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Friday, June 13, 2003
Bruce Markusen on Graig Nettles's Superballs, the Yankee rumor mill, the '73 A's, and more. (Baseball Primer)

Bi-Weekly Review: N.L. Central. "The Cardinals are finding themselves needing to win slugfests, because the pitchers have been struggling. Even reliable Matt Morris was lit up by the Orioles, although the Cards ending up winning that game anyway. Tony LaRussa has been leaving his starters in the game longer than usual, because no one in the bullpen has shown any ability to shut down the opposition consistently, although Eldred seems to have settled in as the closer." (Baseball Primer)

Prospectus Triple Play: Diamondbacks, Royals, Phillies. "With the Royals trailing the Twins by just 3.5 games, they're still not in any position to trade [Carlos] Beltran under the guise of rebuilding, not unless the Glass family wants to provoke a fan reaction rivaling the uproar in Chicago following the 'White Flag' trade of five years ago. But if and when he is forced to make a move, Allard Baird would do well to remember that Beltran is not only a better player than Johnny Damon and Jermaine Dye were when he shipped them out of town. At barely 26 years old, Beltran's younger, too." (Baseball Prospectus)

William: "Joe Torre must have given a good speech last night because the Yankees came from behind and won tonight for the first time all year. In a spectacularly poor statistic, they were 0-20 in games where they were behind after the sixth inning." (The Flagrant Fan)

Eric McErlain: "Let's shout it from the rooftops -- the Montreal Expos aren't coming to Washington, D.C. Not next season, and unless something changes radically in the next few months, probably not ever. After last night, it's clear that the political support to build a new stadium in the District just doesn't exist." (Off Wing Opinion)

Bud a bit blurred as a visionary. Rob Neyer:
Oh, here's another Seligian brainstorm: All-Star uniforms. Yeah, that's right ... Commissioner Bud would like to legislate one of the best things about the All-Star Game -- getting to see all those different uniforms on the field at the same time -- out of existence.

Why on earth would he want to do that? It's all about the money, friends. MLB introduced special All-Star workout jerseys a few years ago, and naturally you could purchase these jerseys for home use. Granted, you don't see a lot of those jerseys actually being worn ... but what if special All-Star jerseys were worn during the game?

That ka-ching you just heard was the cash register that's always powered up inside Commissioner Bud's "brain."

The C & C Baseball Factory, Mach II (A Free-Form Jazz Exploration). Things that make Will Carroll and Christian Ruzich go "Hmm." (The Cub Reporter)

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