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  1. A streak as hot as it is long

    The Common Man

    Hitting streaks are fun. Long streaks like Dan Uggla's are weird little statistical anomalies that require an immense amount of luck to achieve, but they are still extremely interesting to follow. The pressure on ballplayers who have passed the mysti...

    Blog | August 14, 2011
  2. Free Hank Conger!

    The Common Man

    I'll be honest that I'm shocked -- shocked! -- the Los Angeles Angels have made it this far. With Kendrys Morales out for the season and Vernon Wells racking up outs by the dozen, there was almost no doubt in my mind before the season started that th...

    Blog | August 05, 2011
  3. Bautista's warming up for the HR Derby

    The Common Man

    Look, you and I both know, or we should both know, that the All Star Game has problems. It doesn't really count for anything -- no World Series has gone to seven games since the home field advantage rule was instituted anyway -- nor does it really ho...

    Blog | July 10, 2011
  4. Young Snakes won't be counted out

    The Common Man

    It was a long night, sitting up and waiting for the Giants-Diamondbacks game to end. There were two very strong pitching performances and a few really fun at-bats, but I live in the Central time zone, and staying up late is tough with a family and a ...

    Blog | June 17, 2011
  5. Interleague action's imbalances

    The Common Man

    Jim Leyland made waves a couple of days ago when he sounded off about interleague play. According to the Detroit News, Leyland said that the appeal of interleague play "has worn off for me. It was a brilliant idea to start with, but it has run its ...

    Blog | May 21, 2011
  6. Will Neftali Feliz come back as a closer?

    The Common Man

    Obviously, it's never a good thing when an excellent young pitcher goes down with an arm injury, no matter how minor. So when I say that Neftali Feliz going to the disabled list with shoulder inflammation could be a development that's in the best lon...

    Blog | April 24, 2011
  7. How will you remember Manny Ramirez?

    The Common Man

    Allow me to date myself a little. When I was growing up and just becoming cognizant of baseball, Pete Rose was finishing up his career as a player-manager and transitioning into the manager's role full-time. I didn't know Pete Rose "The Hit King" o...

    Blog | April 09, 2011
  8. Pitching helmets are coming

    The Common Man

    On Wednesday, the same day former major leaguer Luis Salazar was airlifted to the hospital after being stuck by a vicious foul ball, Peter Abraham wrote about a new safety helmet available to pitchers that looks like it would fit over a baseball cap....

    Blog | March 11, 2011
  9. No signs of immediate help for Astros

    The Common Man

    I don't get it. Jason Castro, sadly, tears his ACL and is out for the season, so the Astros start poking around to find another catcher. How many wins do they think that is going to buy them? The Astros are terrible. According to Dan Szymborski's ...

    Blog | March 11, 2011
  10. Thursday Thurmans

    The Common Man

    While you were sleeping, these links were inspiring me to blatantly rip off Rob Neyer's old bit and point you toward brilliant work that other people are doing. Enjoy: In the wake of Duke Snider's passing, the incomparable Joe Posnanski digs deep...

    Blog | March 03, 2011
  11. Irrational trades are bad trades

    The Common Man

    The Minnesota Twins do seem awfully down on their ace, Francisco Liriano, lately. Between openly criticizing his offseason workouts, giving the Opening Day start to Carl Pavano and exploring trade offers, it sounds as though the club is doing its be...

    Blog | March 03, 2011
  12. If Snider's a Hall of Famer, so is Edmonds

    The Common Man

    The last time we were here, Bill made a strong case for Jim Edmonds as a Hall of Famer. It's fair to say that there was a lot of disagreement in the comments. The recent passing of Duke Snider, however, gives us an important reason to revisit the d...

    Blog | March 03, 2011
  13. Jose Bautista's win-win deal

    The Common Man

    Reigning home run champ Jose Bautista is the new $65 million man in Toronto, getting a five-year contract. Bautista, you'll recall, came out of nowhere last year to slug 54 homers, an almost unprecedented jump in power that left baseball stunned. His...

    Blog | February 21, 2011
  14. Strat-O-Matic turns 50

    The Common Man

    This past weekend was a great one if you're a baseball geek. Not only could you get geared up for the start of spring training, but you could celebrate the 50th birthday of Strat-O-Matic baseball. If you haven't played Strat, you're missing out. Ther...

    Blog | February 14, 2011
  15. Replacing superstars through history

    The Common Man

    Albert Pujols reportedly turned down the Cards' last offer and we're almost at his Wednesday deadline. Which suggests to me that there's a very real possibility that, at this time next year, we're going to be wondering what the Cardinals are going to...

    Blog | February 14, 2011
  16. Ways teams screw things up

    The Common Man

    With spring training kicking off, ESPN.com's best and brightest have spent much of the past two weeks giving you a sense of how each team did while we were pining for baseball's return. Meanwhile, The Common Man has been busy analyzing the past 110 y...

    Blog | February 14, 2011