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A Defense of Reason and Sanity

I honestly don't know why I cause people to do what they do. Sure I'm schizo; sure I like to provoke; but what's the expression these days: asymmetrical warfare? Something like that. anyhow, the...

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Best Pro Franchise Since 1960: #8

Well, it's the daily double. I'd like to make this one higher, but I cannot let bias change my view. The 7 teams ahead include, in no particular order: the three NFL teams that have won 5 Super...

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Best Pro Franchise #9

Sorry for the delay here-- lots of home duties thos weekend and not a lot of free time. And it is more fitting that I waited for yesterday's festivities in Canton and the appearances of Al Davis...

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The Scutaro Phenomenon: Progression to the Mean

We had a heated debate a while back. I argued for more playing time for Scutaro, since I contended that he was likely to exceed his career OPS for the rest of the year given the horrible start he...

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the numbers are starting to get solid

W-L, at least. That pesky run differential is still a bit of a problem. Since I have been a skeptic recently, I am duly bound to report the following: A's started at 23-29-- since then they are...

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Best Pro Franchises #10 and #9

No game for us tonight; rangers clinging to a lead over LAA as i write this. The previous 10 have included: Baseball: Cincinnati Reds, Baltimore Orioles, Boston Red Sox and St. Louis Cardinals B...

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Will it be a Four team Race Come Sunday???

You know if you had put a serious baseball fan on a desert island so he couldn't watch or listen to any game this year; then gave him the AL West standings plus run differential with the names of...

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Best Pro Franchises #12 and #11

Blez covered the game pretty succinctly-- they made the plays in the field, and we did not. So on to this exercise, and tonight I'm gonna have some fun. So far, the order has been: #20:...

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Best Pro Franchises: #14 and #13

Have you noticed the team is playing better since I started this exercise? Bradley again.. Payton again... and what a start from Haren and he gave the bullpen a much-needed night off. And did you...

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NEWS FLASH: A'S BIDDING FOR SORIANO!!

Leave it to Billy to shock the world, but Jayson Stark has just reported on ESPN that the A's are now in bidding for Soriano, whether it is in a straight deal or a 3 way combo where Soriano may or...

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Best Pro Franchises of this Era: # 16 and #15

Quite a win today, wasn't it. My reverse karma was in rare form during the game (though I did call a victory pregame then retracted it after the Johnson leadoff homer) as I praised Bonderman an...

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Top 20 Franchises: #18 and 17

Better news on our front today-- Big Papi reminds everyone-- as if we needed reminding-- who the best clutch hitter in the game is; Barry Zito does what a quality professional starter does after a...

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20 Top Pro Sports Franchises of This Era

On a night when Loaiza failed us yet again; where Bradley took the collar and also made a critical defensive misplay while Ethier was a solid 2-4 with a jimmy jack and 2 RBI; and, oh by the way,...

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The One Unequivocal Success

To those who think I can't dispense praise, here's some. Kudos to Beane for landing Thomas. And kudos to Thomas for showing the world he can still rake. After a slow start caused largely by...

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Hear Ye, Hear Ye.. TIED FOR FIRST PLACE

and only 3 games ahead of the last-place Mariners. We have the worst run differential in the division. One week for Beane to begin the salvage operation. And for those who think that's crazy, or...

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barry's last start as an A....??

or next to last start? I can't be there tonight, but I will be there on Saturday no matter what for the end of an era and to cheer my favorite Athletic on in his last appearance in the Green and...

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The Loaiza Disaster

Sounds like a Robert Ludlum title. He's the least effective starting pitcher in the AL-- now about 20% into his $21 million contract. This was the most unBeane like decision he's ever made-- Billy...

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A Note on the Meaning of Fandom

I have been particularly critical of A's management recently, and especially William Lamar Beane, who I have been very praiseworthy of for most of the past 5-6 years. In response a couple of ANers...

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Why did Dan Johnson get sent down??

He had slumped lately, but overall since his early struggles was hitting close to 300. Nick Swisher-- another Beane favorite-- on the other hand has been in steady decline for two months and has...

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a very telling defeat

and one that can't make Billy Beane feel very good about the future. One team has two young hardthrowing starters who are vey much part of the future; and they added a very effective and crafty...

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And now we will know

Crucial stretch of games begin tonight. 19 in a row vs. contenders (OK, everyone's a contender in the AL, but you get the drift) Det-Bos-Tor-LAA-Tex-Sea Will BB be a buyer, a seller, both, or...

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Trouble in the Windy City

Don't look now, but the defending World Champs, after dropping 2 of 3 in Motown-- are now just 2 games ahead of the Skanks for the WC and only 4 ahead of the surging Minnesota Twins. since June...

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When Did Billy Jump the Shark??

a little historical probe. Was it: The Chavez/tejada decision. For all those who think this was purely a Schottman decision, please reread your Moneyball copy-- who did BB deride as "Mr. Swing at...

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Bobby vs. Miggy: the Current Years

If there's one discernible pattern to many of the Great Beane's moves, it is to trust some white guy from SoCal and, better yet, San Diego. usually it is a player of Latin descent that gets shipped...

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Stunning VORP Numbers

I have to admit even I wasn't prepared for this. The A's have 3-- count 'em-- 3 position players in the top 200 in VORP-- and in about two or three more days that number will be reduced to two. S...

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AL Playoff Odds-- A Transparent Discussion

The BP model is a Monte Carlo simulation-- they play the remainder of the season millions of times. It does take into effect schedule strength, but not injuries (past, present or future) or...

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A Dose of Reality

compared to baseball girl's "incredible feat" of winning three of four in Fenway, which would have been a more pedestrian split but for Mark Loretta. They did, on the whole play well. Pitched well...

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Implications of all Today's Developments

First off-- no matter what we think of his recent moves, the fact is that Beane does not allow stagnation to set in. He saw as well as all of us the 4 games with the Angels-- and I'm sure everyone...

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AL West Playoff Odds

No, I didn't make these up out of whole cloth. These are the latest from Baseball Prospectus' model-- and for the record, even when the A's had taken the lead over Texas, they have never determined...

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The Three Questions I Wish Blez Had Asked Beane

And maybe he did, since we haven't seen the second installment: It is often said that a team is only as good as their up the middle players. Your 4 up the middle players have OPS' right now of 653,...

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