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The last twenty comments in true blog fasion, with the links to their authors and the player commented upon.

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Livan Hernandez Atlanta Braves
You know, Eugene makes an excellent point. While Minnesota cries "small market," it sure does spend a lot of money on old, washed-up baseball players. Why not sign a minor league free agent and throw him out there every fifth day for $250k?
John Toczydlowski Toz
Feb 14 '08
Joba Chamberlain Cleveland Indians
What is the wall of reality Jeff? A 1.50 ERA and a .90 WHIP? I'll take that wall of reality as well.
John Toczydlowski Toz
Feb 14 '08
Roger Clemens Boston Red Sox
He didn't get kicked out of baseball for the same reason that Ty Cobb didn't get kicked out of baseball for beating up a fan in the stands, or other players for threatening umpires, etc. and so on. What happens on the field stays on the field.

Reading all of these comments, I just find it funny that we believe the drug dealers who are offered immunity and reduced sentences to name names and have admittedly lied in the past and the present. Sounds like more people are on board with this witch hunt than I thought.

I propose this...let's assume that everyone who played from 1985 through 2005 was on steroids. Let's wipe out the entire 20 year period; no World Series winners, no individual winners, nothing...no baseball records at all. Then we'll institute a rule that there are no more vitamins, no more high carb drinks, no more workout regiments, no new workout equipment. Everyone has to go back to the days of guzzling beer and coming to work hungover.

Well, wait...since there were improvements in training programs and equipment that everyone did not have access to, we'll have to throw those years out too. Hmmm, now that I think about it, Mantle played with a distinct disadvantage, since not everyone showed up hungover, so we should throw those out too. The mound was too high in St. Louis and Houston? Wait, throw those years out too.

Let's get back to talking about bids.
John Toczydlowski Toz
Feb 14 '08
What do you mean no reason, Jeff? If you hated Piazza as much as he did to begin with and then were all pumped up on vitamin B-12 (because your mom told you it was good for you), you'd do the same!
Alex Patton Alex
Feb 14 '08
Joba Chamberlain Cleveland Indians
I know how unhittable he was last year, but is he really that good? Nobody is that good, even Koufax. Isn't it inevitable that he will hit some sort of wall of reality?
Jeff Jaffee JeffJaffee
Feb 14 '08
Chris Capuano Milwaukee Brewers
Maybe he lost it between the ears. Does he have a rep for being goofy or anger management problems?
Jeff Jaffee JeffJaffee
Feb 14 '08
David Bush Texas Rangers
I can't bid on anyone named Bush.
Jeff Jaffee JeffJaffee
Feb 14 '08
Roger Clemens Boston Red Sox
How Roger didn't get kicked out of the majors after he threw the broken bat at Mike Piazza for no reason is the greatest mystery in the history of baseball.
Jeff Jaffee JeffJaffee
Feb 14 '08
Ryan Raburn Cincinnati Reds
Too bad he doesn't qualify at 2B. And he'll be 27 soon after the season starts.
Jeff Jaffee JeffJaffee
Feb 14 '08
Kelly Shoppach Seattle Mariners
I don't believe the Indians have another option after Victor and Shoppach. Will Eric Wedge activate himself? This guy looks like the perfect $1 catcher, but I doubt he'll go for a buck.
Jeff Jaffee JeffJaffee
Feb 14 '08
Adam Wainwright St. Louis Cardinals
What I mean is that yes, I know starting is different than relieving and what not, but I still thought his skills would warrant a more dominant K rate that what we saw last year.
paul schneider badgermania
Feb 14 '08
Anyone have a theory on what happened to that strikeout rate?
paul schneider badgermania
Feb 14 '08
Cole Hamels Chicago Cubs
I actually have him at $15 in a 4x4 NL only keeper league and I am torn. Great skills of course but that tender elbow has me really worried. I am hoping I can trade him for a safer keeper and let someone else take the risk/reward path.
paul schneider badgermania
Feb 14 '08
Good history as a starter obviously and solid trends. Some might argue that the year off in terms of workload will help him longterm. I think $12 is to low. I think a bid of $16 or $17 (right as his prior level) is safe but still gives you room for profit.
paul schneider badgermania
Feb 14 '08
Kelly Shoppach Seattle Mariners
Seven dings in 161 ABs ought to get him more playing time, but it probably won't.
Michael Walsh Amaros
Feb 14 '08
Ryan Raburn Cincinnati Reds
Got 7 ribbies in one game last season; a great endgame pickup that could make you very very happy down the line.
Michael Walsh Amaros
Feb 14 '08
When the Tigers' big wheel starts turning, everybody in that lineup produces. When the wheels came off last year in the second half, well... that was a different story.

No reason to think Placido won't be every bit as productive this season, with ten more ribbies in that revamped lineup.
Michael Walsh Amaros
Feb 14 '08
Roger Clemens Boston Red Sox
As Alex will tell you, I resolutely stay out of politics.
Michael Walsh Amaros
Feb 14 '08
Johan Santana Baltimore Orioles
I think I'm reacting to what I fear is a Johan-is-gonna-go-Koufax-in-the-NL!!! hype.

I agree Johan is great, and you have to price enforce to some extent (I mean, if bidding on Johan stalled at $35 you have to be the guy to bid $36).

But especially in NL-only there are too many other really very good options that I wouldn't want to go above $40 for any pitcher.
Jurgen Maas Jurgen
Feb 14 '08
Randy Johnson San Francisco Giants
I've just given him my maximum, no matter how he looks in spring training. And I don't mean in the mirror.
Alex Patton Alex
Feb 14 '08

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