quote of the day
"Trust me, most players have no idea what transactions their own teams have made. Rodriguez is not only aware of every move of every club, but is able to contextualize it better than most GMs I speak to. In some ways, A-Rod has the soul of a nerd fantasy- league player." - joel sherman
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separated at birth?
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at least someone's happy
"The long hair, I was okay with it. The beard, I can be happy that he won't have it anymore." -- johnny damon's mom
MERRY FUCKING CHRISTMAS
York Yankees grabbed center fielder Johnny Damon away from the rival Boston Red Sox, reaching a preliminary agreement Tuesday night on a $52 million, four-year contract.
Details of the deal were still being negotiated and Damon must pass a physical, a baseball official said on condition of anonymity because negotiations were not yet final. [foxsports]
juneh - about that laughing or crying thing? i am definitely crying
The Cardinals have reached agreement on a one-year contract with free agent pitcher Sidney Ponson, who will attempt to resuscitate a once promising career following a troubled 2005 on and off the field.
The club is expected to announce the signing of the 29-year-old Aruban righthander this afternoon, according to a source familiar with negotiations. Terms haven't been disclosed but are expected to include numerous appearance incentives.
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quote of the day
"You can beat the Giants if you can catch Tiki Barber. You can also make history if you can pick a glob of mercury off a kitchen table while wearing two catcher's mitts on your hands." - jerry izenberg
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Whoever it is drops the ball and the guy runs to second. Who picks up the ball and throws it to What.
someone remind me just why anyone gives a shit who arod plays for in this dumbass upcoming dog and pony show? should i be outraged that frank catalanotto is playing for italy? because last time i checked he was born in lawnguyland.
does ken rosenthal ever sleep?
Remember Carl-a-palooza, the free-agent tour conducted last off-season by Carl Pavano? Matt Morris took the opposite approach, refusing to allow teams to recruit him. "Matt and his wife Heather basically said, 'We don't want to do any of that,'" said Morris' agent, Barry Axelrod. "Heather used to work for MLB.com in Chicago. They're both very Internet savvy. They said, 'We're going to treat this very objectively and not go through recruitment, which tends to color your objectivity.' It was frustrating for teams. It's, 'I want the facts. I want the raw data. I'll process it in my own way and make a decision.'"
matty mo knows how to use a computer? how about that!
quote of the day
"Get this: The people in St. Louis actually go to the ballpark to have a good time, not to get in touch with their inner Cotton Mather.” -- bob ryan via a jeff gordon column
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dear brian cashman
i've been a really good girl this year. really REALLY good, and there's one thing i'm kinda hoping for this christmas -- david dejesus. no, not like that. not right now, anyway. see, you kinda need a centerfielder who can catch the ball, throw the ball, and hit the ball, and since you and mr omgz four rings are dead set against obtaining the ubertalented but undeniably demented milton bradley, dejesus is my favorite option -- young,
, good eye, takes his walks, doesn't strike out, plays hard; provides torre with a leadoff guy so all those people whining about how jeter's the best number two hitter in the universe can shut the fuck up; he's brooklyn born, jersey raised, and a rutgers product -- and you know how everyone's a sucker for "local boy makes good" stories.
some random bill james handbook crap:
David DeJesus had the 4th-highest OPS among AL center fielders.
-DeJesus had the 6th-highest OPS of all AL players under the age of 25.
-Among the same group, DeJesus ranked third, behind only Mark Teixeira and Jhonny Peralta, in runs created per 27 outs.
-DeJesus was 7th in the AL in percentage of pitches taken (60.9 percent).
i can hear what you're saying. "hey crazy bitch, those are all superfantastic points but how the fuck am i supposed to get my hands on this guy?" two words: carl pavano. spare me the "he's happy here" business. rumors are rumors for a reason, and it's awful convenient that a paper runs a bit about him being given a clean bill of health right before the winter meetings begin. the royals are
looking for a starter to anchor their staff, and glass apparently approved a raise in payroll but it's the royals and he probably meant $15.00, so i'll add two more words: and cash. i'd even take one for the team and do allard baird, if you want. anyway, i'm pretty clueless at this coming up with make-believe deals shit, so i'll leave the particulars to you.
david dejesus: he might drink cosmos
, but at least he doesn't have a tiny penis complex
good article in the kc star
on women in baseball and one of my heroes:
There are 30 general manager jobs in baseball, and everyone from owners to GMs to agents expects one of them to go to a woman in the near future. No woman has run the on-field operations of a major-league baseball team. Same goes for the NFL, NBA and NHL. Though professional sports have long struggled with minority hiring among top executives, the gender barrier is an Iron Curtain just starting to dissipate.
“It was exciting, and it was fun to think, ‘Hey, this is my decision,’ ” Ng said. “But you also realize that it’s your reputation on the line. Your butt on the line. Some people take it as a challenge. Others shy away from it. I thought it was great.
“I’d like to think as women we’re getting closer. If it will happen — I really don’t know.”
Because she’s the consensus choice to be the first GM, perhaps Ng is being modest. Women have done most everything else in baseball. Marge Schott owned the Reds. Jamie McCourt is the Dodgers’ president. Pam Postema umpired at Class AAA. Ila Borders pitched in the independent leagues. There are a handful of female GMs in the minor leagues.
And after the GM meetings, there was almost one in the big leagues. McCourt and her husband, team owner Frank, interviewed Ng for the GM position, the first time a woman had been courted for such. Some questioned the Dodgers’ wisdom. Others lauded their thinking. The job went to Giants assistant GM Ned Colletti.
Good decision? Time will tell. By then, though, Ng might be running another team.
“Take away the name Kim Ng and go ahead and take a look at her résumé,” Royals general manager Allard Baird said. “Just go off those qualifications. Then once you know her personality, you know she’d do a very good job.
“If you know baseball well enough, you can run a team.”
There’s the rub. What today entails baseball knowledge? Tobacco spit on the shoes or an abacus in the head?
“Traditionally, the general manager was an ex-ballplayer,” said Jean Afterman, the Yankees’ assistant GM and Ng’s lone peer in that role. “Now baseball is going through this change. The traditional general manager now is a young guy from an Ivy League school. There’s always evolution in baseball.”
And what that evolution has wrought is an opportunity for women.