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Darryl Kile found dead at 33; may he rest in peace.: He was found in his hotel room this morning. The cause of death is unknown.

posted by moz to baseball at 03:09 PM on June 22, 2002 - 10 comments

Milton Bradley boozes up and riots.: "Can I get an officer in here to remove a drunk who's just pitching cookies all over the place?" a Dianna's Deli waitress said in a call to police early Monday. (via Obscure Store.)

posted by moz to baseball at 12:36 PM on April 22, 2002 - 6 comments

Chuck Finley walks onto field; White Sox employee notices, plays song from Whitesnake; has ass thrown onto sidewalk.

posted by moz to baseball at 01:07 PM on April 18, 2002 - 9 comments

Royals see gun, shoot selves in foot.: Rany Jazayerli has been writing excellent articles on the plight of the Kansas City Royals for some time. In his most recent article, he points out how the departure of their last scouting director could make a bad team worse in the future as well as mentions the myth that the Braves scouting and development had been good in the '90s.

posted by moz to baseball at 12:09 PM on February 25, 2002 - 3 comments

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George Steinbrenner lectures small-market teams

KC has a fighting shot at success, if they'd like to follow through. they need to quit playing scrubs like neifi perez and start playing some guys who can hit -- preferably who can walk too. they need to draft more college players and more college pitchers, and they need to hang in there, because if they keep at it, they'll make it. you don't have to be brilliant to succeed in baseball. it's a sport of copycats, anyway. just start copying oakland (the way that toronto is doing) instead of the mid-80s cardinals. and i'm a cub fan.

posted by moz at 04:30 PM on August 13, 2002

George Steinbrenner lectures small-market teams

What happens when these players that are drafted in the late rounds realized that they’re good? They are likely to demand more money. Then what happens? They either get the money which the market demands (set by the Chicago/NYC/LA teams) or they leave town via a trade or free agency. and you keep on developing talent to replace them, bag man. it's time for teams to quit complaining and just do. if you stop developing talent and you begin to lose, you've no one to blame but yourself. i never said everything is perfect. the steroid testing agreed upon by both the player's union and MLB is pathetically weak. but with regards to "competitive balance," i'd rather teams try to be more creative rather than whine about their cashflow. it's worked for oakland: by now there's no excuse not to follow their lead. i'm sick of hearing about this crap, quite frankly.

posted by moz at 02:33 PM on August 13, 2002

George Steinbrenner lectures small-market teams

bag man: Moz, while it is true that any farm system does constantly produce talent, constant talent production does not translate into competitiveness. neither does keeping your "best" players. the yankees thought they ought to keep chuck knoblauch, didn't they? how about sterling hitchcock? Further, the Yankees might not be able to afford to draft stars in the first place and or the Yankees would have to trade them a away after their deafted talent developed. you know, bag man, there's a reason why MLB's draft is 50 rounds: it's unpredictable. do you know how many stars have flopped on the way to the majors? chad hermanson? chat hutchinson, for that matter? rick ankiel? travis lee? josh hamilton looked like hot shit in the tampa bay organization: after two straight years of injury trouble, though, his major league career is in serious doubt. forget about drafting the big money stars: sometimes it works out and sometimes not. even the yankees have been victims of that (remember wily mo pena?).

posted by moz at 12:19 PM on August 13, 2002

George Steinbrenner lectures small-market teams

That's easy to say, but what happens when you can't afford to do that? you keep developing new talent. baseball isn't sex, and the playoffs aren't an orgasm. you don't ever stop producing talent in your farm system. Moz, it’s irrelevant that the Yankees developed most of their talent because they’re one only a few teams in baseball that could afford to keep such talent. why is it irrelevant? even if they lost their good players, they should (and do) develop more of it. new york's style is to use its good players in the minor leagues as trade bait: the jeff weaver trade is a good example. both john-ford griffin and john arnold were well thought of in the ny organization. i don't see the difference between keeping good players and developing more as one being better than other: i see them as simple preferences. like i said, new york's preference is to keep its talent; like i said, it isn't always the best philosophy. If the Expos/Royals/Tigers developed those players would be gone in a few years. Moz, if you want a perfect example, look at the Expos teams of early and mid 1990s. If the Expos were blessed with cash they might kept D. Martinez, R. Johnson, L. Walker, M. Alou, J. Wetland, T. Torrasco (Sp.?), M. Lanscing (Sp.?), M. Grudzielanek, and others. That woud have been some team. and whose fault is that? why, the dumbass teams that stopped producing such talent. even with the parity of the NFL, teams in that league must still be well-run to succeed consistently. the only consistency of the royals has been their gross stupidity. randy johnson was dealt for mark langston at a time when the expos were contending (1989), i thought. in which case, that's certainly their fault. and... tony tarasco?

posted by moz at 11:14 PM on August 12, 2002

George Steinbrenner lectures small-market teams

you know: it's too bad that steinbrenner has so much money to play with. it is, because in spite of that, his organization is managed by some good people who understand how to develop great teams. a lot of the good players on the yankees were developed by the organization itself: mariano rivera; derek jeter; jorge posada; bernie williams; alfonso soriano; andy pettite. it's staggering what the yankees have done for themselves. new york made choices that they did not have to make. new york chose to keep players it developed, like jeter and williams, rather than continually develop new players and thus keep their payroll low. is that the best decision? it isn't always. it's just the preference of the organization, and i don't think it's right to rake ny over the coals for it. personally, i think detractors should get over the amount of money that steinbrenner spends. a smartly run organization, such as the oakland athletics, can contend: billy beane and his people have proven that. don't give me examples like the brewers and the royals: they're run like shit. if you gave them money, you'd have the mid-late 80s version of the yankees. there is a revolution in MLB. it started with oakland, and with new york; people stopped worrying about batting average and started worrying about OBP. people stopped worrying about strikeouts and started worrying about SLG. the revolution is spreading, finally. it hasn't caught up with the royals: they still think they live in the mid 80s, when many teams had astroturf and no-slug wonders like the cardinals could perennially contend. new york strays, because they have the money to make mistakes, but oakland can't afford to. when kansas city realizes that they needn't pay roberto hernandez if a joe borowski can put up better numbers, they'll have made progress. give them all the money in the world, and it probably wouldn't matter.

posted by moz at 03:57 PM on August 12, 2002

i'll give you my washed up 1B if you give me yours.

posted by moz at 03:39 PM on July 15, 2002

What's in a name?

i've always like former pittsburgh pirate "Dick Groat."

posted by moz at 09:12 PM on July 12, 2002

Amonte's a desert dog.

notice amonte's points have suffered from year to year; the trend continued, despite a better team playing with him this year (and a standout center in zhamnov).

posted by moz at 09:10 PM on July 12, 2002

Cubs manager Don Baylor was fired today

according with, i should say.

posted by moz at 10:39 AM on July 08, 2002

Cubs manager Don Baylor was fired today

i'll give the cubs credit for signing alou. despite his many injuries, alou has always played at a high level; his early-season dropoff was very unfortunate and not according to his history. (for the months of june and july, alou is hitting .316 with an OBP of .376 in june and .350 in july. his SLG in those months have been .490 and .737 respectively. the blunders this season was trusting jeff fassero to anything other than long-relief mop-up duty and trusting mcgriff would still hit. mcgriff, in particular, was brought in to win last year and not this year, but he has been batting better lately.

posted by moz at 10:39 AM on July 08, 2002

i think that's a no about shane matthews. take it from someone who knows.

posted by moz at 10:31 AM on July 08, 2002

The strike that will kill baseball.

the luxury tax is a dollar-for-dollar penalty on a team over the cap, adam. if you are $10 million dollars over the cap, you must also pay $10 million dollars to the NBA in tax.

posted by moz at 04:43 PM on July 05, 2002

Darryl Kile found dead at 33; may he rest in peace.

today's game against the cubs has been cancelled, and tomorrow's may be as well. Kile was once the ace of the staff, but had been relegated to #2 with the emergence of Matt Morris. His career ERA, 4.12, is high only because of his association with the Colorado Rockies. practically speaking, the cardinals may now promote Bud Smith and may do well with his talent. i don't know what will happen with the team's hopes. if they soldier on for their teammate, they could still win with Smith. if they remain in shock over what's happened, they may drop into the middle of the division. they have reached a turning point; that much is true i think.

posted by moz at 03:40 PM on June 22, 2002

Italy cries foul!

all i know is that mexico's team consists of a bunch of really sore losers. i don't know if that's prevalent througout the world cup teams. but, please. whining that the US team "didn't really play to win, but not to lose (they just got lucky)"? whatever.

posted by moz at 02:59 PM on June 18, 2002

Jose Canseco admits to using steroids.

yer: i was thinking that a player that uses steroids would likely be a fairly big person that has also had a history of injury (since steroids supposedly cause the body to break down). what about rondell white?

posted by moz at 02:08 PM on June 07, 2002