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Here's Denny....

Posted at 9:10 AM on May 31, 2006 by David Zingler

Thankfully, I didn't stay up and watch Scott Baker implode last night (still recovering from the long weekend), but I did tune in long enough to witness former Twins utility man, Denny Hocking's audition for an announcing gig.

I wonder if Bert Blyleven gave him any pointers...like adding unecessary adjectives to player descriptions - ie. "He's a young 22-year-old" or "He is a strikeout-type pitcher." Or better yet, did he learn the secrets of the mysterious "Circle Machine"? I'm sure that would make Dick Bremer jealous.....

Hump day links

Posted at 11:20 AM on May 31, 2006 by Ben Tesch

Battered Up!
He's Been Hit by Pitches 277 Times, but Houston Astro Craig Biggio Is Having a Ball

Small Ball Who's Who
You hear a lot of talk about "small ball" these days. You know what small ball is, that old-style offensive attack, where speed takes precedence over power. Where one-run strategies such as the sacrifice bunt and the stolen base are preferred to a conservative brand of baseball that depends on walks and home runs to produce runs (and strikeouts) in bunches. Here is a "small ball ranking" of all 30 major league teams.

TwinsCards.com
Blake Meyer has drastically updated his Twins baseball card site. Now has a search engine, and includes front and backs of cards in large easy to read images. Only 15 sets loaded so far, but 50+ more to come.

An embarrassing week for A-Rod
"I've long given Alex Rodriguez the benefit of the doubt. I figured that since he's only 30 years old and has played in just a handful of postseasons -- batting a respectable .305 in the process -- he has plenty of time to prove he's an all-time great and deserves the kind of money he makes. But no more. His showing over the past week forced me to give up on him forever. Let me take you through his embarrassing performances from the past seven days."

Baird out, Moore in.

Posted at 7:46 PM on May 31, 2006 by Josh Lee

With Kansas City on pace for a third straight 100-loss season, the Royals finally decided to put GM Allard Baird out of their misery. Having traded away Carlos Beltran (not that they could have afforded to keep him) and stripped their minor league cupboard bare, Baird leaves the Royals with little more than the label of "perennial doormat." He will be replaced by Braves Assistant GM Dayton Moore.

Moore, by the looks of things, will have his work cut out for him: None of the Royals' everyday hitters has an OPS above .800, and only one of their starting pitchers has an ERA below 5.00 (Scott Elarton is scraping by with a 4.94). When the best thing you can say about your roster is that Jose Lima is no longer on it, you've got issues.

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