2005 MLB Preview: AL EAST

The Veteran Presence 2005 Mrs. Urbina Memorial MLB Preview: AL East NEW YORK YANKEES Previous year’s record: 101-61 1st, AL East: Won in LDS…not so much in LCS   KEY ADDITIONS   KEY LOSSES SP Randy Johnson SP Orlando Hernandez SP Carl Pavano SP Javier Vazquez SP Jaret Wright RP Felix Heredia VP Tino Martinez OF Kenny Lofton 2B Tony […]

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Forgotten Player of the Moment – CORY SNYDER

CORY SNYDER (by ED AGNER) Eww, the mid-to-late-80’s. The mall hair. Ozzy was evil instead of doddering. Chuck D scared a nation instead of bored it. Jason Priestly had an acting career. The..uh…well, that whole era is pretty much a blur to me. I’m certain there’s more. But I really don’t care to rehash all that, thank you. Oh, so […]

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Forgotten Player of the Moment – DAVID NIED

David Nied (by Bill Barnwell) Let’s start off with a table. Richmond Braves Ages IP K/9 BB/9 ERA Steve Avery 20 82.1 7.54 2.30 3.39 Tom Glavine 20-21 190.1 4.87 3.92 3.83 Kevin Millwood 22 60.2 6.82 2.37 1.93 Jason Schmidt 22-23 161.2 7.57 3.73 2.34 David Nied 23 168.0 8.52 2.36 2.84 Which pitcher would you want if you […]

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Forgotten Player of the Moment – ERIC HILLMAN

Eric Hillman (by Bill Barnwell) When the baseball-reference sponsorship scheme started, there was one item I felt I absolutely needed to get. For a year, yes, I was the sponsor of the 1993 New York Mets, the worst team (excluding those who were Huizenga’d) of the 90’s. A team so bad that it inspired mediocre New York beat writers to […]

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Forgotten Player of the Moment – STEVE ONTIVEROS

STEVE ONTIVEROS (by Bill Barnwell) A few months ago, I was re-reading Robert Whiting’s “You Gotta Have Wa”, the book primarily about gaijins in Japanese baseball. One of the players prominently featured in the book is mid 70’s major leaguer Steve Ontiveros. This confused the heck out of born-in-84 me, as I remembered Steve Ontiveros playing all the way till […]

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Forgotten Player of the Moment – JODY REED

JODY REED (by ED AGNER) Greed. I am always amused by people who rail against supposedly greedy professional athletes. An athlete HAS to be greedy to become great enough to be an exceptional, let alone professional athlete. Greed and immense skill are what sets apart great athletes from the pack from the get go. While most athletes – even the […]

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Forgotten Player of the Moment – JIMMY KEY

JIMMY KEY (by BILL BARNWELL) Bill James once wrote about how just looking at the statlines of an unnamed player could lead you to formulate a vision of the player: what he looked like, how he played, what had happened to him in his career, the role he played on his team. Likewise, there are some names in sports that […]

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Forgotten Player of the Moment – DOUG JONES

DOUG JONES (by Ed Agner) I understand those who pooh-pooh baseball. Really, I do. Let’s face it, baseball fans on the net are the some of the most idiotic nerds in existence and well…baseball’s not the manliest of sports. But I’m OK with all that. I have no math skills so I don’t congregate where the spread sheets fly. And […]

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Forgotten Player of the Moment – MARK QUINN

MARK QUINN (by PHIL RIPPA) After having my 50th FPOTM celebration ruined because of the simple fact that we had done… oh… 55 (stupid unupdated archives), I was looking for some other pseudo theme that would inspire to crank out a FPOTM. It came to me as I was updated said archives (For some reason a batch of FPOTMs never […]

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Forgotten Players of the Moment – SHOOTY BABITT & KURT BEVACQUA

Shooty Babitt & Kurt Bevacqua (by Ed Agner) I fear coming across as an overly-nostalgic old geezer but the reason I picked these two as co-forgotten players of the moment is the pure and simple reason that they both exemplify the aspect of colorful player-personalities in baseball that I fell in love with as a kid – something that really […]

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