Wednesday, September 14th, 2005
2:48 pm - Odds and Ends  
Edwin Jackson got bombed last night, giving up six runs in the second inning. It didn't help that there were three outfield errors in the inning, one by each fielder, but at best the result of errorless play would've been that Jackson lasts 1.2 innings instead of 1.1. Not a good night for the Blue. Jackson was the number one pitching prospect in the organization last year. As a twenty year-old in 2003, he beat Randy Johnson in his major league debut. Later, when DePo was trying to arrange a deal that would've brought Randy Johnson to LA last year, his refusal to include Jackson killed that part of the deal (although he did manage to get Steve Finley). Sigh.

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More on the Hochevar-Boras thing here. I really doubt that the Dodgers will cave at this point, and Boras will have a bigger fish to dangle in front of DePo after the season when he opens negotiations for Jeff Weaver. Hochevar's only option at this point is to sit a year, waiting for the 2006 draft for another shot at the big time.

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It just yesterday occurred to me that the senior manager in the American League works for George Steinbrenner. If someone had predicted that ten years ago, I'd have said they were absolutely nuts. Only Bobby Cox and Bruce Bochy have managed their current teams longer than Joe Torre. In the twenty-two seasons prior to Torre's hiring, only one man managed the Yanks for three or more consecutive years, Buck Showalter, and only Billy Martin and Lou Piniella lasted at least two in a row. Martin managed the team five different times, but only lasted a full season or more the one time.
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Veejaneveejane on September 14th, 2005 - 08:37 pm
This Hochevar story is pretty -- strange. For one thing, it's got to be killing Boras, the very idea of one of his golden boys bolting from the stable. He wins by presenting a complete and flawless package, and I presume he won't represent anybody but the best for that reason.

I don't know where the kid's head is at -- it seems to be totally absent -- but if it brings a bit more light to the inner machinations of powerful agents, all the better.

...how is a pitcher going to be a dominant presence, having proved himself to be a dithering idiot? Although I gather there is a strong tradition of rookies being humbly clueless before their elders, I think most of the time, that tradition is suspended, where pitchers are concerned.
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DXMachinadxmachina on September 15th, 2005 - 01:39 am
...how is a pitcher going to be a dominant presence, having proved himself to be a dithering idiot?

Well, the kid's 22 (as of today, actually), so he has some time to grow up. I was dumb enough to get married at that age. I think that if you have good enough stuff, it doesn't matter. David Cone is a good example of a player with great stuff who behaved like an absolute moron as a young player. He did eventually mature. See also, Derek Lowe, who will probably never mature.

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Veejaneveejane on September 15th, 2005 - 02:53 pm
I was thinking of our Great Blotchy Hope, Papelbon, who is 24 and spends absolutely no time being humble or genially clueless. His teammates all like him, so it's not just big dumb raw ego, but his mound presence doesn't say rookie.

Of course, he's a power pitcher, so he's got to have mound presence. Lowe being an extreme sinkerballer means his mound presence is, in some ways, irrelevant.
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