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My Top Five Suggested Replacements for Trey Hillman

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  1. Joe Torre. Is he ready to accept the ultimate challenge and massage the Royals into winners? Because he totally could.
  2. Bobby Valentine. The roller coaster saga of Joe Posnanski's enthusiasm followed by disillusionment makes this a no-brainer.
  3. Mike Sweeney. His faith makes him the near-perfect Dayton hire. His Baird-era connection makes him the perfect 2012 scapegoat. This Grass Creek double agent deserves a reward for his outstanding work.
  4. Tony Pena, Sr. Veteran leader Jason Kendall would give him plenty of clubhouse "slug," so this wouldn't just be about unintentional comedy. Okay, yes it would.
  5. Buddy Bell. He was right about at least one thing -- it can always get worse.

[Joe] Torre's older brother played with the Braves. One of the turning points in his life came in...

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[Joe] Torre's older brother played with the Braves. One of the turning points in his life came in 1955, when [Joe] visited the Braves' clubhouse and met one of his idols, Warren Spahn. 'Boy, are you fat,' said Spahn tactfully. He was fat, but he had been kind of hoping people wouldn't notice. The scouts had been noticing. Torre began to work on his weight, and emerged as a prospect.

--Bill James, The New Bill James Historical Baseball Abstract, 375. James ranks Joe Torre as the 11th greatest catcher of all-time, and the best player in the majors in 1971. [What this is]

Ron Santo gets nominated by the Veterans Committee

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Also on the ballot: Joe Torre, Gil Hodges, and Maury Wills, among others. Just watch -- they'll send in Wills and screw Santo again. And the Cubs will have won the World Series in the meantime. Yay. I just hope, when the time comes, that Mike Sweeney is recognized for his accomplishments.

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