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Tuesday, July 01, 2003
Mets trade Alomar to White Sox for prospects. (

Bob Mong: "What I don't understand, at all, is why the White Sox did this: Alomar is hitting .262/.336/.357. The White Sox' current 2B, D'Angelo Jimenez, is hitting better: .255/.332/.410. Plus, he's ten years younger." (Bobbys Sports and News Bloggy)

Midseason Report. Ben Jacobs presents his MVP, Cy Young, and ROY choices. Over 9,000 words. A good read. (Universal Baseball Blog, Inc.)

Derek Milhous Zumsteg: "Piniella challenged every team he ever managed to win: he expected it of them, and he settled for nothing less. I frequently didn't agree with his tactics, but I always respected that about him...Melvin concedes the tie, he concedes the losses. I know that Melvin manages a veteran team of professionals blah blah blah, and I know chemistry's bunk yadda yadda yadda, but I still wonder -- what does his team think about it?" (U.S.S. Mariner)

Alex Belth: "Give this to the Red Sox: they have been anything but dull. I don't know the count, but they must have played some of the most dramatic, thrilling, (not to mention heart-breaking) and exciting games in baseball this year. If the could fix the pitching, they could be real trouble for the Yankees and everybody else in the league." (Bronx Banter)

Brian Carstens: "On another non-Cubs-specific note, I'd like to call for the end of throwback uniforms...In the last couple of years, we've had to watch teams wear ridiculous uniforms from the 70s and 80s, and a few teams have now taken to wearing uniforms that aren't even theirs. The Royals wore Monarch uniforms over the weekend, the Orioles wore Saint Louis Browns uniforms earlier in the year, the Rangers wore Senators uniforms for two weeks or so last year, and in one game last season the Marlins wore uniforms from the AAA team that used to play in Miami." (The [Untitled] Cubs Page)

Prospectus Triple Play: Marlins, Yankees, Pirates. "The hottest hitter this side of Albert Pujols is Yankees outfielder Hideki Matsui. Matsui, who looked like just another HidekiBust one month ago, comes into the last day of June hitting .417/509/.688 for the month, a stretch that has yanked his seasonal line up to .305/.370/.458." (Baseball Prospectus)

Bi-Weekly Review: N.L. West. "Preston Wilson is having a spectacular season. He seems to be the perfect pick-up for the Rockies. And I love the lambchops! There was some discussion here and from Prospectus regarding his 'style' being well suited to Coors, but then Jose Hernandez has the same style, and he stunk up the joint. Jose Hernandez turned out to be very valuable – he got Mark Bellhorn to Denver – which is a very good thing. Why the stupid Mets couldn’t have traded Robbie Alomar for Bellhorn is beyond me – well, it’s beyond Jim Duquette anyway, but that’s another story." (Baseball Primer)

Bi-Weekly Review: N.L. East. "The sudden cooling of the offense has lifted the cover on the [Braves'] continuing pitching mediocrity, a situation John Schuerholz really ought to address in the next month...The team’s continued devotion to [Shane] Reynolds as a starter is beginning to challenge 'Vinny Castilla, starting third baseman' for the most inexplicable thing on the planet." (Baseball Primer)

Pittsburgh Pirates: Released 1B Kevin Young. Dan Szymborski: "Young's big contract given a few years ago was a classic Duquette Blunder - Bonifay actually did really well using a then cheap Young to replace the horribly overrated Jeff King. Bonifay inked him to a 2 year deal for just under $2 million per before the 1998 season and the Pirates got their money's worth. Unfortunately, after a big 1999 season, Bonifay disobeyed Ron Johnson's Law of Fluke Years and signed Young to a 4-year, $24 million deal and didn't get a nickel's worth of performance as a result." (Transaction Oracle)

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