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PostPosted: November, 17, 2010 - 3:29pm 
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Managers of the Year
AL - Ron Gardenhire - Twins
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I may have homer goggles on but Manuel got robbed.


Are you joking? Bud Black very nearly won the NL West with a team no one thought would do ANYTHING! They had an anemic offense, and got great pitching from some real nobodies. The Padres were 75-87 in 2009, and finished 20+ games back. in 2010, they were 90-72!! I don't think i could name anyone other than Adrian Gonzalez on their roster. Their outfield was a 6 man platoon of nobodies basically the entire year. They had ONE player with more than 20 home runs, and ONE player with more than 60 RBIs. Their 5 starters were: Clayton Richard, John Garland, Mat Latos, Kevin Correia, and Wade LeBlanc. I think Joe Blanton probably could have been their ace on opening day. Sure, Heath Bell is a stud, i'll give you that. Don't get me wrong, i love me some Uncle Charlie. But i probably could have managed Halladay, Hamels, Oswalt, Utley, Rollins, Howard, Victorino, Polanco, and Werth to 80 wins. I would have voted for Bud Black.

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Felix Hernandez of the Mariners took home the AL Cy Young award.

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Joey Votto of the Reds won the NL MVP.

For Phillies fans here's some info on how they did.
Roy Halladay finished 6th, Jayson Werth finished 8th, Ryan Howard finished 10th, and Carlos Ruiz got three votes to finish 17th.

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OBLIGATORY ANNUAL FREE AGENT TRACKER THREAD THAT I WILL UNDOUBTEDLY STOP UPDATING IN ABOUT A MONTH.
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Going to try to update it once a week. Here we go:

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Starters
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PLAYER---------------------AGE-----------STATUS------------ 2010 TEAM-----NEW TEAM----YEARS---DOLLARS
Erik Bedard----------------- 31-----------Free Agent------------Seattle
Kris Benson------------------36-----------Free Agent------------Arizona
Jeremy Bonderman----------28-----------Free Agent------------Detroit
Dave Bush-------------------31-----------Free Agent------------Milwaukee
Bruce Chen------------------33-----------Free Agent------------Kansas City
Kevin Correia----------------30--------------Signed-----------------SD-------------PIT----------2-------$8mil
Doug Davis------------------35------------Free Agent------------Milwaukee
Jorge De La Rosa-------------29--------------Signed----------------COL------------COL---------2--------$21.5mil
Justin Duchscherer-----------33------------Free Agent-------------Oakland
Jeff Francis------------------29------------Free Agent-------------Colorado
Freddy Garcia----------------34------------Free Agent------------Chicago Sox
Jon Garland------------------31--------------Signed-----------------SD------------LAD---------1---------$5mil
Mike Hampton----------------38------------Free Agent--------------Arizona
Aaron Harang-----------------32-------------Signed-----------------CIN------------SD----------1---------$4mil
Hiroki Kuroda------------------35-------------Signed-----------------LAD-----------LAD---------1----------$12mil
Cliff Lee-----------------------32-------------Agreed----------------PHI------------TEX---------5----------$120mil
Rodrigo Lopez-----------------34------------Free Agent-------------Arizona
Kevin Millwood-----------------35-----------Free Agent-------------Baltimore
Vicente Padilla-----------------33-------------Signed----------------LAD------------LAD---------1-----------$2mil
Carl Pavano--------------------34-----------Free Agent------------Minnesota
Brad Penny--------------------32------------Free Agent------------St. Louis
Andy Pettitte-------------------38-----------Free Agent------------NY Yankees
Ben Sheets---------------------32-----------Free Agent------------Oakland
Jeff Suppan---------------------35-----------Free Agent------------St. Louis
Hisanori Takahashi--------------35-------------Signed----------------NYM----------LAA----------2-----------$8mil
Javier Vazquez------------------34--------------Signed---------------NYY----------FLA----------1-----------$7mil
Chien-Ming Wang---------------30-------------Signed-----------------WAS---------WAS---------1----------------
Brandon Webb------------------31------------Free Agent-------------Arizona
Jake Westbrook-----------------33--------------Signed----------------STL---------STL-----------2-----------$16.5mil
Chris Young---------------------31------------Free Agent -----------San Diego

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Relievers
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PLAYER---------------------AGE-----------STATUS------------ 2010 TEAM-----NEW TEAM----YEARS---DOLLARS
Jeremy Accardo-------------29--------------Signed----------------TOR-----------BAL----------1-------$1.08mil
Grant Balfour----------------32------------Free Agent-----------Tampa Bay
Miguel Batista---------------39------------Free Agent-----------Washington
Joe Beimel-------------------33------------Free Agent-----------Colorado
Joaquin Benoit---------------33--------------Signed-----------------TB-------------DET--------3-------$16.5mil
Chris Capuano----------------32------------Free Agent-----------Milwaukee
DJ Carrasco------------------33--------------Agreed----------------ARZ-----------NYM--------2--------$2.5mil
Randy Choate----------------35--------------Signed----------------TB------------FLA----------2-------$2.5mil
Jose Contreras---------------38--------------Signed-----------------PHL------------PHL--------2-------$5.5mil
Jesse Crain-------------------29-------------Signed-----------------MIN------------CHA--------3-------$13mil
Elmer Dessens----------------39------------Free Agent------------NY Mets
Octavio Dotel-----------------37------------Free Agent------------Colorado
Scott Downs------------------34------------Signed-----------------TOR------------LAA--------3--------$15mil
Chad Durbin ------------------32-------------Free Agent-----------Philadelphia
Kelvim Escobar----------------34------------Free Agent-------------NY Mets
Kyle Farnsworth---------------34------------Free Agent-------------Atlanta
Pedro Feliciano----------------34-------------Signed------------------NYM----------NYY--------2--------$8mil
Randy Flores------------------35------------Free Agent------------Minnesota
Frank Francisco----------------31-----------Accptd Arb---------------TEX-----------TEX--------
Jason Frasor-------------------33-----------Accptd Arb---------------TOR-----------TOR--------
Brian Fuentes------------------35-----------Free Agent-------------Minnesota
Kevin Gregg--------------------32-----------Free Agent--------------Toronto
Matt Guerrier-------------------32-------------Signed-----------------MIN------------LAD-------3--------$12mil
Aaron Heilman------------------32-----------Free Agent--------------Arizona
Mark Hendrickson---------------36-----------Free Agent--------------Baltimore
Trevor Hoffman-----------------43-----------Free Agent--------------Milwaukee
Hisashi Iwakuma-----------------29----------Free Agent---------------Japan
Bobby Jenks--------------------29-------------Signed-------------------CHA----------BOS------2--------$12mil
Mike Lincoln ---------------------35-----------Free Agent--------------Cincinnati
Mike MacDougal-----------------33-----------Free Agent---------------St. Louis
Ron Mahay----------------------39-----------Free Agent--------------Minnesota
Brian Moehler--------------------38-----------Free Agent---------------Houston
Guillermo Mota-------------------37-----------Free Agent-------------San Francisco
Will Ohman----------------------33------------Free Agent--------------Florida
Chan Ho Park--------------------37------------Free Agent-------------Philadelphia
Joel Peralta----------------------34--------------Agreed------------------WAS--------TB--------1--------$950k
J.J. Putz-------------------------33--------------Signed------------------CHA--------ARZ--------2--------$10mil
Chad Qualls----------------------32------------Free Agent-------------Tampa Bay
Jon Rauch------------------------32-----------Free Agent-------------Minnesota
Dennys Reyes--------------------33------------Free Agent-------------St. Louis
Arthur Rhodes--------------------41------------Free Agent-------------Cincinnati
Mariano Rivera--------------------41------------Signed------------------NYY--------NYY------2---------$30mil
J.C. Romero-----------------------34------------Free Agent-------------Philadelphia
Takashi Saito---------------------40-------------Free Agent-------------Atlanta
Bobby Seay-----------------------32-------------Free Agent-------------Detroit
George Sherrill--------------------33----------------Agreed-----------------LAD---------ATL-----1----------$1.2mil
Scot Shields-----------------------35-------------Free Agent------------LA Angels
Rafael Soriano---------------------30-------------Free Agent-------------Tampa Bay
Jorge Sosa------------------------33--------------Free Agent-------------Florida
Russ Springer----------------------42--------------Free Agent------------Cincinnati
Koji Uehara------------------------35--------------Signed-------------------BAL---------BAL-----1----------$3mil
Jeff Weaver-----------------------34---------------Free Agent-----------LA Dodgers
Dan Wheeler-----------------------32---------------Free Agent-----------Tampa Bay
Kerry Wood------------------------33----------------Signed------------------NYY--------CHN-----1---------$1.5mil
Jamey Wright----------------------35---------------Free Agent------------Colorado

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Catchers
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PLAYER---------------------AGE-----------STATUS------------ 2010 TEAM-----NEW TEAM----YEARS---DOLLARS
Brad Ausmus-----------------41------------Free Agent----------LA Dodgers
Rod Barajas------------------35------------Signed----------------LAD------------LAD----------1--------$3.25mil
Josh Bard--------------------32------------Free Agent-----------Seattle
Henry Blanco-----------------39------------Signed----------------NYM-----------ARZ----------1--------$1.25mil
John Buck--------------------30------------Signed----------------TOR------------FLA----------3--------$18mil
Ramon Hernandez-------------34------------Signed----------------CIN------------CIN----------1--------$3mil
Gerald Laird-------------------31------------Agreed---------------DET------------STL----------1--------$1mil
Jason LaRue------------------36------------Free Agent-----------St. Louis
Russel Martin------------------27------------Signed----------------LAD-----------NYY----------1--------$4mil
Victor Martinez----------------31------------Signed----------------BOS-----------DET----------4--------$50mil
Chad Moeller------------------35------------Free Agent-----------NY Yankees
Bengie Molina------------------36-----------Free Agent------------Texas
Dioner Navarro-----------------26------------Signed----------------TB------------LAD----------1---------$1mil
Miguel Olivo--------------------32------------Agreed---------------TOR-----------SEA----------2---------$7mil
Ronny Paulino------------------29------------Agreed----------------FLA-----------NYM---------1---------$1.3mil
A.J. Pierzynski------------------33------------Signed----------------CHA-----------CHA---------2---------$8mil
Yorvit Torrealba----------------32------------Signed-----------------SD-----------TEX----------2---------$6.25mil
Matt Treanor-------------------34------------Signed----------------TEX-----------TEX----------1---------$850k
Jason Varitek-------------------38------------Signed----------------BOS-----------BOS---------1---------$2mil
Gregg Zaun---------------------39-----------Free Agent-----------Milwaukee

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1st BASEMEN
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PLAYER---------------------AGE-----------STATUS------------ 2010 TEAM-----NEW TEAM----YEARS---DOLLARS
Jorge Cantu-----------------28--------------Free Agent--------Tampa Bay
Adam Dunn------------------31--------------Signed-------------WAS------------CHA----------4--------$56mil
Edwin Encarnacion-----------27--------------Signed-------------OAK------------TOR-----------1--------$2.5mil
Jason Giambi-----------------39-------------Free Agent---------Colorado
Troy Glaus-------------------34-------------Free Agent---------Atlanta
Aubrey Huff------------------33--------------Signed--------------SF-------------SF------------2--------$22mil
Paul Konerko-----------------34---------------Signed-------------CHA-----------CHA-----------3--------$37.5mil
Adam LaRoche---------------31--------------Free Agent---------Arizona
Derrek Lee-------------------35--------------Free Agent---------Atlanta
Mike Lowell------------------36---------------Free Agent--------Boston
Xavier Nady------------------32--------------Free Agent---------Chicago Cubs
Lyle Overbay-----------------33---------------Signed-------------TOR-----------PIT-----------1---------$5mil
Carlos Pena------------------32----------------Signed-------------TB------------CHN----------1---------$10mil
Matt Stairs------------------42----------------Signed--------------SD-----------WAS--------------------Minor Lg
Mike Sweeney----------------37--------------Free Agent----------Philadelphia
Fernando Tatis---------------35--------------Free Agent----------NY Mets
Ty Wigginton-----------------33--------------Free Agent----------Baltimore
Chris Woodward--------------34---------------Free Agent----------Seattle

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2ND BASEMEN
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PLAYER---------------------AGE-----------STATUS------------ 2010 TEAM-----NEW TEAM----YEARS---DOLLARS
David Eckstein---------------35------------Free Agent----------San Diego
Cristian Guzman--------------32------------Free Agent----------Texas
Bill Hall----------------------30-------------Signed---------------BOS-------------HOU---------1-------$3.25
Orlando Hudson--------------32-------------Free Agent---------Minnesota-
Adam Kennedy---------------34-------------Free Agent---------Washington
Julio Lugo--------------------35------------Free Agent----------Baltimore
Aaron Miles------------------33-------------Free Agent----------St. Louis
Tsuyoshi Nishioka-------------26------------Signed----------------JPN------------MIN----------3-------$9mil
Juan Uribe--------------------31-------------Signed----------------SF------------LAD----------3-------$21mil

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3RD BASEMEN
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PLAYER---------------------AGE-----------STATUS------------ 2010 TEAM-----NEW TEAM----YEARS---DOLLARS
Willy Aybar------------------27------------Nontendered---------St. Louis
Adrian Beltre-----------------31------------Free Agent-----------Boston
Geoff Blum------------------37-------------Signed----------------HOU-----------ARZ----------2--------$2.7mil
Miguel Cairo -----------------36-------------Signed---------------CIN------------CIN-----------2--------$2mil
Pedro Feliz------------------35-------------Free Agent-----------Philadelphia
Josh Fields------------------28-------------Non-tendered--------Kansas City
Kevin Frandesen------------28--------------Non-tendered--------LA Angels
Andy LaRoche--------------27--------------Free Agent----------Pittsburgh
Felipe Lopez----------------30-------------Free Agent-----------Boston
Melvin Mora----------------38--------------Signed----------------COL----------ARZ-----------1---------$2mil
Nick Punto-----------------33--------------Free Agent-----------Minnesota
Chad Tracy----------------30--------------Free Agent-----------Florida
Ty Wigginton--------------33--------------Agreed-----------------BAL-----------COL----------2---------$8mil

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SHORTSTOPS
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PLAYER---------------------AGE-----------STATUS------------ 2010 TEAM-----NEW TEAM----YEARS---DOLLARS
Orlando Cabrera--------------36-----------Free Agent----------Cincinnati
Craig Counsell----------------40-----------Free Agent----------Milwaukee
Jerry Hairston Jr.-------------34-----------Free Agent----------San Diego
Cesar Izturis-----------------30-----------Free Agent----------Baltimore
Derek Jeter------------------36------------Signed----------------NYY------------NYY----------3--------$51mil
Jhonny Peralta---------------28------------Signed----------------DET------------DET----------2--------$11.25mil
Edgar Renteria---------------35-----------Free Agent----------San Francisco
Miguel Tejada----------------36------------Signed-----------------SD-------------SF-----------1--------$6.5mil

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LEFT FIELDERS
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PLAYER---------------------AGE-----------STATUS------------ 2010 TEAM-----NEW TEAM----YEARS---DOLLARS
Pat Burrell-------------------34-------------Signed----------------SF-------------SF------------1-------$1mil
Carl Crawford----------------29-------------Signed----------------TB------------BOS-----------7-------$142mil
Jack Cust-------------------31-------------Signed----------------OAK-----------SEA------------1-------$2.5mil
Scott Hairston---------------30------------Non-Tendered-------San Deigo
Willie Harris------------------32-------------Free Agent---------Washington
Eric Hinske------------------33--------------Free Agent-----------Atlanta
Reed Johnson----------------33-------------Free Agent----------LA Dodgers
Fred Lewis ------------------30------------Non-Tendered----------Texas
Hideki Matsui----------------36--------------Signed-----------------LAA----------OAK----------1--------$4.25mil
Corey Patterson--------------31------------Free Agent------------Baltimore
Jay Payton------------------38-------------Free Agent------------Colorado
Scott Podsednik--------------34------------Free Agent------------LA Dodgers
Matt Stairs-------------------42------------Free Agent------------San Diego

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CENTER FIELDERS
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PLAYER---------------------AGE-----------STATUS------------ 2010 TEAM-----NEW TEAM----YEARS---DOLLARS
Rick Ankiel-------------------31-----------Free Agent------------Atlanta
Jim Edmonds-----------------40-----------Free Agent------------Cincinnati

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RIGHT FIELDERS
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PLAYER---------------------AGE-----------STATUS------------ 2010 TEAM-----NEW TEAM----YEARS---DOLLARS
Lance Berkman---------------34------------Signed----------------NYY------------STL----------1--------$8mil
Willie Bloomquist--------------33-----------Free Agent-----------Cincinnati
Ryan Church-----------------32------------Non-Tendered--------Arizona
Jose Guillen-------------------34-----------Free Agent----------San Francisco
Andruw Jones-----------------33-----------Free Agent-----------Chicago Sox
Gabe Kapler ------------------35------------Free Agent-----------Tampa Bay
Austin Kearns-----------------30-----------Free Agent-----------NY Yankees
Xavier Nady------------------32-------------Signed----------------CHC-----------ARZ--------1----------$1.75mil
Magglio Ordonez--------------36-------------Signed----------------DET-----------DET--------1----------$10mil
Jayson Werth-----------------31------------Signed----------------PHI------------WAS--------7---------$126mil
Randy Winn-------------------36-----------Free Agent-----------St. Louis
Delwyn Young----------------28------------Free Agent-----------Pittsburgh

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DESIGNATED HITTERS
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PLAYER---------------------AGE-----------STATUS------------ 2010 TEAM-----NEW TEAM----YEARS---DOLLARS
Rocco Baldelli----------------29-----------Free Agent-----------Tampa Bay
Russell Branyan--------------34-----------Free Agent------------Seattle
Eric Chavez------------------32-----------Free Agent------------Oakland
Johnny Damon---------------37-----------Free Agent------------Detroit
Vladimir Guerrero-------------35-----------Free Agent-------------Texas
Brad Hawpe-----------------31------------Free Agent-----------Tampa Bay
Nick Johnson-----------------32-----------Free Agent-----------NY Yankees
Mark Kotsay-----------------34------------Free Agent----------Chicago Sox
Manny Ramirez---------------38-----------Free Agent-----------Chicago Sox
Marcus Thames--------------33-----------Free Agent-----------NY Yankees
Jim Thome-------------------40-----------Free Agent------------Minnesota

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WOW. Royals send Zack Grienke and Yuniesky Betancourt to the Brewers for Alcides Escobar, top outfield prospect Lorenzo Cain, pitching prospect Jake Odorizzi and another pitcher to be named later.

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Fixed. how the hell did i let that slide?

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Jayson Stark, ESPN.com wrote:
Looking back at one strange October
Homers from Edgar Renteria, errors from Brooks Conrad and a no-no from Roy Halladay


Once again this year, the relentlessly creative sport of baseball was stranger than Lady Gaga's taste in meat, stranger than the concept behind "Bridal Plasty," even stranger (believe it or not) than Brian Wilson's beard.

So before Ryan Seacrest instructs that big ball to start dropping in Times Square, let's look back at baseball's Strange But True Feats of 2010 -- arriving this year in five spectacular parts, spread throughout this holiday week. In Part 1, we explore the Strangest But Truest Postseason Feats of the year.

Strange But True Team Of The Year
How strange were your official World Series champions, huh?

That lineup those unbeatable San Francisco Giants ran out there in Game 1 of the World Series had exactly two position players playing in the same place you could have located them on Opening Day. (That would be Edgar Renteria, at shortstop, and Aubrey Huff, at first base.) Not to mention …

A cleanup hitter (Pat Burrell) who had gotten released by the Tampa Bay Rays.

A No. 5 hitter (Cody Ross) who showed up as a waiver-claim special.

A No. 3 hitter (Buster Posey) who had started the year in the minor leagues.

A leadoff hitter (Andres Torres) who had been a six-time minor league free agent.

And precisely one position player who had ever made an All-Star team. (That was Renteria -- who was batting eighth.)

So naturally, it was this team that won the World Series -- while winning games started by Cliff Lee, Roy Halladay, Roy Oswalt, C.J. Wilson, Cole Hamels, Derek Lowe and Tim Hudson (among others).

In the previous half century in their franchise history, the Giants assembled teams so talented, they produced nine MVP awards, three Cy Young awards, four Rookie of the Year awards -- and won no World Series.

Then this collection of Giants came along and ended the third-longest title drought in baseball.

Of course it did.

Five Strange-But-True October All-Timers
• Joe Mauer has played in nine postseason games -- and lost them all. But he's never been part of a nine-game regular-season losing streak.

• The Reds scored the most runs and tied for the fewest errors of any team in the National League in the regular season. How did their postseason go? They had more errors (seven) than runs scored (four). That's how.

• Just in the span of the first six ground balls hit to him in Game 3 of the NLDS, Braves second baseman Brooks Conrad committed as many errors (three) as Robinson Cano committed all season -- in 1,393 innings.

• The Rays had never allowed a runner to score from second base on an infield out in any game of their history -- then allowed two Rangers to do it in the same game, a fairly important Game 5 of the ALDS.

• And for sheer impossible, déjà vu box-score craziness, you can't beat Braves reliever Peter Moylan. Thanks to defensive debacles beyond his control, he unfurled exactly the same pitching line back-to-back in Games 3 and 4 of the NLDS: 0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 0 HBP, 0 WP, 0 Balks. Just so you know how hard that is, only one relief pitcher in the past 60 years ever went all-zeros on us in back-to-back regular-season games: Dennys Reyes, on Sept. 20 and 23, 2001. Now that's October nuttiness at its finest.

Strange But True World Series Insanity
• Cody Ross hit cleanup in zero regular-season games. So naturally Giants manager Bruce Bochy batted him cleanup in the clinching game of the World Series.

• Aubrey Huff has been to the plate 6,112 times in his regular-season big league career without ever laying down a sacrifice bunt -- the second-most sac-free trips of any active hitter. So who got a sac bunt down in the Giants' game-winning rally in the last game of the World Series. Right you are. Aubrey Huff.

• Guess how many three-RBI games Edgar Renteria had all season? Not a one. Of course. So was there even any doubt the only Giant with two three-RBI games in the World Series would be … Edgar Renteria?

• And guess how many home runs Renteria hit after April 27? That would be two. And how many homers did he hit in the World Series? Yep. That would also be two. That's why he's Mr. Nov-Edgar.

• Rangers first baseman Mitch Moreland hit no big league home runs against a left-handed pitcher all season. So who hit the Rangers' first home run of the World Series? Mitch Moreland -- off a left-hander (Jonathan Sanchez).

• The Giants went almost four weeks (from Sept. 26 to Oct. 20) without scoring more than four runs in a game. Then (naturally) they became the first National League team in history to score nine runs or more in Games 1 and 2 of a World Series.

• Not one American League pitcher all season had an outing in which he threw at least 13 pitches and had only one of them called a strike. But the Rangers' Derek Holland unfurled that terrifying line in Game 2 of the World Series: 13 pitches, 1 strike. Oof.

• And the craziest game of this World Series was Game 1 -- a game featuring 18 runs, 25 hits, 10 extra-base hits, six errors and 12 pitchers. Guess which two pitchers started it? Those noted bums, Tim Lincecum and Cliff Lee. Yeah, who else?

Strange But True Playoff Madness
• The game-winning home run that put the Giants in the World Series was an opposite-field shot by Juan Uribe. So how many opposite-field homers did Uribe hit all season? Not one, of course.

• In Game 4 of the NLCS, both teams hooked their starting pitchers (Joe Blanton and Madison Bumgarner) before the fifth inning -- which was kind of unusual because they were both leading when they were pulled. How many times had that happened in a postseason game? That would be nada.

• Cody Ross hit five home runs for the Giants in the postseason. How many did he hit for the Giants during the season (in 33 games)? That would be three.

• When John Jaso caught Wade Davis in the Rays' Game 4 victory in Texas, it was the first time in 63 years (according to the Elias Sports Bureau) that a rookie catcher caught a rookie starting pitcher in a postseason victory. And how long did it take until it happened again? Until the next day, when Buster Posey caught Madison Bumgarner in the Giants' 3-2 NLDS win over Atlanta.

• Josh Hamilton walked four times in the second game of the ALCS. How many four-walk games has he had in his regular-season career? Yup. Zero in 468 games.

• Cole Hamels threw zero regular-season shutouts. So what did he do in his first postseason start? Throw a shutout, obviously.

• The Reds haven't had a no-hitter thrown against them in the regular season since June 23, 1971. So what happened in their first postseason game in 15 years? Roy Halladay no-hit them. What else?

• And what did the Reds do the game after having nobody get a hit? Their first batter (Brandon Phillips) the next game hit a homer. No team has done that in the game after a regular-season no-hitter since 2003.

• In the first postseason game of his career, Posey stole a base. How many bases did he steal in the regular season? That would be none.

• Lincecum has made 122 regular-season starts -- and never once had a game in which he struck out as many as 14 hitters and allowed no more than three men to reach base. So what did he do in the first postseason game of his career? Strike out 14 and allow only three baserunners. Naturally.

• In the four ALCS games in which the Rangers beat the Yankees, they won every one of those games by at least five runs. So when was the last time the Rangers' margin of victory in four consecutive regular-season games was at least five runs? Would you believe September 2006 -- 664 games ago?

• And CC Sabathia and C.J. Wilson faced 391 left-handed hitters this year and gave up four home runs combined. Then they both served one up in Game 1 of the ALCS. But we appreciate it. Without stuff like that, this Strange But True column just wouldn't be possible.

Coming Tuesday: "Team"-ing up for strange-but-true madness.

Jayson Stark is a senior writer for ESPN.com. His latest book, "Worth The Wait: Tales of the 2008 Phillies," was published by Triumph Books and is available in bookstores and online. Click here to order a copy.


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The Mutts got the AllStar game

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Utley's career could be very well be over.

http://traderyanhoward.com/post/3744135 ... -career-an

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They would never do anything like this in Philly. Not only because we don't need help selling tickets, but also because everyone thinks we're animals.

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Lenny Dykstra's letter to the NY Post.

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I address the people of the great City of New York:

You need to buckle your seat belts, because what you are about to read could not be made up. What I have somehow lived through the past 2½ years, and continue to live through now, makes me fully understand that God would never make someone endure what I have endured unless there was a reason for it.

That being said, I was wrong when I thought God put me on this earth to entertain people at Shea Stadium. (Remember? I was pretty good at that.) However, I have come to realize that God put me on this earth to help people, to be a factor. And that, my friends, is what I intend to do -- because at the end of the day, it's all about results. The kind of results I will bring to the party will be unlike any seen before. Talk is cheap; I am about walking the talk.

You need to know, now that the "shock factor" and the disbelief of what these people did to me has worn off. What I am forced to endure with the FBI and the US attorney sets the stage for me to tell my side of the story, so that all of America will finally hear the truth surrounding my particular set of circumstances over the last two years.

This is exactly the platform needed for me to get my story out, to get the real truth out. Bottom line: When all of the evidence is brought forward, the jury will be told by the judge to make an example out of these corrupt people so this does not continue to happen to other Americans.

THE TRUTH, NOTHING BUT THE TRUTH, SO HELP ME GOD:

To begin with, I had $100 million in assets when I filed my Chapter 11. It is also important for you to know that I did not get stupid overnight. I didn't make bad investments; every company that I have ever created or owned was and still is a winning company. And I sure as hell was not going to get on my knees, put my hands behind my head, and let this corrupt group of people masquerading as attorneys execute me -- as that is what bankruptcy is all about. Just because they do this to everyone else does not mean I was going to let them do it to me. The corrupt world of bankruptcy is best described as "the death chamber."

The so-called "grand theft auto" was never even brought; the case was dismissed. The theft was committed by them, as they stole a car I was leasing from Ford. Heck, it was only a Ford Flex.

Are they allowed to steal it when they brought no charges? Are they allowed to shuffle me from jail to jail in what was left of my street clothes that they made me wear for seven days without even being permitted to take a shower? Are they allowed to then lock me up in a cell at three different courthouses, on three different days, and not even let me see a judge? Are they allowed to physically and mentally assault me and tie me up like I was some kind of animal "because they thought it was funny?" Are they allowed to torture me to the point where two nurses happened to be walking by and saw me -- came to my rescue -- took my blood pressure and registered it at 180 over 120?

I told them, "If you are trying to kill me, then you better put a bullet in my head because I am not backing down. Torture me all you want, I am stronger than you will ever know." So, they kept going, almost like the movies, except this was a real, living nightmare!

Over the last two years, they have basically stolen everything from me -- my family, my kids, my homes, my cars, my businesses, my reputation, my money, my life. But what they can never steal is my HEART and my FIGHT -- and at the end of the day, I will win and I will win big!

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 Post subject: Re: MLB
PostPosted: May, 11, 2011 - 12:03am 
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what is he on about?

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 Post subject: Re: MLB
PostPosted: July, 8, 2011 - 11:02am 
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Big baseball news today for South Jersey. The Angels called up Mike Trout, who is still only 19, but is regarded as the top prospect in baseball. I got to cove this kid for thee years in Millville and he was easily the best baseball player I have ever seen. I don't know how his career will turn out but I wish him the best since he was willing to deal with about 1,00 interviews from me over the years, including the week he got drafted when my boss wanted me to do eight stories in seven days haha. I felt like I know more about Trout than my own wife after that.

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 Post subject: Re: MLB
PostPosted: July, 8, 2011 - 5:30pm 
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Also a fan died at the Texas Rangers game. he reached over the wall to grab a foul ball and fell 20 feet right on his head.

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PostPosted: July, 8, 2011 - 6:04pm 
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yea man i just saw the video on the news. Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton threw him the foul ball and the guy reached to far and flipped over. He did make the catch though as he was going down.

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PostPosted: July, 8, 2011 - 6:12pm 
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 Post subject: Re: MLB
PostPosted: July, 8, 2011 - 8:01pm 
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Man that would be so rough. Guy was there with his kid and everything. It's weird to cause he seemed like he would be fine then he had a heart attack in the ambulance or something. It would be hard to be Hamilton right now.

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PostPosted: July, 10, 2011 - 9:36am 
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Jeter is awesome

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