up on.

Derek Jeter
He KNOWS he'll move to second or third, right? RIGHT?!?!?

For a plethora of links, check out Only Baseball Matters for the latest.

7:35 PM

Wednesday, February 11, 2004  

Stay on Target...Stay on Target

The Southpaw will be back on track again for the 2004 season. We apologize for any/all visits that encountered absolutely nothing new, and even some VERY dated information.

Please accept our most heartfelt apologies, and look for the return of the lefty soon (hopefully with a new mini-lefty sidekick to take care of).

In the meantime:

Paul's article (paper? speech? presentation?) is a deeper look at how the Oakland A's changed their organization from the "Business as usual" approach that is rampant in Major League Baseball. Even better than Moneyball, in my opinion.

Editor's Note: Credit the DePodesta link to Off Wing Opinion, via Baseball Musings (where I found it).

Editor's Note 2: That sidekick will be Kellen Thomas (or Thomas Kellen), assuming that all the Ultrasounds were correct and he is in fact a boy and not a girl (Emma Marie, just in case).

1:39 PM
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