And if I could fly, I would be a superhero
ESPN.com’s baseball page lead story blurb for “Best In The Biz” story.
Gary Matthews Jr. had a career year last season for the Rangers. And if he can have another huge campaign in 2007, Matthews could help make the Angels’ outfield tops in the majors.
Chan Ho Park signed somewhere.
Corey Patterson got a one-year, $4.3m deal from the Orioles
Jeff Fassero retired. I remember when he was pretty bas-ass. Good times.
Arroyo signed an extension with the team the Red Sox traded him to after they said they wouldn’t trade him.
Jon Heyman, over at SI, put Mike Hargove at #1 on his list of managers on the hot seat.
Seattle ownership has made clear that the small improvement the team made last season, from 69 wins in 2005 to 78 in ’06, wasn’t exactly what they were looking for. Hargrove, an all-time survivor and one of baseball’s nice guys, got a reprieve when few figured he would. But he won’t get two.
all-time survivor? What does that even mean? And one of baseball’s nice guys?
b) What does that even mean?
It’s times like this that I think there’s some coded message in there that I lack the necessary background to hear, like dog-whistle politics. It’s like when Peter Gammons writes about some prospect and says “Jerimiah Jake Johnson, of the Massachusetts Johnsons..” I always stare at the sentence and think “huh? What should that convey to me? Who’s he writing to there?”
Let me take a stab at this.
all-time survivor: he’s repeatedly walked away from horrible plane crashes caused in no small part to his failures as pilot
one of baseball’s nice guys: he’s deigned to be interviewed by me.
Feel free to submit your own interpretations.
Mariners GM Bill Bavasi didn’t get Barry Zito, despite offering close to $100 million and finishing second, but he did rebuild the rotation with the additions of Miguel Batista, Horacio Ramirez and Jeff Weaver. While none of the three is Zito, improvement will be expected. The Weaver signing could prove especially worthwhile, with a superb left side of the infield of third baseman Adrian Beltre and shortstop Yuniesky Betancourt.
Improvement will be expected. By you? By the team? By fans?
DMZ: Updated to delete this paragraph on account of I totally screwed it up in the most basic, obvious way possible
Especially worthwhile. Okay.
Hargrove’s strategy has come under fire in all three of his managerial stops, but he did right by moving Ichiro Suzuki to center field. What he needs most, though, is improved production from Beltre and Richie Sexson.
More of the passive-voice thing. Plus, Hargrove doesn’t have a strategy. He doesn’t. His strategy is “I’d like to win”. If you want to argue about his in-game tactics, or his player managing, or his horrible talent evaluation skills, sure, but to say that Hargrove’s strategy is under fire… I don’t understand.
And what he needs most is improved production from Beltre and Sexson? Where do you even get this stuff?
– a second baseman with a once-promising bat he’s turned into some shadow version of his own glory days
– a starting pitcher the Angels put out on the curb with a “free” sign taped to his forehead and no one picked him up
– another starting pitcher who has never struck batters out but the team thinks might be a #1 starter
– a broken-down, beat-up DH who hasn’t hit well in years that the team is praying will somehow rehabilitate his legs and return to glory
– a notorious clubhouse cancer also coming off injury and a wretched year at the plate
What he needs most is Beltre to play better? Beltre? Or Sexson? The team has two everyday lineup spots occupied by longshot gambles, with another two in the rotation, and he really needs Beltre and Sexson to step up.