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  1. Ultimate Winner really? As soon as he got his contract he ate himself off the Blue Jays.

    Comment by LOL — November 16, 2009 @ 8:01 pm

  2. Orioles off-season plan:

    1. sign Hinske
    2. win pennant
    3. profit!

    Comment by Steve — November 16, 2009 @ 8:30 pm

  3. I’ll say one thing for the man; he knows how to play in the AL east!

    Comment by mjmetro — November 16, 2009 @ 8:41 pm

  4. 2 Pennants coming from the AL East is like 4 from any other division. Maybe even 5 from the NL West.

    Comment by Xavier — November 16, 2009 @ 8:50 pm

  5. I thought it was some pretty good snark, personally.

    Cue the Jason Kubel yapping in 3… 2… 1…

    Comment by Kevin S. — November 16, 2009 @ 8:56 pm

  6. After the Yankees traded for him, there was a story how Cashman tried to sign him last winter as a 4th OFer but he declined in search of more playing time in Pittsburgh.

    nothing wrong with that, but he wasn’t sitting by the phone all winter. he just wanted to start.

    Comment by Steve — November 16, 2009 @ 8:59 pm

  7. My sentiments exactly. “ultimate winner”? This better be sarcasm.

    Comment by Logan — November 16, 2009 @ 9:59 pm

  8. Eric Hinske: the Forrest Gump of baseball.

    Comment by Mitchell — November 16, 2009 @ 10:32 pm

  9. I have no idea what that means

    Comment by lookatthosetwins — November 17, 2009 @ 12:33 am

  10. Maybe the Twins should sign him….

    Comment by Not David — November 17, 2009 @ 2:10 am

  11. Wait a sec…Forrest earned many titles by his own acts. Hinske is more like the Joe Torre of baseball.

    Comment by neuter_your_dogma — November 17, 2009 @ 8:28 am

  12. Hey… any time you get to take the secrets from the Pirates clubhouse and infuse them into your clubhouse, you can’t pass it up!

    I should advise if you sign hinske you might want to sign Chuck Knoblauch as his right handed caddy, plus it allows you to double the intangibles!

    Comment by TheUnrepentantGunner — November 17, 2009 @ 8:58 am

  13. Of course it’s sarcasm, you yutz.
    Fact is, though, he’s still a solid utility role guy that can help a team win in a 4th OF / 3rd corner IF position. And he’s been efficient in all those positions, which frees up a roster spot (since he can serve as a reserve for all 4).

    And he can be had for $800,000 – $1,000,000.

    And in the past two years, he’s been +28.3 RAR in 656 PA.

    So let’s not diss the guy for being a role player.

    Comment by Joe R — November 17, 2009 @ 9:29 am

  14. I’m pretty sure he’s not being sarcastic. Remember R.J.’s article about “Kazmir’s historic dominance over the Sox”?

    Lot’s of old school thinking going on here.

    Comment by Aaron — November 17, 2009 @ 10:08 am

  15. All he said was it was the major storyline, not arguing that Kazmir has this superman aura about him when he enters Fenway Park.

    Comment by Joe R — November 17, 2009 @ 10:46 am

  16. 1. sign Hinske
    2. win pennant
    3. ???
    4. PROFIT!

    I made it internet-meme acceptable for you.

    Comment by Joe R — November 17, 2009 @ 10:48 am

  17. and that title is undisputedly Luis Sojo’s until further notice.

    Comment by Joe R — November 17, 2009 @ 10:59 am

  18. Yankees may re-sign him if Matsui departs.Hinske could DH against righties with Ramiro Pena and Cervelli pushing Arod,Jeter and Posada to DH against lefties.

    Comment by Joe — November 17, 2009 @ 12:03 pm

  19. I thought Knoblauch was more renowned today for his mean left hook?

    Comment by Timotheus — November 17, 2009 @ 12:16 pm

  20. I could be reading more into that earlier article than was meant but Anderson’s whole point seemed to be that the Sox were performing poorly at the plate (which, by the way, is a story you can’t tell without mentioning their series BABIP at that point.)

    Why even bring up Kazmir’s numbers against “the Sox” unless you believe in pitchers’ ability to “dominate” a “team”? Sorry for all of the quotes but team makeup changes so much from year to year that talking about the ’07 Red Sox and ’09 Red Sox as the same team doesn’t really make sense. What would make some sense is to point out how well the then current Red Sox had hit against Kazmir before that game – .295/.370/.485. Although even that discussion should be tempered by the low number of PA’s involved.

    If R.J. was just trying to point out what the mainstream will be looking at for that game it seems like an odd way to end an article that had nothing to do with mainstream perceptions.

    Comment by Aaron — November 17, 2009 @ 1:27 pm

  21. +1

    Although Jim Leyritz might have something to say about that!

    Comment by TheUnrepentantGunner — November 17, 2009 @ 1:35 pm

  22. I’m pretty sure that, in fact, it was all he was doing in that article, and I’m pretty sure that’s all he did here.

    In fact, I guarantee that’s all he did here. Because you know someone’s going to write the crazy Hinske-magic article at some point.

    Comment by Joe R — November 17, 2009 @ 1:41 pm

  23. Poe’s Law:

    “Without a winking smiley or other blatant display of humor, it is impossible to create a parody of fundamentalism that someone won’t mistake for the real thing.”

    R.J. violated/proved this law here.

    Comment by CH — November 17, 2009 @ 4:42 pm

  24. Hinske is magnet, pennants are steel.

    Comment by JCA — November 17, 2009 @ 4:57 pm

  25. I was being sarcastic, couldn’t you tell?!

    Comment by Aaron — November 17, 2009 @ 7:02 pm

  26. “I’m pretty sure that’s all he did here.

    In fact, I guarantee that’s all he did here.”

    Now that’s humor. It paints such a vivid picture of the actual mental process at play.

    Comment by Aaron — November 17, 2009 @ 7:05 pm

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