Archive for March 2004

If you have no idea what Steve’s talking about here, forget it. You never will. Don’t worry about it. But if you do, then you know exactly what he’s talking about. You’re of a certain age range and you became enraptured with Strat-o-Matic at a certain point. Your life would never be the same.

Dave thinks back on those APBA cards, older brothers, and the metallic ring of shaking dice.

A sleepy Aaron’s diary of the Yankees/Devil Rays opener in Japan.

Ben examines the surprising lineup shuffling that could make Tony Womack more valuable than Kenny Lofton.

Craig tackles five questions for the Blue Jays.

What can Win Shares tell us about player salaries? A lot, as it turns out.

Cleveland, Chicago, Detroit, Kansas City, Minnesota. They’ve been together for 10 years now and Aaron looks at exactly what they’ve done.

The Marlins came out of nowhere to win the Wild Card and then the World Series last season. After the ’97 World Series they got rid of good players like they were going out of style, but this time around the team looks to put up a respectable defense of its title. Matthew looks at some of the key questions facing the Marlins in 2004 and beyond.

Craig has some notes as the season opens and hopes begin to be dashed.

They have a new 1-2 punch in the rotation, a slugging first baseman and an old second baseman who used to be great. Robert examines five key questions for the D-Backs heading into 2004.

Ben and Larry are ready for the season to start, even if it is starting unfathomably early in the morning.

Aaron takes a look at the back-to-back American League Central champs, who have quite a few new faces this year.

What will history say about the beginning of Ozzie Guillen’s managerial career? Studes examines the back-to-back AL Central second-place finishers, by way of their new manager.

Redbird Nation’s Brian Gunn takes a look at Albert Pujols and the Cardinals.

With new GM Paul DePodesta running the show, the future in LA looks bright. This year, though, the Dodgers are stuck with a horrible offense and a pitching staff that’s certain to decline from its fantastic 2003. Still, in the wild NL West, almost everyone’s a contender.

Ben discusses the guys who just missed the cut in his pre-season position rankings.

Back to the Grill Again (There it is: Black and White). Alex follows up with Howard Bryant, the author of “Shut Out: A Story of Race and Baseball in Boston.”

Matthew examines Mariano Rivera’s Hall of Fame case and finds some interesting results.

Craig writes a few truisms on adjusting baseball’s many numbers.

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Larry offers his opinion on whether the records of the past decade should be discounted if the players who set them used steroids.