Thursday, September 11, 2008

A couple of quick reads

Check out MLBTR's "Offseason Outlook" on the Nats. Key quote: "Big-name free agents in general would be a mistake. Last year the Nationals pursued Torii Hunter and Andruw Jones; neither would've been a good signing for them. Hopefully Jim Bowden won't become too obsessed with Adam Dunn this winter (assuming Bowden keeps his job). Dunn doesn't fit on this team. They're in the beginning of a long rebuilding process."

Ken Davidoff has a nice little feature on Tim Redding today.

Not a whole lot to say today. From what I've seen, the Dukes deal has been way overblown by the blogosphere and the New York media. He needs to grow up, but things like what happened last night do not matter in the grand scheme of things. Let him play the game.


  1. Dukes is in a unique position right now. He's doing a great job at the plate, getting some love from the hometown fans (not all, by any means, but many), and being given a chance (and the charge) to grow up.

    The next 12 months is when he gets the chance to step up from being a beleaguered "bad guy" to being a leader. He's got it in him, and I'm rooting for him.

  2. Oh, and about the MLBTR thing: Dierkes' argument is way off. He doesn't even bother to cherry-pick facts that would support his conclusion; he just trots out a bunch of assumptions that just happen to be wrong.

    I'll have much more to say about that soon at the Hutch.

  3. Yeah, I don't think people really realize how much a big-name player would add to both the lineup and to the fanbase. Somebody needs to put butts into seats.


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