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Old 06-04-2007, 03:19 AM   #1176
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Guess who's dropping the race card again?

Sheffield says Latin player easier to control than blacks.

"I called it years ago. What I called is that you're going to see more black faces, but there ain't no English going to be coming out. … [It's about] being able to tell [Latin players] what to do -- being able to control them," he told the magazine.

"Where I'm from, you can't control us. You might get a guy to do it that way for a while because he wants to benefit, but in the end, he is going to go back to being who he is. And that's a person that you're going to talk to with respect, you're going to talk to like a man.

"These are the things my race demands. So, if you're equally good as this Latin player, guess who's going to get sent home? I know a lot of players that are home now can outplay a lot of these guys."
Hatred has dripped from this fool's mouth since the day he was born.
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Man, watching Abreu in right field is tough. The guy has completely lost it.
That's some boiler he's toting around out there.
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Old 06-04-2007, 05:54 PM   #1178
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Rotoworld's June top 250

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1 Jose Reyes NYM 
2 Alex Rodriguez NYY 
3 Johan Santana MIN 
4 Albert Pujols STL 
5 Carl Crawford TB 
6 Vladimir Guerrero ANA 
7 Chase Utley PHI 
8 Jake Peavy SD 
9 Ryan Howard PHI 
10 Carlos Beltran NYM 
11 Miguel Cabrera FLA 
12 Mark Teixeira TEX 
13 Grady Sizemore CLE 
14 David Ortiz BOS 
15 Alfonso Soriano CHC 
16 Derek Jeter NYY 
17 Jimmy Rollins PHI 
18 David Wright NYM 
19 Roy Oswalt HOU 
20 Travis Hafner CLE 
21 Matt Holliday COL 
22 Manny Ramirez BOS 
23 Hanley Ramirez FLA 
24 Derrek Lee CHC 
25 Brandon Webb ARZ 
26 Carlos Lee HOU 
27 Roy Halladay TOR 
28 Ichiro Suzuki SEA 
29 Justin Morneau MIN 
30 Miguel Tejada BAL 
31 Joe Mauer MIN 
32 Lance Berkman HOU 
33 Bobby Abreu NYY 
34 Francisco Rodriguez ANA 
35 Vernon Wells TOR 
36 Daisuke Matsuzaka BOS 
37 Aramis Ramirez CHC 
38 Jason Bay PIT 
39 Joe Nathan MIN 
40 Victor Martinez CLE 
41 John Smoltz ATL 
42 Billy Wagner NYM 
43 Adam Dunn CIN 
44 Jonathan Papelbon BOS 
45 Michael Young TEX 
46 C.C. Sabathia CLE 
47 Juan Pierre LA 
48 Prince Fielder MLW 
49 Ben Sheets MLW 
50 Rafael Furcal LA 
51 Jeff Francoeur ATL 
52 Andruw Jones ATL 
53 Carlos Zambrano CHC 
54 Gary Sheffield DET 
55 Mariano Rivera NYY 
56 Carlos Delgado NYM 
57 Felix Hernandez SEA 
58 Magglio Ordoñez DET 
59 Alex Rios TOR 
60 Tim Hudson ATL 
61 Brian Roberts BAL 
62 Todd Helton COL 
63 Josh Beckett BOS 
64 Nick Swisher OAK 
65 Francisco Cordero MLW 
66 Jim Thome CWS 
67 John Lackey ANA 
68 Jermaine Dye CWS 
69 Paul Konerko CWS 
70 Dan Haren OAK 
71 Curt Schilling BOS 
72 Brian McCann ATL 
73 J.J. Putz SEA 
74 Johnny Damon NYY 
75 Jeff Kent LA 
76 Matt Cain SF 
77 Torii Hunter MIN 
78 Jeremy Bonderman DET 
79 Bobby Jenks CWS 
80 Jorge Posada NYY 
81 Cole Hamels PHI 
82 Robinson Cano NYY 
83 Russell Martin LA 
84 Erik Bedard BAL 
85 Eric Byrnes ARZ 
86 Trevor Hoffman SD 
87 Adrian Gonzalez SD 
88 Garrett Atkins COL 
89 Hideki Matsui NYY 
90 Chris Young SD 
91 Michael Cuddyer MIN 
92 Takashi Saito LA 
93 Barry Bonds SF 
94 Curtis Granderson DET 
95 Ryan Zimmerman WAS 
96 Julio Lugo BOS 
97 Brandon Phillips CIN 
98 Nick Markakis BAL 
99 Jered Weaver ANA 
100 Dan Uggla FLA 
101 Edgar Renteria ATL 
102 Barry Zito SF 
103 Richie Sexson SEA 
104 J.D. Drew BOS 
105 Chipper Jones ATL 
106 J.J. Hardy MLW 
107 A.J. Burnett TOR 
108 B.J. Upton TB 
109 Chris Ray BAL 
110 Ivan Rodriguez DET 
111 Bill Hall MLW 
112 Delmon Young TB 
113 Kevin Youkilis BOS 
114 Huston Street OAK 
115 Willy Taveras COL 
116 Eric Chavez OAK 
117 Felipe Lopez WAS 
118 Rich Hill CHC 
119 Carlos Guillen DET 
120 Justin Verlander DET 
121 Mike Piazza OAK 
122 Brian Fuentes COL 
123 Chone Figgins ANA 
124 Randy Johnson ARZ 
125 Troy Glaus TOR 
126 Adrian Beltre SEA 
127 Ian Snell PIT 
128 Howie Kendrick ANA 
129 Jason Isringhausen STL 
130 Gary Matthews Jr. ANA 
131 Orlando Cabrera ANA 
132 Rickie Weeks MLW 
133 Bronson Arroyo CIN 
134 Chad Cordero WAS 
135 Jose Valverde ARZ 
136 Scott Kazmir TB 
137 Edwin Encarnacion CIN 
138 Ian Kinsler TEX 
139 Roger Clemens NYY 
140 Bob Wickman ATL 
141 Scott Rolen STL 
142 Orlando Hudson ARZ 
143 Todd Jones DET 
144 John Maine NYM 
145 Kelly Johnson ATL 
146 Frank Thomas TOR 
147 Corey Patterson BAL 
148 Marcus Giles SD 
149 Raul Ibanez SEA 
150 Bartolo Colon ANA 
151 Brad Penny LA 
152 Adam LaRoche PIT 
153 Al Reyes TB 
154 Shane Victorino PHI 
155 Ted Lilly CHC 
156 Ramon Hernandez BAL 
157 Aaron Harang CIN 
158 Pat Burrell PHI 
159 Dontrelle Willis FLA 
160 Jhonny Peralta CLE 
161 Ryan Dempster CHC 
162 Josh Willingham FLA 
163 Rich Harden OAK 
164 Nomar Garciaparra LA 
165 Joe Borowski CLE 
166 Brad Hawpe COL 
167 Kenji Johjima SEA 
168 Derek Lowe LA 
169 Brett Myers PHI 
170 Mark Teahen KC 
171 Coco Crisp BOS 
172 Hunter Pence HOU 
173 Andy Pettitte NYY 
174 Moises Alou NYM 
175 Jason Schmidt LA 
176 Ken Griffey Jr. CIN 
177 Dan Wheeler HOU 
178 Michael Barrett CHC 
179 Tim Lincecum SF 
180 Eric Gagne TEX 
181 Chris Duffy PIT 
182 Melvin Mora BAL 
183 Jose Contreras CWS 
184 Kelvim Escobar ANA 
185 Brian Giles SD 
186 Octavio Dotel KC 
187 Mike Lowell BOS 
188 Rocco Baldelli TB 
189 Greg Maddux SD 
190 Aubrey Huff BAL 
191 Jason Varitek BOS 
192 Jeremy Accardo TOR 
193 Mike Cameron SD 
194 Chien-Ming Wang NYY 
195 Chuck James ATL 
196 Mike Mussina NYY 
197 Chad Tracy ARZ 
198 Kenny Lofton TEX 
199 Matt Capps PIT 
200 Jim Edmonds STL 
201 A.J. Pierzynski CWS 
202 Aaron Rowand PHI 
203 David Weathers CIN 
204 Daniel Cabrera BAL 
205 Tadahito Iguchi CWS 
206 Ryan Braun MLW 
207 Javier Vazquez CWS 
208 Armando Benitez FLA 
209 Austin Kearns WAS 
210 Tom Glavine NYM 
211 Conor Jackson ARZ 
212 Mark Buehrle CWS 
213 Brad Hennessey SF 
214 Chris Capuano MLW 
215 Chris Young ARZ 
216 Akinori Iwamura TB 
217 Freddy Garcia PHI 
218 Tom Gordon PHI 
219 Chris Duncan STL 
220 Casey Blake CLE 
221 Gil Meche KC 
222 Gerald Laird TEX 
223 Oliver Perez NYM 
224 Akinori Otsuka TEX 
225 Ryan Freel CIN 
226 Ryan Garko CLE 
227 Paul Lo Duca NYM 
228 Kevin Gregg FLA 
229 Randy Wolf LA 
230 Jacque Jones CHC 
231 Tom Gorzelanny PIT 
232 Josh Barfield CLE 
233 Sammy Sosa TEX 
234 Jason Giambi NYY 
235 James Shields TB 
236 Brad Lidge HOU 
237 Craig Monroe DET 
238 Johnny Estrada MLW 
239 Ty Wigginton TB 
240 Orlando Hernandez NYM 
241 Ray Durham SF 
242 Garret Anderson ANA 
243 Aaron Hill TOR 
244 Jonathan Broxton LA 
245 Noah Lowry SF 
246 Geoff Jenkins MLW 
247 Alex Gordon KC 
248 Stephen Drew ARZ 
249 Jose Vidro SEA 
250 Scott Olsen FLA
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Old 06-04-2007, 06:30 PM   #1179
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Maggs all the way down at 58. I know he doesn't steal but he is either leading or top 3 in pretty much every category.
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Old 06-04-2007, 10:13 PM   #1180
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The Cubs are just becoming cartoonish now. Estrada pops one up on the infield, five Cubs gathered around and it managed to drop between all of them right on the mound. Jason Marquis got charged with the error somehow. No word on whether or not he plans to beat up one of his teammates over it.
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Old 06-05-2007, 02:30 AM   #1181
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JJ Putz is a GOD! He's a surefire All Star, but it'll probably be the manager's pick rather than fan voting. You know, he's not in Boston or New York, so...

Kenji, too.
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Old 06-05-2007, 08:02 AM   #1182
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JJ Putz is a GOD! He's a surefire All Star, but it'll probably be the manager's pick rather than fan voting. You know, he's not in Boston or New York, so...

Kenji, too.
Wait there are teams other than Boston and NY? That can't be cause when I watch espn that's all they talk about. Well they do mention some guy named Ichiro but I don't think they mention what team he plays for just that he is a good ballplayer.

I heard over the weekend that Beltran is the leading vote getter so far for the all star game.
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Wait there are teams other than Boston and NY? That can't be cause when I watch espn that's all they talk about. Well they do mention some guy named Ichiro but I don't think they mention what team he plays for just that he is a good ballplayer.

I heard over the weekend that Beltran is the leading vote getter so far for the all star game.
I wonder why....
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Brad Hawpe was named N.L. Player of the Week.

The Rockies also DFA'd Steve Finely today, thank goodness.
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Excellent read on Kerry Wood, pitching & injuries.

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/06/03/sp...f=playmagazine
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Brad Hawpe was named N.L. Player of the Week.

The Rockies also DFA'd Steve Finely today, thank goodness.
Too bad its like a month too late. I was willing to give him a month, but after that, peace out. Look at what bringing up Spilboroughs brought to the table. A guy who could actually get a pinch hit!
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Old 06-06-2007, 12:19 AM   #1187
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I hate that Frank Azar commercial they always show during the Rockies' games, total ambulance chaser.

"I got in a car wreck, it wasn't that bad. My neck and back were a little sore, so I called Frank. He took care of me, and he got me something extra.
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JJ Putz is a GOD! He's a surefire All Star, but it'll probably be the manager's pick rather than fan voting. You know, he's not in Boston or New York, so...

Kenji, too.

Here is Putz stats:
W L G GS CG SHO GF SV IP H R ER HR BB SO HBP WP BFP IBB BK ERA *lgERA *ERA+ WHIP

0 0 24 0 0 0 24 14 25.3 11 4 4 3 4 24 2 2 90 0 0 1.42 4.22 297 0.592
0 2 25 0 0 0 24 19 25.7 20 6 6 2 11 35 0 1 105 0 0 2.10 4.26 203 1.208

Bottom is for Frankie Rodriguez

I would say he has a great chance since pitching is decided by the manager and NY isnt having a bullpen kind of year.
My angels will have K Rod, Vlad and John Lackey. Orlando Cabrera should be the starting SS but wont based on fan ballots. Escobar just threw his 2nd CG and is 7 and 3.

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Too bad its like a month too late. I was willing to give him a month, but after that, peace out. Look at what bringing up Spilboroughs brought to the table. A guy who could actually get a pinch hit!
He was around all year with the Angels when he couldnt do crap. He once bailed out of a pitch vs the Red Sox and I yelled at my TV "take the pitch in the head. That was your only chance of getting on base."
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Gotta give it up for the Rockies, going a whopping 1 for 15 with runners in scoring position. Twice they had leadoff doubles, led to no runs. A leadoff triple by Helton lead to no runs. 3 times the leadoff runner was in scoring position and nothing happened.
Geezus...
Was funny seeing Corpas pitch against Carlos Lee, and Lee's reaction. Seriously, wtf Carlos?
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Old 06-06-2007, 06:18 AM   #1191
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I recall you were quite fond of Victor Diaz before the season started? Are your teams loaded with this guy?
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Old 06-06-2007, 10:38 AM   #1192
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Meanwhile, In Pirateland, Torres looks to be turning himself around. None too soon either, since Capps is finally having his hearing with MLB and they'll no doubt screw him.

Say what you will about the Bucs, but if this team ever starts firing on all cylinders, they'll be quite the formidable opponet....and in the Comedy Central, that's enough.
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Hogan, what is the primary team on television where you live? Is that Yankees country? Blue Jays??
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I recall you were quite fond of Victor Diaz before the season started? Are your teams loaded with this guy?
I liked Victor Diaz and Matt Diaz as back of the roster OF sleepers in split leagues. Got each guy on one club.
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Meanwhile, In Pirateland, Torres looks to be turning himself around. None too soon either, since Capps is finally having his hearing with MLB and they'll no doubt screw him.

Say what you will about the Bucs, but if this team ever starts firing on all cylinders, they'll be quite the formidable opponet....and in the Comedy Central, that's enough.
I hope they turn it around after they place us in interleague play. I am a Pirates fan if they are playing the As, Mariners or Rangers.
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June 12, 13, 14 (T, W, Th) the Rockies will be at Fenway. Anyone here coming to Fenway?
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Prince is now tied with Arod for the HR lead.
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SAN DIEGO – For two months, Jason Schmidt's contribution to the Los Angeles Dodgers was 11 innings, many of them not very good.

At 34 years old, he showed up without a fastball but with an obstinate determination to pitch anyway, which, when the results started coming, the Dodgers put up with for exactly three starts.

Schmidt won a game and then lost two pretty spectacularly. An MRI reflected what the radar guns suggested, that Schmidt's shoulder wasn't right, and until Tuesday night at Petco Park the Dodgers' return on $47 million over three years was Mark Hendrickson in the fifth spot and one well-attended rehab start in nearby San Bernardino.

So, after more than seven weeks of rest and shoulder work, and with team executives comforting themselves with "the way the ball left his hand" and two strikeouts of fellow rehabber Garret Anderson in that Class-A start, Schmidt took the ball again last night.

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He pitched like an ace, like the guy they paid handsomely to keep up in the arms-heavy National League West.

Then, so did San Diego Padres right-hander Chris Young pitch like an ace, which was precisely the point of having signed Schmidt.

Schmidt allowed an infield hit in six innings. Young allowed three singles in seven. The game was scoreless until Marcus Giles singled home Russell Branyan with one out in the eighth, and that was that for the Dodgers and Padres.

It is how life as a Dodger restarted for Schmidt, with fastballs that touched 91 mph, then working from there with a changeup that looks different from his fastball again, dallying with a slider and a cutter, knowing there was probably enough fastball if he needed it.

"I suppose a nine-inning shutout and a no-hitter would have been better," he said with a crooked grin.

And that is how life in the NL West restarted, with the Dodgers adding Schmidt to an arms race that in one-third of a season has separated the Dodgers, Padres and Arizona Diamondbacks by a half-game.

Just as Schmidt and Young pitched into the sixth and beyond in San Diego, so did Matt Cain and Randy Johnson pitch well into the Arizona night, separated by a run. Tonight, seven-game winner Randy Wolf and four-time Cy Young Award winner Greg Maddux pitch in San Diego, while in Phoenix six-game winner Matt Morris squares off against Brandon Webb, last season's Cy Young Award winner.

"You're going to see a great arm pretty much every night," Dodgers outfielder Luis Gonzalez said, "and primarily veteran guys who know the hitters. They're not facing guys they don't know."

So it goes, particularly among the presumed top four in the NL West, the Padres, Dodgers, Diamondbacks and Giants, who, respectively, rank first, third, fourth and fifth in the NL in ERA, and each in the top five in starters' ERA.

"I look every day at the starting pitchers, the probables," Padres manager Bud Black said. "Every one that comes up in our division, I go, 'Gosh, he's pretty good.' I know once [Barry] Zito and Johnson came into the division, I knew pitching was going to be much improved."

Other than the odd Juan Pierre and the occasional Barry Bonds, the top NL West teams spent their winters loading and reloading their pitching staffs. Maddux and David Wells in San Diego. Johnson and Doug Davis in Arizona. Zito in San Francisco. Schmidt and Wolf in Los Angeles.

Almost all of them thought hard about a middle-of-the-order bat, then grabbed a starting pitcher instead.

"There weren't many (power hitters) to get," Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti said.

Alfonso Soriano, Carlos Lee and even Bonds were out there. But, Soriano wouldn't come West. And Lee went to six years, too much for the Dodgers, for one, in a league where hitters have to pull their weight defensively. And Bonds, well, he was for the Giants to settle.

"We weren't really in the Soriano sweepstakes," Padres general manager Kevin Towers said. "Bonds, a little early. Carlos Lee, just a little bit. When we saw where things were going, we decided to change direction and hammer pitching."

So they stole Maddux from the seemingly indifferent Dodgers. Had the Dodgers landed Soriano or Lee, Colletti said, he would "probably not" have signed Schmidt. But, ultimately, the offseason sent him toward Schmidt, who three years ago won 18 games.

Over five months beginning in August, the Diamondbacks traded for veterans Livan Hernandez, Johnson and Davis and turned over the lineup to their younger players and prospects. The strategy was to compete with the pitching-thick West, general manager Josh Byrnes said, and defend themselves in other areas.

"At times," he said, "we were asking a little too much from our bullpen."

Late Tuesday night, when one lousy single over 86 pitches wasn't enough to win, Schmidt admitted it was good to feel like himself again, good to throw reasonably hard again.

"I was able to locate a little better, throwing more free and easy," he said. "I didn't have to put as much effort into it as I did before … I didn't feel as restricted out there."

Apparently, then, you can add Schmidt to a summer of Jake Peavy and Brad Penny, to late, hard innings with Young, Noah Lowry and Derek Lowe, to the oncoming Tim Lincecum and Micah Owings, and to September with veterans Wells, Maddux, Johnson and Morris.

It hardly ever stops.

"I think defense is critical and so is timely hitting," Black said. "You can't make mistakes, and when you do get guys on and get guys in scoring position, that's going to be big."

Eventually, somebody will get a hit to win it. But they'll have to pitch to get there.

"I do think it's a great race," Byrnes said. "As much as the three teams at the top get the attention, all five are capable."

The NL West is going to be a tight race between AZ, SD, and LA. After reading this article you would think the NL West teams are SD, AZ, LA, SF. Not one mention of the Rockies haha.
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The NL West is going to be a tight race between AZ, SD, and LA. After reading this article you would think the NL West teams are SD, AZ, LA, SF. Not one mention of the Rockies haha.
Kinda funny because the Rocks and Giants have almost the exact same record.
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