Friday, September 23rd, 2005
3:43 pm - Notes and Quotes  
"Luck is the residue of design." -- Branch Rickey

That also includes bad luck. There's a neat discussion here (mostly in the comments) on DePo's penchant for acquiring physically fragile players. This comes as a result of the announcement that not only is J.D. Drew's left wrist (broken when he was hit by a pitch) not recovering as quickly as expected, but he is also going to have surgeries to address chronic problems with his right wrist and shoulder, problems that DePo apparently knew about when he backed the dump truck full of money up to Drew's house.

One argument here is that no one could possibly have known that Drew would get plunked, and that when he was in the line-up, he was a tremendously valuable player. The opposing view is that Drew is so fragile that it was only a matter of time before he got hurt anyway, and regardless of how valuable he is when playing, when he isn't playing you're left with Jason Grabowski in right. (With all the things that went wrong this season, it's kind of amazing that Jose Cruz, Jr., has played so well since coming to LA.)

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Pardon me, Mr. Craig, but how are we going to defense Mr. McCovey...in the upper deck or the lower deck? -- Casey Stengel to pitcher Roger Craig

Ol' Case was talking about Willie McCovey, of course, who among others things held the ML record for intentional walks received in a season for thirty-four years, until it was shattered by Barry Bonds, or rather, shattered by managers who figured it was only way to pitch to the sumbitch. There's a nice analysis of Bonds' performance enhancement here. I've decided that my ultimate moment of schadenfreude would be if Bonds trips over first base and ruptures his achilles tendon a la Gabe Kapler while doing home run trot #713.

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"This is a bump in the road." -- Gabe Kapler

Speaking of Kapler, he's had a trying, Dodger-like season, but on the bright side, he's now got his own footnote in baseball history. He is one of the few players in history to be pinch run for in the middle of a play.

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Do you realize that even as we sit here, we are hurtling through space at a tremendous rate of speed? Think about it. Our world is just a hanging curveball. -- Bill Lee

DePo is considering re-signing Paul Bako to be the back-up catcher behind Dioner Navaro.

What the frell? -- DXMachina
 
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Veejaneveejane on September 23rd, 2005 - 08:30 pm
Why is Dioner the main catcher? Is Jason Phillips really that bad? I thought the whole point of the Randy Johnson trade talks revolved around the fact that NYY's prospects were not ML ready.

FWIW, Theo suffers from the same problem as DePo, signing injured or injury-prone people, and then being surprised when they get injured. Then again? Roberto Petagine cost like $200,000.

Did you see the Hardball Times article (today) about Bonds? It expressed pretty well how I feel about the situation. Like, dude, you had that great career, and then you had to go and taint the whole thing because you were afraid of getting old?

Where is Hank Aaron at? I think he needs to bop some sense into his godson's head.
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DXMachinadxmachina on September 23rd, 2005 - 08:58 pm
Did you see the Hardball Times article (today) about Bonds?

D'oh! That was the article on performance enhancement I meant to link to in the Bonds bit. Fixed now. (P.S., Barry's godfather is Willie Mays, not Hank. Pity. I can see Hank, or Frank Robinson, trying to cluestick Bonds, but I just can't see Willie doing it.)

Dioner is the starting catcher because he's hit far better than expected (.287/.370/.385), and better than Phillips. He's also better defensively, and apparently the pitchers prefer him. Phillips has been playing a lot of first base, much to the fury of the the Choi boys, although on this point I agree with them. Meanwhile, Russell Martin had a tremendous season in Jacksonville, so there's speculation on whether he could jump over Las Vegas right to the big team.
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Hecubothecubot on September 23rd, 2005 - 10:48 pm
Hey! Leave off my left fielder! 'sides the Giants are 7-2 with him in the lineup.

There's been much talk on the Atheltics board that Beane kept Zito over Mulder and Hudson in large part because Barry has never missed a start, whereas Huddy and Mulder have both gone down with some regularity.

Don't know how that squares with choosing Tejada - who hasn't missed a game since he wore green and gold - over Chavez. Though there was some speculation that Beane might've been clearing house on steroids users a few years before the shit hit the fan. Not that there's any evidence about Miggy, but 5'10" shortstops don't usually hit 30 HRs a year.
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DXMachinadxmachina on September 23rd, 2005 - 11:54 pm
Your leftfielder cheats. Plus, he's a dick.

Did you see that Palmeiro tried to implicate Miggy in his steroids bust? The O's dumped Raffy today because of it.
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