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The Big Lead Articles December 15 2009

Halladay-Lee Trade Should Benefit Phillies, Mariners and Blue Jays

The three-team übertrade involving the Phillies, the Mariners, the Blue Jays and Cy Young winners Roy Halladay and Cliff Lee is not “complete,” but pending Halladay passing a physical it’s a reasonable certainty. At least on paper, this deal looks good for all three parties.

Why is Everyone So Excited About John Lackey?

Last week the dire Red Sox were in bridge mode.  They land John Lackey for five-years $85 million.  Now, they have “the best rotation in the American League” and are World Series contenders.  Both extremes are convenient hyperbole for baseball writers wishing to inject drama, but we must ask.  Why is everyone so jazzed about John Lackey?

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Red Sox Must Rebuild, But After 2010

The Red Sox-Angels series came to a “shocking conclusion” yesterday afternoon. It was shocking, if you blindly assumed the Red Sox would use their mystical prowess to pummel the Angels indefinitely.

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Thursday Writing

Ricardo_Clark_52a4.JPGJeter is Great, But Yankee Hit Record is Meaningless (The Big Lead)

Actually Coach, Michael Jordan Never Was Cut From His High-School Basketball Team (The Big Lead)

Onion Bag: U.S. Beats T&T, Very Close to Qualifying (The Big Lead)

A Michigan-Notre Dame Preview, Sort Of (The Big Lead)

Big Lead Link Dump From Last Week

Wesley_Sneijder_smilingI was traveling the past week, and did not have time to post every Big Lead article.  Here are my posts from last week.

Onion Bag: Man U Frenzy, Brawl at Chelsea’s Training Ground

The Ultimate 11, by Position, with WAGs

Violence Erupts During West Ham-Millwall Soccer Match

Chris Berman Emerges From Lair, Speaks to Greater Southington Chamber of Commerce

Perpetual Victim Lenny Dykstra Now Alleging Insurance Fraud

Five Reasons No One Will Be Watching Baseball in 20 Years

Onion Bag: Sneijder to Inter, Diving and Drunks

Honus Wagner Has “No Clear Numerical Edge” Over Derek Jeter. What?!

Honus WagnerJesse Spector of the New York Daily News asks, “Is Derek Jeter baseball’s best hitting shortstop of all time.”  While answering his question, he shows why adjusted OPS+ (and adjusted ERA+) is important.

Spector says Jeter is merely “one of the best” of all time, because he has “no clear numerical edge” on Honus Wagner.  Jeter has no edge on Honus Wagner, because Wagner was, compared to his contemporaries, a much better player.

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Tunnel Vision: Will New York’s Teixeira Love Threaten Joe Mauer’s MVP Season?

Nothing riles baseball minds more than an MVP debate, and the New York Times’ Tyler Kepner let the dogs out with this tweet about Mark Teixeira from Saturday’s wee hours.

“By the way, this is probably obvious by now, but Teixeira’s the AL MVP. No question, as Joe Torre would say.”

The AL MVP choice is obvious, but for Joe Mauer.

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New Batting Helmets: Baseball Players Are Not Too Bright

Rawlings unveiled its new S100 batting helmet, guaranteeing protection from pitches up to 100mph.  The current models are dent resistent to 70mph, making them worthless in a Major League context.

The Players’ Union fought doggedly against steroid restrictions, yet allowed it’s membership face death daily with nary a whimper?  That’s stupid.  Even more stupid is that some players will refuse to wear them.

Here was Mets outfielder Jeff Francoeur’s opinion.

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