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Post  RedMagma on Mon Feb 04, 2008 6:51 am

Feb 4, 2008 8:16 am - Minors: New Baseball America’s Top 10

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...posted by Matthew Cerrone...

In a chat at Baseball America, Jim Callis re-ranked the Mets Top 10 Prospects List to look as follows: (1) OF Fernando Martinez, (2) RHP Eddie Kunz, (3) RHP Brant Rustich, (4) LHP Jon Neise, (5) LHP Nathan Vineyard, (6) RHP Robert Parnell, (7) RHP Joe Smith, (Cool RHP Scott Moviel, (9) 3B Danny Murphy, (10) SS Wilmer Flores.

…first off, i like that the Top 10 contains seven pitchers, one of which is not pelfrey, who is still a prospect in my mind…

…if you recall, last week, i wrote of some new rhetoric coming from the Mets, specifically from the minor-league coaches down in St. Lucie, which went as follows…

…for the first time in a long while, the Mets are working hard to draft and sign as many young pitchers as they can…they feel they have acquired some of the best young pitching through the draft over the last year or two…so, even if the Mets trade a few minor-league pitchers, they still have a good number of young arms to fill in with over the next few years…

Meanwhile, Deolis Guerra and Carlos Gomez now sit as the top two prospects in the Twins organization, according to Callis.

…now, that’s what i like to hear…of course, this will not stop the Twins from getting slammed in reports about how they goofed up by getting so little in return for santana - as if they had a choice…

…people like to break these deals down, in the now, and try to determine a winner and a loser…but, why…i mean, the Mets needed an ace, and they got one…the Twins needed to move santana, and they did, and they got four prospects in the process…when i hear people make the winner-loser comment, it suggests that one side must fail, while the other must succeed…why can’t both teams do well…

…if gomez makes an all-star team in a few years, and mulvey, guerra and humber contend for cy-young awards, does that alter how badly the Mets needed an ace today…no, it doesn’t…the Mets had to make this trade, and they were not going to acquire santana for free…if i had a crystal ball, and knew that gomez will be an All-Star, and the Twins had to have him, i’d still trade him to get santana because the Mets need an ace now…end of story

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Post  RedMagma on Mon Feb 04, 2008 11:06 am

Tigers lock up outfielder Granderson with five-year deal



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The Detroit Tigers and center fielder Curtis Granderson agreed to a five year, $30.25 million contract, sources told ESPN The Magazine's Buster Olney.

Curtis Granderson

Granderson

The Tigers have a club option for the 2013 season.

The contract covers Granderson's arbitration-eligible seasons and buys out one season of free agency.

Last season, the 26-year-old Granderson joined Jimmy Rollins, Willie Mays and Frank "Wildfire" Schulte as the only players in major league history with 20 stolen bases, 20 homers, 20 triples and 20 doubles in a single season.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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Post  RedMagma on Mon Feb 04, 2008 11:15 am

Sunday, February 3, 2008
Evil Vanquished


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If you're too young to know what all the whining was about regarding the 86 Red Sox...well now you know.

Unlike every other game this year where the Patriots were down at some point in the second half, I never felt like they were really going to win this game. For a brief moment when they scored their final touchdown, I felt like things were setting themselves right in the universe and the Patriots would shut down the Giants for the win. Just incredible really.

A few quick hits:

1. The Giants were the best team this post season and got better every single game.
2. Eli was as good as Brady was bad on 3rd down.
3. Goats: Matt Light, Brady, Ellis Hobbs
4. Everything was un-Patriots like - penalties, bad play calling, bend and then break defense in the end, inaccurate throws, you name it.
5. If the Patriots had won, Wes Welker (who tied Deion Branch's SB record with 11 catches) would have been the MVP.
6. Pretty much everyone who is headed to the Pro Bowl next week from the Patriots came up small tonight.
7. It was a great season regardless. If you can avoid media of any kind in the next week, you'll come around to feeling that way too.


Reasons this loss was worse than the 86 Red Sox:

1. Mercury Morris has a platform to gloat on again
2. The entire country will see this as a karma thing.
3. Best Team Ever become cautionary tale.
4. 19-0, 4 in 7 years, best QB in history....all gone.
5. Losing to a New York team
6. Ditka, Easterbrook, Plaschke, Norman Chad, Dr. Z, and many more
7. It's difficult to gloat about an evil team when they get vanquished.


That's it for me tonight. Good season. Spring Training is right around the corner

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Post  RedMagma on Wed Feb 13, 2008 5:48 pm

What will happen to Brad Suttle now that The Yankees resign Arod to ten year extension?

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Post  RedMagma on Wed Feb 13, 2008 5:51 pm

Juniors Kelly, Manningham atop 2008 WR class
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http://insider.espn.go.com/nfl/draft08/insider/columns/story?columnist=mcshay_todd&id=3243768

The wide receiver class of 2008 includes 14 underclassmen, six of whom could come off the board in the first two rounds. That is an indicator of how deep this class is, and it is a class that can be broken down into five categories:

Elite class
Checking in at around 6-foot-4 and 215 pounds, both Malcolm Kelly and Limas Sweed look the part of a premier NFL wide receiver. There are a handful of other big receivers with solid 40 times and big-play production to match, but what separates Kelly and Sweed from the others is their ability to separate from coverage. They are exceptionally fluid for their size. Sweed is the more polished of the two, but Kelly has stronger hands. We currently give Kelly a slight edge simply because of Sweed's lingering wrist injury.

Mario Manningham, on the other hand, fits the new mold of a No. 1 receiver in the NFL. Manningham is shorter, leaner and won't generate as much fear as Kelly and Sweed on the perimeter. But it won't take long for opposing defensive coordinators to recognize his big-play potential. There isn't a savvier route-runner or more clutch receiver in this class than Manningham, who took 27 of his 137 career receptions to the end zone.

DeSean Jackson makes the cut only because of game-breaking ability on punt returns. Much like Ted Ginn a year ago, Jackson's receiving skills need polishing, but he should make an immediate impact in the return game while working out the kinks.

No. 2 wideouts
The next 10 receivers on the list -- Early Doucet, Devin Thomas, James Hardy, Lavelle Hawkins, Andre Caldwell, Donnie Avery, Earl Bennett, Jordy Nelson, Eddie Royal and Adarius Bowman -- are what I like to call the "just-misses." Each has enough skill to emerge as a NFL starter, but no one in this group is the complete package and all 10 are jockeying for position in rounds 2 and 3.

Doucet, Caldwell, Bennett and Nelson are reliable targets, but they lack home run ability. Hardy and Bowman are blessed with skills comparable to those of Kelly and Sweed, but are not as polished. Off-the-field baggage and inconsistent hands will come back to haunt Hardy and Bowman, as well.

Thomas and Hawkins are not considered vertical threats, but they can create yards after catch, making them good fits for a West Coast system.

Avery and Royal are basically second-tier versions of Jackson; both can provide the big-play element in the return game while honing their skills on offense.

Utility men
Harry Douglas, Keenan Burton, Dorien Bryant, Dexter Jackson and Darius Reynaud are mid-round, multitask receivers. They are versatile prospects who could contribute as sub-package slot receivers at the next level. Their production on special teams -- particularly in the return game -- will likely determine the length of their NFL careers.

Move-the-chains gang
There isn't much versatility or big-play potential in this group, which is why none of these receivers carries a grade higher than the fourth round. However, D.J. Hall, Josh Morgan, Marcus Smith, Adrian Arrington, Jerome Simpson and Kenneth Moore all possess the route-running skills and reliable hands to help move the chains as sub-package contributors.

Developmental projects
Paul Hubbard, William Franklin, Steve Johnson, Mario Urrutia, Marcus Monk and Maurice Purify were overshadowed and/or experienced setbacks in college, but they have enough developmental upside to warrant late-round consideration. Ironically, all six of these "projects" played for schools in BCS conferences.

Finally, no school is better represented at the wide receiver position than Hawaii. Colt Brennan's top three targets -- Davone Bess, Ryan Grice-Mullen and Jason Rivers -- could all be drafted on Day 2.

Top 40 WR Prospects in 2008 NFL Draft
Prospect School Height Weight Speed
1. Malcolm Kelly Oklahoma 6-4 217 4.40
2. Mario Manningham Michigan 6-0 188 4.45
3. DeSean Jackson California 6-0 1/4 179 4.33
4. Limas Sweed Texas 6-4 212 4.45
5. Early Doucet LSU 5-11 7/8 211 4.56
6. Devin Thomas Michigan State 6-2 1/4 217 4.51
7. James Hardy Indiana 6-5 1/2 218 4.58
8. Lavelle Hawkins California 5-11 1/8 187 4.48
9. Andre Caldwell Florida 6-0 1/2 207 4.45
10. Donnie Avery Houston 5-11 183 4.29
11. Earl Bennett Vanderbilt 6-1 1/4 207 4.51
12. Jordy Nelson Kansas State 6-2 5/8 215 4.51
13. Eddie Royal Virginia Tech 5-9 5/8 182 4.37
14. Adarius Bowman Oklahoma State 6-2 7/8 220 4.48
15. Harry Douglas Louisville 5-11 1/8 170 4.38
16. Keenan Burton Kentucky 6-0 202 4.52
17. Jerome Simpson Coastal Carolina 6-1 1/2 193 4.60
18. Paul Hubbard Wisconsin 6-2 7/8 214 4.50
19. Dorien Bryant Purdue 5-9 5/8 169 4.40
20. D.J. Hall Alabama 6-2 1/4 219 4.49
21. Josh Morgan Virginia Tech 6-0 218 4.46
22. Dexter Jackson Appalachian State 5-9 7/8 179 4.35
23. Marcus Smith New Mexico 6-0 7/8 214 4.50
24. Adrian Arrington Michigan 6-3 1/4 192 4.52
25. William Franklin Missouri 6-0 1/4 203 4.38
26. Steve Johnson Kentucky 6-2 197 4.48
27. Davon Bess Hawaii 5-10 1/4 197 4.55
28. Darius Reynaud West Virginia 5-9 200 4.50
29. Ryan Grice-Mullen Hawaii 5-11 1/4 185 4.51
30. Mark Bradford Stanford 6-0 3/8 210 4.60
31. Kevin Robinson Utah State 5-11 3/4 197 4.55
32. Travis Brown New Mexico 6-2 1/4 183 4.60
33. Marcus Monk Arkansas 6-5 1/4 214 4.55
34. Jason Rivers Hawaii 6-1 1/8 187 4.55
35. Mario Urrutia Louisville 6-5 1/2 227 4.62
36. Justin Harper Virginia Tech 6-3 3/8 205 4.43
37. Kenneth Moore Wake Forest 5-10 7/8 200 4.50
38. Maurice Purify Nebraska 6-2 7/8 229 4.55
39. Michael Henderson Georgia 5-10 150 4.35
40. Taj Smith Syracuse 6-1 1/4 187 4.43

Day 1 WRs in 2007 NFL Draft
Player College Drafted By Round (Overall)
1. Calvin Johnson Georgia Tech Detroit Lions 1 (2)
2. Ted Ginn Jr. Ohio State Miami Dolphins 1 (9)
3. Dwayne Bowe LSU Kansas City Chiefs 1 (23)
4. Robert Meachem Tennessee New Orleans Saints 1 (27)
5. Craig Davis LSU San Diego Chargers 1 (30)
6. Anthony Gonzalez Ohio State Indianapolis Colts 1 (32)
7. Sidney Rice South Carolina Minnesota Vikings 2 (44)
8. Dwayne Jarrett USC Carolina Panthers 2 (45)
9. Steve Smith USC New York Giants 2 (51)
10. Jacoby Jones Lane Houston Texans 3 (73)
11. Yamon Figurs Kansas State Baltimore Ravens 3 (74)
12. Laurent Robinson Illinois State Atlanta Falcons 3 (75)
13. Jason Hill Washington State San Francisco 49ers 3 (76)
14. James Jones San Jose State Green Bay Packers 3 (78)
15. Mike Walker Central Florida Jacksonville Jaguars 3 (79)
16. Paul Williams Fresno State Tennessee Titans 3 (80)
17. Johnnie Lee Huggins UTEP Oakland Raiders 3 (99)

The following is a graphic representation of the number of running backs selected in each round of the previous three NFL drafts. Most NFL teams use this type of chart to study position trends when setting up their respective draft boards each year.

Three-Year Average
Round 2007 2006 2005 Average
1 6 1 6 4.3
2 3 3 5 3.7
3 8 4 3 5.0
4 2 9 5 5.3
5 5 2 3 3.3
6 3 5 4 4.0
7 7 8 6 7.0
Total 34 32 32 32.7

Todd McShay is the director of college football scouting for Scouts Inc. He has been evaluating prospects for the NFL draft since 1998.

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Post  RedMagma on Wed Feb 13, 2008 5:54 pm

Here, I'll make it easier on all of the Patriots fans. I'll write down here what you always write, so you can just pick a letter. You're welcome

A. The Patriots already got punished, this is a non-issue.
B. Belichick said it was legal.
C. There's no proof that they cheated in any other game than the Jets one.
D. Shouldn't a US Senator have more important things to worry about?
E. You're all just a bunch of haters!
F. Everyone does it!
G. All of the above

Enjoy!

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Post  RedMagma on Wed Feb 13, 2008 5:55 pm

"I have nothing to hide," Goodell said.

Of course you have nothing to hide, you destroyed the evidence.

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Post  RedMagma on Thu Feb 14, 2008 9:06 am

As a Knicks Fan, Jason Kidd is gone.. .Yes. It's time for celebration. I'm glad Nets dynasty is over and happy Nets will be a laughing stock Nba all over again during the 1990's when they stink.

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