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  1. Very nice last sentence Eric.

    Comment by vivaelpujols — March 30, 2009 @ 7:16 pm

  2. This signing was the deal that made me start to lose my fandom of the Angels. I now am more of a general baseball fan, and I pay much more attention to the Dodgers than I used to. Even the Rays, cause they have old Angels bench coach Joe Maddon.

    But after seeing the Angels pass up on Beltran (who may not have signed, but who knows), stick with Steve Finely instead of Figgins, and then sign GMJ to a MONSTER deal….the romance was over. It was the end of my baseball youth.

    Comment by Chad — March 30, 2009 @ 7:17 pm

  3. I also believe his name was associated with HGH after his breakout season. Here is his arc….his career was in the tank, he used PED to become viable and then probably went off them when he signed his big money deal. End of story. While clean he is a marginal 5th outfielder

    Comment by Chuck — March 30, 2009 @ 8:14 pm

  4. I love how everyone still mercilessly makes fun of the Angels’ geographic association. This joke has had more steam than… well more than I do apparently.

    Comment by Bearskin Rugburn — March 30, 2009 @ 10:15 pm

  5. Well said, Chuck. With $50m at stake, it’s hard not to bump up with Popeye’s magic spinach.

    Good to see Mike Piazza’s name finally coming out in these allegations as well. That is how 63rd round draft picks ascend to All-Star status, no matter what Lasorda thinks.

    Comment by Paul Byrd — March 30, 2009 @ 11:52 pm

  6. “Los Angeles California Angels of Los Anaheim”

    It’s fresh. It’s original. It’s comedy gold! GOLD I tells ya!

    Comment by Joe — March 31, 2009 @ 7:26 am

  7. I’m fairly new here and one question I have is in regards to the run values of defense v. offense.

    “Since a run is a run is a run, Matthews still….”

    Isn’t a run saved not exactly equal to a run created? For instance, shouldn’t a HR, being equal to one run, be more valuable than a robbed HR? Reason being is that a robbed HR will always only be one run saved while a HR hit has the opportunity to be worth several runs.

    Comment by Mike — March 31, 2009 @ 8:02 am

  8. But the home run robbed could easily be up to four runs saved. Bases loaded, two outs. I think pretty much any way you slice it, it’s the same.

    Comment by Kevin S. — March 31, 2009 @ 8:41 am

  9. Why is that good to see? Are we now buying into the Murray Chass school of sensationalism? Since when did innuendo, improbability, and potential scouting failure become the basis of legitimate allegations?

    Comment by Kevin S. — March 31, 2009 @ 8:43 am

  10. A run saved is very slightly better than a run earned. Say a team scores 700 runs and gives up 700 runs a year. They improve pitching and defense – now they score 700 and give up 600. They score 116.7% as many runs as they give up. Instead they improve hitting – they score 800 and give up 700. Now they score 114.3% as many runs as they give up. At least that’s how I understand it.. it’s a pretty small difference.

    Also, saving a run means turning something that wasn’t an out into an out, and saves some wear on your pitchers.

    Comment by don — March 31, 2009 @ 11:36 am

  11. Damn, I should get some PEDs so I can hit over 400 homers while playing the most physically demanding position on the field. Never realized it was that easy.

    Comment by Teej — March 31, 2009 @ 1:36 pm

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