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Dumb Things I Have Written

I was browsing through the Hardball Times archives the other day, and ran across a few of my old columns.  There are lots of mainstream pundits who are constantly making predictions (Cincinnati Reds -- NL Central sleeper pick since 2005!) but never go back and see how they turned out. 

I would like to think I'm not like that.  My favorite "Foresight is not Jeff's forte" example is:

Is Adam Kennedy the steal of the offseason?

My answer: Yes.  Correct answer: Ha!  I do think my argument was reasonable, and looking at the second-base market that offseason, the cupboard was pretty bare.

Next up, from about a year ago: Who should sign Barry Bonds?

My answers can't be proven or disproven, though none of the teams I singled out were within Barry striking distance of the playoffs.  The highlight, though, is this sentence.  Remember, it's March 2008 as I write this:

(I'm defining "contenders" broadly, as you can see; I only excluded the obvious ne'er-do-wells, like Tampa, and teams in rebuilding mode, like Minnesota and Oakland.)

That's 97-win Tampa and 88-win Minnesota, by the way.

You can read the full archive of possibly wrong things I have published at THT here...I'm afraid of what would happen if someone retroactively fact-checked some of the things I've posted on BCB.  Yow.

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