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Friday, May 09, 2003
Dialed In. Chris Dial on early Cy Young favorites, Sammy Sosa's (beanball-related?) slump, and hope for the Mets. (Baseball Primer)

Bi-Weekly Review: A.L. East. "Nick Johnson continues to remind us all why we were so nuts about him in 1999 and now has hit his seasonal high OPS (so far!) of 1.029. 30 walks and counting." (Baseball Primer)

Bi-Weekly Review: A.L. Central. "One of the lone bright spots [for the Tigers] over the last couple weeks is that rookie pitcher Jeremy Bonderman has started to pitch pretty well. Bonderman had a 15.63 ERA after his first two major league starts, but has since pitched 25 2/3 innings with a 3.37 ERA in four starts...Of course, the bad news is that the Tigers let Bonderman throw 118 pitches in 5 2/3 innings on April 29th against the Orioles." (Baseball Primer)

Bi-Weekly Review: A.L. West. "Other than losing two of three to the Yankees, the Mariners have looked as good as a big plate of some kind of really good food on a table where the other food is bad and covered with mold and stuff." (Baseball Primer)

Over here! D.C. waving $338M plan to land Expos.
D.C. officials say they will raise the money three ways: a 10 percent tax at the stadium, an additional tax on baseball players' salaries and a "ballpark fee" to large district businesses. Any company earning more than $3 million a year would have to pay the fee, at rates that would vary according to company size.

The D.C. Council must approve the plan, and Council Chairman Linda Cropp has said she would reinstate the "ballpark fee" only it if the business community wants it. Congress also would have to approve some of the funding mechanisms, including city borrowing.

The Baltimore Orioles have vowed to fight a move of the Expos to the capital area, saying it would violate their franchise rights.

Doug Pappas: "If the D.C. Council approves this proposal, Oregon's bid is doomed, and Virginia may have to open its wallet again to stay in the running." (Doug's Business of Baseball Weblog)

Mike on LVMVP's (Least Valuable MVP's), players who followed MVP seasons with bad years. (Mike's Baseball Rants)

New weblogs: Diamondback Bites, Portland Sox Fan (Red Sox) and Westwood Blues (Giants).

Rivalries: The teams that we love to hate #1 Giants-Dodgers. "There is an inexplicable spirit and intensity at these games that you can actually feel; everyone finds themselves becoming a part of it. To the fans it doesn't even seem to matter if their team is having a bad season, as long as they beat the other - at all costs." (At Home Plate) (via The Southpaw)

Prospectus Triple Play: Angels, Cubs, Tigers. "Frankly, not too many teams would suffer a significant drop-off in production if they lost Darin Erstad for two to three weeks. Despite early indications that he would develop into a hitter with good speed, patience, and doubles power, Erstad has seemingly turned himself into a defensive specialist over the past few years, earning a number of Gold Gloves, but posting only one season in which he slugged above .400. Nevertheless, the Angels appear to be just one of those teams." (Baseball Prospectus)

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