HICKSVILLE–After nearly two months in the lead, the Snowmen gave it up this week to Seymour Gardens, who are in front 66-65 heading into today’s games. Gardens recently jumped into the lead in part from a series of exquisitely-timed trades with Wolfpack, Project Mayhem, and George Kents. Gardens picked up sluggers Prince Fielder (25 HRs), Carlos Gonzalez (.324/25/78), Jose Reyes (23 SBs), Carlos Quentin (24 HRs, 76 BI), Troy Tulowitzki, Ryan Zimmerman (.301/22/66), and pitchers K-Rod (2.32 ERA, 25 Saves) and Tim Hudson (14 Ws, 2.13 ERA). Seymour Gardens gave up remarkably little for such a haul of talent, most notably Mat Latos, Casey McGehee, and Chris B. Young.
Meanwhile, with the trade deadline coming tomorrow, the Snowmen have been very quiet on the trade front. There’s no question a team that rocks mediocrity such as Skip Schumaker at 2B and Yorvit Torrealba at catcher has some room for improvement through creative dealing (cheap sluggers Konerko and Vernon Wells are ripe for shipping out). The Snowmen’s apparent reluctance to deal, coupled with the Gardens’ recent surge, may put that elusive first title out of reach, yet again, for the Snowmen.