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Mashup: Major League, Marlins, Trades
It’s Friday night and it’s been quite the busy day in the baseball world. In addition to a milestone home run (Mark Teixeira hit his 300th career) and a trade (second baseman Mark Ellis was dealt from Oakland to Colorado) there’s been plenty to talk about. Let’s take a look at a few notable links:
- Apparently actor Charlie Sheen took steroids for “six to eight weeks” while filming the 1989 movie Major League. Sheen is quoted in the latest Sports Illustrated that his fastball went from “79 MPH to 85 MPH”. I’m more amazed at how much people seem to care about this, rather than the fact that it allegedly took place at all.
- The schedule for the 2012 MLB season won’t officially be released until sometime in September but word has leaked that the Florida Marlins will open their new stadium on April 4th against the St. Louis Cardinals. Moving to their downtown stadium – complete with a pair of custom built aquariums - the Marlins will actually be renamed the Miami Marlins as of next season.
- Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times took a look at the Mariners’ decisions over the past few seasons regarding their trade deadline activity since 2007. Essentially he argues that the team continues to take the “we won’t trade away the farm approach” to the deadline, rather than going all out when the team is in contention, and in the long run they have little to show for it.
- Joe Pawlikowski of FanGraphs looked back at a pair of trades that helped shape the current Diamondbacks’ starting rotation.