Phil Rogers takes a swing at Dusty Baker's contention that Derrek Lee's injury cost the Cubs 10-15 games this year:
"That's impossible," he said, confirming my instincts.
Rob Neyer, ESPN's resident numbers-cruncher, called the premise "absurd."
I'd also like to point you today to Bruce Miles' column, in which he sums up neatly the case for Dusty Baker to go:
No matter who the manager is next year, Hendry will have to revamp his thinking on player procurement. He and Baker are cut from the same cloth on how they value offensive players. Baker?s comments last week about how he didn?t like the ?base-clogging? aspects of on-base percentage were simply absurd.
What, Dusty, you don?t want baserunners because they might be slow? Any kind of baserunner is a good baserunner, and if you have enough on-base and slugging (hint, hint, Mr. Hendry) in your lineup, you?re going to score a ton of runs.
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Of more interest to you as a baseball fan should be the wild-card races; first, the White Sox win over Tampa Bay last night mathematically eliminated the Royals from playoff contention. And in the NL, eight teams are within four games of the wild-card lead. If they had to break a tie between that many teams, it could push the playoffs into December.
Discuss amongst yourselves.