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Beckett's fire-breathing days long gone

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08:15 AM ET 03.26 | Though he's paid as a No. 1, that's not Josh Beckett anymore. The fact is, there will be days when [Beckett] hits a lot of bat barrels, and enough of them flush. The velocity on his fastball says so. Last season says so. Sunday afternoon said so. ... It's not standing out there, a big ol' Texan with a big ol' fastball daring hitters to lean in, to guess away, to take that chance. It's just the new guy, learning a league, picking his way through a lineup, trying to miss bat barrels, finding a way out. "I think you get there," Beckett said. "You get to where you can't bang your head against the wall for three or four years, getting your [butt] kicked every time." And yet there'll still be days like that, too.

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March 26, 2013  08:24 AM ET

Who wrote this article? Unbelievable.

March 26, 2013  08:42 AM ET

He had one good year for the Red Sox. 2007. More often than not he was a lazy excuse for an overweight, out-of-shape, chicken-stuffing, brewski-swilling, ??&??jerkoff@*'!??}%-hole.

March 26, 2013  09:00 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

He had one good year for the Red Sox. 2007. More often than not he was a lazy excuse for an overweight, out-of-shape, chicken-stuffing, brewski-swilling, ??&??jerkoff@*'!??}%-hole.

I think you needed a few more *&^%$ in that description.

March 26, 2013  09:10 AM ET

The LA Dodgers are paying for a number one pitcher in Beckett, but in instead just have a average pitcher.

March 26, 2013  09:13 AM ET

Gotta make adjustments if you want to stick around as a pitcher. Happens to most everybody.

March 26, 2013  09:14 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

I think you needed a few more *&^%$ in that description.

#+@1'^??*??&??????!!!

March 26, 2013  09:29 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

He had one good year for the Red Sox. 2007. More often than not he was a lazy excuse for an overweight, out-of-shape, chicken-stuffing, brewski-swilling, ??&??jerkoff@*'!??}%-hole.

Your memory is deficient.

He had several good years for Boston, and he shined for the Marlins. And Beckett isn't the first pitcher to drink beer and eat fried chicken. Beckett's two problems are: 1) he's getting older, and 2) it's the post-steroid era.

Personally I always liked his "Go **** yourself" attitude with the New England media. Those donut-stuffing pigs deserve to be ignored and abused. Where is Bill "Spaceman" Lee when we need him?

March 26, 2013  09:30 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Gotta make adjustments if you want to stick around as a pitcher. Happens to most everybody.

Well said.

March 26, 2013  09:31 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

#+@1'^??*??&??????!!!

Better.

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March 26, 2013  09:38 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Who wrote this article? Unbelievable.

Not sure exactly what you mean. I read the whole article. It's pretty good, and a great assessment of the entire landscape - geographically and temporally.

March 26, 2013  09:41 AM ET
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Not sure exactly what you mean. I read the whole article. It's pretty good, and a great assessment of the entire landscape - geographically and temporally.

I just thought it was awkwardly written.

March 26, 2013  09:45 AM ET
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I just thought it was awkwardly written.

Subject matter is awkward. It's painful watching a former Texan fireballer learn the hard way how to be a finesse pitcher.

March 26, 2013  09:49 AM ET
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Pretty sad at 32.....pitchers being babied all their careers has ruined them

There's something to this way of thinking. Babying them on the long toss... babying them on innings... This isn't the school of Nolan Ryan. Some teams are going back to those days, and with some success.

Certainly Boston 2011 and 2012 is an example of what *not* to do with a pitching staff.

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March 26, 2013  09:57 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Gotta make adjustments if you want to stick around as a pitcher. Happens to most everybody.

Like getting in shape to pitch.

March 26, 2013  10:05 AM ET
QUOTE(#16):

Like getting in shape to pitch.

Beckett needs to go on the CC Sabathia diet.

Oh wait...

March 26, 2013  10:30 AM ET
QUOTE(#13):

Subject matter is awkward. It's painful watching a former Texan fireballer learn the hard way how to be a finesse pitcher.

Worked out pretty well for Frank Tanana.

March 26, 2013  10:52 AM ET
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Worked out pretty well for Frank Tanana.

True but the difference is Tanana cared about his work. Beckett, on the other hand, doesn't give a flying f about his job... so long as he collects his paycheck and makes his tee times

 
March 26, 2013  10:55 AM ET
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Beckett needs to go on the CC Sabathia diet.Oh wait...

I agree with your comment #7, where you say that Beckett had more than one good year in Boston. '07, '09 and '11 were all good-to-exceptional years for him. '08 was fairly solid.

However, the comparisions to Sabathia just shouldn't be made. Since 2006 when Beckett landed in the AL, he's averaged:

183 inn/yr, 4.12 ERA, 110 ERA+

Compare those numbers to Sabathia's last seven years:

227 inn/yr, 3.14 ERA, 139 ERA+

If Beckett pitched like Sabathia, no one would care what shape he was in.

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