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  1. Their offense will be better than last year. Sad Admin Jones will rebound, the farm system will produce a ROY candidate, and they will have full seasons from Adam Laroche and Marcus Giles.

     

    This organization may be the biggest pain in the ass in sports. God how I hate the Braves.

  2. Lowe emphasized money wasn't the primary lure.

     

    "It wasn't money," Lowe said.

     

    Something about athletes saying that when they get big contracts kills me every time.

     

     

    This could be great news for Giants fans. Lowe may keep the ball in the yard, but in 2005 he'll give up so many hits, the homers won't matter.

     

    Defense behind Lowe:

     

    1B Big Choi/ old slugger*

    2B Pornstache

    SS Izzy

    3B Jose "Don't Hit it Here" Valentin

     

    With the exception of Izturis, this infield defense is scary-bad. Ground balls are going to skip through so often, Derek Lowe will leave games when most Dodger fans do. In the third inning.

     

    *Big Choi couldn't hit squat after the All-Star break. Pitchers began to realize that if it came in faster than 80 MPH, it was off Choi's radar. My bet is that by mid-May, the second-rate sabermatricians in Chavez Ravine will bring in some Todd Zeile clone to stop the bleeding.

  3. Lineup:

    2B Ray Durham

    SS Omar Vizquel

    1B JT Snow

    LF Barry Bonds

    RF Moises Alou

    3B Edgardo Alfonzo

    CF Marquis Grissom

    C Mike Matheny

     

    Bench:

    1B/3B Pedro Feliz

    C Yorvit Torrealba

    OF Michael Tucker

    IF Deivi Cruz

    OF via minors or trade

     

    Rotation:

    Jason Schmidt

    Brett Tomko

    Noah Lowry

    Jerome Williams

    Kirk Rueter

     

    Bullpen

    Armando Benitez

    Jim Brower

    Matt Herges

    Jason Christiansen

    Jesse Foppert

    Scott Eyre

    Tyler Walker/ Wayne Franklin

     

     

    Based on past seasons, the offense should be consistently productive from 1-7. The major question marks are Vizquel and Snow: both had plus seasons in 2004 after noticable dips in 2003.

     

    The rotation should be solid as well. The only problem besides age and the likeliness of injuries (which is high) is Brower/ Herges/ Foppert et. all's inability to strike anyone out.

     

    Looks like another season of 88+ wins, in contention the whole way.

  4. from the returnees:

     

    Blyleven

    Dawson

    Goose

    Sutter

     

    Will Clark will always be my favorite player. Does he belong in the Hall? I wish. Injuries have helped to give his arch-nemesis, Rafael "Limp Noodle" Palmiero (a defenseless fence-swinging hack on perennially losing teams), a better chance.

     

    Not one of these new guys looks like he'll cut it, which is good because it will force some guilty minded voters to reasess their stinginess this time 'round.

  5. I understand his E.R.A and that they iverpaid for him, but if you are 9 games over .500 you got to be doing something right!

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    Does this guy remind anyone else of a left-handed Aaron Sele? I'm betting that in 2005 Milton's numbers look a lot more like the 98-2000 seasons (when he played for a sub-.500 team) than '04.

  6. 1. Besides the Marlins (or whoever else is your favorite team) who else do you like?

    2. Why are you a fan of the Marlins (or whoever else you root for)? If you like any other teams, why do you like them? Local reasons? Because of a certain player?

    3. List your childhood baseball heroes

    4. List your five favorite baseball moments

    5. List your five least favorite baseball moments

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    dude i love the gmen too but your new signature makes teh passion's look respectable

  7. Schilling's response to the Times article:

     

    What a horrifically untrue [expletive] article," Schilling wrote in an e-mailed response to a question. "First off, Bobby Valentine doesn't know [expletive] about me nor Randy. Second, I had always intended to start the game but was never sure if I could. I earned the right to start that game and wanted to, but given the schedule that ended up being a lot like the 2004 situation, we felt it best that I not pitch so I could open up the second half in Anaheim.

     

    "I can't speak for Randy's side of this story because I have no idea what went on there, but as for me starting and then not pitching, it had nothing to do with RJ or anything even remotely related to him. Bobby's an [expletive] for even making these comments and much more so, given the fact he doesn't know [expletive] about either of us, other than what he's heard."

     

     

    -from Today's Globe. http://www.boston.com/sports/baseball/reds...l_possible?pg=2

     

    I miss Valentine as well. I'll take drama like this over Conversations with Vanessa Malone any day.

  8. Beltran plans to meet with the Mets shortly, he told a newspaper in Puerto Rico. He came away impressed from Tuesday's meeting with Yankees owner George Steinbrenner.

     

    "The meeting with Steinbrenner was very good," Beltran told Primera Hora. "He is a professional person, super-educated. ... The Yankees have shown that they are champions and the owner is going to do everything possible to win," Beltran said through a translation.

     

    Willing to do everything possible to win? True. Are they champions?

     

    Not this year. :D

     

    "The Yankees lose so seldom, you have to celebrate every single time."

     

    - W. P. Kinsella

  9. Alou should have huge numbers batting in front of Bonds.

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    Think Kevin Youkilis in the Boston lineup. Keyword being: BEHIND. Sub-key word: PROTECTION.

     

    BTW, they are old, because they have a limited window to win with Bonds they have to try and win now.

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    BTW, The Giants also play in San Francisco, which is located in the state of California. You should have added that.

  10. Interesting, I hadn't heard that. I guess in that case, Marquis Grissom becomes the 4th outfielder, pushing Michael Tucker to the 5th outfielder.. I wonder how they would handle that. Tucker got most of the playing time in RF last season.

     

    I don't see this happening though... The Giants were trying to trade Alfonzo, not Feliz. And I don't see how they can let go of Merkin Valdez so soon.

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    I think its more of an issue of which players have marketable value. Fonzie doesn't, at least until the all-star break.

     

    Feliz is young (for a Giant) and cheap. Valdez is young (really) and has a tremendous upside. Neither has a settled role on the 05 team, and since thats all that matters apparently, I wouldn't be surprised if Sabes dealt both.

  11. The Giants are now below average on defense in the outfield. I will admit that, but you can't deny he is a great hitter. Just look at his career numbers. I'm glad that Barry will have some protection. I'm just worried about gappers in the outfield now...

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    the plan as rumored is to trade Feliz and Merkin Valdez for a younger pair of legs. Rocco Baldelli has been mentioned. Again, this is all speculation, but if true it makes the Dustan Mohr non-tender decision seem much more sensible.

     

    http://forums.espn.go.com/espn/thread?foru...tPostID=4784921

     

    Oh and btw "younger pair of legs" doesn't just mean someone under 35. This is the Giants, so clarity is needed I think.

  12. Henry (Bay area): Do you think the Yankees will get Randy? If so, who would the "third team" be?

     

    SportsNation Scott Ridge: (2:14 PM ET ) I do think he'll end up in the Bronx. Everyone says the White Sox, but I have a feeling Florida could get involved. The Marlins might opt for Vazquez and be inclined to trade Burnett, who had some run-ins last year with their pitching coach.

     

    -from Today's chat on ESPN

     

    Not Like Scott Ridge is the authority, but this seems to be a prevailing trend among sportswriters. The Marlins have the young pitching other teams crave.

  13. That's not my contention at all. I don't see how you could've even made that jump. I'm just saying that while he might not have gotten along well with Giants players, but you heard nothing about him having beefs with Twins players, so you can't say that, all of a sudden, the guy is a cancer.

     

     

     

    With the Twins AJ DP (as Giants fans know him) got away with much more. He came up through the Twins system, along with almost everyone else who bloomed for them right around 2001.

     

    With the Giants he came to a team that is more professional and/ or geriatric, depending on your slant. He couldn't get away with being the loudmouthed kid from Brooklyn in that kind of clubhouse.

     

    Sabes mistake, and it makes me appreciate former Dodger Paul Delucca all the more.

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