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Ken Davidoff's 2011 Hall Of Fame Ballot

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His selections: Roberto Alomar Jeff Bagwell Bert Blyleven Kevin Brown Barry Larkin Edgar Martinez Mark McGwire Tim Raines Alan Trammell Larry Walker The result impresses but the process is even better. Be sure to click through and read his thorough rationale for each candidate. Can you see why we're excited to have Davidoff write the Foreword for the 2011 Amazin' Avenue Annual?

Newsday.com free for Optimum Online subscribers

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Newsday.com recently went to subscription-only, and while there's little worth reading there apart from Ken Davidoff's columns, if you're a Cablevision subscriber with an Optimum Online login you can still get access to Newsday's online features for free. Just click on the link above and select "I am an Optimum Online® subscriber" from the option list.

Davidoff: Maybe Mets Should Start By Firing Manuel

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This is the column the mainstream media has resisted writing. Per Davidoff: Contemplate whether you're giving your team its optimal chance to win with Manuel running the clubhouse, writing out the lineup card and making in-game, on-the-fly decisions. For based on what we've seen for the past baseball season and a half, I'm not sure how you come up with "Yes" as the answers to those questions. This isn't a fun column to write, because we media folk are mostly human, and Jerry Manuel comes off as an eminently likable man. Davidoff recognizes that Manuel's strong relationship with the media has earned him some goodwill. Imagine if Manuel had the personality of Joe Girardi or Willie Randolph. He would be the target of daily tabloid headlines calling for his head. A good read, click through for the full version.

Casey Fossum DFA'd, Ken Takahashi Called Up

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Takahashi is a 40 year old lefty reliever. He's posted a 0.77 ERA in 11.2 innings with AAA Buffalo, striking out 9 and walking 6. On Oliver Perez, David Lennon at Newsday adds: "Team officials immediately gathered after the game to talk about their next roster move and that could involve skipping Perez's next turn before demoting him to the bullpen."

Marlon Anderson - ITBSOHL (in the best shape of his life)

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From David Lennon of Newsday: "It was a lean-and-mean Marlon Anderson who showed up at Tradition Field this morning. Anderson is down to 202 pounds - he lost 17 during the offseason - and owes it mostly to an "isogenic cleanse" he did at the start of October. It lasted for 25 days and during that period Anderson limited himself to two shakes and one lunch not more than 600 calories." Granted, the phrase ITBSOHL (pronounced "it-be-soul") is not actually used but close enough.

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