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Thursday, March 25, 2004

OOTP & Fantasy baseball 

This season I am trying something new. I know I've mentioned it before, I've joined an OOTP league. For those of you who don't know, OOTP is a baseball simulation system where you control all the players, amateur drafting, free agent signing, trades, lineups, pitching staffs, and a whole bunch of other aspects of the game. If anyone is interested in learning more about it, you can go here to see our league (before free agent signings), or here to see our messageboards, or OOTP's home page to see the actual product that runs on your desktop (it's pretty damn slick).

The reason that I'm talking about this is because a couple of owners have just left the league, and our 2005 season is about to start (we play about 4-5 seasons every calendar year, so you really get to see your minor leaguers develop nicely over a short period of time). We are looking for a few interested people who would like to join our league. You can email me at sabernard@mindspring.com if any of you are interested. The teams that need new owners are actually pretty decent teams that are contenders (unlike my team which will take a couple seasons to salvage, but that is fun, too). So, please, email me.

And the other thing is that I've started a standard 5x5 fantasy baseball league that is FREE on Yahoo Sports. If anyone is interested in joining up, let me know, we still have some slots for that, too. OOTP will take up a little more time than the standard fantasy league.

I hope I hear from some people. Both leagues (especially the OOTP league) are going to be loads of fun. We are right in the middle of the amateur draft right now. Come on and join!!!
# posted by shawn : 3/25/2004 01:57:00 PM -

Good bye Almonte, we hardly knew ya 

After ARod got his "bell rung," Almonte replaced him in the field and went 1-for-3. After the game, he was given his unconditional release. Ouch. One minute you're replacing one of the best players in baseball, the next minute you're out of a job. No one said this sport wasn't cruel.
# posted by shawn : 3/25/2004 10:46:00 AM -

Wednesday, March 24, 2004

ARod trade completed  

According to Lee Sinins (see link on right), the Yankees sent minor league SS Joaquin Arias to the Rangers as the PTBNL in the ARod/Soriano trade. Does anyone know anything about this kid?

- Addendum -
Joaquin Arias - 481 AB, 128 H, .266 BA, 12 2B, 8 3B, 3 HR, 48 RBI, 26 BB, 44 SO, 12 for 17 in SB all for the Michigan Battle Cats in A Ball.

Here is what The RotoTimes has to say about him (they ranked him the Yankees' 6th best prospect):
# posted by shawn : 3/24/2004 11:48:00 AM -

Tuesday, March 23, 2004

Great plays in the field 

In case you haven't seen it yet, espn.com is running a feature this week on the greatest fielding plays NOT by a centerfielder. Graig Nettles is #2 for third basemen, but that's not why I'm pointing this out instead of debugging my code here at work. The best line was for "Worst Play" by a first baseman. Of course we know who it is, but it's the way Alan Schwartz describes it:
# posted by shawn : 3/23/2004 01:35:00 PM -

I can't believe it 

Now, I'm pretty proud of myself for using this blog only for its intended purpose: to talk about baseball, particularly the Yankees. I've avoided talking about politics, religion, or any of those other topics that this blog is NOT supposed to be about. But this insane article about nutrition that I found this morning made me stare in disbelief:
You have GOT to be shitting me!!! First of all, IT'S A CARTOON THAT MOCKS EVERYTHING IN MODERN SOCIETY!!! Second of all, read first of all again. Since when is The Simpsons supposed to set life examples for the general public. Now, I admit, I do admire Homer a bit for his do-nothing-get-everything philosophy, but in no way do I think following Homer's lead will allow me to become an astronaut or open a successful snow plow business. These guys at Rutgers have to get a life.

Or maybe this was just a ploy for the "researchers" to watch 63 episodes of The Simpsons on the university's dollar. If that's the case, then they are truly following in Homer's footsteps, and I applaude you.
# posted by shawn : 3/23/2004 09:12:00 AM -

Monday, March 22, 2004

Bubba Gallery!!! 

Thanks to Keri for pointing out Yahoo's pics of Bubba. Thanks again Keri.
# posted by shawn : 3/22/2004 08:29:00 PM -

Quick notes 

# posted by shawn : 3/22/2004 02:24:00 PM -

Sunday, March 21, 2004

Chavez just says no 

It's interesting to look at the teams in Chavez' no-trade clause: Cleveland, Florida, Milwaukee, Minnesota, Montreal, New York Mets, Tampa Bay and Toronto. Let's break it down:
Any other thoughts?

- Addendum -
Well, I for one would probably have put the Pirates on my list - talk about a directionless, mismanaged team, and you're talking about the Pirates. Maybe San Diego, but then again it's always sunny there and they DO have a new stadium. Oh yeah, and Texas, too, would be on my no-trade list. Detroit anyone? At least they're headed in the right direction, not that they have any other direction to go, and you WOULD be playing for Alan Trammell, who has always been one of my favorites.
# posted by shawn : 3/21/2004 12:31:00 AM -

boony tyler 

I was looking through my stats this evening and I noticed that the last search that brought someone to my blog was a search on 'boony tyler'. Well, I went to Google and typed it in and lo and behold, this blog came up 4th out of all the sites that satisfy the criteria for 'boony tyler'. 55 sites in all the Internet world with 'boony tyler', and this very blog that you are ready this very second is 4th. Pretty impressive, eh?

I wonder what the person was searching for. When you do the search, Google asks if you meant 'bonny tyler' who, apparently, is a singer with lots of ringtones that you can download.

Ah, another interesting thing that I just noticed about this searcher is that the search originated in Sweden. Well, I hope they found what they were looking for. Perhaps they were interested in the list of baseball Bubbas.
# posted by shawn : 3/21/2004 12:19:00 AM -