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Wednesday, November 24, 2004
Sammy Sosa- 5 Questions. "The biggest on-going story of this offseason for the Mets is the Sammy Sosa trade rumor. With that in mind, I decided to get some Cub experts to answer a few questions on the man every Met fan doesn't want in Shea to see if it would really be such a bad move. They are Christian Ruzich, Derek Smart and Alex Ciepley from the Cub Reporter, the best Cub blog out there. Enjoy." (Jeremy Heit's Blog)

Beltre's First Good Season Wasn’t 2004. Beltre vs. Beltran. (Dodger Thoughts)

The Charboneaus. "Next in our pursuit of the worst award vote-getters of all time are the Charboneaus, the worst Rookie of the Year candidates, or at least the ones that someone was foolish enough to vote for. Of course, it is named for Joe Charboneau, the Cleveland Indians slugger who set the bar for sophomore slumps." (Mike's Baseball Rants)

Prospectus Triple Play: Los Angeles Dodgers, Minnesota Twins, San Francisco Giants. "It's an idea that's got some traction among the analytical set. He was spotted taking grounders there at the end of the season. And incumbent Corey Koskie's free agency creates the opening. But the Twins don't appear to be thinking in terms of moving catcher Joe Mauer to third base in the wake of his traumatic rookie season...Back at the end of September, the Twins did work Mauer out at third base simply to get him moving around, on the possibility that if they reached the ALCS he might be activated. That didn't materialize, of course. Mauer instead went to the Florida Instructional league and felt continued discomfort while squatting to catch. But while their ought to be plenty of concern not only for his repaired knee but for the durability of a 6'4" catcher in general, Twins GM Terry Ryan has said that the plans are that he will be catching again come spring training." (Baseball Prospectus)

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