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Thursday, May 29, 2003
Yankees beat Red Sox after losing 4-run lead in ninth. Bottom of the ninth, tie game, runner on third, one out. Grady Little orders two intentional walks to load the bases. Jorge Posada draws a walk to win the game. (ESPN.com)

Deja Vu. July 20, 2002. Bottom of the ninth, Yankees batting against the Red Sox, tie game, runner on third, one out. Grady Little orders two intentional walks to load the bases. Jorge Posada draws a walk to win the game. Please stop doing this, Grady. (ESPN.com)

Yanks refuse to lose. They extended their winning streak to two games, their longest since May 7-8. (Newark Star-Ledger)

Zimmer zaps The Boss.
"I got fed up reading all the things about our manager who has won four World Series in seven years," Zimmer said Wednesday. "That's a joke. Then again, he's the Boss."

Steinbrenner told newspapers earlier this week that he had given Torre everything he had asked for, so it was the manager's responsibility to make sure the team started playing better.

"For seven years here it was Tampa's team. That's all we heard. 'We'll pick the team, we'll pick the team,' " Zimmer said. "All of a sudden we're losing, and it's suddenly Joe's team? That's very unfair. I respect him. He's still the Boss. But that doesn't mean I can't say something."
(ESPN.com)

Hillenbrand for Kim? Deal conditionally done. Shea to Arizona for Byung-Hyun, pending Jerry Colangelo's approval. (ESPN.com)

Prospectus Triple Play: Braves, Twins, Devil Rays. "Five of the [Braves' last nine draft picks] were from Georgia itself, another from Virginia, another from Texas. One of Rob Neyer's best pieces suggested that teams are better off intensely scouting only a small fraction of the draft pool, as opposed to performing a superficial scan of all potential draftees. Certainly, the Athletics have discovered one effective way to accomplish this - focusing on college hitters and pitchers who control the strike zone. Have the Braves discovered another?" (Baseball Prospectus)

Aaron Gleeman on the Blue Jays.
In addition to ranking first in the AL in offensive production at first base and centerfield thus far, the Blue Jays also rank #1 in the AL in offense by their catchers, which is more than a little surprising. The Jays have accomplished that with perhaps the best platoon in all of baseball: Greg Myers (against righties) and Tom Wilson (against lefties). Now, neither of those guys are great defensively, but they aren't horrible. And boy do they make a perfect combo.

Greg Myers vs righties - .359/.451/.590
Tom Wilson vs lefties - .300/.390/.420
(Aaron's Baseball Blog)

Dave Till reports from Monday's Blue Jays - White Sox game at Skydome. "Paul Konerko's batting mannerisms would not have been tolerated a generation ago. When he comes up - with Carlos Lee on second and nobody out - he pinwheels his bat repeatedly, and then points it towards the mound until the pitcher goes into his set. Can you imagine what Bob Gibson would have done, had somebody indulged in such histrionics against him?" (Batter's Box)

Overpaid? Garcia has been one of baseball's best bargains for years. Defending Freddy. (King County Journal, via U.S.S. Mariner)

Mike Henderson: "[Annika] Sorenstam missed a cut at a golf tournament because she left a few putts short; Freddy is missing out on an otherwise-superb Seattle Mariners season by leaving his pitches long. In fairness, though, quite a few of those Freddy-generated home runs to right field would have been routine fly-ball outs if only Ichiro were 10-feet-five instead of five-feet-10." (Seattle Weekly)

Rob Neyer: "Nolan Ryan isn't the greatest pitcher since World War II, and in fact he's not one of the 10 greatest pitchers since World War II. After the five pitchers -- Tom Seaver, Roger Clemens, Warren Spahn, Greg Maddux, and Bob Gibson -- I mentioned in the article about Clemens, I would list the following (in no particular order): Randy Johnson, Robin Roberts, Steve Carlton, Sandy Koufax, and Jim Palmer." (ESPN.com)

The Score Bard Joe Morgan Chat Wrap. (Scroll down to May 27)
Joey, NJ: Do you think Jesse Orosco is going to be playing until he is 50 years old?

Fifty? Now, that might be tricky.
With old players, teams can get picky.
Although they can play,
Teams might shy away.
If you think that's not true, just ask Rickey.




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