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Can make a good man
Turn bad
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Can make a good man
Turn bad
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Michael Wolverton has a great new article up (in the free section) on Baseball Prospectus entitled "Not Earning Its Keep" in which he advocates ditching the concept of earned runs. This is something I've felt would be a good idea for a long time, I'm glad to see that I'm not alone.

What do people think of de-emphasizing earned runs and ERA? Obviously, from a practical point of view, it will take a while to accomplish that sort of change. I'm going to try to start by avoiding ERA in favour of RA when doing player analysis.
There is nowhere near as much written about the Expos on the net as about the Jays, especially not in English, but here are some of the recent articles I've come across.

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Hockey! Getcha hockey heeeeah!

I have only one thing to contribute to this thread : 1916 1924 1930 1931 1944 1946 1953 1956 1957 1958 1959 1960 1965 1966 1968 1969 1971 1973 1976 1977 1978 1979 1986 1993. 2004.
It turns out that Coach, Robert and I had different thoughts when we saw Sir Sidney Ponson take the mound against the Crimson Hose on Sunday night. I thought the poor unfortunate had been stung by a bee (or possibly a hive thereof); Kent immediately wondered if someone had taken an air compressor to him and given him the Michelin treatment; Robert just thought he looked on the swollen side. As it turns out, Sir Sidney has just been enjoying the finer things in life, as befits one of his lofty station.
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But there’s no place here for the mini-skirt waddle
Capital punishment, she’s last year’s model
They call her Natasha when she looks like Elsie
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Betcha no one figured two days ago that that would be today's headline, huh? Nothing against the Tigers, who've given it their all, but the Blue Jays have played very poorly in dropping the first two games of the season-opening homestand. With a trip to Fenway Park following the game, the Jays can't afford an 0-3 start.
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And everything is coming down on me down on me
I go crazy oh so crazy

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There's nothing like a bucketful of cold water to wake you up in the morning, and there's nothing like a 7-0 whipping by the Detroit Tigers to wake up a baseball team. The Blue Jays will try to score their first runs and their first win of the season tonight against 2003's history-making 20-game-loser Mike Maroth. They'll send Miguel Batista and his Amazing Technicolour Repertoire to the mound in opposition. It's Batter's Box/Cheer Club Night at the Skydome, so keep your ears peeled for raucous Bauxites noisily rooting for the home squad.
Steve Z notes, along with a series of links, that with the opening day of baseball's minor leagues fast approaching, it might be time for a minor-league baseball thread. I couldn't agree more. Here's Steve's recent roundup of news from Syracuse and Charleston; I'll aim to have some more to add later. Chime in with your own observations and links as well.
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At first glance, it might appear easy to preview the Jays' first series of their hopeful 2004 campaign: "They're the freakin' Tigers." But this might not be as much of a cakewalk as the easy, breezy pair of series that the Jays played with Detroit last September.
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Finally, it's here. No more hot-stove league, no more winter-baseball updates, no more spring-training reports. The 2004 season is underway, and all the games count. The Blue Jays are, by consensus opinion, a better team than the one that ended 2003 -- maybe a whole lot better. The playoffs are a goal, but still a distant one. The team's primary competition for that goal are the Yankees and Red Sox, as well as wild-card contenders like Anaheim and Oakland.
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We are all set for tonight (Tuesday) at the Dome. Tickets have been purchased and we are "all systems go". Our tickets are in Section 528 (behind the visitors' dugout on the third base side), in the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th rows.

We are going to meet at Gate 10, which is on the west side of the Dome, away from the heaviest traffic. I will be there from about 6:15 or 6:30, and we are meeting at 6:45, and we'll be heading inside at 6:55. If you miss us, just buy a ticket (they're only $2) for Section 528 or thereabouts and we'll make room!
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About getting on that train
Every day and every night
The only thing that makes it good
Is seeing my favourite sight

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