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Guess That 1994 Baseball Player! #33

Terry Steinbach wasn’t much of a head-scratcher for most of you. Or a butt-scratcher for that matter.

Today we have a special treat—a rookie prospect. This book did its best to predict the futures of 100 highly-touted minor leaguers, sometimes with great success and sometimes with disastrous failure. I’ll let you guess which one this is. Continue reading

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Guess That 1994 Baseball Player! #23

So apparently there aren’t many Dave Hollins fans out there. I thought some distant memories of the 1993 World Series would creep into your consciousness, but apparently not.

Hopefully you have better luck with today’s quiz. Since I spent the majority of yesterday deriding the current state of sports in Los Angeles, I guess I had the Dodgers on my mind. Continue reading

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The Sad State Of Sports In Los Angeles

This past week the greater Los Angeles area was ravaged by robust winds that left thousands without power and caused massive trees to be uprooted and fall on everything from cars to houses. But that disaster paled in comparison to what I had to endure on Saturday when I watched the UCLA men’s basketball team lose to Texas.

No, I’m not talking about the 20-minute delay when the winds knocked out the lights at the L.A. Sports Arena. I’m talking about what took place on the court after that. Continue reading

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The Gold Glove Award: The Anti-Moneyball

For those of you who have read Moneyball or gazed into Brad Pitt’s eyes for two hours seen the movie, you know that baseball started to undergo a change in the early 2000s. Gone were the days of 85-year-old scouts saying they liked a player’s “makeup” in favor of a more precise, more quantifiable way of evaluating players.

You can argue whether Billy Beane was successful in implementing his plan in Oakland, but you can’t argue that Sabermetrics and its associated acronyms like OPS, WAR, BABIP, and VORP, have changed the way that players are evaluated—and therefore how they’re paid.

Voters have done a better job incorporating these stats when considering postseason awards like MVP, Cy Young, and Rookie of the Year, but for some reason they’ve completely ignored them when it comes to the Gold Glove Awards. Continue reading

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Manny Joins the Cast of The Hills

Tweet  Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last couple hours (or at the movie theater seeing Space Chimps), you know that arguably the greatest right-handed hitter of all time was just traded where else but Los Angeles. … Continue reading

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