Rounding the Bases w/ the BBA’s General Chapter: 01/21/11
One of the many goals of the Baseball Bloggers Alliance is to bring some of the many baseball bloggers together in an effort to collaborate on ideas and share insights. As President of the BBA’s General Chapter – the largest individual chapter within the organization – one of the things that I hope to accomplish in 2011 is to showcase the talented writers that make up our corner of the Internet. This is the second installment of a series where I plan to accomplish just that. Without further ado, on to the links:
- Figure Filbert took a look at some options to resolve Tampa Bay’s lack of power in their lineup and examines just how underrated the Dodgers’ starting rotation is.
- The Flagrant Fan reminds us that we’ve become a society of second chances while giving Carl Pavano some credit for the turnaround he’s been able to accomplish once arriving in Minnesota. He also lays out the pros and cons for Andy Pettitte as the lefty continues to debate whether or not he will pitch again.
- The Sports Banter kicks off one of the last things we see each winter before Spring Training begins by giving out grades for each of the offseasons by teams in the American League. He makes some interesting choices but most seem to be right on the mark.
- The Ghost of Moonlight Graham has some nice words for Trevor Hoffman after the reliever announced his retirement last week. Like many others, including myself, he believes Hoffman should end up in the Hall of Fame someday. He also speculates that Milton Bradley may have played his last game in Seattle after news of his arrest.
- Baseballism also had some thoughts on Hoffman’s career.
- When Kerry Wood shocked us all by signing with the Cubs at a salary far below market value, the story was leaked that part of his contract included a promise that when his playing days were over he would have a place in the broadcast booth for the team. Well, according to The Hall of Very Good, that may not quite be an accurate sentiment. The Hall also takes the club to task for actually posting an online ad to find Ron Santo’s replacement.
- Larry at Wezen-Ball uses the wonderment of 80s sitcoms to remind us that the use of amphetamines used to be widespread across the Majors.
- Diamond Hoggers takes a brief look at Joey Votto’s extension but reminds us all that he will still hit free agency as originally scheduled, meaning he likely won’t fit into Cincinnati’s budget by then.
- The ladies of Babes Love Baseball remark at the surprisingly unselfish decision by Gil Meche to retire, walking away from the final $12 Million remaining on his contract.
- Off Base Percentage speculates that the Angels could actually get average production at third base with the trio expected to split time there. They also take some time to chat with Pops Derwood.
- Jason at Jason’s Baseball Blog continued his series of prospect reviews with looks at Brett Jackson, Wilmer Flores, and Jason Kipnis, among others.
- The Golden Sombrero continued their countdown of the Top 50 prospects with looks at Jenrry Mejia, Casey Kelly, and Grant Green, among others.
- Left Field takes a look at some of the active players who may eventually end up in the Hall of Fame. It’s an interesting list – and the subject of a future post I plan to do myself.
- Sully Baseball takes a brief look at the contract negotiations between Albert Pujols and the Cardinals. He reminds us that Pujols “owes the fans and team nothing” and could very easily walk away with a huge contract in free agency if an extension cannot be reached. This could be the big storyline of next winter if a deal can’t be agreed upon before the deadline that has been imposed. I still believe he’ll sign an extension before the season begins, however.
- Around the Horn Baseball even goes further with the situation, questioning whether the New York Mets are positioning themselves to make a serious run at Pujols if he does reach free agency.
- For those of you fond of baseball’s early years, Old Time Family Baseball takes a look at some of the strange feats we saw taking place in the game from 1876 through 1884.
- Finally, Call to the Pen takes a long look at why pitchers report to Spring Training earlier than position players.