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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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Matt Herges Kansas City Royals
According to the New York Times, Matt Herges started buying "performance-enhancing substances" in 2005.

Hope you got a refund, Matt.
Alex Patton Alex
Dec 15 '07
Mike Lamb Florida Marlins
As a lefty hitter who can play either corner and hit with considerably above average proficiency as a starter or off the bench, he deserves the big bucks that some team is going to sign him for. Bud Selig will wring his hands, we'll yawn when his name comes up in the draft, and the GM who signs him -- and his manager -- will be ecstatic.
Alex Patton Alex
Dec 15 '07
Roger Clemens Boston Red Sox
Today it's official: Roger Clemens is a bad boy. Every bit as bad as Barry.

A member of the American Dreams League -- which like leagues across the country, as I write, is chattering away about the Mitchell report -- asks this question: What did it tell us that we didn't already know?

In another post he's more graphic. "My balls shrivel and shrink just preparing for the draft, so a little juice would be welcome. How many of us can say we have come to every draft without any performance enhancing drugs in our system? I, for one, cannot."

And nevertheless the entire country is in an uproar. From the banner headline in the New York Times, you'd think we had invaded Iraq.

The only question that interests me is, How much slack will Roger be cut that Barry wasn't?

Alex Patton Alex
Dec 15 '07
Chase Utley Los Angeles Dodgers
Was it 2003 when we saw him in the AFL trying to learn to play third? It seemed an open question then whether he'd even make it to the majors. Now, you have to consider him a top-ten NL hitter, and with any kind of inflation at all you'll have to pay $40 to get him. Says here you shouldn't be shy about it; at least some of your competition will go to $40 but not $41.
mike fenger mike
Dec 14 '07
Miguel Tejada Kansas City Royals
No, I do think he's going to keep declining. $24 factors in position scarcity. Plus the possibility that he might not decline. But if I didn't think he will, I'd put a bid limit closer to $30.
Alex Patton Alex
Dec 14 '07
It was the best trade i made, and I didn't care. I hoped he'd be okay, but he was better than that.
Peter Kreutzer Rotoman
Dec 14 '07
Milton Bradley Seattle Mariners
He won't find a home on the Rangers any more than he's found a home anywhere else. For the list that I take into the draft, I'll probably put a lower bid on him to spare myself the aggravation when no one else takes him to $15.
Alex Patton Alex
Dec 14 '07
Scott Spiezio St. Louis Cardinals
When you search for pitchers, Spiezio is listed, because, after all, he did pitch last year. If your league has a mere five-game requirement to qualify at a position, it's a pleasant surprise to see that Spiezio in fact played in five games at second. It's a surprise (to me anyway) that Spiezio played in right field far more often than he did in left field last year. Only Strat-O-Matic leagues really care about that, but we try to make everyone happy.
Alex Patton Alex
Dec 13 '07
Chase Utley Los Angeles Dodgers
It's no surprise he gets lots of hits with his funny little swish at the ball. But all those extra-base hits? Utley amazing.

Alex Patton Alex
Dec 13 '07
Barry Zito Oakland Athletics
When you look at his rating ((H+.5*BB+3*HR)/IP), which adjusted for the National League is almost exactly what it was the year before, you have to conclude that, ERA be damned, he was the same pitcher as he was the year before. The Giants paid him as if they would get 2002, with no reasonable expectation that they would.
Alex Patton Alex
Dec 13 '07
Garrett Atkins Pittsburgh Pirates
He overcame a bad first half with an excellent second half to create a year that can now be considered his norm.
Peter Kreutzer Rotoman
Dec 13 '07
Hit more liners than the year before; had they fallen in at the same rate as the year before, he would have hit .329 (or better) and earned just about exactly what he earned the year before.
Alex Patton Alex
Dec 13 '07
The minute I traded him to Rotoman, he went on a tear. Even so, I'm pretty sure neither of us will be buying him this year.
Alex Patton Alex
Dec 13 '07
Alex Rodriguez New York Yankees
Average earnings for the past five years are $42. He has been kind of up and down, though always good. I have to say, the last year really wrecked his image in my eyes. I went from knowing little to too much in a heartbeat. Stay away!
Peter Kreutzer Rotoman
Dec 13 '07
Aaron Rowand Florida Marlins
Moves his act out west; signed with the Giants today for 5 years, $60M.

I'll miss him here in Philly. The rare player I loved watching regardless of what the stats looked like. He played his heart out every inning of every game. I was at the game where he made the catch. The most unbelievable play I've ever seen made in person.
Mike Gianella MikeG
Dec 12 '07
Miguel Tejada Kansas City Royals
In the Guide I have his price at $25, so we don't disagree by much. I think I might think he might bounce back this year more than you., and you don't seem to think he's going to keep declining.

One thing I may have overlooked, his .330 batting average obscures the decline in his 2006 SA. Things look more dire on the power front if it's more like .470.
Peter Kreutzer Rotoman
Dec 12 '07
I dunno, Peter. I see a guy with steadily declining SA since 2004.
Alex Patton Alex
Dec 12 '07
Breaking news: Tejada lands in Houston, causing more magazine rewrites. Next year I'm cracking down on team references in the profiles.

He says he got out of focus because of the O's ineptitude and asked to end up with a winner. Why there is no chance that would be the Orioles is a sad story, though understandable given the Yanks and Red Sox dominance in the division. The Astros don't have that problem, and they have a strong lineup now.

If PEDs were the reason for his power shouldn't he have deflated in 2005 with testing?
Peter Kreutzer Rotoman
Dec 12 '07
Orlando Hudson Chicago White Sox
The estimable Baseball Forecaster looks at Orlando's Eye (what we call K/W) the last two years in Arizona, compares them to his years in Toronto, and comes to this conclusion: "Prefers the arid desert to the cold northern wilderness."

For more, much more (hit %, contact %, groundballs/line drives/fyballs) for Hudson's last five years, go to www.baseballhq.com. You'll discover that Eye is about the only thing that isn't consistent.
Alex Patton Alex
Dec 12 '07
Mark Teahen Washington Nationals
Hit fewer flyballs but more line drives last year. In the second half, hit even more line drives and even fewer flyballs.

Whether he lined them or flied them, only two of the balls he connected with cleared the fence in the second half.

In other words, you were pathetic, Mark, and if you keep it up I hope you stay agile enough to be a utility infielder.

Bigger paycheck if you hit the weight room.
Alex Patton Alex
Dec 12 '07

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