>3 Questions: Los Angeles Dodgers

>By The Common Man The National League has 16 teams to the AL’s 14, so rather than waiting for Bill to post the next installment of 3 Questions, TCM’s going to jump ahead of him here to look at the LA Dodgers (as always, click here to see other entries in the 3 Questions series). […]

>Minor League Journal, Part I: The Signing

> Editor’s Note: Too often, when fans think about baseball players, they picture pampered and spoiled athletes whose every need is catered to.  That has not been TCM’s experience.  As he’s mentioned before, from 2005-2006, The Common Man served as the Clubhouse Manager for the Williamsport Crosscutters, the Pittsburg Pirates’ affiliate in the Low-A, short […]

>3 Question: Colorado Rockies

>By The Common Man Each year, the Rockies manage to surprise everyone and field a competitive squad. We won’t get fooled again. Colorado is in the crosshairs today with 3 questions.  As always, you can find previous installments of 3 Questions here. Question 1: Have they worked out their rotation issues?Dan O’Dowd handed out a […]

>Happy Baseball Bloggers Alliance Day

> If you’re moderately inclined to join things, as we at The Platoon Advantage are, perhaps you would consider joining the Baseball Bloggers Alliance on this first annual Baseball Bloogers Alliance Day.   The BBA is a loose confederation of blogs designed to facilitate collaboration and comunication between sites, vote on awards, and increase blogger visibility.  […]

>What Winter Brings

> By The Common Man Please pardon a brief digression from our normal baseball-centric content.  One of the fundamental tenets that our society from devolving into chaos, a tenet that gets repeatedly tested during the winter, is that you must park your car within the lines.  When you don’t do that, you set off a chain […]

>Cutting Off One’s Nose to Save Seven Million Dollars

> By Bill It’s been pretty obvious for some time now that J.J. Hardy wasn’t in the Twins’ plans.  I knew they were going to trade him, and I knew they weren’t going to get anything to speak of in return. In fact, I said as much here last week. Still, watching it actually happen, […]

>SweetSpot Roundup 12/10

>Capitol Avenue Club (Braves): Transaction Analysis: George SherrillPeter isn’t excited about Sherrill (or writing about him). He was on my wish list for the Twins, so I’m not sure how to feel about this (I guess I wouldn’t have wanted them to pay $1.2 million for him, though). View from the Bleachers (Cubs): Chet’s Corner: […]

>3 Questions: Boston Red Sox

> By Bill I’ve put off continuing our 3 Questions series for a while now, because I haven’t really been sure what to do with the winningest team I hadn’t covered yet, your Boston Red Stockings.  The one big question is who among the pantheon of talented players they have is going to be healthy, […]

>40 Greatest Shortstops

> By The Common Man Because the Respendent Jeter deserves to be honored (often with a pilgrimage to hear him hold forth on matters great and insignificant), The Common Man presents the companion to his earlier piece on the 40 greatest Yankees with this look at the 40 greatest shortstops. A couple of notes about […]

>Happy Birthday…

> Eric Chavez! Born on the 32nd anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor and on Johnny Bench’s 30th birthday (also Noam Chomsky’s 49th, Tom Waits’ 28th and Larry Bird’s 21st), Chavez turns 33 today. Selected tenth overall in the 1996 draft by the A’s — Chavez easily became the greatest player of a pretty […]

>SweetSpot Roundup 12/7

>Capitol Avenue Club (Braves): Transaction AnalysisCAC has the skinny on the latest acquisitions in Atlanta Disciples of Uecker (Brewers): Brewers Acquire Shaun Marcum“Each team gets what they want here, and in terms of value, I think,

>Epic Transaction Podcast

>Last night’s transaction-centric podcast with Bill, TCM, and our good friend Lar from was a hit.  Terrific, terrific stuff.  How is Troy Tulowitzki like Nomar Garciaparra?  How badly did the Nationals screw up with Jayson Werth’s contract?  And did the Padres really have to deal Adrian Gonzalez.  Plus Jeter and the Yankees, a match made […]

>40 Greatest New York Yankees

> By The Common Man As you know by now, Derek Jeter returned to the Yankees this weekend for the paltry sum of somewhere around $17 million per season for three seasons, with a possible 4th year option. It’s hardly worth Jeter’s time, as the single greatest player in the history of any sport ever, to even […]

>SweetSpot Roundup 12/3

>Disciples of Uecker (Brewers): Free Agent Pitching is Dropping Like FliesThe Brewers seem to always need pitching and, as Jack notes, they’re running out of options. Fungoes (Cardinals): Theriot or Ryan is a false choicePip’s got some reactions to the Ryan Theriot trade. The View From the Bleachers (Cubs): Is Carlos Pena a bad fit […]

>My Hall of Fame Ballot

> By Bill Last year at this time (more or less), in connection with my Baseball Bloggers Alliance voting, I wrote up a big post passing judgment on every single player on that year’s Hall of Fame ballot. Well, this year’s ballot just came out, and I just voted for the BBA again, so I […]