Astros make a splash

The Astros have made the latest plunge into the free agent market, announcing a big money deal for one of the top available hitters and adding a decent veteran starter to their rotation. I think everyone is starting to understand that using the term “overpaid” is going to be problematic this winter. There’s always going […]

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Keeping track of the changes

As it’s Thanksgiving day in America I’m sure there won’t be any trades to keep a check on tonight and when you wake up tomorrow.  That’s a big shame as checking the latest “how much have they paid for him?” stories will prove to be a useful distraction from the Ashes score over the next […]

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Hey Ned, check the stats!

In another move bubbling away on the hot stove, Juan Pierre is reportedly close to signing a 5 year deal worth $45 million with the Dodgers.  Pierre brings a lot of speed on the bases but no power.  What really struck me however was Ned Colletti’s comment on MLB.com: “Pierre gets on base an awful […]

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Soriano silly money

We all knew that Alfonso Soriano had timed his historic 40-40 season well. On last season’s form, he was the big free agent on the market and you knew somebody would overpay to get him, but the reported deal the Cubs have agreed to seems crazy at best. In the current market place I can […]

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Money Money Money

With no baseballs to throw for a few months, teams are getting their fix by chucking money around. Baseball is booming financially, as the recent CBA talks showed, and the players and agents don’t need a second invitation to start cashing in. Never mind filling their pockets, they are backing up their trucks and hiring […]

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The Fremont A’s?

One of the many things that us Brits struggle with is the concept of franchises, where a team can up sticks and move somewhere else with scant regard for those they leave behind. The MK Dons are really the only football example and we all know how well that has turned out so far. The […]

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One week on

Has it really only been a week since the World Series finished? Maybe the lack of big stories during the intervening period has made it feel longer? Within the last hour, the MLB All-Stars have defeated the NPB All-Stars to take a 3-0 lead in the Japan All-Star Series. “All-Stars” may be a bit of […]

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2006 World Series Champs

It was another night for the underdogs as the Cardinals came through to clinch their tenth World Series victory last night in game five. Billy Ray Cyrus started it off with a very accomplished rendition of the National Anthem (despite my scepticism!) and the Cards carried it on with a 4-2 victory. David Eckstein is […]

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2006 World Series Game Four

Game four was a cracker; the lead changed on several occasions and there was plenty of drama from great plays, bad plays and crazy plays. The Cards have taken a 3-1 lead which, while not insurmountable, makes them firm favourites to go on and to take the series. I’ve read all the reports and watched […]

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Game Four – Take two

Having talked-up Joel Zumaya only for him to have a nightmare in game three, raising the prospect of a rain-out last night was probably not a good idea. Fortunately for all concerned I don’t think Billy Ray Cyrus and his daughter stood out in the rain and kept the crowds “happy” by singing a few […]

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