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Written by Joe Tetreault | 26 January 2011

LATE TO THE PARTY BUT STILL COOL

Bill discovers the thoroughfare where Antiques Roadshow meets This Week in Baseball (Insert obligatory "How 'bout that!")

Jonah Keri (you'll need to provide your own 80s hair rock soundtrack as it is a published piece and not a podcast) tackles The Manny Effect over at FanGraphs.

Speaking of Manny, Mark Smith at IIATMS has something to say about how stacked the AL East is.

Rany Jazayerli applauds Gil Meche.

Brock Cohen continues the search for the intangible, unquantifiable GRIT.

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Written by Joe Tetreault | 20 January 2011

MIKE AXISA FINDS THE RAFAEL SORIANO SILVER LINING That Yankee bullpen is mighty good.

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Written by Joe Tetreault | 20 January 2011

THE FRUSTRATING INSISTENCE THAT JOBA CHAMBERLAIN IS BROKEN Bob Ryan got into the act today (H/T - Craig Calcaterra). 

Has any team, anywhere, at any time in history, ever messed up a valued prospect as badly as the Yankees have Joba Chamberlain?

But that assumes he's messed up. Here's what I wrote at Hardball Talk:

Small sample size caveats apply. In August and September, Chamberlain made 28 appearances, had a 2.36 ERA and held opponents to a .200/.245/.350 batting line, facing 106 batters. Does that say he’s fine? Of course not. But the notion that Chamberlain is a busted commodity overstates things by a damn sight. Small samples size caveats off. He’s 25 years old, has pitched 353.1 innings in the major leagues and owns an ERA of 3.77 and a K/9 of 9.2. Exactly how is it that we regard him as being messed up badly?

The only way the Yankees will truly mess up with regards to Chamberlain is if they listen to their fans and media types who insist he can't make it in the Bronx and sell him off for fifty cents on the dollar.

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Written by Joe Tetreault | 18 January 2011

BUSY WEEKEND It's Salary Arbitration season, which means I'm busy with round ups at BizofBaseball. I also accepted an invitation to share some thoughts on the Rays upcoming rule 4 draft at It's About The Money (Stupid) today. I'm hoping to get back to regular posting tomorrow. no comments

Written by Joe Tetreault | 14 January 2011

LET NOT YOUR HEAT BE TROUBLED RED SOX FANS Bill at The Platoon Advantage breaks down why the Herald's John Tomase selected bad comparisons for Josh Beckett and that the outlook for Boston's righty is hardly bleak.

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