Monthly Archives: November 2009

CM Punk’s Cult-like Crusade

  CM Punk is NOT wasting away.   Despite what many fans and critics have said lately—myself included—the WWE appears to know exactly what they’re doing with CM Punk.   In my Survivor Series recap I stated that I felt … Continue reading

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Boston Blunder: Red Sox Continue to Strike Out in Pursuit of Shorstops

The Boston Red Sox need a shortstop. It’s as simple as that. It’s time for the club to forget about acquiring ace Roy Halladay or a slugging first baseman like Adrian Gonzalez or Miguel Cabrera. The Red Sox number one … Continue reading

Posted in AL East, Alex Gonzalez, American League, Baseball, Boston Red Sox, Cheap Seat Chronicles, Edgar Renteria, Felipe Lopez, Free Agency, Hanley Ramirez, J.J. Hardy, Julio Lugo, Miguel Tejada, MLB, MLB Trades, Nomar Garciaparra, Orlando Cabrera, Stephen Drew, Trade Rumors | 1 Comment

Bert Blyleven Makes Another Pitch at Cooperstown

Bert Blyleven belongs in the Hall of Fame. In fact, he’s belonged in the Hall of Fame for twelve years. Yet, for twelve years in a row, the Baseball Writers Association of American has erred by leaving him out in … Continue reading

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Alex Gonzalez Signs with Toronto

Shortstop Alex Gonzalez will be taking his slick defense up north next summer. Gonzalez, 32, signed a one-year, $2.75 million contract with the Blue Jays on Thursday. The contract includes a $2.5 million option for 2011. The deal comes just … Continue reading

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Shelley Duncan’s Free Agency Offers a Long Overdue Opportunity

Shelley Duncan is finally free. After nine years of indentured servitude in the New York Yankees’ farm system, Duncan is a free agent for the first time. Unfortunately, Duncan is no longer the long-ball hitting prospect who was drafted in … Continue reading

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Minnesota Twins Gave Plenty to be Thankful for in 2009

Thanksgiving is upon us once again. We all know that Thanksgiving is supposed to be about families and turkeys and a rapidly-depleting supply of shopping days until Christmas. In the minds of baseball fans, Thanksgiving is just a pit stop … Continue reading

Posted in AL Central, American League, Awards, Baseball, Cheap Seat Chronicles, Delmon Young, Jason Kubel, Joe Crede, Joe Mauer, Michael Cuddyer, Miguel Jean, Minnesota Twins, MLB, MVP, Nick Blackburn, Orlando Cabrera, Scott Baker | Leave a comment

Joe Mauer Wins American League MVP

Joe Mauer can now add American League Most Valuable Player to his already imposing resume. Mauer received 27 out of 28 first-place votes to runaway with the award. Detroit Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera received the other first-place vote but … Continue reading

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WWE Survivor Series: Five Things We Learned

At the end of every pay-per-view, we are left with many questions and few answers. However, last night at Survivor Series—in a rare change of pace—we were left with plenty of definitive answers. Sure, there are plenty of questions we … Continue reading

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Joe Mauer’s Potential Trade Destinations, Minnesota’s Worst-Case Scenario

It’s almost time to let the real “Hot Stove Season” begin in earnest. Barring some unforeseen blunder by the Baseball Writers Association of America, Joe Mauer will be crowned the 2009 American League Most Valuable Player on Monday afternoon. When … Continue reading

Posted in AL Central, AL East, AL West, American League, Awards, Baseball, Boston Red Sox, Cheap Seat Chronicles, Chicago Cubs, Free Agency, Joe Mauer, Los Angeles Angels, Los Angeles Dodgers, MLB, MLB Trades, MVP, National League, New York Mets, New York Yankees, NL Central, NL East, NL West, Texas Rangers, Trade Rumors | 1 Comment

Frugal Fish: Josh Johnson and Florida Falter on Four-Year Pact

Once a cheap team, always a cheap team. The Florida Marlins have reportedly “reached an impasse” with ace Josh Johnson regarding a proposed four-year contract extension. Matt Sosnick, Johnson’s agent, was reportedly seeking a deal very similar to the four-year, … Continue reading

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Déjà Vu: Mike Lowell May Be on Red Sox’s Trading Block

The Boston Red Sox are considering acquiring a marquee first baseman. The club is reportedly interested in San Diego’s Adrian Gonzalez and Detroit’s Miguel Cabrera. If either one is acquired in a trade, the Red Sox would move incumbent first … Continue reading

Posted in AL East, Baseball, Boston Red Sox, Cheap Seat Chronicles, Injuries, Mike Lowell, MLB, MLB Trades, Trade Rumors | 1 Comment

Garrett Atkins and Colorado: Stuck Between a Rockie and a Hard Place

Garrett Atkins is a man without a job, yet he is still gainfully employed. It may sound like the ultimate contradiction, but it’s merely a sign of the times in Major League Baseball. Many teams are currently at a tipping … Continue reading

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Minnesota Twins: Jason Kubel’s Long Road Back Leads to the Top

Jason Kubel is finally where he belongs, at the top. After a career-best season in 2009, Kubel, 27, proved to be one of baseball’s premier designated hitters, working at a considerably lower rate than many of his contemporaries. At this … Continue reading

Posted in AL Central, American League, Baseball, Cheap Seat Chronicles, Injuries, Jason Kubel, Minnesota Twins, MLB | 2 Comments

Starting Five: A Look at the Contenders for the NL Cy Young Award

On Thursday afternoon the Baseball Writers Association of America will announce who they’ve voted as this year’s National League Cy Young Award winner. Unlike the American League Cy Young, there is no single front-runner for the award. Rather, there were … Continue reading

Posted in Adam Wainwright, Awards, Baseball, Cheap Seat Chronicles, Chris Carpenter, Cy Young, Dan Haren, Javier Vazquez, MLB, National League, Tim Lincecum | Leave a comment

Minnesota Twins’ Ron Gardenhire, is he the AL Manager of the Year?

Ron Gardenhire has long been considered one of baseball’s best managers. In 2009, he proved his mettle once again by leading the Minnesota Twins to yet another division title in the American League Central. The pennant marked his fifth division … Continue reading

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