2004 AMERICAN LEAGUE CENTRAL PREVIEW

AL CENTRAL (Listed in Order of 2003 Finish) EA: Ed Agner BB: Bill Barnwell PR: Phil Rippa MINNESOTA TWINS 2003 Record – 89-70 (Lost in ADLS) Key Additions: Jose Offerman, Rick Helling, Henry Blanco, Joe Nathan, Carlos Silva, Nick Punto Key Losses: Eddie Guardado, LaTroy Hawkins, Kenny Rogers, Rick Reed, A.J. Pierzynski, Eric Milton, James Baldwin, Denny Hocking, Jesse Orosco, […]

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2004 AMERICAN LEAGUE WEST PREVIEW

AL WEST (Listed in Order of 2003 Finish) ED: Ed Agner BB: Bill Barnwell PR: Phil Rippa OAKLAND ATHLETICS 2003 Record: 96-66 (Lost in ALDS) Key Additions: Arthur Rhodes, Eric Karros, Mark Kotsay, Bobby Kielty, Mark Redmond, Chris Hammond, Damian Miller Key Losses: Miguel Tejada, Keith Foulke, Jose Guillen, Ted Lilly, Terrence Long, Ramon Hernandez, John Halama, Steve Sparks, Mark […]

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CHICAGO CUBS vs. SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS

Chicago Cubs vs. San Francisco Giants – August 8, 2004 (by Phil Rippa) This is going to end up probably being quick and really really dirty. I can already tell that I am going to fall asleep before this game is over. Part of the problem is that I really have grown to hate all nationally televised games – whether it […]

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BOSTON RED SOX vs. CLEVELAND INDIANS (May 5, 2004)

Boston Red Sox vs. Cleveland Indians – May 5, 2004 (by Phil Rippa) I was flipping channels and was entertained when my TIVO told me that ESPN was supposed to be showing hockey but baseball was on instead. Aww…. poor little Detroit. Burn another car for your fallen homies. Anyway, I got sucked into this game because I couldn’t believe […]

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Forgotten Player of the Moment – LENNY RANDLE

LENNY RANDLE (by PHIL RIPPA) If you are anything like me you are pasty and gangly while aging quickly with thinning hair that, thankfully, most people can’t see due to being freakishly tall. You hold on to those few fleeting precious moments of athletic glory as long as you can and you delude yourself with the notion that you are […]

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Forgotten Player of the Moment – MIKE PAGLIARULO

MIKE PAGLIARULO (by PHIL RIPPA) Ah, the blinders of youth. When I was in Middle School, we had a variety of projects that we endured – the rocket kit, the crappy car with CO2 cartridge, the make a bizarre object out of wood while keeping all limbs attached (It took me till I was basically a father of my own […]

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Forgotten Player of the Moment – LENN SAKATA

LENN SAKATA (by ED AGNER) Oh, fame…err…umm…wait. This is about Lenn Sakata. Scratch the word “fame.” Howzaboot – oh, the ways one car rise from mediocrity to some semblance of semi-notoriety. Lenn Sakata is basically semi-remembered for 3 things – He was the first Japanese-American to be a position player in the major leagues He was the guy who replaced […]

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Forgotten Player of the Moment – BUDDY BIANCALANA

BUDDY BIANCALANA (by ED AGNER) Because Pieman rules!  And I came up with this idea long before Simmons name-checked him.  Friggin’ Simmons.  I have witnesses! Let’s go back in time, shall we?  Back to ancient times when I was in junior high, Reagan was president, Phil was trying to corner the t-shirt market, Bill was in diapers and the Royals […]

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Forgotten Player of the Moment – AMOS OTIS

AMOS OTIS (by ED AGNER) Requested by Pieman Because Pieman is a hundred million-billion-zillion years old and he won some week of our NOT-HTW dealie – and MOSTLY because I found the totally bitching pic of Otis with Luke from General Hospital and frickin’ McGyver – I present to you Amos Joseph Otis. The story of Amos Otis begins as […]

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