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| Sorry, but today's rant was delayed a few minutes. You see, I sneezed a great sneeze, and my fingers couldn't type, and then ... OK, people. I did say I wasn't a doctor, right? Poor Sammy. Man, the e-mails I got about the Monday Sosa rant. Everyone and their plumber has apparently broken a rib by sneezing. Who knew? Some great lines. John Morton in Astoria, NY, writes about the incident: "Big sneeze could be an allergic reaction to cork." Tremendous. Steve in Springfield, Ill., asks "Is it me, or just a coincidence, MLB has the tests from BALCO, then all of a sudden there is an attack of back spasms with Sosa, Giambi, Bonds." Yes, pretty odd. And my favorite, from Vishal in Altamonte Springs, Fla.: "Last year, I once sneezed after I got of the shower one morning and ended up crawling out of the bathroom. My back and the muscles around my ribs were pulled and it hurt with every breath. While standing, I would get a shooting pain up my back that would cause me to keel over every couple of minutes. I always figured it was because my muscles were tight in the morning, while my girlfriend said it was because I was out of shape. I can't wait to tell her about Sammy. For all of the fantasy owners tell them the severe pain went away in a day or so, and back to normal in about 4 days. To this day, I do a little bit of stretching in the shower every morning." Good for you, Vishal! Be careful out there! People, I can't make this up. Get well soon, Sammy! |
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TODAY'S USER RANT(S): from Jeff, Columbus, Ohio
When will the Reds realize that Danny Graves is not a closer? I know he's leading the majors in saves but that's ONLY because he's had more opportunities than anyone else. There's no doubt in my mind that 75% of major league relievers (not necessarily closers) could rack up the same amount of saves. I don't know the official number but I would guess that at least half of Graves' saves have come with more than a 1 run lead. He's a sinker ball pitcher that relies on groundballs but when he misses, and he does a lot, that ball hangs up there at 85 MPH and ends up in the seats. He's given up more HR's (6) than the next 5 save leaders combined. I think he would be better utilized in the setup role. He'd be perfect for coming in with runners on base and coaxing a ground ball for a double play. I would go on but this is probably way too long already. I just had to reply to your "Danny Graves is unbelievable" quote. He's unbelievably overrated. [Karabell: I don't disagree, but the give the guy some credit. He's got 17 saves. Only two other relievers have more than 12. Graves also has four 30-save seasons on his resume. He may not be the best closer, or even better than Ryan Wagner (certainly long term Wagner will be the choice) but right now Graves is getting the job done. Ask Billy Koch owners how they feel about Graves.
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