Wednesday, October 25, 2006
Don't forget to check out Hot Foot's post for links about Lastings Milledge and Tom Glavine too.
Remember all the nonsense about whether Carlos Delgado was an Anti-American or something? Well Delgado was just named the winner of the 2006 Roberto Clemente Award, given to the major league player who best exemplifies the game of baseball, sportsmanship, community involvement and the individual's contribution to his team. Turns out he's actually a nice guy who cares about the community.
So there. Now don't forget to contribute to his charity - www.extrabases.org.
While Delgado helped out the community in
"We've got to figure out where we're going, how do we fit, what are we trying to do, before we make a decision. Simple as that,"
It doesn't take an award winner to figure out that Delgado is trying to pressure the Mets into picking up his 2009 option, worth $16 million.
Speaking of options, Tom Glavine has until November 10th to tell the Mets he'll come back and pitch for the price of $7.5 mil. If not, the Mets have until November 20th to tell Tommy G he'll be pitching in a Mets uniform next season for $14 million. Otherwise, Tom Glavine gets a $3 million buyout and can sign at any price with the Mets, Braves, Komiyura Giants or any other team for that matter. We should know something by Thanksgiving anyway.
Monday, October 23, 2006
The article brings up another issue I've been complaining about, in a quote by Los Angeles Daily News sports media columnist Tom Hoffarth:
Exactly! No broadcaster knows the teams better than the guys who call the games night in and night out. How much better would the analysis of the NLDS have been if Gary Cohen had been in the booth. They usually do bring in a random player for commentary - this year it was Luis Gonzalez for no reason, who was useess - Keith Hernandez would have been a much better choice.
Sunday, October 22, 2006
Here's what I mean: lets say the Mets had an opportunity to land Barry Zito at the trading deadline for a topline prospect like Mike Pelfrey. The Mets likely would have done the deal, because even if they weren't able to re-sign Zito this October, they would have been given compensation draft picks, allowing them to at least replace the Mike Pelfrey-type they lost in the trade.
The reason this is a good thing for baseball makes clubs try harder to keep their existing free agents, so theoretically players will stay with one team longer during their careers. Doing away with the compensation pick system eliminates rewarding clubs for letting their players walk. I'm thinking the asumption is that it's the large revenue clubs that have the big free agents walk away, so compensation picks reward the high-revenue clubs the most? But what about the A's? Hmmm. On the other hand, now there's no penalty on the large market teams for gobbling up other teams's All Stars as soon as they become free agents. So what is the rationale for doing away with the compensation picks? Maybe someone else has a better idea? It almost certainly has to do with money...
In any case, a new labor agreement is good for the sport. Any time there is a labor dispute, the sport loses fans because we're reminded how greedy these rich bastards can be. Fortunately, we can try and forget about how greedy those rich bastards are for at least another half-decade.
Um, okay. All that means to me is that if the Cardinals win the World Series this year, recent history means they won't make the playoffs in 2007. Which is fine with me. Actually, bringing up the Cardinals was the dumbest example Matthews could have used. Matthews must have forgotten 2004, when everyone thought the Cardinals would win it all. They had the best team, and rolled all the way to the World Series, where they were met by the Boston Red Sox and got swept in four games. I guess Matthews would have said they were done then too. But here they are, and last night those bastards just won game one against this year's "Team Of Destiny."
Yes, there haven't been consecutive World Championships by any franchise since the Junkees did it back in the nineties. But those Yankees have sniffed October every year for the past 11. The Braves were in the playoffs for 14 straight years until this one. Padres? Two years straight. Cardinals? Third consecutive year. A's? Six of the last seven. Yeah, the Mets should just give up.
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David Lennon says Willie Randolph will get a contract extension very soon. Can't argue with that. Yes, some of Willie's strategic moves are questionable, but his players respect him, and play hard for him, and he doesn't get caught up in the circus, so he's got my love and respect too. WillieBall!
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Ken Davidoff says Manny Ramirez wants to be traded, but Davidoff doubts the Sox will find a match. Keep moving, Omar. Nothing to see here.