Archive for March, 2010

Wednesday, March 31st, 2010 by KerryWhisnant

Entries to the Second Annual Dugout Challenge must be submitted by 8 PM EDT, Sunday, April 4.

Dugout Central Fantasy Challenge: The Rosters-Part Two

Wednesday, March 31st, 2010 by ThomasWayne

Here are four more squads from last Sunday’s draft. Just for anyone’s need to know, the teams are presented in their order of draft emoting.

Dugout Central Fantasy Challenge: The Rosters-Part One

Tuesday, March 30th, 2010 by ThomasWayne

With a successful 16 team, 22 round draft over and the 2010 season just around the corner, I proudly present the teams that will vie for that most important of championship elements…BRAGGIN’ RIGHTS!!

Tuesday, March 30th, 2010 by Daniel Greenia

What is a Hall of Famer? A “Hall of Famer” is one of the top 232 players retiring in 2004 or before (not including banned players such as Pete Rose and Joe Jackson). So, why does the Hall of Fame continually fail to elect Bert Blyleven, Ron Santo and many others who clearly rank within that circle? This series examines the Hall’s procedures and proposes practical improvements to the system.

This series presents modified versions of articles posted at Dugout Central in Oct-Nov 2009.

Tuesday, March 30th, 2010 by JeffMoore

Star pitcher to debut in Double-A

Monday, March 29th, 2010 by AdamWhite

The Minnesota Twins are going with a closer by committee. Rest assured, Twins fans (those same fans emboldened by the long-term extension for Joe Mauer and the off-season steals that were Jim Thome, Orlando Hudson and J.J. Hardy), the Twins will make it work, right? There’s historical evidence to support the effectiveness of a closer by committee. Right?

Will Red Sox Lead MLB to 6-Man Rotation?

Monday, March 29th, 2010 by AdamWhite

Are the Boston Red Sox are preparing us for next step in baseball pitching evolution – the six many rotation?  This is from Gordon Edes of ESPNBoston.com:
Boston Red Sox manager Terry Francona and pitching coach John Farrell devised a creative way to use five starters despite the scheduling oddity of three off days in the [...]

Sunday, March 28th, 2010 by BillChuck

Bill Chuck’s regular column of odd baseball facts, including: #5. It may look like a typo, but it’s true: in 555 plate appearances last year, National’s shortstop Cristian Guzman had just 16 walks; fortunately none were intentional.

Sunday, March 28th, 2010 by KerryWhisnant

Given the same overall average runs allowed per game, would you rather have a starting rotation of five roughly equal pitchers, or some good pitchers and some not-so-good pitchers? The Consistency Principle says that the latter is better, and the difference could be worth as many as two or three wins in a season.

REMINDER: DUGOUT CENTRAL FANTASY CHALLENGE DRAFT IS SUNDAY NIGHT, 7:30 CENTRAL TIME

Saturday, March 27th, 2010 by ThomasWayne

The draft is live, on our Yahoo Fantasy Site, and will begin at 7:30 PM Central Time. You don’t have to be at the live draft to get a team, (plenty of players have preset their rankings and come away with great teams) but it doesn’t hurt to be their and in control of your own picks.

Friday, March 26th, 2010 by JeffMoore

Top prospect makes the major league team.

Thursday, March 25th, 2010 by AdamWhite

ESPNBoston.com is reporting that Daisuke Matsuzaka is probably going to miss the first few weeks of the season. 
FORT MYERS, Fla. — Daisuke Matsuzaka said Thursday he will be in Boston for the season opener, but it doesn’t mean he will be ready to pitch. Before he rejoins the rotation, the likelihood is that he will [...]

Long Road to the Show Finally Ends for Sergio Santos

Thursday, March 25th, 2010 by Chuck

With enough twists and turns to make Stephen King proud, the long, arduous road to the major leagues has reached its climax for former number one pick Sergio Santos. On Tuesday, during an interview with TV broadcasters Ken Harrelson and Steve Stone, Chicago White Sox pitching coach Don Cooper said Santos has “all but secured” [...]

Thursday, March 25th, 2010 by JeffMoore

Leading the “Not Shocking News of the Day” category, the New York Yankees have announced that Phil Hughes will be the team’s 5th starter, beating out Joba Chamberlain and others for the spot, reports Bryan Hoch of MLB.com.
It seems like forever ago that Hughes was coming into his own as a starter until being pulled [...]

Thursday, March 25th, 2010 by AdamWhite

A sad tale, of course – a colossal waste of talent in what surely would have been a Hall of Fame career. But was Dwight Gooden really that good?

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