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Graig Nettles was suggested by  mroctobr44, a friend of mine from Sporting News.  Here are my findings.

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The Numbers
2700 Games  (27th All-time)
8986 At Bats (64th All-time)
.248 Batting Average
1193 Runs
2225 Hits 
328 Doubles 
28 Triples
390 Home Runs (47 All-time)
1314 RBI (87th All-time)
3779 Total Bases (97th All-time)
1088 Walks

Playoffs:  53 games, 41 Hits in 182 At Bats (.225), 17 runs, 5 doubles, 1 triple, 5 HR, 27 RBI

Awards
1981 ALCS MVP
6 All-Star Appearances
2 Gold Gloves
MVP Votes in 4 Seasons

Top Ten Finishes
Slugging % - Once
OPS – Once
Runs – Twice
Doubles – Once
Home Runs – Five times (Led league in 1976)
RBI – Three times
Walks – Three times
Hit by Pitch – Twice
Intentional Walks – Once
Total Bases – Four times
Games – Five times
At Bats – Twice

Graig had a good, long career.  He won two World Series titles.  He had some power, could drive in some runs, and was solid defensively.  However, he doesn’t have the wow factor.  He never scored 100 runs.  The most hits he ever produced in a season was 162.  He only drove in 100 runs once.  He only had two seasons of 30+ HRs.  The best he ever hit in a season was .276.  I’m sorry, but those just aren’t Hall of Fame numbers.  He recently found out he has prostate cancer, so my thoughts and prayers are with him.  Get better Puff.  That’s more important than the Hall of Fame anyway.  At least he’ll always have Game 3 of the 1978 World Series where he made some of the best defensive gems in Series history.

References
Baseball-reference.com

Past Chronicles
Bert Byleven
Andre Dawson
Dale Murphy
Mark McGwire
Bobby Matthews
Tommy John
Buck O’Neill & Minnie Minoso
Jim Rice
Ted Simmons
Lee Smith
Jack Morris
Al Oliver
Steve Garvey
Jim Kaat
Pete Ro$e
Shoeless Joe Jackson
Dave Concepcion
Lou Whitaker
Alan Trammell
Ron Santo
Ron Guidry
Gil Hodges
Dave Parker
Tony Mullane
Keith Hernandez
Don Mattingly
Dwight Evans
Ralph Houk (Manager)
Jimmie Dykes (Player/Manager)
Charlie Grimm (Player/Manager)
Billy Martin (Player/Manager)
Harold Baines
Gene Mauch (Manager)
Whitey Herzog (Manager)
Tom Kelly (Manager)
Joe Carter
Rusty Staub
Gary Gaetti
Jimmy Ryan
George Van Haltren
Roger Maris
Lance Parrish
Mo Vaughn
Mark Grace
Dennis Martinez
Chuck Finley
Fred McGriff
Wes Parker
Steve Finley
Orlando Cepeda
Albert Belle
Willie Randolph

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Willie Randolph was suggested by  mroctobr44, a friend of mine from Sporting News.  Here are my findings.

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The Numbers
2202 Games
8018 At Bats
.276 Batting Average
1239 Runs
2210 Hits 
316 Doubles 
65 Triples
54 Home Runs 
687 RBI
2818 Total Bases 
271 Stolen Bases
1243 Walks

Playoffs:  47 games, 36 Hits in 162 At Bats (.222), 19 runs, 6 doubles, 1 triple, 4 HR, 14 RBI, 3 SB

Awards
6 All-Star Appearances
1 Silver Slugger
MVP Votes in 2 Seasons

Top Ten Finishes
Batting Average – Once
On-base % – Six times
Runs – Three times
Hits – Four times
Walks -Eight times (Led league in 1980)
Stolen Bases – Four times

Growing up I did like Willie Randolph.  He was a solid player.  He made a few All-Star games.  He was good at 2nd.  However, his numbers just don’t stack up.  Not even close.  Not only did he not achieve any of the milestones you need to get some consideration, he never really finished in even the top ten for the major categories.  He didn’t take home any Gold Gloves.  He’s the poster boy for a good, solid MLB player.  However, I’m not closing the door on him completely.  After three years as the Mets’ skipper he has 268 wins (.551).  He’s got a good, young team on is hands.  If he can stay in the game long enough to pick up another 732 wins or so I’d highly consider allowing him in based on what he did as a player AND a manager.  Time will tell if he’ll be able to do so. 

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References
Baseball-reference.com

Past Chronicles
Bert Byleven
Andre Dawson
Dale Murphy
Mark McGwire
Bobby Matthews
Tommy John
Buck O’Neill & Minnie Minoso
Jim Rice
Ted Simmons
Lee Smith
Jack Morris
Al Oliver
Steve Garvey
Jim Kaat
Pete Ro$e
Shoeless Joe Jackson
Dave Concepcion
Lou Whitaker
Alan Trammell
Ron Santo
Ron Guidry
Gil Hodges
Dave Parker
Tony Mullane
Keith Hernandez
Don Mattingly
Dwight Evans
Ralph Houk (Manager)
Jimmie Dykes (Player/Manager)
Charlie Grimm (Player/Manager)
Billy Martin (Player/Manager)
Harold Baines
Gene Mauch (Manager)
Whitey Herzog (Manager)
Tom Kelly (Manager)
Joe Carter
Rusty Staub
Gary Gaetti
Jimmy Ryan
George Van Haltren
Roger Maris
Lance Parrish
Mo Vaughn
Mark Grace
Dennis Martinez
Chuck Finley
Fred McGriff
Wes Parker
Steve Finley
Orlando Cepeda
Albert Belle

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Tuesday, March 25th
It’s ridiculous that the Red Sox and A’s have to play this early, but it was nice to watch some baseball in the morning before work.  There is no doubt who the star of the season opener was…Manny Ramirez.
ManRam went 2 for 5 with a pair of doubles, 4 RBI and a run scored.

As far as pitching goes, the star was Daisuke Matsuzaka.  Dice K shook off a rough start to go five innings.  He allowed two runs on 2 hits.  He struck out six while walking five.  His ERA was 3.60 and his WHIP was 1.17.  It would have been nice for him to get the win in front of his countrymen, but he had to settle for the no-decision.  Fellow Japanese star Hideki Okajima picked up the win. 

Wednesday, March 26th
Since they play so early, I can actually bring you today’s Players of the Day as well.  Offensively the star of the day was Emil Brown.  His third inning three-run home run blew the game open.  It was his only hit of four at bats, but it was enough.  Mike Sweeney, Kurt Suzuki, and Mike Lowell each had a pair of hits.  Manny hit his 1st home run of the season (his 5th RBI).

There’s no question who the best pitcher was today.  It was Oakland starter Rich Harden.  He baffled Red Sox hitters for six innings allowing one run on three hits.  He struck out nine batters and walked three.  His ERA was 1.50 and his WHIP was 0.83. 

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Albert Belle was suggested by, Favre_is_overrated_2007 , friend of mine from Sporting News.  Here are my findings.

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The Numbers
1539 Games
5853 At Bats
.295 Batting Average
.564 Slugging% (17th All-time) 
974 Runs
1726 Hits 
389 Doubles 
21 Triples
381 Home Runs (55th All-time)
1239 RBI
3300 Total Bases 
88 Stolen Bases

Playoffs:  18 games, 14 Hits in 61 At Bats (.230), 10 runs, 2 doubles, 6 HR, 14 RBI

Awards
1995 Major League Player of the Year
5 All-Star Appearances
MVP Votes in 6 Seasons
5 Silver Sluggers

Top Ten Finishes
Batting Average – Three times
On-base % – Twice
Slugging % – Six times (Led league in 1995 & 1998)
OPS – Five times (Led league in 1998)
Games - Six times  (Led league in 1998)
At Bats – Once
Runs – Four times (Led league in 1995)
Hits – Four times
Doubles – Four times (Led league in 1995)
Home Runs - Eight times (Led league in 1995)
RBI – Eight times (Led league in ’93, ’95 & ’96)
Total Bases – Seven times (Led league in ’94, ’95 & ’98)
Walks – Twice
Extra-Base Hits – Seven times (Led league in ’94, ’95 & ’98)
Intentional Walks – Four times

Say what you want about Albert Belle, the man could mash.  In 1995 he had 52 doubles and 50 HRs (first person to do so).  That’s impressive.  He hit 30+ HRs in eight straight years (three of 48+).  He had 100 RBI in nine straight years.  He had four 100 run season (two 12o runs) and three 45+ double seasons.  He hit .300+ four times.  He also had a real bad attitude.  He got busted with a corked bat. My guess is that he was a steroid user.  Until they figure out what to do with the steroid players, I’ll have to pass on Albert for the Hall.  Although I think his numbers are worthy.  He didn’t meet the milestones, but he was dominant for a decade.

References
Baseball-reference.com

Past Chronicles
Bert Byleven
Andre Dawson
Dale Murphy
Mark McGwire
Bobby Matthews
Tommy John
Buck O’Neill & Minnie Minoso
Jim Rice
Ted Simmons
Lee Smith
Jack Morris
Al Oliver
Steve Garvey
Jim Kaat
Pete Ro$e
Shoeless Joe Jackson
Dave Concepcion
Lou Whitaker
Alan Trammell
Ron Santo
Ron Guidry
Gil Hodges
Dave Parker
Tony Mullane
Keith Hernandez
Don Mattingly
Dwight Evans
Ralph Houk (Manager)
Jimmie Dykes (Player/Manager)
Charlie Grimm (Player/Manager)
Billy Martin (Player/Manager)
Harold Baines
Gene Mauch (Manager)
Whitey Herzog (Manager)
Tom Kelly (Manager)
Joe Carter
Rusty Staub
Gary Gaetti
Jimmy Ryan
George Van Haltren
Roger Maris
Lance Parrish
Mo Vaughn
Mark Grace
Dennis Martinez
Chuck Finley
Fred McGriff
Wes Parker
Steve Finley
Orlando Cepeda

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 With the baseball season underway, here’s a look at my preseason predictions.

American League
AL East: Boston - World Series Champs should be just as strong.
AL Central: Detroit - Offseason trade made Detroit a major player
AL West: Anaheim Angels - Still the Class of the West.  Hunter was great addition.
AL Wildcard: New York Yankees - They’re still the Yankees.  Young pitching will need to hold up.

National League
NL East: New York Mets - Johan and Pedro form a lethal 1-2 punch.
NL Central: Chicago Cubs - Is this the year finally?
NL West: Arizona - Young team will only get better.
NL Wildcard: Actual: Philadelphia Phillies - Offense is a force to be reckoned with.

Playoffs
Boston Red Sox over Anaheim.  The Sox have their number.
Detroit over New York.  Pitching and hitting are too strong for Detroit.
Boston over Detroit.  Beckett dominates once again

Mets over Cubs.  Still not this year.  Johan is unbelievable.
Arizona over Phillies.  Arizona’s pitching overpowers Philly’s hitting.
Mets over Arizona.  Great pitching matchups, but Pedro wills the Mets to the Series.

World Series
Boston Red Sox over the New York Mets.  Bill Buckner can really breath easier now.

lesters-award-baseball.jpg  AL MVP:  A-Rod.  Seriously.  Can anyone else even compete?

lesters-award-baseball.jpg  AL Cy Young:  Josh Beckett.  He was robbed last year.

lesters-award-baseball.jpg  AL Rookie of the Year:  Evan Longoria.  Sky’s the limit for Evan.

AL Manager of the Year:  Terry Francona.  Best record in baseball.
AL Comeback Player of the Year:  Travis Hafner.  Pronk rebounds to put up huge numbers.
AL Batting Crown:  Ichiro.  He’s a machine.
AL Home Run Title:  A-Rod.  Period.
AL RBI Title:  A-Rod.  Period.

lesters-award-baseball.jpg  NL MVP:  Ryan Howard.  This guy can mash.

lesters-award-baseball.jpg NL Cy Young:  Johan Santana.  The NL is “very, very good to me”.

lesters-award-baseball.jpg  NL Rookie of the Year:  Joey Votto.  Cincinnati is going to fall in love with him.

NL Manager of the Year:  Willie Randolph.  Feel good story after the collapse.
NL Comeback Player of the Year:  Randy Johnson.  The Big Unit is back.
NL Batting Crown:  Chase Utley.  The dude is just good. 
NL Home Run Title:  Ryan Howard.  He’s a beast.
NL RBI Title:  Ryan Howard.  Plenty of plate setters.  Howard always clears his plate.

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Let’s see who’s killin’ it heading into the fantasy playoffs.

Guards
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Vince Carter 
- The Nets aren’t winning, but Vince Carter’s fantasy owners don’t care. In his last four games Carter has gone for 30.0 points, 7.0 rebounds, 5.7 assists, 1.5 steals, 1.0 blocks, and 1.0 three-pointer per game while shooting 52.2% from the floor and 91.7% from the line.  Plus, he only turned it over 1.5 times per contest.

Devin Harris - Why not make it an all-New Jersey backcourt?  Devin has been great.  Over the past five games he’s averaging 15.8 points, 4.2 rebounds, 8.4 assists, 1.0 steal, and 1.0 three-pointer per game.  He’s shot 44.1% from the floor and 81.5% from the line.

Forwards
Mike Miller - Mike Miller has been a man possessed recently.  In his last five games he’s averaged 20.6 points, 9.2 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 0.4 steals, 0.4 blocks, and 2.8 three-pointers per game.  He’s shot 57.6% from the floor and 72.2% from the line over that stretch, which makes little sense because he’s shot 48.3% from downtown. 

Lamar Odom - Odom has been a beast on the boards, averaging 15.8 over his last four contests.  He’s added 17.5 points, 4.0 assists, 1.3 steals, and 1.3 blocks while shooting 46.3% from the floor and 86.4% from the charity stripe.

Centers
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Amare Stoudemire -
  Amare is really enjoying Shaq’s presence.  In his last five games he’s averaging 31.0 points, 9.4 rebounds, 2.0 assists, and 2.4 blocks per game.  He’s shot 59.5% from the floor and 79.7% from the line (including a 20-20 performance on Saturday).

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Steve Finley was suggested by 3rdStoneFromTheSun, a friend of mine from the Sporting News community.  I’ve decided to review his numbers and offer my opinion to his Hall of Fame worthiness. 

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The Numbers
2583 Games (38th All-time)
9397 At Bats (41st All-time)
.271 Batting Average 
1443 Runs (73rd All-time)
2548 Hits (79th All-time)
449 Doubles (82nd All-time)
124 Triples (90th All-time)
304 Home Runs
1167 RBI
4157 Total Bases (63rd All-time)
320 Stolen Bases

Playoffs:  51 games, 41 Hits in 165 At Bats (.248), 16 runs, 8 doubles, 1 HR, 22 RBI

Awards
2 All-Star Appearances
5 Gold Gloves
MVP Votes in 2 Seasons

Top Ten Finishes
Games - Five times (Led league in 1992 & 2004)
At Bats – Five times
Runs – Three times
Hits – Four times
Doubles – Twice
Triples – Nine times (Led league in 1993 & 2003)
Home Runs – Once
Total Bases – Once
Stolen Bases – Three times

Technically he isn’t retired.  He’d like to play again this year if anyone would give him a chance.  Even if he played this year and added to his impressive career numbers, my mind is already made up.  Steve Finley belongs in the Hall of Good.  He’s not even in the one step away, Hall of Very Good category.  He’s a decent player who’s had some impressive run totals (five 100+ run seasons), some decent pop (four 30+ home run seasons), some speed (six 10+ triple & three 30+ SB seasons), and a great glove (see five Gold Gloves).  However, he never hit .300, and he was never one of the very best in the game.  He only made two All-Star games and never finished higher than tenth in MVP voting.  So while he had a nice career, he’s got to buy a ticket to get into Cooperstown.

References
Baseball-reference.com

Past Chronicles
Bert Byleven
Andre Dawson
Dale Murphy
Mark McGwire
Bobby Matthews
Tommy John
Buck O’Neill & Minnie Minoso
Jim Rice
Ted Simmons
Lee Smith
Jack Morris
Al Oliver
Steve Garvey
Jim Kaat
Pete Ro$e
Shoeless Joe Jackson
Dave Concepcion
Lou Whitaker
Alan Trammell
Ron Santo
Ron Guidry
Gil Hodges
Dave Parker
Tony Mullane
Keith Hernandez
Don Mattingly
Dwight Evans
Ralph Houk (Manager)
Jimmie Dykes (Player/Manager)
Charlie Grimm (Player/Manager)
Billy Martin (Player/Manager)
Harold Baines
Gene Mauch (Manager)
Whitey Herzog (Manager)
Tom Kelly (Manager)
Joe Carter
Rusty Staub
Gary Gaetti
Jimmy Ryan
George Van Haltren
Roger Maris
Lance Parrish
Mo Vaughn
Mark Grace
Dennis Martinez
Chuck Finley
Fred McGriff
Wes Parker

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My Fantasy Baseball Team

22 March 2008

My teams consists of C, 1B, 2B, 3B, SS, OF, OF, OF, Util, SP, SP, RP, RP, P, P, P, and five Bench Spots.

The categories are Run, HR, RBI, SB, Batting Average, Wins, Saves, Ks, ERA & WHIP.

I’m ashamed to say that I forgot about my draft time and the computer autdrafted for me.  Here’s the squad I got.

C – Geovany Soto
1B – Adrian Gonzalez
2B –  Kelly Johnson
3B – Ryan Zimmerman
SS – Rafael Furcal
OF – Alfonso Soriano
OF – Alex Rios
OF – Hunter Pence
Util – Johnny Damon (OF)
Bench – Johnny Peralta (SS)
Bench - Orlando Hudson (2B)
Bench – Mike Cameron (OF)

SP – Johan Santana
SP – Erik Bedard
RP – Joakim Soria
RP – Troy Percival
P – Cole Hamels
P – John Smoltz
P – Matt Cain
Bench – Barry Zito*
Bench – Matt Garza

*I added Barry Zito and dropped Akinori Iwamura (3B).

I have already made a trade. 

I sent:
Bedard, Damon, and Cameron.

I got:
Chris Young (Arizona), Vernon Wells, and Rich Hill.

What do you think of my team?

What do you think of my trade?  I added Power and Steals with Young.   I think he’ll improve at the plate.  I’m hoping Vernon Wells will rebound and return to being of the best players in the game.  Losing Bedard is tough, but you never know how these free agent pitchers work out.  I can live with losing Damon and Cameron. 

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Wes Parker was suggested by Eric Greenberg, one of my very best friends and creator of www.justmyshow.com.  I’ve decided to review his numbers and offer my opinion to his Hall of Fame worthiness. 

The Numbers
1288 Games
4157 At Bats
.267 Batting Average 
548 Runs
1110 Hits 
194 Doubles 
32 Triples
64 Home Runs
470 RBI
1560 Total Bases 
532 Walks

Playoffs:  11 games, 10 Hits in 36 At Bats (.278), 3 runs, 2 doubles, 1 triple, 1 HRs, 2 RBI

Awards
Lou Gehrig Memorial Award
6 Gold Gloves
MVP Votes in 2 Seasons

Top Ten Finishes
Batting Average – Once
Games – Twice (Led league in 1970)
At Bats – Once
Hits – Once
RBI – Once
Walks – Three times

One thing the man could do was field.  He won six Gold Gloves and was named the first baseman for the All-time Rawlings Gold Glove Team.  He’s the only member of the team that is not in the Hall of Fame (or destined to go).  My pal Greens wondered if someone could get in soley for their defensive prowess.  That’s a good question.  Fielding is one part of the game.  It’s an important part, just not the sexy part like hitting.  One certainly can get in for having a great bat and a poor glove.  Does it work the other way around?  I think it can, but you need to do it for longer than Parker did.  Parker gets points for being on The Brady Bunch, Simon & Simon, as well as a few movies, but even that’s not enough to get him in a bust in Cooperstown.

References
Baseball-reference.com
ESPN
IMDB

Past Chronicles
Bert Byleven
Andre Dawson
Dale Murphy
Mark McGwire
Bobby Matthews
Tommy John
Buck O’Neill & Minnie Minoso
Jim Rice
Ted Simmons
Lee Smith
Jack Morris
Al Oliver
Steve Garvey
Jim Kaat
Pete Ro$e
Shoeless Joe Jackson
Dave Concepcion
Lou Whitaker
Alan Trammell
Ron Santo
Ron Guidry
Gil Hodges
Dave Parker
Tony Mullane
Keith Hernandez
Don Mattingly
Dwight Evans
Ralph Houk (Manager)
Jimmie Dykes (Player/Manager)
Charlie Grimm (Player/Manager)
Billy Martin (Player/Manager)
Harold Baines
Gene Mauch (Manager)
Whitey Herzog (Manager)
Tom Kelly (Manager)
Joe Carter
Rusty Staub
Gary Gaetti
Jimmy Ryan
George Van Haltren
Roger Maris
Lance Parrish
Mo Vaughn
Mark Grace
Dennis Martinez
Chuck Finley
Fred McGriff

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Friday Tidbits 3/21/08

21 March 2008

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The Rockets beat Charlotte for its 21st straight win.  The Lakers were next for #22.  Boston snapped the streak though.  The Hornets made it two in a row.  They are so streaky.  Chris Paul had 17 assists and Tyson Chandler had 20 rebounds as New Orleans beat the Lakers.  Utah beat Boston to snap their ten game winning streak.  The Wolves beat Seattle and the Clippers.  Carlos Boozer dropped 41 points on New Jersey.  Denver scored 168 points…in one game.  That’s like two games worth for New York.  Marcus Camby had a triple-double.  I’m trying to give the Timberwolves a chance, but their owner is making it very difficult.  I’ve tried to ignore the Country Club he has going on over there where the members (Glen Taylor, Kevin McHale, and Randy Whitman) aren’t held accountable, but try to shift the blame on KG and Flip Saunders.  Funny, that they have both achieved a great deal of success since leaving.  He said KG tanked it last year.  I’m sorry, but a team that allows Mark Madsen to jack up seven three-pointers doesn’t have any legs to stand on.  KG may not be the best 4th quarter player, but he sure as heck gives it his all each and every time out.  He’s too big of a person to call them out on it.  The Country Club makes me sick.  Miami makes its fans sick.  They score 54 points on Wednesday. What are they the Wisconsin Badgers?  Oh wait, they gave up 96. Iverson had 32 in his return to Philly, but the home team had the last laugh.  Dwight Howard had THREE points.  Thanks a lot Dwight.  It’s basically a playoff week for me.  Larry Harris was canned as Milwaukee’s GM.

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The Islanders G Rick DiPietro will miss the rest of the season following hip surgery.  Buffalo D Teppo Numminen has rejoined the team following heart surgery.  Chris Pronger was suspended 8 games.for stomping on Ryan Kesler’s leg.  This week’s shutouts:  Montreal’s Jaroslav Halak vs. the Islanders, Minnesota’s Niklas Backstrom vs. the Kings, Tampa’s Mike Smith vs. the Rangers, Columbus’ Fredrik Norrena vs. Detroit.  Chicago’s Nikolai Khabibulin vs. Washington. Buffalo’s Thomas Vanek had a hat trick against Tampa Bay.  Detroit’s Henrik Zetterberg did too as he scored all of the Red Wing goals against Columbus.  Minnesota D Kurtis Foster broke his leg.  Richard Zednik was able to skate on Wednesday.  

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Atlanta got rid of a headache by trading DeAngelo Hall to the Raiders for a second round pick.  I’m not even going to mention the ridiculous amount of money Oakland gave him.  The 49ers signed WR Bryant Johnson to a one-year deal.  Derrick Ward re-signed with NY Giants.  Robert Ferguson re-signed with the Vikings.  The Jets signed Bubba Franks.  Carolina signed WR D.J. Hackett to a two-year, $3.5 million deal.  The Eagles signed Ryan Klecko to be their new FB.  The Vikings have added assistant Head Coach to Defensive Coordinator Leslie Frazier’s title.  The Packers signed LB Brandon Chillar.  New England signed Fernando Bryant.  Pittsburgh cut scumbag Cedrick Wilson.  He punched his girlfriend in a restaurant.

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Dice K’s wife had the baby so now he’ll open the season for the Sox in Japan.  Shelly Duncan and Melky Cabrera were suspended three games and Johnny Gomes was suspended two games for their roles in the brawl.  Wily Mo Pena will miss a month with an oblique tear.  Kaz Matsui will miss a couple weeks after having surgery to fix an anal fissure.  I don’t even want to begin to know what that is.  John Lackey will miss a few weeks because of a strained triceps.  The Dodgers bid farewell to Vero Beach.  They’ve been going there 61 years, but will switch to Arizona next year.  The Red Sox threatened to boycott the games in Japan if their coaches and staff didn’t get the money promised to them.  I thought it was a nice gesture.  Joba Chamberlain will start the year off in the bullpen.  Bartolo Colon got sent to the minors.  St. Louis signed P Adam Wainwright to a four-year $15 million deal.  Nomar will miss Opening Day with a broken hand.  The Nationals sent P John Patterson packing.  This isn’t news, but Kerry Wood hurt his back.
 
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#2 Duke barely escaped with a win again #15 Belmont.  I was so hoping for the slipper to fit, but Belmont wasn’t Cinderella.  Kansas State beat USC without a huge game from Beasley.  Think the team had heard enough it was a one-man show?  There goes my bracket.  #9 Texas A & M beat #8 BYU.  Hey, there wasn’t many upsets so I had to report it.  Pre-tourney news:  Arkansas beat #17 Vanderbilt in the SEC tourney.  Illinois beat #16 Purdue and Minnesota beat #20 Indiana in the Big Ten tourney.  St. Joe’s beat #12 Xavier in the A-10 tourney.  Pitt beat #24 Marquette in the Big East tourney.  #2 UCLA beat #11 Stanford to win the Pac 10 title.  Arkansas beat #4 Tennessee in the SEC tourney.  #6 Wisconsin beat #19 Michigan State in the Big 10 tourney.  Clemson beat #7 Duke in the ACC tourney.  Pitt beat #9 Georgetown in the Big East tourney. UNLV beat #23 BYU to win the Mountain West tourney.

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Ohio State landed prize QB Terrelle Pryor.  LSU’s Les Miles’ new deal with the school makes him the highest paid coach in the conference.  Georgia LB Marcus Washington will miss next year after his shoulder surgery.  Sad news to report.  UCF WR Ereck Plancher died during conditioning drills.  Missouri kicked LB Marquis Booker off the team following his arrest for weapons possession.  Virginia Tech kicked RB Branden Ore off the team.

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Tiger won again.  He sunk a 25 foot putt to win the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill.  It was his fifth straight PGA victory and 64th overall to tie him with Ben Hogan.  He’s two back after day one of the CA Championship.

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Jeff Burton took home the prize at the Bristol Motor Speedway.  Ken Harvick spun out Tony Stewart to finish second.  Tony Stewart wasn’t pleased.
  
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