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Friday, October 29, 2004
Baseball's new OBP philosophy: will Cubs curse it or follow along? "The Cubs finished 11th in the NL in team on-base percentage. Despite a great starting-pitching rotation, they failed down the stretch largely because they didn't score runs, even against the bottom-feeding Mets and Reds. You can blame fatigue, but you also can blame bad approaches at the plate, including too much first-pitch swinging and swinging at bad pitches." (Daily Herald)

The Curse of Big Papi. "Just as the Twins felt they needed the $3 million more than they needed Ortiz, he clearly had an immediate benefit from a simple change of scenery. Perhaps that's just what he needed. To play on grass, in a hitter's ballpark, in a lineup full of offensive threats, on a team that wanted him to do what he does best -- hit for power. But as the Red Sox won their first World Series since 1918 -- with Ortiz starting at first base and Mientkiewicz coming in late as his defensive replacement, no less -- I can't help but wonder what could have been for the Twins." (The Hardball Times)

Beltran, 64 Others File for Free Agency. Others include Adrian Beltre, Steve Finley, Carlos Delgado, Magglio Ordonez, Brad Radke and Kevin Millwood. (Yahoo!)

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