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Umps From Last Night

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Brian O'Nora apparently doesn't care about Questec, as was fairly obvious last night. I wonder how much that impacts the scoring in his games.

As Clemens Goes To Trial, One Perspective

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No one forced Clemens to talk to Congress that day. He could have exercised his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination--just like Mark McGwire did--and refused to answer any questions. Then he could have slinked off into the sunset--just like McGwire did--to be resurrected by the baseball fraternity, if nothing else, at some future date. But Clemens chose to speak--and to contradict much of the narrative offered by others. He chose to do so for his own strategic and tactical reasons. And he should be held to account. Words matter--especially under oath. Actions have consequences--especially under oath. This trial will outline for us what the contours of those consequences are for Clemens. I have no problem with any of that.

Our Very Own Paul-Star!

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Vote early, vote now, vote often! And vote for Either because we have some sort of alliance going on there.

MLB Umpires and racial bias

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Major League Baseball umpires express their racial/ethnic preferences when they evaluate pitchers.

White Sox Need To Bench Juan Pierre

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Hey guys, over at Beyond the Box Score I've written up a post that basically explains why the Juan Pierre Experience needs to end, and right now. I can't keep watching the Sox throw away wins by giving him such a massive role.

Albert Pujols and the Plight of Latino Baseball Players

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Allen Barra writes about Pujols mainly, but highlights our own Minnie Minoso. More at the link, great article: Here's a thumbnail sketch: there is some dispute about Minnie's actual age, so we'll go with BaseballReference.com on this. In 1951, when he was officially a rookie, he was 25 years old and had already lost about three years of his prime. Playing for the White Sox, he made a spectacular bid, for Rookie of the Year. He hit .326 with ten home runs, 76 RBIs, and 112 runs scored. Gil McDougald of the Yankees hit .306 with 14 home runs, 63 RBIs, and 72 runs. Minnie led the AL in stolen bases with 31 (McDougald had 14) and triples with 14 (Gil had four). Minoso had an on-base percentage of .422 and a slugging average of .500; McDougald was, respectively, .396 and .488. McDougald won. Minoso's 1951 season was a red flag to Latin players that they would have to do better than non-Latin players just to be noticed, and far better if they wanted to win awards. Minnie Minoso was a far superior player than many white players who are in the Hall of Fame; he is also better than a few non-Latin black players who are in the Hall. Doby and Enos Slaughter were, for the most part, Minoso's contemporaries, and both, finally, were inducted into the Hall of Fame. Minoso, though his numbers were in every way better than Doby's or Slaughter's, has never made it. He is no longer even considered a serious contender. He was a terrific outfielder and a scrappy player whose nickname was "The Cuban Comet." He never hesitated to take one for the team: he lead the AL in getting hit by pitches an eye-popping ten times. I'd take him over the Boston Red Sox's slugger Jim Rice, who made it into the Hall two years ago, in a heartbeat.

The Least Exciting Player Ever

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Joe Pos on Adam Dunn: You could argue -- what the heck I will argue -- that Adam Dunn in 2011 is the single least enjoyable player to watch in baseball history. He still has a half season to go and in that half season he could turn things around, whack a few home runs, lead the White Sox on a bit of a charge, it's not impossible, not even wildly improbable. He's hit 38-plus homers every single year since 2004. But watching him the first half season has been so dreary, so depressing, that after seeing him play a couple of games in a row I feel like I need a shot of Vitamin D or a vacation to someplace sunny.

Dodgers file for chapter 11 bankruptcy; White Sox fifth largest unsecured creditor

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The White Sox are the fifth largest unsecured creditor, scheduled at $3.5 million. This is presumably money owed to the White Sox for Juan Pierre.

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