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Ken Davidoff's 7th-inning stretch

In the 1981 song "Talkin' Baseball," Terry Cashman sings of eight

active star players and adds, "If Cooperstown is calling, it's no fluke." Of those eight, how many eventually made the Hall of Fame?

BEST REMAINING FREE-AGENT DESIGNATED HITTERSJack Cust. Non-tendered by the Athletics, he brings power and a great eye to the party.

Jim Thome. He'll turn the big 4-0 next August, but he put forth a respectable first five months with the White Sox before getting dealt to the Dodgers.

Vladimir Guerrero. The Angels don't want him back, and off a bad 2009, he'll be taking a major pay cut somewhere from his $15 million.



Yankees. Jason Bay and Matt Holliday ain't coming through that door.

Boston. Don't see a reconciliation with Bay occurring no matter how much Bay wants it to.

Philadelphia. With Roy Halladay and Placido Polanco, they'll be National League favorites to return to the World Series.

Small world scenario of the week. By reacquiring Javier Vazquez, the Yankees ensured that they wouldn't take back Johnny Damon . . . whose grand slam off Vazquez in Game 7 of the 2004 American League Championship Series is how many Yankees fans remember Vazquez.

Questionable signing of the week. The Angels' two-year, $12-million deal for Fernando Rodney. I mean, I get that they don't love Brian Fuentes, but still . . .

Quote of the week.

"Jason Bay isn't the only free-agent [outfielder] we're looking at . . . At some point, we have to consider other plans." Omar Minaya, on the issue driving many Mets fans batty.

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