>SweetSpot Roundup 12/29

>The final SweetSpot Roundup of 2010.  We’ll be back on our regular offseason schedule in 2011.

Austin’s Astros 290 Blog: When I knew the Astros were headed for disaster
“Af I had to pin down a moment I knew the Astros were headed for disaster, it was Dec. 13, 2006.”  Ah yes, the day a dream died.

Capitol Avenue Club (Braves): An early look at the depth chart
Chris has a complete and annotated look at the Braves’ organizational depth chart.  Plus, it’s color coded for easy reading.

Disciples of Uecker (Brewers): Zack Greinke and Recent Brewers Aces
No pressure: “Even before throwing a single pitch, Zack Greinke is already started down the path to becoming the preeminent starting pitcher in Milwaukee Brewers history. Now all he has to do is just live up to expectations.”

Fungoes (Cardinals): Twelve Days of Christmas 2010
Pip’s got an awesome feature running in honor of the carol 12 days of Christmas, counting up the gifts that Cards fans will receive in 2010.  By the way, if you add it all up, the singer receives 364 gifts from their “true love.”  That’s one hell of a Christmas haul.  True love, indeed.

The View From the Bleachers (Cubs): Just How Good WAS Starlin Castro’s Rookie Year
“Do you believe in Starlin Castro?”  Like my boy believes in Santa Claus.

Dodger Thoughts: Reminiscing about baseball in the pre-Internet age
Jon Weisman looks back at what being a baseball fan was like before the Internet: “We have it good — a little too good, maybe.”  I have to be honest, I love the Internet. It, via Jon, provides me with awesome video of Louis C.K. on Conan objecting to people who don’t appreciate the Internet.

Mets Today: Himelfarb Hears a Hu
The boys are cautiously optimistic about the Mets’ biggest offseason pickup.  In other news, man the Mets are quiet.  Like an alligator waiting for a Florida golfer to retrieve his ball.

Nationals Baseball: Merry Christmas, Aaron Thompson
“You were claimed off waivers from the Nationals! You’re like a toy plucked from the trash bin heading for a sleigh ride with Santa!”

Ducksnorts (Padres): Days in First, Largest Leads
“As we are all too aware, how long a team stays in first or how far ahead of the competition it gets doesn’t matter. In the end, everything comes down to which team is left standing after all others have fallen.”

Crashburn Alley (Phillies): Future Phillies Wall of Famers
The Phillies have a cool Wall of Fame at Citizens Bank Park with HOF-style plaques.  Bill looks at guys who might have a shot at the wall in the future.

Redleg Nation: Erardi on Dave Parker for HOF
Bill Lack fisks a BBWAA voter’s case for The Cobra

Baseballin’ on a Budget (A’s): Top Fives, Best Shortstops in Team History
How crazy is it that Miguel Tejada is the best shortstop in A’s history?  And yet, here we are.  Nice to see Walt Weiss again, by the way.

Ghostrunner on First (Blue Jays): Jays End Year, Likely Many Games With a Bang
Drew thinks that the Octavio Dotel era will not be good for the Jays.

Pro Ball NW (Mariners): Trader Jack
Jon wonders whether Jack Z may have unrealistic expectations when he’s dealing with other GMs.

Baseball Time in Arlington (Rangers): Making the Case for Jim Thome
Jim Thome may indeed be the best option for the Rangers.  And you know what?  Vlad Guerrero might be a better fit in Minnesota.

Fire Brand of the American League: The Value of Tim Wakefield in 2011
“2011 may indeed be Tim Wakefield’s final season as a big league pitcher. If he simply does what he has always done, he will provide important yet once again underrated value for the Sox.”

Royals Authority: The Moustakas Clock
“Given the state of the Royals in 2011, there is not much harm in letting Moustakas get 150 or so at-bats in AAA before making the call and at least try to avoid the look of service clock manipulator.”

Sox Machine (White Sox): Filling in blanks for Jackson and Jenks
The mystery of why the White Sox didn’t acquire Adam Dunn for Edwin Jackson at the deadline has been solved.  As usual, the Nats screwed up. And now the Sox have both of them.

It’s About the Money Stupid (Yankees): An Open Letter to Andy Pettitte
“Dear Andy, I don’t want to sound desperate or anything but…please come back! Pretty please?! With sugar and candy and $15 million on top?”