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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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Carlos Lee Florida Marlins
Turned out to be made for Minute Maid: 345 BA, .581 SLG at home. Hope that his declining speed keeps his price within bounds, and as soon as you roster him, think 40 homers.
Alex Patton Alex
Dec 30 '07
Ryan Howard Philadelphia Phillies
Thirty-five of his walks were intentional. Not quite as many as Barry (43) but a lot more than Albert (22).
Alex Patton Alex
Dec 30 '07
Hunter Pence Texas Rangers
K/W be damned, I like him a lot.
Alex Patton Alex
Dec 30 '07
Torii Hunter Minnesota Twins
Don't know about over his career, but in the last three seasons Torii has had more success in Angel Stadium (.304 BA, .587 SLG in 46 AB) than in the Metrodome (.287 BA, .480 SLG in 739 AB). He picked a nice year to have his second best season ever.
Alex Patton Alex
Dec 30 '07
The Maris comparison strikes me as a little harsh, but Raines is no Sandy Koufax either. The five or six year dominance argument should be reserved for extremely special players, and I'm not sure Raines fits the bill.

Mike Gianella MikeG
Dec 30 '07
Odd that his batting average would dip while he was pounding out almost twice as many doubles. He won't hit .282 this year but there's a fair chance he'll hit close to 40 homers.
Alex Patton Alex
Dec 30 '07
In a lenghty debate posted at ESPN, Jason Stark persuades Peter Gammons to vote for Raines on his next HOF ballot.

A lead-off hitter's job is to score runs, and Raines in his prime was awfully good at that. But that's a little like saying Roger Maris in his prime was a great home-run hitter. I would submit that 1983 through the strike-shortened 1987 are the only seasons in which Raines posted clearly HOF-worthy numbers. In 23 seasons of leading off, he scored 100 runs or more six times.
Alex Patton Alex
Dec 30 '07
Ryan Shealy Toronto Blue Jays
I can't believe we were all sucked into this guy last year. A 789 OPS at 1B in 2006, even in 193 AB, tells me everyone should have known better.

But Stage 3 is depressing that way. Rotoman and LABR were the most conservative voices on Shealy, and even they recommended a $12 bid limit. I guess what they were trying to say was Shealy might not be a great bet at 1B, but you'd better make sure you're not wrong.
Mike Gianella MikeG
Dec 29 '07
Marlon Byrd Cleveland Indians
A 976 OPS Pre All-Star was followed by a 727 OPS Post All-Star. Still, I wouldn't automatically relegate Byrd to the scrap heap yet. He could still put up 15 HR/10 SB if he manages to get 500 AB, and with Milton Bradley, Josh Hamilton, Nelson Cruz, Frank Catalanotto, and Jason Botts the primary competition at OF/DH, Byrd just might do that, even if the Rangers don't want him to. Don't bid over $8, though; you want profits here, and the downside to Byrd is that he continues to get exposed, hits .230 with little power and disappears.
Mike Gianella MikeG
Dec 29 '07
Josh Beckett Los Angeles Dodgers
I don't know that one can say, categorically. The elimination of saves probably means that a reliever -- even an Eckersley in his prime -- probably won't be as valuable as the best starter. The fact that a dominant starter can get over 700 AB means that he could well be more valuable, but it depends on how dominant he is (and how good the best hitter is).

Historically, of course, it's different -- Gibson's '68 seems like it would be tough to beat, even with a league OPS of .641. With 304 IP and 198 hits, right there that's 1100 AB . . .
mike fenger mike
Dec 29 '07
Greg Dobbs Washington Nationals
I only had him at $10.

He sure looked good for the Phillies last year. People still call him "The Natural" in a pejorative way, but he's got a nice line drive swing that occasionally knocks one out of the park. Gillick might not know Patton $ but he does know baseball, which is why he's not beating too hard down Pedro Feliz's door.
Mike Gianella MikeG
Dec 29 '07
Jeremy Giambi Boston Red Sox
Lewis's book is a look at management, so he didn't get down with players all that much. Best I can tell from the little real testimony we've seen the drugs, while not a total secret, weren't out in the open. So it doesn't surprise me he didn't get into that, though if he was following the news he almost surely should have.
Peter Kreutzer Rotoman
Dec 29 '07
Josh Beckett Los Angeles Dodgers
You're right, in the fantasy game. So let's make it a real-life question. The average hitter and average pitcher clearly have the same batting average and opponents' batting average, on-base percent and opponents' on-base percent, and so forth... Is the best pitcher in a given year more valuable than the best hitter in a given year?
Alex Patton Alex
Dec 29 '07
Greg Dobbs Washington Nationals
Greg Dobbs earned $11 last year?
Alex Patton Alex
Dec 29 '07
Josh Beckett Los Angeles Dodgers
Well, no, the average hitter wouldn't be the same, because it's the average bought hitter/pitcher; especially on the pitching side, the guys who aren't bought, aren't bought because they're below average. (And, there are more un-bought pitchers.)

However, doesn't that make the hitters more emphatically more valuable? Because the best pitchers have a "higher" average baseline than do the hitters?
mike fenger mike
Dec 29 '07
Drop in SB par for the course. Meant to be accompanied by rise in SLG.
Alex Patton Alex
Dec 29 '07
Dan Haren Chicago Cubs
Came to earth in the second half (5-6, 4.15 ERA Post-All Star) and was merely mortal on the road (7-5, 3.34 ERA). But if his record in four interleague games (4-0, 7 innings each time, never more than three earned runs) is any indication, he's going to like the National League.
Alex Patton Alex
Dec 29 '07
Scott Baker Los Angeles Dodgers
I haven't seen all of your bids yet, Alex, but I predict that you'll go up at least another $1 before March.
Mike Gianella MikeG
Dec 28 '07
I've added a dollar to my bid limit for Scott Baker. Doesn't mean I'll bid it, but it slots him above the crapshoot.
Alex Patton Alex
Dec 28 '07
Jeremy Giambi Boston Red Sox
Do you think Michael Lewis knew full well that steroids were also on the menu and just didn't want to go there? Or didn't want to muddy up his story? How is it that nowhere in his entire book is there any mention of steroids?
Alex Patton Alex
Dec 28 '07

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