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Wednesday, November 10, 2004
Clemens wins record seventh Cy Young Award.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Roger Clemens could have ended his career last year in the World Series, just like Sandy Koufax. Now, he might join Koufax as the only defending Cy Young Award winners to call it quits.(Yahoo!)
Crosby cruises to AL Rookie of the Year, Bay wins NL honor. (Yahoo!)
Varitek's terms could be tough to meet.
KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. -- As much as the Red Sox hope to persuade Jason Varitek to stay in Boston, they face a mighty challenge since Varitek's agent, Scott Boras, said last night the catcher expects to receive a five-year contract with a no-trade clause that compensates him as lucratively as the top catchers in the game.(Boston Globe)
Rivals in Exile: Looking Back. Ben Jacobs and Larry Mahnken on the 2004 Red Sox and Yankees. (The Hardball Times)
The 1960s Dodgers: Two Parts Patience, One Part Creative Insanity.
Earlier, we examined the situations of the St. Louis Cardinals and the San Francisco Giants in the 1960s. Those organizations in that decade presented very different scenarios: the Cardinals parlayed good-but-not-great home-grown talent into a three-time champion through extremely astute trades; the Giants managed just one pennant despite a staggering bounty from the farm system, because of highly questionable choices and ill-conceived trades.(The Hardball Times)
Prospectus Triple Play: Chicago White Sox, Oakland Athletics, Philadelphia Phillies. "Even if they retain Cormier and one of Lidle or Milton, the Phillies still stand to save a significant amount by getting Millwood’s $11MM off the books. The question is: where do they spend it? As mentioned, the offense is mostly set for next year. Mike Lieberthal, Jim Thome, Jimmy Rollins, David Bell, Burrell and Bobby Abreu will all be back, leaving second base and center field as questions. The two easy answers to those questions are Chase Utley and some combination of Byrd and Jason Michaels." (Baseball Prospectus)
ACES Book Completed. An interview with Mychael Urban, who has written a book on the 2004 journey of the Oakland Big Three, Tim Hudson, Mark Mulder and Barry Zito.
Blez: Do you think the A's will keep any of the Big Three or do you think Billy Beane is leaning toward rebuilding with younger guys like Rich Harden, Joe Blanton, Brad Knox and Jason Windsor?(Athletics Nation)