Monthly Archives: October 2011

Greaze’s Picks of the Week 10/29-10/31

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NCAA: Oklahoma @ Kansas State +14 I’m taking the points here, especially at home.  The Wildcats are undefeated with their toughest games to come.  They could possibly pull out a win considering OUs terrible performance at home last week, but with 2TDs I’ll take em for sure.  With a win, Collin Klein could enter the Heisman picture with some marquee matchups left on the schedule. Iowa State @ Texas Tech -14 It may seem as if I am looking too …

Teenagers in high-A

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A few weeks ago, I chronicled the plight of teenagers in double-A ball, and found that playing at so advanced a level while of so young an age was a pretty good indicator of future success in the big leagues.  For that piece, I was working with an admittedly small sample – 36 teenagers between 2000 and 2007.  Lately I’ve been sort of obsessed with the ideas of prospect age, so I decided to go back and look at the …

Raiders Acquire Carson Palmer: Al Davis Lives On

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It’s hard not to wonder if the spirit of Al Davis continues to run the show in Oakland, and the two most recent Raider trades, most notably today’s acquisition of Carson Palmer from the Bengals, has done nothing to diminish that curiosity. While banter will go back and forth all season long about whether or not the Palmer trade was worth the compensation, no one will argue that this transaction had Mr. Davis’ handprints all over it. Yes, Al loved …

Teenagers in AA

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It is a vanishingly rare feat for a player to get promoted to the major leagues before he turns 20.  Baseball fans were treated to such a rarity this year, when Mike Trout was called up July 8th, one month shy of his 20th birthday.  Almost without exception, players who reach the majors while still in their teenage years enjoy long and productive major league careers. Trout’s call-up got me thinking of a different, slightly less rare occurrence: the teenager …