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All these deals, Beckett to Boston, Delgado to the Mets, await a doctor's concurrence. The Winter Meetings are about 2 weeks away, and the moves are beginning to be made. So, Bauxites, what do you think?
Hey, a real move! The Mets traded Mike Cameron to the Padres for Xavier Nady, pending physicals.
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Where do we stand? Apparently, GM Ricciardi has pretty much ruled out the trade rumours involving Bobby Abreu ("too rich for our blood") and Kevin Mench ("they asked for WHAT?").

Well, apparently the Orioles have no intention of bringing back Sammy Sosa or Rafael Palmeiro...

OK, moving right along...

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The GM meetings are over and free agency begins.
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Here are your Blue Jay notes for today:
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What's going on at the winter meetings?

Do they know it's officially not winter for another 40+ days?

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Lots of action in the offices lately.
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So that's what the off-season feels like ... every summer, I forget. No baseball yesterday!

That's not to say there wasn't baseball news -- okay, it wasn't BIG baseball news, and it's all out of New York, which I know annoys some Bauxites, but in Flushing, Mets RP Felix Heredia was suspended for the first 10 days of the 2006 season for violating MLB's steroids policy, while in Da Bronx, IF Mark Bellhorn elected free agency rather than a trip to Columbus. Wow, the implications of those two moves for fans of teams everywhere ...

Oh, and today is Mordecai "Three Fingers" Brown's birthday (how did he tell people how old he was when he turned four, anyway?) and also the birthday of both Keith Foulke and former Cy Young winning closer-turned-meltdown Mark Davis ... parallels?

Once again, the baseball deities have conspired to remind me of the advice David Letterman offers whenever the "Stupid Pet Tricks" segment begins:

"No wagering!"

I was wrong, and Leigh was right, about Cleveland's prospects of success this season. And with the team suffering from last-week jitters, I thought I'd offer them a boost by posting my "public contrition thread" tonight.
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On Friday night, someone made a monumentally idiotic decision: after the Jays loss to the Yankees, the song "New York, New York" was played over the Rogers Centre sound system.
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After a tough loss on Tuesday night, the Jays came back for the series win. Swee-ee-t. Last night's game had the feel of a loss in the making early on. Falling behind 2-0 with Harden looking sharp on the mound is not a recipe for success, but the boys used patience and the big hit from Vernon along with fine bullpen work to head for Texas with a second straight W notched in their belts.
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I bought a new hat.
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Almost every article and thread on this site is devoted to watching other people play baseball. I was wondering if there are any people who play the game in any of its various forms.
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"They can't win everything...They won the last few years...Beating Canada is always a big thing. They have the best hockey players and nobody else can say that. This year we had more luck than them. I think it's all luck."

- Jaromir Jagr, noted sabermetrician




I am really, really, really sick and tired of hearing "It's early, but . . ." What if some of the early-season events are actual indicators and not merely scurrilous scatterings of small samples? So let's all play the first annual (snicker) edition of "Fluke" vs. "Trend"! Grab some Yoohoo, find a friend (or hire one, this being a community of nerds, after all), and pull up a chair (or two, this being a community of fat nerds, after all).
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