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"If you say our organization didn't value Mike Napoli, it's absolutely wrong," he said. "The hindsight of this trade is 20/20 vision, and right now, obviously in the playoffs, that vision carries lot of weight. But I still think there is a lot of upside of what our team can become with Vernon."
This is delusional. Vernon Wells, 2010 road slash line: .224/.299/.400. 2011 regular season: .218/.248/.412. Nobody could have predicted the levees would fail. Scioscia is delusional, and while I get that as an employee of the Angels he has to maintain a certain face about bad news, this becomes more and more obviously duplicitous. Yes, it is true that Scioscia actually played Napoli more than the Rangers did this year, but at the same time, it's hard to avoid the "bad hands" comment he made in an interview with the Dallas Morning News earlier this year:
"I always felt like I was looking over my shoulder to see if I was doing thin...
BEST OF MAXIM
AROUND THE WEB
About 50,000 fans yelling "Na-Po-Li" has made an impression on the Texas catcher.
Mike Napoli's two-run double in the eighth inning gave the Rangers a 4-2 win and a 3-2 series lead over the Cardinals.
1. Win: Darren Oliver Mike Napoli.
Save: Neftali Feliz Mike Napoli.
Mike Napoli remained in the game despite snapping his ankle in an attempt to slide towards the inside the of the base.
Angels manager Mike Scioscia said Tuesday that personality conflicts with catcher Mike Napoli had nothing to do with the January trade that cost the Angels one of the most powerful hitters in the American League.
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Another day, another Daily Friar. Mike Napoli is quickly turning into a World Series hero as Texas is now a game from winning. I for one was hoping he would be a Friar last year. Here are some links:
Heath Bell and Chase Headley talk about the front office - Bill Center (UT)
"Heath Bell and Chase Headley believe the Padres' philosophy will not significantly change...
The Texas Rangers are one win away from making history. After winning Game 5 of the 2011 World Series by a final count of 4-2 over the St. Louis Cardinals, the Rangers need one more victory to claim the franchise’s first championship.
However, the news isn’t all bad for the Cardinals. Game 6 and Game 7 are both going to be played in St. Louis. In other words, if the Cardinals...
Not that Penguin.
What's it take to get the Penguin, Ron Cey, in the press during this World Series? A WSJ article on the cleanup spot, which strangely is not the place in the batting order that has generated the most WS MVPs:
A guy who hits eighth is on the verge of becoming World Series MVP. Which, given the inscrutable history of the award, sounds about right.
Flotsam and JetsamMiscellaneous thoughts and observations.Just as a reminder - before the season started I predicted that Mike Napoli would have a big season offensively. I predicted that he would do as well or better than Victor Martinez. I did not predict that he would be playing almost into November though... Magicians deal in sleight of hand while comedians deal in sleight of...