Early Returns Favor Blyleven

One of my favorite December and January blog activities last year was checking out Baseball Think Factory’s website and its “Hall of Fame Ballot Gathering Machine.” The website takes the ballots posted online by writers that vote for the Baseball Hall of Fame and combines them to figure out percentages and see who is on…
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Impact Of Nishioka’s Addition To Twins Would Be Tough To Predict

I blogged last week about the Minnesota Twins being awarded exclusive negotiating rights with Japanese middle infielder Tsuyoshi Nishioka. I mentioned in that post how it was unusual to see a Midwest team win the bidding, since seemingly the majority of well-known Japanese imports (Hideki Matsui, Ichiro, Daisuke Matsuzaka, Hideo Nomo, etc.) have ended up…
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Twins Look Across Pacific For Infield Help

Considering how weak the middle infield market appears to be this offseason, the Minnesota Twins are believed to be interested in a Japanese batting champion. This according to Minneapolis Star Tribune writer Joe Christensen, who reports that the Twins are expected to make a bid this week on Chiba Lotte Marines shortstop Tsuyoshi Nishioka. You…
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