Behind the Scenes at MVN

Congratulations to Cal Ripken Jr. and Tony Gwynn on their elections to the Baseball Hall of Fame. Goose Gossage reached the 70% plateau and was just 21 votes shy of induction, so it appears it's just a matter of time before he gets in. Andre Dawson was at 56.7% and Lee Smith was at 39.8%. You can view the final vote tally here. Anyway they're moving some stuff around in hopes of getting rid of the glitchiness over the last few weeks. Bear with us.
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That about sums it up.

Here is a staff picture of MSN.com --

http://photos1.blogger.com/x/blogger/2664/206...

I blew it!!!

Should read MVN.Com

http://www.bizofbaseball.com/

Front page has a story about the EI package going exclusively to DirecTV.

MuskRat wrote an article on Andre Dawson posted on MLB.com -- "Dawson's Skills Were a Rare Combination." It's a puff piece but it's inspiring as hell, her Cubbie Kool-Aid lack of objectivity not withstanding.

here's the url:
http://mlb.mlb.com/NASApp/mlb/news/article.js...

To me, the most amazing vote of all is that some people actually thought Bobby Bonilla should get HOF votes. Bobby Bonilla!!!! Try to put a sabremetric spin on that.

speaking of bobby bonilla, dude's been feasting on the all-you-can eat buffets or something if you saw him on the MLB.com feed they were broadcasting..,

"Bobby Bonilla!!"

All time National League Switch hitting home run leader.

Just saying.

http://preview.tinyurl.com/yk6qyu

Cubs 2007 Zips projections...they really like Rich Hill

another system called CHONE

http://lanaheimangelfan.blogspot.com/2006/12/...

yet another known as MARCEL

http://www.insidethebook.com/ee/index.php/sit...

I distinctly remember the time when teams were more fearful of pitching to Bonilla than to Bonds

Then again, I also remember a time when the Pirates were good.

http://www.baseballinfosolutions.com/images/P...

PDF of Park Factors from the Bill James Handbook, SWEET!!!

Crap, looks like Jay Buhner needs to wait another year, getting just one vote. What a crock.

The Trib has listed 11 players that were invited to Spring Camp today:

Pitchers Sean Gallagher, Adam Harben, Ryan O'Malley, Carmen Pignatiello (Providence HS) and Randy Wells

Catcher Jake Fox

Infielders Mike Kinkade, Casey McGehee and Eric Patterson

Outfielders Tyler Colvin and Chris Walker

I'm surprised Clay Rapada didn't get an invite.

Rapada's on the 40-man, automatic invite.

433:
"Crap, looks like Jay Buhner needs to wait another year, getting just one vote. What a crock."

Actually he will be off the ballot as he didn't get 5% of the vote. But the one person who did vote for him should be shot.

Jeff Smaesjsdfjkasdfjhksahjdfkjsa will also get an invite as that was talked about last year.

From the two times I have seen Tyler Colvin swing a bat, I have concluded that he is the next Derrick May.

I actually have a little faith on Colvin.

Is Transaction Guy dead Carlos?

So do I. Derrek Lee had a decent run as a left-handed OF for a few years, but failed to improve beyond the age of 25. Worse things in the world than being a useful fourth OF for a few years...

And of course, I'm about 5% serious in making the comparison. If I had another two at bats to watch Colvin, THEN I'd be serious. ~grin~

Derrek Lee had a decent run as a left-handed OF for a few years, but failed to improve beyond the age of 25.

Until he switched to the right side and picked up a first basemen's glove. :)

Derrick May, Derrek Lee, same difference.... lol....

Combine the two and you have ....

Lee May.

And combine Derrick May with David West, and you have .......

May West

I sense the presence of Harry Caray.

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