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  • Griffin Cooper posted 3128 days ago

    Griffin Cooper

    Hey Matt,

    People of my generation look at them fondly as the players they watched as little kids, people of other generations may just look at them as great players. I created a slide show highlighting the best players of the 1990's. If you get a chance, take a look, I'd appreciate it. Thanks.


  • Griffin Cooper posted 3130 days ago

    Griffin Cooper

    Hey Matt,

    There was a touching moment in the Mariners game last night, made possible by the best pitcher I've ever gotten to watch - Randy Johnson. Watching history unfold inspired to me take a look at his incredible career and count down his five best moments, in my eyes. If you get a chance, take a look at it, I'd appreciate it. Thanks a lot.


  • Wes Holtzclaw posted 3132 days ago

    Wes Holtzclaw

    How have you been Matt? Check out my latest article. It is about why Tom Glavine needs to go ahead and retire. Let me know what you think!

  • Stephen Meyer posted 3139 days ago

    Stephen  Meyer

    Hey Matt,

    Ryan Zimmerman’s hit streak halted at 30 games last night. As one streak ends, another is admired. Read about how Joe DiMaggio forever redefined ’56,’ and how his feat may never be broken. It is a record that thankfully cannot be broken through steroid use, and represents all that was once right in a game that has since gone so wrong.

    Thanks in advance!

    -Stephen (Heartbeat of the Bronx)

  • Andrew Robeson posted 3168 days ago

    Andrew Robeson

    check out what an mlb all star team would look like without steroids.

  • Scotty Kimberly posted 3168 days ago

    Scotty Kimberly

    Yeah, the Marlins are in first place right now. But are they a contender or a pretender? Check out my Division Leader Contenders/Pretenders piece and see what you think.

  • Andrew Robeson posted 3170 days ago

    Andrew Robeson

    Heres that response I promised.

  • Mike Kent posted 3170 days ago

    Mike  Kent

    The Phillies and Mets are behind in the NL East, do you think that the Washington Nationals are the reason?

  • Scott Weil posted 3260 days ago

    Scott Weil

    All is well, I cannot complain. And you sir?

    I love the move for Lowe. I think it's exactly what they needed to do in order to really contend, not only for '09, but for a few years after then as well. Lowe is the definition of consistency and reliability. The man will throw 200 innings every year, and probably win you at least 15 games. The rotation of Lowe, Vazquez, Jurrjens, Kawakami, and most likely Jorge Campillo, looks stellar and strong. The Braves are now in position to make another run at a division title that they've been lacking for the last few years. The Marlins and Mets will be dangerous, sure, but nothing I would think is not insurmountable. The Phillies, likewise. They are probably the biggest threat. While remaining in form from last year's World Series winning team, for the most part, and upgrading with the addition of Raul Ibanez, they could stand as a problem. However, once mid-season comes around and the Braves bring Hanson to the show, followed by Hudson in September, watch for them to make a serious run at post-season play once again.

    I think Lowe sure's up the rotation and brings Atlanta exactly what they're looking for. A week ago, I was unsure of the Braves 2009 attitude. I was beginning to think they had agreed to call it a rebuilding year and wait for the youth to come through in perhaps 2010. This move in conjunction with the Kawakami addition makes me believe there is still some hope finishing out this decade.

    The Braves off-season is one addition away from being complete, and successful, in my opinion. They need that one impact bat they've been seeking. I think they should sign Andruw Jones back. He's a high risk, even higher reward guy. The risk is even lower considering he would come at a very cheap bargain. Atlanta is obviously where Jones started, and he said it's where he'd like to finish. I would pay him the slight amount, and hope he can rekindle his career and bring back the glory days to the Braves. He may even just be able to pick up a few more Gold Gloves while he's at it. If he's healthy and playing on par or even near par with who he used to be, their lineup is as dangerous, and even more so, than their newly vamped rotation. He's been working out with Chipper Jones and Brian McCann, and they say he looks great. I say give him a shot. He can sit in center at least until Jordan Schafer or Gorkys Hernandez are ready, then he can move to left when he's 33 and continue to be successful. It works on paper anyways.

    And I haven't been writing because I've been writing a lot at school. I'm a sports editor for the paper and I'm working on the magazine, not to mention radio and tv sports director stuff too, so I've been busy.

  • Andrew Kneeland posted 3555 days ago

    Andrew Kneeland

    Thanks for the add, Matt!