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Old 05-26-2008, 11:18 AM   #616
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i spelled backman wrong... i know someone with the same name who spells his last name with an H instead of a K, i do it all the time.

anyhoo... i'd add frank robinson to that list. i always thought he did a good job in some bad situations.
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Where's Davey Johnson these days?
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managing team usa, actually.

i'd put him on the list but i doubt he'd be willing to take a major league job these days.

omar has good relationships with both valentine and robinson, who managed for omar in the past (omar was in the front office when bobby v was in texas and new york, and was the GM for los expos when robinson managed there).
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I forgot about Team USA.

Something tells me that Gary Carter will not make a good ML manager but Backman might.

Yankees showing signs of life, back to .500. Not convinced they'll be contending for anything, but, still nice to wake the hell up and even have a late-inning, come from behind win for the 1st time this year.

Then again, 3 of the games came against the Mariners, who look just awful. They let up more runs than they scored last year, yet people thought they would contend this season. Laughable.
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Then again, 3 of the games came against the Mariners, who look just awful. They let up more runs than they scored last year, yet people thought they would contend this season. Laughable.
but remember... they're just a power hitter away from contention.


i can't really talk... i thought seattle would do well this year. i thought wrong.
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but remember... they're just a power hitter away from contention.


i can't really talk... i thought seattle would do well this year. i thought wrong.
I honestly did not, even with adding Bedard/Silva. I think most people thought Detroit would be great, I know I certainly did.

Biggest surprise thus far? Rays? Marlins? Athletics? Tigers?
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see there's our difference... i believe i picked detroit to get the wild card but i'm not stunned in the least that they're struggling. they have no pitching. that's, um, that's usually a problem.

i think the marlins are the biggest surprise... the rays are surprising because of who they are, but when you look at their roster they're a pretty good team.
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see there's our difference... i believe i picked detroit to get the wild card but i'm not stunned in the least that they're struggling. they have no pitching. that's, um, that's usually a problem.

i think the marlins are the biggest surprise... the rays are surprising because of who they are, but when you look at their roster they're a pretty good team.
I guess I just figured their pitching would be better than this.

Rays hit 10 games over .500 yesterday for the first time in franchise history. Good lord.
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i get this funny feeling that the rays ain't goin' away... they may not make the playoffs but i certainly think they'll be over .500 and in the race at least till after the all star break.
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kill me

so the mets are now holding a press conference with omar and willie to tell everyone that absolutely nothing happened.

wonderful.
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i can't really talk... i thought seattle would do well this year. i thought wrong.
My team sucks so bad this year, I'm almost to the point of wanting them to keep sucking, just to see how bad it can get. And then surely, they have to be better next year, right?

Right??????

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bottom of the 9th inning, 4 run lead for the marlins.

the rotating advertisements behind homeplate broke, the umpire is delaying the game because of it for some odd reason... willie comes out to find out what the issue is and proceeds to get booed lustly by the, oh, ten people left in the stadium, with a "fire willie" chant breaking out.

it's official... the mets have become the knicks.
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Meanwhile, the Phillies have scored 35 runs in two games.

Just sayin'.


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Yeah I could see Mazilli, Backman, or Robinson. Not sure if Bobby V is willing to come back but he might be the right guy, he's the kind of guy who draws a lot of media attention to himself which would be good for guys like Beltran among others.

There's something about Carter that always bugged me, not sure what it is other than he seemed like a guy who liked himselt just a tad too much. Not saying he wouldn't be a good manager but I could see him being one of those ego-driven me managers like Kevin Kennedy was.
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