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Old 10-03-2012, 05:14 PM
 
Location: Parts Unknown, Northern California
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The A's were 43-43 at the All Star Break. They went 51-25 after that, .671 ball, which over a full season would be a 108-54 record.

They got some great stealth performances from part timers who have not come to national notice. Brandon Moss, in 291 plate appearances batted .291/.358/.596 with 21 home runs. Chris Carter had 257 plate appearances and hit .239/.350/.514 with 16 bombs. In 323 plate appearances Jonny Gomes batted.262/.377/.491 with 18 home runs.
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Old 10-03-2012, 05:37 PM
 
Location: Sacramento
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Look at the background of many of those guys:

Brandon Moss - in his 4th organization and a 28 year old guy who basically bounces around the minors and tries to stick to a roster

Jonny Gomes - in his 4th organization and a washed up part time outfielder, was expected to be let go when Manny Ramirez would be ready for the majors (which never happened, thankfully)

Stephen Drew - released by the Diamondbacks after apparently flaming out at age 27 and having his third severe decline season in a row

Josh Donaldson - a mediocre prospect who was considered a failed 1st round pick by the Cubs, and had bounced around the minors for nearly 6 seasons, just recently converted from catcher
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Old 10-03-2012, 06:44 PM
 
Location: Springfield, Ohio
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I, for one, am stunned. I also have to give the most credit to Bob Melvin. He's the difference between this team and those from 2000-06; even when he made the most head-scratching decisions this season, they've come up roses.
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Old 10-03-2012, 07:00 PM
 
Location: Albuquerque, NM
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Today in baseball...


...Evan Longoria is going off
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Old 10-03-2012, 07:12 PM
 
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Today in baseball...


...Evan Longoria is going off
He needs at least one Ray to reach base in the next two innings to get a shot at # 4. (assuming the lead holds.)
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Old 10-03-2012, 07:31 PM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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Miguel Cabrera went 0-for-2, and left the game batting .330. Trout is 2-for-3 after batting in the eighth, now at .326. Looks like Triple Crown for Cabrera.
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Old 10-03-2012, 07:39 PM
 
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Longoria grounded out in his last pa.
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Old 10-03-2012, 07:46 PM
 
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Angels ended the season on a sour note, a 12-0 drubbing at the hands of the Mariners.

For their Pujols money, Year One of the contract gave them .285/.343/.516 with 30 home runs, 105 RBI and 4.7 WAR.

filihok, I recall when you were writing in justification of the contract's value by projecting the advancing $ value of WAR and projecting Pujols' expected production. I'm guessing year one called for a lot more than 4.7 WAR
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Old 10-03-2012, 07:47 PM
 
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Dan Johnson, who hit a pretty big homer in game #162 last season, has 3 home runs in game #162 today.
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Old 10-03-2012, 08:00 PM
 
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Fernando Rodney breaks Dennis Eckersly's ERA record.

Rodney 2012: 2-2 48 saves 0.60 ERA 74.2 IP, 43 hits, 5 ER, 15 BB, 76 K
Eckersly 1990: 4-2 48 saves 0.61 ERA 73.1 IP, 41 hits, 5 ER, 4BB, 73 K
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