Wednesday, February 16, 2005 

Barry Larkin

Amid all the roids hoopla, a rather significant event slipped under the radar: the retirement of Barry Larkin. This, of course, leads directly to one of the more interesting Hall of Fame cases in years. A combination of playing his entire career in Cinncinnati (for some bad teams), having his prime in between eras, and frequent injuries definitely blur his case. But, would it surprise you (as it did me) if I told you Larkin actually played 19 years? That's quite an accomplishment in itself. Here's a rundown of some of the numbers he rang up during those two decades at shortstop:

Games: 2180
At-Bats: 7937
Runs: 1329
Hits: 2340
Doubles: 441
Triples: 76
Home Runs: 198
RBI: 960
Steals: 379 (Success rate: 83%)
Average: .295 (league AVG: .269)
On-Base: .371 (league OBP: .339)
Slugging: .444 (league SLG: .417)

Fielding %: .975 (league: .968)
Range Factor: 4.32 (league: 3.94)

Postseason AB: 71
Postseason AVG: .338
Postseason OBP: .397
Postseason SLG: .465

12 Time All-Star
1 MVP (1995)
3 Gold Gloves

Check out the whole record at Baseball-Reference.com.

Here's a pretty good take on the issue.

Thoughts?

Tuesday, February 15, 2005 

the Dead Zone

what's up, dudes. i'm sure everyone else is enjoying the sports "Dead Zone" as much as i am right now. i just realized yesterday i should start following college basketball so i know what the hell is going on when we finally get to March Madness. apparently Illinois is really good, or something. at least i have prospect research to get me by till then. Capuchin GM Sid Bream and I are very anxious to use those draft picks to begin the rebuilding process, and Cleveland Steamers manager Chico Lind is excited to be getting an infusion of new talent to his squad. he's getting really tired of having to eat lunch with Jeff Heaverlo and Freddie Bynum every day.

hey, i was wondering - who can make the best team of guys they've prematurely cut from their roster? mine has to be the best. i'd have Raul Ibanez at first, five-tool stud Aaron Rowand in the outfield, perennial LOC MVP candidate Melvin Mora at third, David Bell to back him up, and of course i'd have TWO closers (as opposed to zero) in B.J. Ryan and Justin Speier. good times. but i guess for every Melvin Mora there's a Mitch Meluskey too.

Thursday, February 10, 2005 

Gammons

I thought this was pretty cute...i assume we all read peter gammons' diamond notes...here's a website that generates random diamond notes based on all his other diamond notes...each time you 'refresh' you get new ones...

http://www.humbug.com/diamond/notes.html

Thursday, February 03, 2005 

Prom

Have to post this...this is the new prom dress for this season...any comments?

http://www.nypost.com/style/39213.htm