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Brad Bergesen is excited for Spring Training
Brad Bergesen just can't wait to get to Spring Training. I can't wait, either. But I will. Because I don't have a super-cool time-speedy-up machine to make Spring Training come faster. -duck

Botched calls prompt World Series umpire switch
It's gotten so bad, MLB is not using any umpires that haven't called World Series games before, throwing out the usual rotation system. We were THIS CLOSE to CB Bucknor as an umpire in a WS game. No lie. Crisis averted. -duck

This one's for zk - Overrated Torre gets exposed
Written before Torre sealed the Dodgers' fate, Jeff Passan at Yahoo! Sports explains why zk is right in saying Joe Torre is overrated. -duck

Mets should look to AL for No. 2 starter
This is a few days old but I just saw it. Joel Sherman suggests the Mets look into trading for Jeremy Guthrie to improve their starting rotation. Sherman hilariously suggests that Guthrie might improve with a change of scenery that takes him away from the all of the losing the Orioles do. Yes, by all means, send him to the METS then! -Stacey

Ty goes to the ballplayer |
A nice little blurb about Ty Kelly,  a 3B selected in the 13th round of June's amateur draft and assigned to the IronBirds. He hit .265 in 61 games, made the all-star team and was named the IronBirds' MVP. Sounds like a good kid. -zk

Dempsey's Army reviews Weaver on Strategy
This book has been a hot topic lately, huh? -Stacey

More from Brandon Snyder - MASN
This time on his troubles upon reaching AAA. Blame it on Norfolk! -Stacey

The Low Anthem: Rounding The Bases on JamBase
I can't decide if The Low Anthem is a great band or not. But their co-founder is an "unapologetic Baltimore Orioles fan", so I'll probably give them a second listen. -zk

Baseball History - October 24th - National Pastime - Baseball History
On this date in 1908, baseball's anthem, Take Me Out to the Ballgame, was introduced by Bill Murray. The song writing team of Albert Von Tilzer (music) and Jack Norworth (words), who created the immortal tune, had never seen a game. -zk

Chick Gandil: You go back to Boston and turn seventy grand at the drop of a hat? I find that hard to believe.
Sport Sullivan: You say you can find seven men on the best club that ever took the field willin' to throw the World Series? I find that hard to believe.
Chick Gandil: You never played for Open Thread.