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|Apr-18-14|| ||Jim Bartle: I saw Hunter pitch several times for the A's. He didn't throw hard, but had really sharp control. Sort of like Tom Glavine, or Whitey Ford. He didn't give up many runs, though that wasn't hard in night games at Oakland Coliseum, where reaching the warning track was a massive blast.|
A Sports Illustrated writer visited him when he was quite sick, and wrote a really nice portrait of him. I'll look for that story.
Of course he was one of the first free agents, but in a different way. Finley didn't pay him a bonus in his contract, so the contract was voided and he signed with the Yankees.
|Apr-18-14|| ||perfidious: <YouRang: A player named Wade Boggs had his jersey number retired. For which team?>|
It definitely was not by the Red Sox.
|Apr-18-14|| ||perfidious: On reading <Jim>'s reminiscences of Hunter, and the mention of Jenkins, it occurred to me that Bill James considered them both descendants of the Robin Roberts family of pitchers.|
Don't recall everything James wrote, but, inter alia, he mentioned that they were A) right-handed, B) outstanding control pitchers with decent fastballs, but only fair breaking stuff.
Another nugget on Hunter: after his career was finished with an inauspicious end (one excellent year with Yankees and not much else for his $1.25 million), George Steinbrenner was asked whether it was worth paying Hunter all that money. The response was something to the effect that Hunter was worth every penny, as he helped restore respect to that organisation.
|Apr-18-14|| ||Jim Bartle: The Margos?|
|Apr-18-14|| ||WannaBe: Having lunch with <Nako> at Rubios!! Wheeeee.|
|Apr-18-14|| ||NakoSonorense: Good seeing ya, Bugs Bunny!|
|Apr-20-14|| ||Benzol: <WannaBe> Why don't you call your forum "The Bunny Hutch"?|
|Apr-20-14|| ||WannaBe: <Benzol> Have thought about that, but decided to go with my Chinese name instead. No particular reason. =)|
|Apr-20-14|| ||WannaBe: Alright, more ways to get drunk!!
|Apr-21-14|| ||OhioChessFan: Steven Wright: I invented powdered water, but I don't know what to add to it.|
|Apr-21-14|| ||Mating Net: Steven Wright: Curiosity killed the cat, but for a while I was a suspect.|
|Apr-22-14|| ||Travis Bickle: Hey Bugs, who are the RAIDERZ eyeing in the NFL Draft with their number 1 pick?|
|Apr-22-14|| ||Shams: <Benzol> <Why don't you call your forum "The Bunny Hutch"?>|
|Apr-22-14|| ||WannaBe: <Travis Bickle> A new team.|
|Apr-22-14|| ||Shams: Raiders have so many needs they should be going close to straight BPA in all rounds.|
|Apr-22-14|| ||WannaBe: What is BPA? Not familiar with that initial.|
|Apr-22-14|| ||WannaBe: Never mind, back to getting drunk the old way.
|Apr-22-14|| ||Shams: <WannaBe> BPA means Best Player Available. As opposed to drafting for need. One current approach is for the team to fill as many holes as they can in free agency before the draft, so they can draft BPA as much as possible. But every team drafts a least a little bit for need, even after accounting for scheme misfits (i.e. not drafting the top value player left because he's a 4-3 end and you play a 3-4).|
The Falcons are contrarians. "We draft for need," their GM Thomas Dimitroff has said. "Look at our drafts." It's an interesting approach. I think the jury is still out about that team. They completely fell off the table last year, and much of that was due to horribly bad luck with injuries. But drafting for need inevitably makes your roster thin, too, so the bad luck turned into a catastrophe.
|Apr-22-14|| ||Shams: Incidentally, I'm quite excited for the draft this year because it looks like it could shake out beautifully for the Seahawks. One of their top needs is at WR, and there are so many good WRs this year that it's conceivable a guy they really like could fall to 32. That's a dream scenario when you pick late: a difference maker at a position of need falls into your lap. |
Meanwhile the Rams get to double-dip in the first round AGAIN this year, and the Niners have 6 picks in the first three rounds. The division ain't getting any easier.
|Apr-22-14|| ||technical draw: When are we going to retire the batboy's number 00.....?|
|Apr-22-14|| ||WannaBe: <Shams> Oh, I see. Good luck with Pryor.|
|Apr-22-14|| ||WannaBe: We got this in the bag.
|Apr-23-14|| ||OhioChessFan: Got to watch Looney Tunes!
|Apr-23-14|| ||technical draw: <We got this in the bag. >|
|Apr-24-14|| ||WannaBe: Another one in the bag:
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