The holiday season rolls on... I'm not sure I'm enough of a prospect guy to really accurately evaluate the Big A's trades, but I like what Beane is doing, just because it seems gutsy.
Its not about OBP, its about trying to find ways to win.
Trading 2/3rds of the Big Three after winning 90 games is finding a way to keep the train moving.
Throwing a fit and threatening to move to Vegas is not.
Of course, our Royals haven't really been doing either.
Here's to Calvin Pickering getting 350 ABs next season. Its my Christmas wish.
M's make moves, R's don't
And to think, Seattle and Kansas City spent much of last summer battling for the title of "worst team in the American League".
Not that its really Royals related, but I'm just stunned at the Beltre deal, 5 years, 64 million; thats it?
How much is Jim Bowden paying Christian Guzman again?
(16 million+, 4 years)
What this tells me is that the vast majority of GMs think that Beltre's 2004 was a fluke. I mean, dude hit 48 homers last year, playing half his games in a freakin damp swamp, while playing 3rd base, which has basically become SS-Left in the past decade.
And he's 25 years old.
Something just doesnt add up here.
Anyway, looks like those random games against the Mariners just got tougher.
The Mike Sweeney Story
Perhaps one of the most utterly strange websites I've ever seen. I really can't glean if its parody, satire or social commentary. The Mike Sweeney Story- The Most Tragically Overlooked Sports Icon of Our Time.
Please do visit.
Free Calvin Pickering
I know, I know... its December... and the answer was from a reporter, not a Royals official... but still... this is just not cool:
"Do you think Calvin Pickering fits into the Royals' plans for next season? -- Melissa M., St. Mary's City, Md.
Pickering can crush the ball, as his seven home runs in 35 games for the Royals and his 35 homers in 89 games for Triple-A Omaha attest. However, the Royals view him primarily as a designated hitter and not a first baseman. They already have Mike Sweeney and Ken Harvey for those spots, so look for Pickering to be at Omaha as a fallback in case either one of those players is injured again. "
Seriously, not cool. What exactly has Ken Harvey done to deserve this unquestioned role!?!? Well, its not like we didn't fear this would happen anyway, and theres always the chance that Swen-vey gets hurt... Nevertheless... FREE CALVIN PICKERING!
Still wondering if the BALCO scandal will taint how I remember the last few years. Was Desi Relaford's .601 OPS in 2004 legitimate? What about Ken Harvey's magical run at a .300 batting average last summer? And who can forget the way a nation rallied around Joe Randa's magical .314/.363/.473 season of '99... that been sullied too?
You can place me in the "this isn't the end of the world" camp on this one, although, as with the artificial controversy regarding the BCS- if enough people feign enough indigation, it becomes important anyway.
Gammons' ESPN.com column on Saturday was perhaps the best thing he's written for espn ever and is well worth reading. Its a nice appraisal of whats truly happened, and whats truly been lost, without diving into a screed against the despicable cheaters who have stolen a nation's innocence.
Beyond Bonds and BALCO, theres the larger issue of the continuing conflict between the player's union and the owners, which is increasingly becoming a repeat of the Iran-Iraq war: causeless save for greed, no one worth rooting for, and seemingly unending. To be sure we'll be subjected to an off-season filled with quotes from the Seligians about everything rotten under the sun, and how somehow the A-rod deal, the Metrodome and guaranteed contracts are to blame.
Meanwhile, here in the AL Central, we'll toddle along amongst ourselves, as the bold (Detroit) battle the indifferent (our Royals), the stupid (White Sox) and the innovative (Indians) try to unseat the mighty (cough cough) Twins.
I keep waiting for more free agent signings to happen, but I guess its too early. Hell, at this time last year we were only just beginning the A-rod to Boston saga.
Finally, Home Plate in Space is running a panel discussion on Carlos Beltran, and yours truly has shared his thoughts on our departed hero. Its worth checking out, and looks like it'll be spread out over this week.
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