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Tuesday, November 18, 2003
Bonds wins sixth NL MVP, third in a row. (Yahoo!)

A-Rod wins AL MVP, confirms trade talk. (Yahoo!)

Hentgen returns to Blue Jays. One year, $2.2 million. (Yahoo!)

The Stadium Game. Neil deMause: "Is this the end of the new-stadium era, one we'll one day look back on like the 1910-1915 era that produced the first wave of steel ballparks (if perhaps not as fondly)? Or is it just a statistical blip, a pause in the action before the next round of construction? Let's take a look at the remaining candidates..." (Baseball Prospectus)

Derek Zumsteg: "Baseball is the only major sport in America where the players are guaranteed to get dirty. Twenty-six fields are some variety of grass (see chart, below), and outfielders who make diving grabs come up smeared in green, just like we do when we play at our local fields. Slide into second in shorts and you look like Pigpen, and that's the same in every ballpark in baseball." (Baseball Prospectus)

Cy of Relief. "I think Win Shares is the shakiest ground from which to build one's argument for Gagne's Cy Young legitimacy. Gagne had a fine season, but I cannot accept an argument that his 82.1 innings were superior to Prior's 211.1 or Schmidt's 207.2 even if they came in save opportunity. And what of save opportunities? James showed in his New Historical Baseball Abstract that a closer is best used in games in which his team leads by one, the score is tied, or possibly if his team trails by one. Only one of those three would even be considered a save opportunity." (Mike's Baseball Rants)

The Red Sox...What we have so far. Jeff proposes a 25-man roster for 2004. Part 3 in a series. (The House that Dewey Built)

The Red Sox...Filling the holes. Part 4. (The House that Dewey Built)

Roger Angell looks back on the 2003 postseason. "[Mike Mordecai] compared [Josh] Beckett to a teammate of his from a decade ago, the left-handed Atlanta phenom Steve Avery, but I had a better model in mind: twenty-one-year-old Bret Saberhagen, who gave up a lone run to the Cardinals over eighteen innings during the 1985 Series, and effortlessly won the M.V.P., just as Beckett did here. Watching them both, you could see Cooperstown in the mists ahead—or else the waiting rooms of Dr. James Andrews, the celebrated Birmingham shoulder surgeon, et al., which was Saberhagen’s path, as it turned out. This is a tough trade." (The New Yorker)

King Kaufman on the steroid scandal. Is anyone else having trouble with Salon's Free Day Pass? I can't get the "ultramercial" to run, so I can't get past the first two paragraphs of this column. I couldn't access Kaufman's football column on Friday, either. (

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