Although they are not nearly as despicable as the staff of the Chicago Tribune – don’t get me started on Phil Rogers – the Chicago Sun Times sports writers are still pretty inept. On the morning following the announcement of the Garza trade, the Sun Times published a photo of Joaquin Benoit on the cover of the sports section instead of the newly acquired Garza. A slip up of this magnitude speaks volumes about the crack-squad of writers and editors that they willingly employ.
This week we learned that the St. Louis Cardinals and their prized slugger, Albert Pujols, resumed talks regarding an extension before the 2011 season. But even when the Cardinals lock up the all-mighty Pujols, will it be enough? I-70 Baseball explores the trades made by the Milwaukee Brewers and Chicago Cubs, and offers some insight as to how the 2011 Cardinals team will compare.
It seems as though the folks at Off Base Percentage have succumbed to the hoarding epidemic and are looking for people who will sell them the giveaways from 2011 Angels’ games. I mean come on, who doesn’t want an Angels Sock Monkey?
One of my favorite prospects headed in 2011 – and a player that you will read more about as we unveil our Top 50 Prospects – is Brandon Belt; the guy can flat out mash. Anyway, in a recent interview with Mychael Urban of Comcast Sports Net, Belt asserted, “I would bet that I would (make the club out of Spring Training), I feel as if I am mentally ready as well as physically. I have been preparing for this moment for the last year and I am going in with this mind set that I can win a spot out there.” Also be sure to check out Splashing Pumpkin’s projections for Belt, as well as the rest of the Giants’ top prospects.
Sean Duncan from Prep Baseball Report examines the new NCAA bat regulations, and explores the potential impact it will have at both the high school and collegiate levels. From what I’ve heard, the sweet spot on the new bats has significantly less pop than a wood bat- I think that all the high school home run records are now safe.
Mets Fever wonders whether Jason Bay can embrace the Big Apple and recover from the post-concussion symptoms that plagued him for the majority of the 2010. Apparently Bay is not the only high-profiled acquisition to struggle in his first season with the Mets- Carlos Beltran also struggled in his first season in the Big Apple. But can Bay bounce back as Beltran did in his sophomore campaign in New York?