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Now I am excited! I am confused by the sudden flurry of low-rick/low-reward signings - does the Karim Garcia signing mean the Phils passed on Todd Hollandsworth? Nothing has been mentioned on phillies.com about him.

I take that back, here is what the teams web site now says, "Todd Hollandsworth is also believed to be mulling a Minor League contract, but he is hoping for a guaranteed deal. Randall Simon will be Garcia's main competition for the job, with Michael Bourn and Chris Roberson likely starting the season at Triple-A Ottawa." So I guess if they do guarantee his money, or no one else offers him anything, Holly and Karim would battle with Simon for the one LH pinch hitting spot on the team with Nunez, Coste, and Werth already on the bench. Sandoval continues to listed on the depth chart, but I hope that is an oversight....

Jacobsen will be 28 in May. Any reason he would be in Reading and not Ottawa ?

Boy, I'm all excited now. Getting Landon Jacobsen has made me completely forget the shellacking that the SEC Florida Gators gave the overated Big Whatever Conference Ohio State Shuteyes last night. The Heisman Trophy really got degraded last night.

BM: Only because they have some guys lined up for Ottawa already. Usually you'll see at least a veteran or two in Reading like this guy, although its possible he could head north.

Unimpressive K and BB rates, good HR rate. That doesn't cancel out the other numbers, but I like acquiring low HR guys, considering CBP.

Not a big deal, but a worthwhile signing. You never know with pitching prospects.

Jacobsen is a prospect who went backwards, getting drafted in later rounds each time in 97, 98 and 99 before finally signing with the Pirates out of a Colorado JuCo.

His fastball won't break the speed limit, which is why his K/9 ratios have always been well below league average (and why he was drafted in the 50th round). But he's a sinker/slider type with good enough control to be a decent AA pitcher.

Guys who lack stuff sometimes get knocked around in AAA, but he deserves a shot at that level. If he succeeds, he could maybe make it as an 11th or 12th pitcher on the staff of a mediocre team. If he were a lefty he'd have a better chance. At age 28 he's running out of time.

congrats to gwynn and ripken.

i know how i feel about mcgwire, but i don't know how i would vote on the relievers. every year i think about it and i can never decide.

This is the type of minor league signing I have no problem with. Hollandsworth (if signed) and Karim are veterans and Manuel loves veterans...therefore they would beat out a more deserving minor leaguer (this happened last spring in the case of Chris Coste not being taken north because Alex "forced into retirement" Gonzalez was a vet). Landon Jacobsen is a no risk organizational filler that may just give a spot start or two down the road and prove to be serviceable in the minors...no biggy.

Cool name. It sounds like he should be playing soccer in the English Premier League.

I'd say he's already ran out of time.

Maris had his 61 home run season and the rest was ordinary - he's not in the HOF. McGwire's in the same position and deserves the same treatment. McGwire's accomplishment that season should be in the HOF, if it isn't already, but himself as a player shouldn't be. The fact that he used steroids should just be filler, but isn't.

>Maris had his 61 home run season and the rest
>was ordinary - he's not in the HOF.

>McGwire's in the same position and deserves
>the same treatment.

Oh, bullhockey, based on stats, he is entirely HoF worthy.
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MARK McGWIRE: 1st year on the ballot…Played 16 seasons, 12 with Oakland…Twelve-time All-Star selection…Five times among Top-10 in MVP, including runner-up in 1998, 4th in 1992 and 5th in 1999…Unanimous AL Rookie of the Year in 1987…Gold Glove Award winner in 1990…Three-time Silver Slugger Award winner (1992, 1996, 1998)…Ranks 7th on the all-time home run list with 583…All-time leader in at-bats per home runs (10.6)…Led league in home runs four times (1987, 1996, 1998, 1999), including then-major league record 70 HR in 1998…Followed that with a 65 home run season in 1999…Ranks 10th all-time with a .588 slugging percentage…Four times led league in slugging percentage…Also led league in on base percentage in 1996 and 1998…Led NL in RBI in 1999…Led league in walks twice (1990, 1998)… Three times among Top 5 in total bases (1987, 1998, 1999)…A career .993 fielder (112 e/15649 tc)…Hit .217 (28-129) in 42 career postseason games, with five home runs and 14 RBI…Appeared in 3 World Series, winning in 1989 with Oakland…Hit .188 (9-48) with a home run and 2 RBI in 13 career Series games.
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McGwire had a much better career than Maris, with or without steroids.

McGwire is the Dave Kingman of the steroid era...despite the Gold Glove (anyone say Abreu), he was a mediocre at best fielder and often DH'd...career .260 hitter...and a dreadful postseason record...

He was a very good power hitter who became a statistical giant when he became a juice freak.

He got about the right percentage of votes yesterday.

Joe Bisenius' final stats in the Venezuela Winter League:

IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
1.0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0.00
1.0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0.00
1.2 1 0 0 0 1 0 0.00
0.1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0.00 S
1.0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 S
1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0.00
0.1 1 0 0 0 1 0 0.00
1.0 0 0 0 1 2 0 0.00
0.1 3 4 4 0 0 1 4.70 L
1.0 0 0 0 2 1 0 4.15
1.0 2 0 0 1 2 0 3.72 S
1.0 2 3 2 2 1 0 5.06
10.2 11 7 6 8 11 1 5.06

FABIO CASTRO DWL ERA 1.29

That, is missing a lot of bats.

The heck with Castro starting in Ottawa next season, I want him relieving in Philly!

McGwire was real good, but not great. He deserved some votes for the HOF, but not to get in.

McGwire hit 49 HR in his rookie year, in a lousy park for the longball. He played well more than half his career in that park.

If Mac doesn't deserve to be in the Hall because of (unproven) steroid use, why is an admitted cheater like Whitey Ford in? Why is Sutton in, when Don Drysdale (who cheated himself) talked about Sutton's cheating? Why is one type of cheating okay, and another not?

McGwire has the numbers (see Joe's entry above) and deserves to be in the Hall.

The steroid use in the late 90's/early 2000's was so rampant, that everyone can be assumed to be on it, and forgiven.

seriously, *everyone*, including the pitchers were cheating.

So, what should we do? Disqualify everyone who played?

McGwire had nearly 600 homers but fewer than 1,800 hits. I think it's more than fair to say that without the steroids, he doesn't get to 500. He's no hall of famer, not even close.

Right on, Joe

Bill James Baseball Primer #4:

"Ballplayers, as a group, reach their peak value much earlier and decline much more rapidly than people believe."

To believe McGwire is hallworthy, you must, IMO, believe he had the malkings of a HOF career BEFORE he was using steroids, or alleged to have.

By the age of 30, after nine seasons (some injury riddled, but that's part of the game), when most players start to DECLINE, he had a career batting average of .24955 and 238 home runs.

Then, miraculously, along with his power numbers, overall league power went from what was an average of .71 HR/G in the 1980s, to 1.06 HR/G from 1996 to 2001, when he put up the numbers than some of you feel merit his induction.

The entire league hit 50% more HR/G during that era. If I look at his numbers in that context, then IMO, he is not worthy of the honor.

Amen, AWH. This is not a case like Bonds, where McGwire posted HOF numbers before he started juicing. Kingman of the '90s is accurate. By the way, Maris was a decent right fielder, a far more valuable defender than McGwire.

Carson, Fabio Castro is 21 years old, and his short stature raises even more worries about his ability to hold up to the rigors of the long major league season. He is too young to go into a full season in a major league bullpen after pitching in winter ball. If the Phillies use him in the manner suggested by many on this board, it will be evidence that they consider him disposable rather than an actual pitching prospect.

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