Saturday, November 24, 2007

A few notes:

- Torii Hunter signed a five-year, $90 million deal with the LA Angels. This gives the Angels offense a huge upgrade. Combined with Vladimir Guerrero, the Angels have a great 1-2 punch in the lineup and Vlad finally has some protection. Combined with their pitching, the Angels are already the odds-on favorite to win the AL West.

- Given that Hunter just signed for $18 million a year, how much money do you think Andruw Jones cost himself with a subpar season? He batted only .222 and his OPS was his lowest since his rookie year at .724 (by contrast, Hunter was at .839; Chipper Jones led the NL at 1.029). Jones hasn't signed yet, but you have to wonder what kind of a contract he'll get, and with which team.

- If you are going to be in New York City on Tuesday, you can see Jim Bouton and Marvin Miller speak at the Museum of the City of New York. If you have been a regular visitor here, you know I have known Jim for several years and I have long been an admirer of Miller, who was the head of the MLB Players Association and shaped the current MLB economic system as much as anyone. If I could manage it, I would get down there myself.

- We saw the new movie Enchanted yesterday. If you love the classic Disney princess movies like Snow White, Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty, you'll love this. I won't give away too much of the plot, but the movie is funny and touching. Amy Adams is brilliant as the princess-to-be and the rest of the cast is great. Go check it out.


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