Round ’em Up: Sunday

30 03 2008

Good morning/afternoon everyone.  I’m finally settled in again, so it’s time for me to catch up on the last couple days.  Let’s start with a Round ’em Up.

  • The Wall Street Journal did a little baseball analysis and ranked the managers in the game.  Where did Ned Yost show up?  According to the methodology used by the statisticians, Ned is the third best manager in the game.  Ned-haters are going to not like this article very much…

    I don’t put too much stock in this article though.  It lost credibility with me when it said that Bruce Bochy is the second best manager in the game.  I understand his team sucks, but if he was so good, it wouldn’t suck as much as it does.

  • Anthony Witrado from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel writes about the 10 things the Brewers MUST do to win the NL Central.  I agree with Jeff Sackmann from Brew Crew Ball on this one.  This article means well, but it completely misses the point.  If the Brewers do all of these things, they could win 110 games.  All these things do not need to happen for the Crew to win the Central. 
  • Ken Rosenthal from FOX Sports says that Ryan Braun will win the NL MVP, and Manny Parra will contend for the NL Rookie of the Year.  Nothing new…
  • The Sports Bubbler gives perhaps the best NL Central preview that I’ve read this off-season.  Of course, the article is an off-shoot if the past few articles.  Take a look at them all.  It’s pretty good stuff.
  • Ex-Brewer, Doug Davis, has been diagnosed with thyroid cancer.  He’s scheduled to have surgery on April 10, but will still make two scheduled starts before his surgery date.  Best of luck to you Doug, and good luck with your fight against the cancer.  It’s been won before, and every Brewers fan knows you can do it too.
  • Remember Grant Balfour?  The Crew traded him for Seth McClung last season, and Grant has been DFA’d by the Tampa Bay Rays.  It would be interesting to see Grant come back to Milwaukee, but the control is just not there.  He’ll find a home somewhere though.  Good arms always do.
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