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Posted Thursday November 14, 2013, About: Boras mocks the Mets
It's Lackey.

At least he doesn't scowl at his infielders (as much) when they mishandle a ball. I believe it isn't an accident that the scoring when Lackey pitches hasn't been very good. A good pitcher tells his defense "no worries; I've got it" when a bad play is made. Those kinds of pitchers then get players falling all over themselves to produce at the plate.

This was as good a year from Lackey as you're going to get from him. I'm happy he got a chance to settle and savor one.
Posted Thursday November 14, 2013, About: Boras mocks the Mets
Lackey was an unexpected plus, and Buchholz an unexpected dud. It ended out as a wash, which was a great outcome.

*I* would not have predicted Lackey's year. On the other hand, it revealed just how bad his arm problems really were before TJ surgery. Of course he *did* show up in the spring this year in better shape (weight) than a string of previous years.
Posted Thursday November 14, 2013, About: Boras mocks the Mets
Interesting debate here, and it was discussed on MLB radio. The issue is the "free agent year effect." Would Napoli had been as productive if they went through with the 3-year, $39 million deal they originally penciled rather than the 1-year, low-base, high-incentive deal they inked. One could argue - as these sportscasters did - that there was fire under Napoli's booty to show up early every day, keep healthy, keep in shape, and bring his A-game every day.
Posted Thursday November 14, 2013, About: Boras mocks the Mets
The wrinkle on the model is not to sign FA's to long-term contracts. Let the Yankees and Tigers get stuck with the long-term deals on them. In the post-steroid, new-salary-tax era, it's best to grow your own and then add in *short* deals that are heavy on the incentives.
Posted Thursday November 07, 2013, About: Farrell wants Drew back
Hello, Cat! Risqu?? business going on today, eh?

Sometimes even a blind squirrel can find a nut! Which explains why I'm constantly surrounded by blind squirrels... :-P
Posted Thursday November 07, 2013, About: Farrell wants Drew back
Borass knows what is good for his bank account.
Posted Thursday November 07, 2013, About: Farrell wants Drew back
Greetings, Cat et al: :-)

Speaking of the Red Sox...

I dedicate this post to those individuals that frequent this chat space who ridiculed me (at the end of Spring Training) for being so excited by what I perceived to be a dramatic turn-around for the Red Sox. I was 100% correct that the biggest difference would be the return of Farrell to Boston - a loss graphically displayed by the meltdown of pitching in 2011. I was 100% correct that "beer and chicken" had nothing to do with their downfall, and a disciplinarian (owner's manager) wasn't the answer to a reversal of their fortunes. The only thing I didn't get right was when Jackie Bradley would be making his mark on this team. One day...

So to the haters and to those who REPEATEDLY said "Don't start counting your rings yet", well...

Luck counts. :-)
Posted Thursday November 07, 2013, About: McCann 'fascinated' by the Red Sox
That works both ways. Boston can make bids on players that the Yankees want. They *always* outbid for their man. You know... A-Rod. (heheheheeee...)
Posted Thursday November 07, 2013, About: McCann 'fascinated' by the Red Sox
Speaking of the Red Sox...

I dedicate this post to those individuals that frequent this chat space who ridiculed me (at the end of Spring Training) for being so excited by what I perceived to be a dramatic turn-around for the Red Sox. I was 100% correct that the biggest difference would be the return of Farrell to Boston - a loss graphically displayed by the meltdown of pitching in 2011. I was 100% correct that "beer and chicken" had nothing to do with their downfall, and a disciplinarian (owner's manager) wasn't the answer to a reversal of their fortunes. The only thing I didn't get right was when Jackie Bradley would be making his mark on this team. One day...

So to the haters and to those who REPEATEDLY said "Don't start counting your rings yet", well...

Luck counts. :-)
Posted Thursday May 30, 2013, About: Pedroia wanted to hide torn UCL
Not attacking you here. I'll leave that for the esteemed Peanut Gallery.

Really it gets down to how Pedey would play vs. a replacement (Who could fill his diminutive shoes???), and whether or not he's hurting himself and creating a bigger/longer problem. Pedey also is one of the emotional leaders on the team. Like Jeter, he adds that X factor.
Posted Thursday May 30, 2013, About: Pedroia wanted to hide torn UCL
He forgot to grab her by the hair, hold her in the air, and ask if there were any cooties in there.

With apologies to Frank Zappa.
Posted Tuesday May 28, 2013, About: Dodgers shut down Beckett
When they stand out at unnatural angles, you know it's Memorex.
Posted Tuesday May 28, 2013, About: Dodgers shut down Beckett
Oh and by the way... Thanks, Magic and Company for the trade. Give A-Gonz our best. Best of luck with CC and Josh. (Oye!)
Posted Tuesday May 28, 2013, About: Dodgers shut down Beckett
Not necessarily... but it is a possibility.

The first thing Beckett needs to do is lose weight. That's been the secret to Lackey's unexpected and dramatic turn-around. Pitching starts and ends with the core via the principle of sequential summation of movement. A core harboring unnecessary mass will both require extra work for the arm (leading possibly to Tommy John) and be a strain on the spinal column. Josh's problems are not surprising. And it won't get any better with age.
Posted Sunday May 19, 2013, About: Joel Hanrahan undergoes Tommy John surgery
Should have copyrighted his name.
Posted Wednesday May 15, 2013, About: The biggest flaw in Harper's game
I have places on my body that talk to me. You may *think* you heal quickly when young and dumb, but not so much. There's often residuals. And they can accumulate over time.

You just hope he gets smart enough before he's damaged enough.
Posted Wednesday May 15, 2013, About: The biggest flaw in Harper's game
Any player who swings his bat into a concrete wall in frustration and hurts himself doing so (needed stitches on his face) is a few cards short of a full deck. He may be athletically gifted and he may be fearless, but he has a few shortcomings which ultimately may be his undoing.

Still young... still time to grow up.
Posted Tuesday May 14, 2013, About: Laundry list of injuries for Harper
Call me hypercritical, but... This kid's not the sharpest tool in the shed. From swinging a bat at a wall in frustration (that bounced back and cut his head open) to running into outfield walls, I see little in the way of cognitive skills and emotional intelligence.

Kid might have a career in Roller Derby though...
Posted Friday May 03, 2013, About: Buchholz denies doctoring baseball
Consider the source.
Posted Friday May 03, 2013, About: Buchholz denies doctoring baseball
60 + 4 ... Didn't bring your A game today, Clem.

Another cup of Joe for my friend!
Posted Friday May 03, 2013, About: Buchholz denies doctoring baseball
Morning, Clem!
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