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Friday, March 05, 2004
Know Your Enemy - Part II - The Pirates. (The Big Red C)

2004 Oakland Athletics Preview. (Batter's Box)

Chicago White Sox Preview. (Batter's Box)

The Art of Catching a Fly: Playing the Angles. Interesting analysis of how Mike Cameron does it. (New York Times)

Derek Milhous Zumsteg: "The M's don't have a plan, and Bavasi doesn't have a plan. They didn't sit down this winter and say 'where are we as a team, and how can we best put together a team for next year?' They said 'Man, let's fix left field while we're hiring a GM. Hey Bavasi, finish up this Ibanez signing. Um, let's see... let's dump Cirillo and... wait, that didn't quite... no, let's.. whoops (bang bang) ow, I hit my thumb with the hammer. Jeez that hurts. Uh, we need a backup shortstop now. Let's... oof...'" (U.S.S. Mariner)

Prospectus Triple Play: Anaheim Angels, Chicago Cubs, Detroit Tigers. "Although Corey Patterson's PECOTA card shows a slight upward trend for 2004, Moises Alou and Sammy Sosa both appear to be heading for the shady side of the slope. Hendry's off-season effort to attack the team's offensive deficiencies started out well, as evidenced by the trade for Derrek Lee last November (though one wonders what would have happened had the Cubs simply left Hee Seop Choi alone and let him play first base on a regular basis). But Hendry rapidly contracted amnesia and signed a couple of league-average stop-gaps rather than go after needed offensive help. Why? It could be Chewbacca again, we may never know." (Baseball Prospectus)

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