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Has Ryan Howard really been less valuable this season than Jamey Carroll, Ike Davis, and Jeff Keppinger. By one measure, yes. Bill Baer explains.
I think this guy might have taken the lead in the Cubs' managerial sweepstakes.
If you want to hear what we've lost in Portland, here's Rich Burk with the Beavers' final radio broadcast (including a great pregame special that begins with a history of professional baseball in the city).
A week ago, I didn't think Felix Hernandez had a realistic shot at the Cy Young Award. A few days later, I started to wonder if I was wrong. And with this column by Michael Silverman -- an actual Cy Young voter -- I think this thing might actually happen. It probably won't. But Hernandez will get some first-place votes.
After looking at this, the mind reels with what Jason Heyward might do, if healthy for a whole season.
Here's something you don't see every day: the Padres' offense ... in the form of a sonnet.
In the immortal words of Bart Simpson: I didn't do it.
I like what Jonathan Sanchez did in his last start (hint: look at the back of the mound).
Memo to aspiring writers: Please read this interview with Joe Posnanski.
Hey, at least Tony La Russa knows that he's sometimes (often?) condescending and rude.
Good seats (as they say) are still available for the battle between the two best baseball teams on the planet.