Archive for May, 2007

Tuesday: 05.22.2007

What?

I was perusing SI.com writer Jon Heyman’s article on “Seven Trades That Need To Happen” and I was left wondering if he even put any rational thought into most of them, especially the one including the Detroit Tigers. Heyman suggests the Tigers acquire Troy Glaus from the Toronto Blue Jays. While Brandon Inge will never be anything resembling a .300 hitter, he does an adequate job for a #9 hitter and plays tremendous defense, so I have no idea where Glaus would go. Worse yet, Heyman suggests the trade then writes a paragraph about how Todd Helton would be a much better fit. So then why not suggest Helton to Detroit? Maybe because he’s got him going to the Los Angeles Angels with Garrett Atkins. Helton makes much more sense for Detroit given the combined ineptitude of Sean Casey and Marcus Thames coupled with the resurgence of Helton after less-than-stellar 2005 & 2006 campaigns.

Back to the Helton/Atkins deal, I just don’t see it. Regardless of how deep Los Angeles’ system is, I can’t see Colorado unloading both, especially with Atkins in his prime at age 28. Heyman’s incorrect claim that third baseman Ian Stewart is Colorado’s top prospect is his only support for why Atkins would be moved. If he was talking about preseason, Stewart was fourth behind Troy Tulowitzki, Jason Hirsh, Franklin Morales and Dexter Fowler. With Tulowitzk and Hirsh on the major league club, he still ranks third behind Morales and Fowler.

FireJoeMorgan.com, arguably the best-named site in the history of the internet, does a fine job breaking down one of the other suggested trade, Scott Rolen to the Dodgers. Their only miss being that Dodger Stadium is not a cavernous ballpark and is actually prone to allowing home runs, rating slightly below Coors Field with a 110 index.

Some of his ideas are viable, like Chad Cordero to Cleveland to replace the awful Joe Borowski. Granted, the Indians have potential replacements in Rafael Betancourt and Fernando Cabrera, but still, Cordero is a proven commodity that could instrumental in a stretch run if given an opportunity. Ok, so maybe I only liked one of his seven ideas and mislabeled that as “some.”

Al Reyes to the Brewers? What?? Why??? Why would the Brewers move anything of substance for Reyes? I take nothing from Reyes with that comment, but the Brewers have one of, if not the hottest closer in the league right now with Francisco Cordero. And the road from the starter to Cordero has been well-paved. Chris Spurling, Derrick Turnbow, Carlos Villanueva and Matt Wise have a combined 3.09 ERA in 78 and 2/3 innings as well as a 2.4 strikeout-to-walk ratio. It just doesn’t make sense for them to give up other working parts to acquire someone whose deal with the devil could expire at any moment. Remember, Reyes is 37.

Ken Griffey Jr. to the White Sox. Hmm, well they could use him. Hell, they could use anyone that is hitting over .260 (because that would lead their team), but I don’t know if Junior is the fit. If he moves back to the AL, it will likely be somewhere he can DH semi-regularly and with Jim Thome in Chicago, that isn’t going to happen. The last idea was sensible enough, sending Jon Rauch to Boston. Maybe someone else gave him the idea.

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Tuesday: 05.22.2007

ESPN ROTD

Linda Cohn’s existence bothers me.

Tuesday: 05.22.2007

New Gig

I’ve landed a sweet new gig over at SportsGrumblings.com posting Player Updates. It came about as part of my transition with the site I used to write for, Sportsblurb.com, whom SG.com bought out and melded together. I scan newspapers and various other sites to gather tidbits on performance, injuries and other notable news about players in MLB, NFL, NHL, NBA and even NASCAR. It’s quite similar to what Rotoworld.com does, except better because I’m doing it! 🙂 I’m still doing what I was doing at Sportsblurb, which is writing a weekly fantasy baseball column that appears Tuesday evenings. You can find the archive of those pieces here (sign up is required, but well worth it!).

Tuesday: 05.15.2007

ESPN ROTD

Leave it to the Worldwide Leader In Suckiness to blatantly blow something up and make it a far bigger story than it truly is. Boston Red Sox pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka put together a stellar complete game against the Detroit Tigers last night, but rest assured that it has absolutely NOTHING to do with Jim Leyland‘s comments the day before. First off, he said within the quote that Matsuzaka is a great pitcher, secondly, there are few things more blown out of proportion than “bulletin board items.” How many times do we see some guy on Team A running his yap in a playoff series only to have Team B end up winning? Is it because Team A’s player ran his yap? No. If a team or player needs to hear someone else’s comments to drive him towards victory, he shouldn’t be in the game to begin with. But good ol’ SportsCenter had to run the life out of the quote and the subsequent complete game by Matsuzaka. Ugh.

Tuesday: 05.15.2007

Why?

Major League Baseball announced yesterday that the World Series would be pushed back to start on October 24th and end in early November if it should go seven games. While it is cool that World Series will start on my birthday, I have to question the idea of pushing it back. After the horrendous weather problems in the St. Louis-Detroit series from a season ago, why would they push it further into the Fall?

One of the reasons behind the switch was to start things on a weekday to take advantage of historically higher viewership during that time, “‘Major League Baseball is pleased to make these amendments to the postseason schedule,’ MLB president and chief operating officer Bob DuPuy said. ‘Starting the World Series in the middle of the week, when television viewership is historically higher, will provide more fans with the opportunity to watch the games.'” I don’t necessarily disagree with that, but I’m still a little worried about pushing the season deeper into Fall with the potential weather problems that could factor in.

Monday: 05.14.2007

Note to self: Don’t ask Leyland about Boston SPs

My previous ESPN rant only came about because I was watching Pardon the Interruption earlier today and saw this glorious nugget dropped by Tigers manager Jim Leyland on Daisuke Matsuzaka:

“I don’t give a (expletive) about him,” Leyland said. “I’m not getting into all that. I could give a (expletive) less. It’s another pitcher.”

Good stuff. I like that he’s not afraid to say what is on his mind and really, he’s not off-base. For all the hype surrounding him, Matsuzaka has been a bust thus far. It should be interesting to see how the game goes tonight.

Monday: 05.14.2007

ESPN Rant Of The Day

It was bad enough when they were forcing NASCAR down our throats, but now they are trying to get us to believe that the MLS is worth a lick. Why do they continue to believe that these fringe sports are worth our time? Nobody watches NBA, which isn’t even considered a fringe sport and the NHL (which I happen to love) is relegated to Versus for their playoff coverage, so if they can’t draw viewers, why do they think that NASCAR & MLS would??? I know I could just change the channel and not worry about it, but the fact that it used to be so great and has now turned to crap (a la the once great Simpsons television show) is so frustrating.