One thing I always thought it'd be fun to do is to go through the archives of this blog and look at things I wrote to see if they held up over time. With no real news today, I dug through to find a few things I got right and laugh a little at the things I got wrong. Anyone who wants to dig through the archives and make fun of some stupid thing I've said is welcome to post their findings here.
ABOUT ONE YEAR AGO
On free agency, 10/02/05:
It's likely, then, that the Pirates are going to A) not use this money at all or B) use it to acquire role players, or to turn potential key players they already have into role players. For example, I could see them acquiring someone like [Reggie] Sanders, then using Craig Wilson to get 450 at bats filling in at the corner outfield positions and at first base. That might help the Pirates a little, but it would hardly provide the jolt the offense needs.
I was wrong about Sanders being able to help - he hit .246/.304/.425 with the Royals - but I got everything else right.
On small sample sizes, 11/12/05:
The same could be said of Paul Maholm, a good prospect who suddenly turned into a spectacular one the day he stepped off the plane in Pittsburgh. Maholm's 2.18 ERA in the majors this year was a mirage - his peripheral numbers don't support it. I think he'll be a good pitcher but there isn't much solid evidence to support the notion that he'll be a "top of the rotation pitcher" the way [Bob] Smizik thinks he will.
On 2006 breakout candidates, 01/13/06:
Ouch. This isn't too different from what anyone else thought at the time, but still, ouch.
From the same thread, though:
I feel pretty good about that one.