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The last twenty comments in true blog fasion, with the links to their authors and the player commented upon.

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Jim Gentile Cleveland Indians
If expansion is the full explanation for the hitting spike in 1961, and I think it was (I don't seriously believe there was a one-year epidemic of performance-enhancing substances), it's not completely clear to me why pitchers were able to reassert themselves so forcefully the following year. Off the top of my head (I am writing without my trusty Total Baseball at my side), it took several years for the pitching brigade to be replenished after later expansions.
Alex Patton Alex
Dec 18 '07
Norm Cash Detroit Tigers
Roger Maris wasn't the only one who feasted on expansion in 1961.

It never even occurred to anyone at the time that these folks might have been feasting on something else.

And they probably weren't, since for so many of these players (Jim Gentile also comes to mind), it proved to be a one-year feast.
Alex Patton Alex
Dec 18 '07
I like him. I think he's successful so far because he knows what he's doing and trusts his stuff. But that stuff is hittable when things don't go right. He's going to have years where he's as bad as he was last September for two or three months, and have no value--or worse. It's not a big leap from $7 to $10, which may be why I put him at $5 in the Guide.
Peter Kreutzer Rotoman
Dec 18 '07
Any chance you'll address the freeze culture a little more? Bannister's at $10 in a lot of A.L. only leagues, and my money's on him getting kept in almost all of them.
Mike Gianella MikeG
Dec 18 '07
Joba Chamberlain Cleveland Indians
In the short term, it may well be that the best we can do is use the excel/software versions as another way to more easily track changes in bid values, at least on the macro level (that is, to show in an easy way the changes as they happen between the updates in the spring). The comments here are where those can be discussed; and driven, of course, by the comments of the community. I think the exact way this interacts has to be considered an experiment; I worry that if we try to drive it/define it in advance, there's a good chance we'll be wrong.
mike fenger mike
Dec 18 '07
Chase Utley Los Angeles Dodgers
It only looks like a "funny little swish" on TV. It's one of the most efficient swings I've ever seen in baseball in person.
Mike Gianella MikeG
Dec 18 '07
Joba Chamberlain Cleveland Indians
I think we can think of a few different ways to implement this, but I suspect they all fall under Future Features not in this year's model.

I'd like to see a Projection Line and a Correction module below it, so that in each category the user can adjust the standing projection. Maybe at the end of the day these adjustments would be averaged and a Commmunity Projection would appear, too.

Next year.
Peter Kreutzer Rotoman
Dec 18 '07
I'm not sure if I'm repeating things, but I was wondering if:

a) there can be an audit trail on changed bids and

b) perhaps something like Sickels has at his site with a "community projection" dollar amount. Not sure how you'd do this one, but the blogs out there definitely have a more interactive, community feel, and a feature like this might go a long way.

With a guy like Joba, keeping track of the fluctuations, and of the mood on him, might be useful.
Mike Gianella MikeG
Dec 18 '07
Bob Gibson St. Louis Cardinals
At the tail-end of his career, Gibby started walking people again. Not because his control was regressing to his early years, and certainly not because he was afraid. Because he knew that the age-old chant "A walk is as good as a hit" was a lot of hooey, and all Gibby ever wanted to do was win.
Alex Patton Alex
Dec 17 '07
Stan Musial St. Louis Cardinals
In his 22nd season he fanned more often than he walked, so in disgust he hung them up.
Alex Patton Alex
Dec 17 '07
Sandy Koufax Los Angeles Dodgers
Would the great Sandy Koufax have had an even better career if he had been in a five-man rotation? From the beginning. None of this relief-pitching nonsense. Nonsense that his manager was unable to resist in all but two seasons.

Something else I hadn't noticed until now. His breakthrough season was 1961, a huge hitting year, not just in the AL but in both leagues.

Two years after he retired, the battle between hitters and pitchers was tilted as far towards pitchers as it had ever been. Gibson, Drysdale, Marichal, McLain... what kind of numbers would Koufax have posted at the ripe old age of 32?
Alex Patton Alex
Dec 17 '07
Bill White St. Louis Cardinals
If I was in a bar, and had been there long enough, and someone bet me the next round that Bill White didn't drive in 1,000 runs, didn't even come close, I would have paid for the next round (after arguing that he did so come close). Things were different back then.
Alex Patton Alex
Dec 17 '07
Yogi Berra New York Mets
At least Yogi had the good grace not to pitch in a single game in 19 seasons. But I loathed him too.
Alex Patton Alex
Dec 17 '07
Whitey Ford New York Yankees
Another Yankee who I loathed. You can see why.
Alex Patton Alex
Dec 17 '07
Mike Lamb Florida Marlins
Turned out to be the Twins. A nice pickup, I agree. Notably didn't show a platoon split last year (or in 2004 either).
Peter Kreutzer Rotoman
Dec 17 '07
They weren't anemic -- or paltry -- if you were a Yankee hater.
Alex Patton Alex
Dec 17 '07
Moose's numbers look positively paltry compared to the last 15 years or so. Or is that anemic?
Peter Kreutzer Rotoman
Dec 17 '07
Miguel Tejada Kansas City Royals
Speaking of steadily declining SA, according to the Mitchell report, Tejada began taking "performance-enhancing substances" in 2003. Makes 2002 a line worth showing.
Alex Patton Alex
Dec 17 '07
Did he take steroids? In his day, he was the only who could consistently hit homers to the opposite field. Drove me crazy.
Alex Patton Alex
Dec 16 '07
Albert Pujols Los Angeles Angels
I wonder if John Benson had him on his team last year?

Age 27 was sweet for any mortal, but not for Albert. Even so, if the XFL auction held at Ron Shandler's First Pitch Forum in Phoenix in November is any indication, don't count on getting him at even a slight mark-down this year: he was easily the priciest player.

After seven years, an average season for Albert is .332, .420, .620.
Alex Patton Alex
Dec 16 '07

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