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Red Sox Rhapsody: Bobby Valentine vs. Rogers Hornsby, Plus Assorted Other Mutterings Of A Distracted Mind

Comparing Bobby V to the Rajah of Swat, plus knockdown pitches, fake websites, and relievers for the Cy Young.

Calling All Angels: There’s Room For Only Mike Trout On The Head Of This Pin

Mike Trout is the greatest one-season performer in Angels history. For the first decades of their existence, the Angels might have rejected him out of hand.

Pittsburgh Pirates: Seven More Years of Darkness

The Pirates deliver early on their latest rebuilding, but that doesn't mean that the rebuilding is over. Their roster, particularly the pitching staff, isn't built to last.

Bobby Valentine: Everybody’s Gotta Be Someplace

Bobby Valentine's players may have been plotting against them, but as far as we know, none of them were crouching in the bathtub.

The Wrong Band-Aid: The Hazards Of August Trading

The non-waiver trading deadline is past, but teams can still make trades. Often, though, such deals are much ado about nothing.

Jered Weaver vs. Smoky Joe Wood (In Which Pitcher Wins Are Fun)

Jered Weaver is working on a consecutive-wins streak. Wins aren't a meaningful way to evaluate pitchers, but now and again they lead to something wonderful, such as a very personal clash of pitching greats at brand-new Fenway Park, 100 years ago.

Yu Darvish's Command Will Come ... Or Will It?

Just last month, Yu Darvish was an American League All-Star. But after a string of ugly outings, Darvish's ERA is 4.57 and it's not clear that he's trending in the right direction.

The Houston Astros Are The Best Team In Baseball

A toast to the Astros, baseball's best team ... at being the worst.

Jack And The Tradestalk

Sure, the Astros were smart to trade Hunter Pence to the Phillies in a deadline deal last year. But how much value can teams really expect when they make deals like that?

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