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All-Star Thoughts Starting to Percolate

The All-Star game is just a few weeks away, and writers are beginning to take a look at those who will play in the game, those who will miss out, and those who shouldn’t be anywhere near it. A few examples follow:

Tom Verducci looks at some unlikely All-Star candidates.

Rob Neyer and his blog army look at each team and picks an unlikely All-Star (American, National).

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Of Course, It’s a Yankee Hat

Calcaterra cues up the ugliest, most vile looking hat you’ve ever seen in your life.

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Everyone is Always Hatin’ on Frenchy

Rob Neyer doesn’t hate, he just strongly dislikes Frenchy.  Platoon ’em! says Mr. Neyer.  That’s if Beltran ever returns, of course.

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Remembering the Expos

The New York Times’ Alan Schwarz penned two — count ’em, two! — articles on the Expos for Sunday’s edition. 

First, Schwarz profiles the former voice of Les Expos:

QUEBEC — As the ball bounced toward right, the gray-haired announcer almost bounced right out of his booth.

“Beau jeu de la part du joueur de deuxième-but! Le relai à temps au premier pour le troisième retrait!”

A fine play by the second baseman, his throw retired the side, and Jacques Doucet had brought yet another half-inning to his fellow Québécois. Baseball fans throughout the province had assumed that Doucet’s beloved baritone would fade as quickly as their memories of the Montreal Expos, whose games he called for more than 30 years before they left in 2004. But the void so many still feel is filled with every home game of the Quebec Capitales, when Doucet returns to the airwaves.

Read the rest of the article here.

Then Schwarz notes the lack of any professional baseball in the city of Montreal. 

MONTREAL — The game resembled baseball as best an 8-year-olds’ skirmish can. The Beloeil Braves and the Boucherville Seigneurs smacked grounders and attempted double plays in full uniform, with batting gloves dangling out of their back pockets. Just like the pros.

But if Braves Manager Dany Després wanted to take the tykes to a ballpark to see actual professional baseball, Montreal had no options. The Expos’ demise confirmed that the Montreal market was not major league; yet six years later, the city, whose long baseball tradition includes Jackie Robinson’s first minor league home, has yet to attract even a low minor league team.

Read the rest here.

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Copernican Links: Tuesday Edition

Fangraphs asks where the devil Jason Bay’s power is residing.  Jack Moore provides a rather depressing conclusion for Mets fans:

What we’re seeing with Bay seems to be one of the nastiest combinations of park effects, regression to the mean, aging, and simple poor luck that I can recall a power hitter encountering. It’s certainly possible that Bay has simply lost some of his pop, but right now the most likely scenario is that Bay is working through an extended slump. ZiPS projects him to add 19 more home runs before season’s end, as opposed to the 9 that his pace suggests. It’s too early to dismiss Jason Bay as a power hitter, even if he can’t replicate his awesome 2009.

It’s June; thus, it must be Cape Cod baseball time.

And That Happened is still a must read, each and every single day.

Rob Neyer dishes on the players’ opinions on umpires and replay.

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Baseball Musings

  • Adam Dunn could become only second player ever to have higher number of strikeouts than BA (currently 157 K and .163). First was M Reynolds. 5 years ago
  • At least the New York Times remembers the Expos... http://fb.me/BhzEslEO 7 years ago
  • MLB Network on Sabathia: "CC is one of the few pitchers in the league who is his own batting eye." 7 years ago
  • Sabathia vs. Halladay tonight: noted hitting hurler Sabathia is hitting .500 against Cy Young winners (okay, he's 1 for 2 against Johan) 7 years ago
  • RT @jaysonst: Now that Stephen Strasburg has pulled into town, the most important era in Nationals history has officially begun. http:// ... 7 years ago

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