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GBA preseason notes from the commish

 

Welcome new members- Bob Estesbrook (Diamondbacks), Jonathan Aunger (Mariners) and Dean Campbell (Reds) who is recovering from a health problem.

 

Al so returning members:Harlan and Gary have been in the league for 16 years as well as dedicated members-Ken, Mike, Rod, Chris and Paul.

 

We lost a friend and long time member- Gerry Schrule last winter.

 

The biggest news in the off-season happened just before opening day as the Cubs decided to re-model and traded Berkman, Tejeda and Ichiro to get younger with Steven Drew, Soriano and Konerko although they were already one of the youngest team in the GBA with all their future prospects.

 

A lot of trades were made this winter but not much maneuverings for future draft picks which is usually the case.This happens because some teams need to drop Abs or IPs to reach league limits.

 

The atmosphere in Denver has changed in resent years.First the Rockies traded Holiday and then the Broncos traded Cutler after firing Shanahan who was considered a ďgeniusĒ at one time.That was one thing that was exciting in Denver was that they went out after star players- Elway, Larry Walker, Ellis Burks (plus Rockies that didnít pan out- Saberhagen, Hampton, Neagle, Howard Johnson just to name few), EI (although he turned into Billups, which was even better).Now they are giving them away.That is also what I like about Phoenix teams when I lived there and after when Colangio was in charge.Starting with Connie Hawkins, Charlie Scott, Westphal, Silas, Barkely, Nash, ShaqÖetc.Yes I want to forget the Goodrich for Counts trade.The winters have been too long lately also, but you canít beat going to Phoenix 3-4 times a year when it isnít 100+.

 

I just saw a special on the Rockies amazing run in 2007.It brings chills and gives hope for this season even though nobody gives us a chance.Jimenez last night in Arizona was one of the best pitched games by a Rockie (ok, they havenít had many).The Rox will hit (donít they usually) but pitching will be a challenge.Iím sure most of you also have a favorite team who gives you hope until at least June.I like that ESPN commercial that has that Twins fans says that they will lose no more than 5 games this year!

 

My computer ranking for this season:

Ranking

 

MNA

1

DEA

2

LAN

3

CHN

4

LAA

5

CON

6

NYN

7

AZN

8

CHA

9

OAA

10

BOA

11

PHN

12

SFN

13

NYA

14

SEA

15

CIN

16

SLN

17

CLA

18

ATN

19

KCA

20

 

Hasnít worked yet but does give you something to think/complain about.