Comments

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

Welcome! You are invited to wander around and read all of the comments that have been posted here at Patton & Co., but as soon as you register you can see the bid limits that Alex, Peter and Mike propose for each player, and you can post your own comments. Registering is free, so please join us!
Mike Lamb Florida Marlins
Turned out to be the Twins. A nice pickup, I agree. Notably didn't show a platoon split last year (or in 2004 either).
Peter Kreutzer Rotoman
Dec 17 '07
They weren't anemic -- or paltry -- if you were a Yankee hater.
Alex Patton Alex
Dec 17 '07
Moose's numbers look positively paltry compared to the last 15 years or so. Or is that anemic?
Peter Kreutzer Rotoman
Dec 17 '07
Miguel Tejada Kansas City Royals
Speaking of steadily declining SA, according to the Mitchell report, Tejada began taking "performance-enhancing substances" in 2003. Makes 2002 a line worth showing.
Alex Patton Alex
Dec 17 '07
Did he take steroids? In his day, he was the only who could consistently hit homers to the opposite field. Drove me crazy.
Alex Patton Alex
Dec 16 '07
Albert Pujols Los Angeles Angels
I wonder if John Benson had him on his team last year?

Age 27 was sweet for any mortal, but not for Albert. Even so, if the XFL auction held at Ron Shandler's First Pitch Forum in Phoenix in November is any indication, don't count on getting him at even a slight mark-down this year: he was easily the priciest player.

After seven years, an average season for Albert is .332, .420, .620.
Alex Patton Alex
Dec 16 '07
Barry Bonds San Francisco Giants
I always assumed Barry Bonds started juicing in 2000, after playing in only 102 games in 1999 and being all-around bummed by the aches and pains of advancing years.

As it turns out, he started juicing in '99. How weird is that?

His slugging average went up 8 points, to .617. But his batting average dropped 41 points, to .262. Hadn't hit that low since 1989.

With results like that, you'd think he would have cleaned up his act. Instead they got the cocktail right the next year and he hit 49 home runs. In 2001, at age 37, he hit 73 home runs.

His great looks had been completely ruined by his "rigorous offseason training program." He looked like a Willard Mullin cartoon.

There wasn't a shadow of doubt what was going on then. Some of us wrote about it. Fans didn't want to hear about it.

Whole teams started looking like a Willard Mullin cartoon. Some of us pointed that out. Fans didn't want to hear.

Utility infielders started hitting homers to the opposite feld. Fans couldn't help but notice -- it used to be only Moose Skowron did that -- and attributed it to better bats, more work in the weight room, or Walt Hriniak.

Each year they set a new attendance record.

Last season they started to boo Barry Bonds. And cheered Roger Clemens when he returned. And set another attendance record.

Now they're shocked -- shocked -- by the Mitchell report.
Alex Patton Alex
Dec 15 '07
Matt Herges Kansas City Royals
According to the New York Times, Matt Herges started buying "performance-enhancing substances" in 2005.

Hope you got a refund, Matt.
Alex Patton Alex
Dec 15 '07
Mike Lamb Florida Marlins
As a lefty hitter who can play either corner and hit with considerably above average proficiency as a starter or off the bench, he deserves the big bucks that some team is going to sign him for. Bud Selig will wring his hands, we'll yawn when his name comes up in the draft, and the GM who signs him -- and his manager -- will be ecstatic.
Alex Patton Alex
Dec 15 '07
Roger Clemens Boston Red Sox
Today it's official: Roger Clemens is a bad boy. Every bit as bad as Barry.

A member of the American Dreams League -- which like leagues across the country, as I write, is chattering away about the Mitchell report -- asks this question: What did it tell us that we didn't already know?

In another post he's more graphic. "My balls shrivel and shrink just preparing for the draft, so a little juice would be welcome. How many of us can say we have come to every draft without any performance enhancing drugs in our system? I, for one, cannot."

And nevertheless the entire country is in an uproar. From the banner headline in the New York Times, you'd think we had invaded Iraq.

The only question that interests me is, How much slack will Roger be cut that Barry wasn't?

Alex Patton Alex
Dec 15 '07
Chase Utley Los Angeles Dodgers
Was it 2003 when we saw him in the AFL trying to learn to play third? It seemed an open question then whether he'd even make it to the majors. Now, you have to consider him a top-ten NL hitter, and with any kind of inflation at all you'll have to pay $40 to get him. Says here you shouldn't be shy about it; at least some of your competition will go to $40 but not $41.
mike fenger mike
Dec 14 '07
Miguel Tejada Kansas City Royals
No, I do think he's going to keep declining. $24 factors in position scarcity. Plus the possibility that he might not decline. But if I didn't think he will, I'd put a bid limit closer to $30.
Alex Patton Alex
Dec 14 '07
It was the best trade i made, and I didn't care. I hoped he'd be okay, but he was better than that.
Peter Kreutzer Rotoman
Dec 14 '07
Milton Bradley Seattle Mariners
He won't find a home on the Rangers any more than he's found a home anywhere else. For the list that I take into the draft, I'll probably put a lower bid on him to spare myself the aggravation when no one else takes him to $15.
Alex Patton Alex
Dec 14 '07
Scott Spiezio St. Louis Cardinals
When you search for pitchers, Spiezio is listed, because, after all, he did pitch last year. If your league has a mere five-game requirement to qualify at a position, it's a pleasant surprise to see that Spiezio in fact played in five games at second. It's a surprise (to me anyway) that Spiezio played in right field far more often than he did in left field last year. Only Strat-O-Matic leagues really care about that, but we try to make everyone happy.
Alex Patton Alex
Dec 13 '07
Chase Utley Los Angeles Dodgers
It's no surprise he gets lots of hits with his funny little swish at the ball. But all those extra-base hits? Utley amazing.

Alex Patton Alex
Dec 13 '07
Barry Zito Oakland Athletics
When you look at his rating ((H+.5*BB+3*HR)/IP), which adjusted for the National League is almost exactly what it was the year before, you have to conclude that, ERA be damned, he was the same pitcher as he was the year before. The Giants paid him as if they would get 2002, with no reasonable expectation that they would.
Alex Patton Alex
Dec 13 '07
Garrett Atkins Pittsburgh Pirates
He overcame a bad first half with an excellent second half to create a year that can now be considered his norm.
Peter Kreutzer Rotoman
Dec 13 '07
Hit more liners than the year before; had they fallen in at the same rate as the year before, he would have hit .329 (or better) and earned just about exactly what he earned the year before.
Alex Patton Alex
Dec 13 '07
The minute I traded him to Rotoman, he went on a tear. Even so, I'm pretty sure neither of us will be buying him this year.
Alex Patton Alex
Dec 13 '07

Click on the name of a player (or thread) to go directly to that page and see the comment in context with the other comments.

Pattonlogo
Patton $ Online 2019
Rotoman
promo code: patton19
Shandler

Billjames

Tout ad

Xfllogo