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Have you noticed…

…that most of my latest entries have been apologetic for not having posted?

I have a giant synthesis paper due tomorrow on Shakespeare and I only have four of the required six pages, but my laptop delivered me a nice “hardware malfunction memory parity error of DEATH AND EPIC FAIL” so I decided it was break time.

In response to my last question–expansion teams–that only Jane answered, I think we shouldn’t have any more expansion teams.  There are teams drawing no fans–Florida Marlins, anyone?–that should be moved before we can even imagine creating a new team.  Apparently, there’s a big movement to get Major League Baseball in Portland, Oregon–do some Googling if you’re curious, because I’m too lazy to hyperlink–and they’re really serious about it.  They’ve got potential sites, stadium designs.  Whoa dang.  So if only the Marlins hadn’t gotten that stadium deal, I’d pack them up and ship them to Oregon.  Have fun in that weather, boys.

I’m SO tired.

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Please forgive me…

…because I am a fail at updating.

So here’s what’s going on in Astroland:

valverde.jpgShould we trade José Valverde?  Personally, I’m going to go with YES.  He’s a great closer but if we’re offloading salary (which we have to since they didn’t raise ticket prices for 2009), toss him.  There are teams who want him (Indians?), and if anybody out there wants a disturbingly emotional closer who might be one of the funniest men I’ve ever met and has great minor leaguers to offer in return, let’s talk.  I’m not sure if Justice was just blowing hot air but it seems like a good idea.  I wonder who we would replace him with?  Wesley Wright is not a viable option, because great roller coaster seasons do not good pitchers make.  LaTroy Hawkins, maybe–he only gave up one run last year for us, but we’ve only got him for one year so we’ll need to find a backup plan for that.  Geoff Geary?  He pitched pretty well last year but didn’t pitch enough for me to make a confident call.  Or do we bring someone in from the outside?  I really don’t know.  What do you think?  Who could we possibly find?

wiggy.jpgShould we trade Ty Wigginton?  I’m honestly not sure.  Who would we replace him with?  I’m a little averse to this idea simply because of his phenomenal year last year.  We might be able to move Mark Saccomanno, who hit a homer on the first major league pitch he ever saw, to third, but, then again, I don’t know much about moving players.  There are many options from within: Darin Erstad, Geoff Blum, and David Newhan could all play third, to name a few.  I suppose it would be the same thing as Valverde–for great prospects (and Wiggy wouldn’t pull as many as Valverde, which is why I’m not sure about this), well, why the heck not?  He is a great guy, as are so many of our players, but personality can, too, be replaced (although that might be the last time you ever hear me say that, and I’ll never own up to it).  I suppose we’ll see what Uncle Drayton Ed Wade decides to do.

So if you watch Rachael Ray, which I hope you don’t, a bunch of women from Houston are getting married today in Minute Maid Park because their weddings were interrupted by Hurricane Ike.  That will be interesting to watch.

Why will I be watching Rachael instead of going to school?  Because I have an upper respiratory infection!  YAY!  Fever plus horrid cough equals sitting at home watching too much Sportscenter.  And maybe some Discovery Channel.  But really, I feel like crapola, so I think I’m going to leave you with a question and go take a nap.

If Major League Baseball were to create another pair of expansion teams, what cities would be chosen and why?