Baseball Beat/Change-UpDecember 24, 2008
All I Want for Christmas
By Rich Lederer and Patrick Sullivan

While rummaging around our respective living rooms and getting ready for Christmas morning, we found some gifts for the following under the tree...

Bert Blyleven: A phone call from the President of the Baseball Writers Association of America on January 12th

Bobby Grich and Dwight Evans: More Rob Neyers in the BBWAA

Ron Santo: A rookie year before 1943

The Steinbrenners: More taxpayer money

Toronto Blue Jays and Baltimore Orioles: A chance to play in another division

Scott Boras: A one-year deal with the St. Paul Saints for Jason Varitek

Alan Trammell: Back-flips and cartwheels

Tim Raines: Mandatory BBWAA continuing education reading containing on the syllabus

Jim Rice: Fear Strikes Out

BBWAA: More objectivity in voting for the Hall of Fame and fewer moral judgments

Mark McGwire: See above

Marty Brenneman: A grip

C.C. Sabathia: Continued post-season excellence from your Red Sox admirers

Los Angeles Angels: That Boston might be satisfied with football and basketball championships

Matt Holliday: A one-way airplane ticket to the city of your choice on July 31, 2009

Manny Ramirez: A third year

Paul DePodesta: A second chance in a town sans Bill Plaschke and TJ Simers

Phil Hughes: An invitation to Andy Pettitte's retirement party

Mark Teixeira: A Central Park West high rise (in lieu of an oceanfront view in Newport Beach)

Bud Black: A better managerial situation in your next life

Boston Red Sox: Better money market rates for all that unused cash

The Giants, Padres, Diamondbacks and Rockies: A care package from the Dodgers for being worse than they were

Roger Clemens: A do-over

Chicago Cubs: No more Blago dealings

Frank Wren and John Schuerholz: No more Arn Tellem dealings

Rickey Henderson: A Hall of Fame speech in the first person

Theo Epstein: A Will Clark impersonation by Lars Anderson sooner rather than later

Bud Selig: A Farmer's Almanac

Marvin Miller: R-E-S-P-E-C-T from the very players he turned into multi-millionaires

Ryan Howard: More Tom Boswells

Joe Mauer: More Joe Posnanskis

Baseball Fans Everywhere: More Joe Posnanskis

Baseball Analysts Readers: Our sincerest gratitude for checking in with us over the past year


Rickey can't wait to hear what Rickey say at the HOF acceptance speech for Rickey.

Don't forget Boston being satisfied with a Stanley Cup as well. Have fun in the independents, 'Tek!

Joe Posnanski is terrific. There is hope out there.

I can't believe Boswell, I used to love reading his books back in the 80's. What happened???

He's criticizing the Saber stuff?? He was one of the early contributors back in the early 80's with his Total Average?

He's dead wrong about Howard. If he wanted to vote for a Phillie he could have voted for Chase Utley.

All I want is Jacoby Ellsbury in tighty whities on my tigerskinned bedspread.

Hey..old women need some lovin'