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Friday, May 02, 2003
Bi-Weekly Review: N.L. Central.
A sausage race can pack them in
But never brings them back.
A bobble head's allure is thin
Unless a fan's on crack.

A Brewers game all by itself
Just doesn't seem that groovy.
But fans will come if we can say,
"We'll put you in a movie."
(Baseball Primer)

Things I've Learned Watching Baseball on TiVo by Derek Zumsteg. "First, ties do not go to the runner. Ties go to the defense. The runner needs to clearly beat the throw to the glove to be safe at first." (Baseball Prospectus)

Prospectus Triple Play: Diamondbacks, Royals, Phillies. "[Mike MacDougal's] 10-for-10 start in save opportunities was built on a freakish collection of baserunning errors--no less than five opposing baserunners ran themselves into needless outs in his first 10 appearances. His two blown saves are testimony to the fact that MacDougal simply doesn't throw enough strikes to be a reliable ninth-inning option. For the season, his strike percentage is less than 54%, which is down in Mitch Williams territory." (Baseball Prospectus)

Marlins pitcher begins 12-to-18-month recovery. 26-year-old A.J. Burnett, who led the NL with 5 shutouts last year, underwent Tommy John surgery on Tuesday. (

Aaron Gleeman: "There is just no way a reasonable person can look at how A.J. Burnett has been handled over the past 12-15 months and come to a conclusion that in any way suggests the Florida Marlins 'were trying to protect the kid from the first day.' Not only is Jeff Torborg an idiot that abuses his pitchers and then is confused when they come up injured, he is an idiot that then lies about it in such a way that is nothing if not blatant." (Aaron's Baseball Blog)

Mike Lupica on the mistakes Steve Phillips has made since the Mets played in the 2000 World Series. A long list. (New York Daily News)

Bruce Markusen's Cooperstown Confidential for May 2. How to fix the Mets; the Cubs®' third-base woes; and more. (Baseball Primer)

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