Archive for December, 2011

Hall of Fame Discussion – 2012

Friday, December 30th, 2011 by JohnBowen

Who are your picks?

MLB’s Best 1-year Rentals

Friday, December 23rd, 2011 by JohnBowen

As the Hot Stove season continues through Christmas time, I thought it would be interesting to look back at the best 1-year rentals in history. Namely, players who, whether by free agency or, more likely, trade, ended up on a different team for one season – before ultimately peacing out at season’s end (usually via [...]

Cardinals, with Beltran – Clear Favorites in the Central

Friday, December 23rd, 2011 by JohnBowen

Well done, Mr. Mozeliak.

Developing: Latos to Reds for Volquez, Alonso, and others.

Saturday, December 17th, 2011 by JohnBowen

Padres GM Josh Byrnes has made quite the splash today, trading 24 year-old starting pitcher Mat Latos to the Reds for:
Edison Volquez (RHP)
Yonder Alonso (1B)
Brad Boxberger (RHP)
Yasmani Grandal (C)
Alonso, 24, has been named a top-100 prospect in each of the past three seasons. With 2010 NL MVP Joey Votto firmly entrenched at first base, Alonso [...]

BREAKING: Ryan Braun Reportedly Tests Positive for PEDS

Saturday, December 10th, 2011 by Chuck

Both ESPN’s Outside the Lines and columnist Ben Badler of Baseball America are reporting 2011 National League MVP Ryan Braun has tested positive for Performance Enhancing Drugs.
ESPN’s report states that Braun was tested sometime during the National League playoffs and was notified of the positive result towards the end of October, almost a month before [...]


Thursday, December 8th, 2011 by JohnBowen

The game’s best player has finally made his decision and has elected to take his talents to South…ern California.
The deal is rumored to be between 250 and 260 million dollars for 10 years with a full no-trade.
Because of the legacy and establishment that Albert Pujols had built up in St. Louis, the rumor was that [...]

Disrespect and Disgrace Apparent in Veteran’s Committee Election of Ron Santo

Monday, December 5th, 2011 by Chuck

It’s finally happened.
Thirty-seven years after playing his last game, Ron Santo is a Hall of Famer.
I’m so disgusted I want to puke.
Not at the result, mind you.
While I’m on record as not being a supporter of Santo’s worthiness, but the process involved, especially the Hall of Fame in general and the Veteran’s Committee in particular.
The [...]

Hot Stove Week in Review

Saturday, December 3rd, 2011 by JohnBowen

Heath Bell highlights this week’s transactions