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   1. Darren Posted: April 06, 2007 at 02:10 AM (#2326673)
Portland snowed out--who didn't see that coming?

Bowden 2 IP, 1 H, 1 bb, 1 K so far.

Beazley has followed Lester with 4 perfect innings of his own. 2 Hits for Jason Place in that game.
   2. tfbg9 Posted: April 06, 2007 at 04:04 AM (#2326795)
Great news on Lester. He must be overjoyed to just be pitching again.
   3. Darren Posted: April 07, 2007 at 03:52 AM (#2328164)
Hansack 5.2 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 1 HR, 1 BB, 10K.
Hansen 2 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 4 K.

Another 2 hit game for Moss. He must be having one of his good months.

Bard gets knocked around in his debut at High A. Cox relievers him for 3 IP, 0 ER, 3 BB, and 4 K.

Lars 2/4 with a 2B in Greenville.
   4. chris p Posted: April 07, 2007 at 03:38 PM (#2328291)
Hansack 5.2 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 1 HR, 1 BB, 10K.
Hansen 2 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 4 K.


wow! both those lines are promising.
   5. chris p Posted: April 07, 2007 at 03:41 PM (#2328293)
Cox relievers him for 3 IP, 0 ER, 3 BB, and 4 K.

that's tim not bryce.
   6. Xander Posted: April 07, 2007 at 03:55 PM (#2328298)
It's an absolute embarrassment to the franchise that Hansack is not our 5th starter right now, and someone needs to be held accountable for that.
   7. Darren Posted: April 07, 2007 at 07:16 PM (#2328401)
Is it that big of a deal Temple? Is his stuff that good?

His results last year weren't so dominant that he's a lock to do well in the majors. Tavarez put up a 103 ERA+, which makes him a pretty credible 5th starter.

I think giving Hansack a 1/2 year+ in AAA is probably wise.
   8. Xander Posted: April 08, 2007 at 03:04 AM (#2328888)
Hansack's stuff is definitely that good IMO. He can contribute now.

Also, Lancaster is a complete joke. It's going to be two years of hell following that squad.
   9. Darren Posted: April 09, 2007 at 04:17 AM (#2329650)
Bubba Bell was 4-6 today in Lancaster. He is now hitting .591 1.381 1.972 through 4 games, with 5 HR and 15 RBI.
   10. Darren Posted: April 09, 2007 at 04:18 AM (#2329651)
Whoops, that should read .571 .591 1.381.
   11. Xander Posted: April 09, 2007 at 04:31 AM (#2329655)
That whole situation is a joke, IMO. It does make Mike Bowden's opening day performance of 5 IP, 0 ER, 5/1 K/BB look very good however.
   12. Darren Posted: April 09, 2007 at 04:34 AM (#2329658)
Temple--

You said it was a joke before, but I thought that was because they'd be tough to follow on the west coast. Is the park/league super hitter-friendly?

In addition to Bell, Daeges is also hitting over .500.
   13. 1k5v3L Posted: April 09, 2007 at 05:17 AM (#2329668)
Bubba Bell was 4-6 today in Lancaster. He is now hitting .591 1.381 1.972 through 4 games, with 5 HR and 15 RBI.


kevin's got a new mancrush, a 24 year old lefty in a ball park that loves left handed hitters...

Is the park/league super hitter-friendly?


Yes, the league is super hitter-friendly, and Lancaster is the hitter-friendliest park in the league, by at about 20 % or so. Furthermore, Lancaster is extremely nice to left handed hitters.

It does make Mike Bowden's opening day performance of 5 IP, 0 ER, 5/1 K/BB look very good however.


So far so good. It's early though. Just wait for the summer heat. For Bowden's sake, the Sox will have lifted him to AA by then.

In addition to Bell, Daeges is also hitting over .500.


Another left handed hitters who's far too old for the league...

[kevin]
You gotta love those overrated prospects with Lancaster-inflated stats...
[/kevin]
   14. 1k5v3L Posted: April 09, 2007 at 05:29 AM (#2329671)
I meant to say

[kevin]
You gotta love those DIAMONDBACKS overrated prospects with Lancaster-inflated stats...
[/kevin]
   15. Xander Posted: April 09, 2007 at 05:34 AM (#2329672)
Hey Levski, it cuts both ways:

Carlos Gonzalez in 2006:

Home- .361/.414/.693
Road- .239/.295/.433

Yes Darren. The Lancaster situation is a joke because the park is beyond absurd. It's a terrible situation for both hitters and pitchers to develop in.
   16. 1k5v3L Posted: April 09, 2007 at 05:47 AM (#2329675)
Hey Levski, it cuts both ways:

Carlos Gonzalez in 2006:

Home- .361/.414/.693
Road- .239/.295/.433


Yup, I'm well aware of that home/road split. In many ways, CGon's 2006 stats are fairly meaningless to me; I've stopped giving any thought to the batting or pitching stats of AZ's prospects until they get to AA. This might be a "no s##t" statement, but I'm a lot more interested in seeing what Carlos does in Mobile this year than thinking about what he did in Lancaster last year.
   17. 1k5v3L Posted: April 09, 2007 at 05:56 AM (#2329676)
The Lancaster situation is a joke because the park is beyond absurd. It's a terrible situation for both hitters and pitchers to develop in.


Fwiw, I made this same argument here a few months ago, and kevin really took an issue to my posts.

I'm just happy that the Dbacks are out of Lancaster...
   18. 1k5v3L Posted: April 09, 2007 at 06:10 AM (#2329677)
From Kevin Goldstein's preview of high A ball at Bpro

California League

Best Rotation: Boston begins their first year with Lancaster as their High-A affiliate, and they'll try to combat the high-octane environment with one of the rotations you'll see in any A-ball league. Michael Bowden, Daniel Bard, Kris Johnson, and Justin Masterson are the big four, while the team remains hopeful for some signs of life from Mike Rozier. Combined, this group cost the Sox over $5 million in signing bonuses...
   19. sardonic Posted: April 09, 2007 at 09:02 AM (#2329684)
California League

Best Rotation: Boston begins their first year with Lancaster as their High-A affiliate, and they'll try to combat the high-octane environment with one of the rotations you'll see in any A-ball league. Michael Bowden, Daniel Bard, Kris Johnson, and Justin Masterson are the big four, while the team remains hopeful for some signs of life from Mike Rozier. Combined, this group cost the Sox over $5 million in signing bonuses...


Man, it's tough being an editor.
   20. Matt Clement of Alexandria Posted: April 09, 2007 at 03:49 PM (#2329866)
Could we get two minor league threads per week - one for levski to bait kevin, and one for actual discussion?
   21. 1k5v3L Posted: April 09, 2007 at 05:11 PM (#2329954)
Could we get two minor league threads per week - one for levski to bait kevin, and one for actual discussion?


Suit yourself.

Man, it's tough being an editor.


The entire high A article was a mess... and full of wrong information. Just a couple of examples that come to mind... He had Brooks Brown listed as a closer (Brown is in the rotation) in Visalia; and had Ryan Doherty as a left handed pitcher (Doherty is a righty).

I don't expect Goldstein to know everything about every prospect, but some fact checking won't hurt
   22. Darren Posted: April 10, 2007 at 01:50 AM (#2330733)
Could we get two minor league threads per week - one for levski to bait kevin, and one for actual discussion?


There's actually a "block this poster" feature now. That's the only way this is going to happen for you. Sorry--my powers are useless in this situation.
   23. Darren Posted: April 10, 2007 at 01:52 AM (#2330735)
You know, even with a great home park, .500 batting averages are pretty good.

Wow, what a difference from recent years, when nobody seemed capable of slugging .400 for our High-A team.
   24. Darren Posted: April 10, 2007 at 01:55 AM (#2330737)
Holy crap! Portland actually played a game today. Ellsbury, 4-6, 3 doubles, and a steal. Lowrie, 2-4 with a 3B. Natale 0-3 but with a HBP!
   25. Xander Posted: April 10, 2007 at 02:32 AM (#2330768)
Mike Rozier receives a rough introduction to Lancaster: 3 IP, 9 H, 7 ER, 1/1 K/BB
   26. Darren Posted: April 10, 2007 at 02:37 AM (#2330772)
I'm beginning to think maybe he's not very good. :)
   27. Xander Posted: April 10, 2007 at 02:42 AM (#2330776)
I won't give up home on him until he's not age appropriate.

Besides, there were wind advisories tonight in Lancaster with gusts over 50 mph. I'm not saying he would have been much better, but I'll give him a couple months of Lancaster to get used to it.
   28. Darren Posted: April 10, 2007 at 02:57 AM (#2330793)
I know this is going to sound nuts, but I wish Rozier went to college and Pedro Alvarez decided to take the Red Sox money.
   29. Xander Posted: April 10, 2007 at 06:03 PM (#2331209)
   30. 1k5v3L Posted: April 11, 2007 at 01:44 AM (#2331755)
He's not getting anything out of it.


He's getting his work in, and that's all that matters. I gather the Sox aren't interested in whether he's dominating the competition right now as much as whether he's regaining his form.

I wish Rozier went to college and Pedro Alvarez decided to take the Red Sox money.


How much did the Red Sox offer Alvarez? And when is he draft eligible, 2008? Any bets on whether he's the first hitter taken in the draft?

Also, TempleUSox, where do you see Todd Frasier drafted this year? Mid-first round? Higher? What about your white whale, Mr. Jason Bay The Second?
   31. 1k5v3L Posted: April 11, 2007 at 01:50 AM (#2331760)
What's the weather in Portland? Tropical climate, I assume. Perfect conditions for a rehabbing pitcher.
   32. Xander Posted: April 11, 2007 at 02:09 AM (#2331780)
Yea Kevin, the Sox want Lester to get his feet wet in an innocuous setting: what better place for that than Greenville? I'd rather he not get jerked around by the constantly unpredictable April schedule for the Sea Dogs.

Levski:

I've heard the Sox offered him between 800 and 900K. He is draft-eligible next year and there's a very good chance he is the 1st hitter taken. However Allan Dykstra and Justin Smoak are sure giving him a run for his money. I've actually been somewhat disappointed with PA this season. He hasn't made The Leap that I expected. He's still #11 in the country in OPS, but when I've watched him it looked like he as pressing and a little over-anxious to swing. He still has a year left, so hopefully he can make it an Alex Gordon-esque junior year.

Jared Prince has had a very rough sophomore campaign, which he pins on the draft-pressure surrounding him. I would still like the Sox to take him sometime and try to sign him. Everyone yawned when the Indians took Tim Lincecum as a draft-eligible sophomore in 2005.

I think Todd Frazier will be a 1st round pick. He is turning into one of the best collegiate position players, in an admittedly weak year for collegiate position players. He will shift to 3B or OF in the pros, but he has the bat to do it. He also has excellent pedigree, both in his blood and where he is from.
   33. Darren Posted: April 11, 2007 at 02:15 AM (#2331790)
That's a nice interview with Natale. He sounds like a fun and interesting player. Career Minor League numbers entering 07: .324 .454 .496. 0-for-2007 though.

Lousy game for Buchholz tonight: 4.2 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 0 HR, 1 BB, 2 K. Outpitched by my old fav. Brad Baker!
   34. Darren Posted: April 11, 2007 at 02:16 AM (#2331794)
Through 3 IP for Bowden tonight: 2 H, 1 BB, 5 Ks.
   35. Xander Posted: April 11, 2007 at 02:24 AM (#2331797)
A couple things on the draft: this year's and next year's:

Andrew Brackman
Matt Wieters
Jake Arietta
Julio Borbon
Josh Fields
Matt Laporta
Wynn Pelzer
Rick Porcello
Matt Harvey
Greg Peavey
Mike Moustakas
Kentrail Davis

That's a list of the Scott Boras clients in this year's draft. This is about as talented a list of clients I have seen of his in any draft. There are 4 potential top 10 picks and everyone else should go before the 2nd round. Scott Boras Inc. is going to have a busy two months.

For next year's draft, this is a list of the college players who I would tag "top-level talent."

Pedro Alvarez
Justin Smoak
Brian Matusz
Allan Dykstra
Yonder Alonso
Jordan Danks
Jacob Thompson
Aaron Shafer
Brandon Crawford
Jemile Weeks
Zach Putnam
Tyson Ross
Petey Paramore
Ike Davis

I'm sure I'm forgetting someone, but the point is that the only two players in this year's draft who I would put on par with this list is David Price and Matt Wieters. I don't know if that says more about this year's draft or next year's.
   36. Matt Clement of Alexandria Posted: April 11, 2007 at 02:28 AM (#2331801)
Yea Kevin, the Sox want Lester to get his feet wet in an innocuous setting: what better place for that than Greenville? I'd rather he not get jerked around by the constantly unpredictable April schedule for the Sea Dogs.
I'd add here that the number of variables involved that we don't/can't know is way too large for me to criticize the Sox here. How is Lester's rehab progressing? What have the doctors told them should be his schedule? There isn't like a set way for someone to come back from cancer. I think that right now, the Sox are just getting Lester used to pitching baseball games again, and if they want him doing that in good weather against weaker competition, then I just don't have nearly enough information to criticize.

Buchholz's game wasn't the great game we were looking for, but it wasn't a disaster, either. Not too worried.

As a first baseman, Natale's now officially an organizational soldier. Sounds like a real good guy, so he's got that going for him, which is nice. The Sox seem to have more players than usual in the minors for whom there's at least hope that they're not organizational players - guys like Negron and Fernandez Oliva behind the actual prospects and draft pick guys. That's fun.
   37. 1k5v3L Posted: April 11, 2007 at 02:36 AM (#2331810)
Thanks for the draft info, TempleUSox. I've been following Todd Frasier for a while now (heck, ever since his exploits for Toms River a long time ago) and am secretly hoping the Dbacks reach for him at #9 this year and move him to 3b right away. That probably won't happen tho, as I can see them going for another pitcher... I suppose a lot will depend on how Mark Reynolds takes to 3b in AA.

(Sorry about the hijack)

Do you still think that Prince will be the next Jason Bay, despite his lousy year? :)
   38. Darren Posted: April 11, 2007 at 02:50 AM (#2331824)
Natale at 1B seems like a bad idea for a couple reasons. He's listed at 5'9" so it seems really unlikely that he sticks there. It also seems to make things rather tough on the rest of the infield, throwing wise.

Why not try him in the OF? Or leave him at 2B and see if he can improve to almost passable. He'd only be blocking Zach Borowiak.
   39. Darren Posted: April 11, 2007 at 02:55 AM (#2331833)
And for all of Lester's "dominance" at A ball, he's got 10 Ks in 8 IP.
   40. Xander Posted: April 11, 2007 at 02:58 AM (#2331839)
I don't think Natale is a full-time 1B. Eric Crozier has/had the flu, so he's been put into that role. But I wouldn't be surprised if he split time between 1B/3B/2B this season.
   41. Darren Posted: April 11, 2007 at 03:04 AM (#2331846)
Temple,

Does he have the arm to play 3B? If so, I'm surprised they haven't used him there before. I still hold out hope for him. He needs hit well and with power this year to have a chance to move up though. At age 24 in AA, what kind of line would make him a semi-respectable hitting prospect? .310/.400/.480, with his usual excellent BB/K ratio? Better?
   42. Xander Posted: April 11, 2007 at 03:12 AM (#2331851)
Honestly, I don't know about his arm.

That line sounds about right. The Eastern League was the most pitching-friendly league in the minors last year, so that would be a pretty impressive line. He'll still need a position in the end, though.
   43. Kyle S Posted: April 11, 2007 at 03:36 AM (#2331882)
a girl i used to work with is a high school buddy of jeff natale, so i'll always root for him from now on. she thought i was absolutely crazy when i told her i had heard of him back when he had just been promoted to their carolina league team... who ever knows the names of minor league players? heh.
   44. Matt Clement of Alexandria Posted: April 11, 2007 at 03:40 AM (#2331891)
5 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 BB, 5 K for Bowden tonight. Translated to planet earth, Bowden's numbers could suggest a big leap forward. (Insofar as 10 IP suggest anything, obviously)
   45. chris p Posted: April 11, 2007 at 06:17 PM (#2332379)
free devern hansack!
   46. JB H Posted: April 11, 2007 at 07:44 PM (#2332473)
Hansack has been pretty sick this year. 10.2 innings, 20 Ks, 3 walks. He wasn't all that great in AA last year so it's way too early to say things like this, but he could be the next Bronson Arroyo. If he keeps pitching well, I'm sure he'll get plenty of big league starts this year. Lester is gonna take Tavarez's job pretty soon and after that Hansack will probably be the #6 starter instead of Tavarez or Snyder.
   47. chris p Posted: April 11, 2007 at 08:06 PM (#2332523)
If he keeps pitching like this, they just have to call him up. They just have to.

i think this hansack guy could make a good setup man for papelbon.
   48. Matt Clement of Alexandria Posted: April 11, 2007 at 09:23 PM (#2332633)
Yeah, it's really hard to strike out two per inning in consecutive starts unless you're seriously dominating. The Sox need to be figuring out how to get Hansack into a big league uniform quickly.
   49. Biff, highly-regarded young guy Posted: April 11, 2007 at 09:53 PM (#2332677)
The Sox need to be figuring out how to get Hansack into a big league uniform quickly.

With all of our high-quality relievers, I think this could be a difficult task.
   50. chris p Posted: April 11, 2007 at 10:06 PM (#2332699)
The Sox need to be figuring out how to get Hansack into a big league uniform quickly.

and not a padres uniform this time.
   51. Darren Posted: April 11, 2007 at 10:11 PM (#2332707)
Hansack was good (not great) in AA last year. He then put up a 4.56 FIP in the bigs. Two high-K starts this year are encouraging, but it's not exactly a foregone conclusion that he'll be great in the majors. It certainly won't be the end of the world if he's still in AAA around mid-season.
   52. Matt Clement of Alexandria Posted: April 11, 2007 at 10:16 PM (#2332712)
It certainly won't be the end of the world if he's still in AAA around mid-season.
It will be very bad if he's pitching around this well and he's stuck in AAA.

If he immediately reverts to 2006-translated quality, ok, sure. But this is a guy whose stuff got raves in spring, and who's pitching like a crazy man in AAA. I'm saying that I think it's pretty likely this is a major league pitcher, and the Red Sox could really use a major league pitcher. I think - though obviously I could be wrong - that the Sox ought to make a move. I also expect that they will.
   53. Darren Posted: April 11, 2007 at 10:32 PM (#2332729)
It will be very bad if he's pitching around this well and he's stuck in AAA.

It's two starts! Do you really think there's any reasonable chance he'll be pitching nearly this well by midseason?

If he immediately reverts to 2006-translated quality, ok, sure. But this is a guy whose stuff got raves in spring, and who's pitching like a crazy man in AAA.


For all the raves, he threw 12.2 IP with 8 Ks, 2 BBs, and 1 HR against who knows what kind of competition. I know you're very into the observational thing these days, but a guy who is busting down the door to the majors and drawing raves should probably be able to K more than 6 / 9 IP.

Don't you think he's mostly likely to end up somewhere a lot closer to his 2006 translated quality (which is pretty damn mediocre) than his 23 IP at AAA/ST this year?

Maybe they will make a move soon, but I don't see them risking losing Snyder (or someone else) until they're pretty damn sure he's turned a corner. I don't think they'll wait as long as they did with Arroyo, but midseason seems quite reasonable. If in late June he's still above 10 K/9 with other good peripherals, he'll be up.
   54. Xander Posted: April 11, 2007 at 10:36 PM (#2332733)
Arroyo is a good guy to bring up, because that's exactly who he reminds me of.

This man can pitch in the majors right now. He should be our 5th starter.
   55. Darren Posted: April 11, 2007 at 10:40 PM (#2332738)
Temple,

I'm assuming you've seen a fair amount of this guy--do you have a scouting report you'd like to share? How many of his pitches are major league quality? Which ones?

Do you think he wore down in the 2nd half last year or was it a fluke?

Thanks in advance.
   56. Matt Clement of Alexandria Posted: April 11, 2007 at 10:45 PM (#2332740)
Don't you think he's mostly likely to end up somewhere a lot closer to his 2006 translated quality (which is pretty damn mediocre) than his 23 IP at AAA/ST this year?
I dunno. I've decided to like him. I like his stuff. I like the way that people who like his stuff talk. I think that it's really, really hard to strike out 20 in 10 IP without having something special - at the margins of excellence and suckitude, small samples have some sort of meaning.

I certainly could be wrong. I'm not very good at my own observation, and there's a lot of good evidence that Hansack's true production level is in the range of mediocre.

I guess where the rubber hits the road is what we say about the Red Sox decisions. I'm saying I think he'll be up in early to mid-May, because I think the Red Sox also think he's really good. I'm saying that if Hansack keeps pitching awesome and doesn't get the call until June/July, I'll be able to say I think I was right. I'm saying that if Hansack tails off quick in AAA, I'm probably wrong. That's fair, right?
   57. Xander Posted: April 11, 2007 at 10:48 PM (#2332745)
Average fastball (low-90's), above-average slider (can throw it harder or loopier on command), above-average change-up.

Like Arroyo, he can throw his breaking balls for strikes in any count and they make his fastball play up.

I don't know what you mean by if he wore down in the 2nd half of last year. It's possible. Can you expand on that?
   58. Darren Posted: April 11, 2007 at 10:53 PM (#2332749)
I'm saying that if Hansack keeps pitching awesome and doesn't get the call until June/July, I'll be able to say I think I was right. I'm saying that if Hansack tails off quick in AAA, I'm probably wrong. That's fair, right?


Yeah, it's fair. But how awesome does he have to pitch and how soon do you want him called up. What if over the next month he throws 5 GS, 28 IP, 28 K, 9 BB, 3 HR, 3.00 ERA. Does that earn the automatic callup and the permanent dismissal of someone (and if so, who)?

Also, if anyone is advocating bringing up Hansack and getting rid of Romero this very instant, I agree!

What does everyone make of Delcarmen? 6 IP, 4 H, 10 K, 3 BB, 1 HR. Lots of Ks and few hits but not too hot on the other numbers.
   59. Darren Posted: April 11, 2007 at 10:59 PM (#2332754)
According his minor league splits page, his K/9 by month went like this last year:

8.53
9.58
9.75
7.27
7.86

Could certainly be just coincidence.
   60. Darren Posted: April 11, 2007 at 11:04 PM (#2332763)
Kevin,

Can we also include the game where he pitched 5 innings and gave up 2 HR? When you narrow it down to only counting the good months and the no-hitters, guys tend to look pretty good. :)

His walk rate in August was excellent, though.
   61. JB H Posted: April 12, 2007 at 02:19 AM (#2333115)
Lancaster
Player    IP    H    R    ER    BB    SO    HR    ERA
Bard     1.2    2    5    3    6    1    1    14.54 


oops
   62. Biff, highly-regarded young guy Posted: April 12, 2007 at 07:30 AM (#2333185)
oops

Lancaster.
   63. 1k5v3L Posted: April 13, 2007 at 01:53 AM (#2333817)
Lancaster
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Bard 1.2 2 5 3 6 1 1 14.54


kevin:

That'll grow some manly hair on his chest...
   64. villageidiom Posted: April 13, 2007 at 12:19 PM (#2333914)
From the Globe today...

Devern Hansack had his second straight eye-opening start for Pawtucket, striking out 10 in five scoreless innings in a 5-3 win over Durham Wednesday. Hansack has now whiffed an International League-leading 20 batters in just 10 2/3 innings, while allowing just one earned run.


I think they just need to work on stretching him out more. Excellent performance, but just 5 IP at AAA translates to something less in MLB. If they're planning to bring him up to pitch out of the pen, I guess it wouldn't matter much.
   65. 1k5v3L Posted: April 13, 2007 at 07:55 PM (#2334253)
From the today's BA chat with John Manuel

Q: Mike from DC asks:
I'm a Red Sox fan watching the progress of our A+ team in Lancaster. Has that place always played like Coors Field (pre-humidor)? Is this going to retard the growth of the Sox pitching prospects (like Coors has ruined otherwise good majorleague pitchers)? Are the hitters actually going to learn to hit there if they can rely on the wind to do their power for them? Has anyone ever looked at the development of previous minor leaguers to go through Lancaster?
A:

John Manuel: So now the Sox are in the Cal League and Mike decides to pay attention . . . welcome to the party, Mike. Just kidding . . . yes, that's always a ridiculous home run park, just like High Desert is out there. The Red Sox are going to have to wear it for two years, because Wilmington, Del., preferred the Royals over the Red Sox. It's going to hurt hitters because they can get into bad habits and get over-confident, and it can hurt pitchers because they get hit hard. They have to focus on the process of making good pitches and not worry about results, easier said than done. Will Lingo and I discussed Lancaster's need for a humidor in our podcast that's posted today, seems like it would help everywhere, actually.

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