Monthly Archives: March 2011

Logic and a $30 Million Player

So, Albert Pujols, formerly one of my favorite National League players committed many sins this offseason.  While it wasn’t full-blown LeBron, and while he may resign with the St. Louis Cardinals, Pujols rejected an ungodly amount of money for an ungodly to-be-determined amount of money.

Now I am too tired and unemployed to discuss why someone needs those extra millions or why 275 million matters more than 250 million.  I can understand why Pujols wants to be the highest paid player in the game – he thinks he’s the best and apparently, in his eyes, he needs to be compensated as such.  I guess he doesn’t understand cost of living, major and minor markets or not being a dick.

But what I want to get into today is the fact that if I was a GM, I would take three 10 million dollar players over one 30 million dollar player EVERY DAY.  In fact, I feel bad for Cardinals GM John Mozeliak.  He’s screwed.  If he loses Pujols to the Cubs, he will be run over with a John Deere (although I hear St. Louis is somewhat of a city – they do have an arch).  If he signs him to the richest contract ever, he will hamstring his franchise for the next decade and guarantee that they can’t be competitive.

Albert can hit .350 with 50 bombs and 150 RBIs annually and I’d still take the three players.  It’s simple really.  Let’s do a really simplified version of WAR (Wins Above Replacement).  At his best, let’s say Pujols has a WAR of 7 (generous) at a position where offense is easy to come by and where mediocre defense is acceptable.  Moreover, it also can be used as a catch-all position for aging but talented fielders.  I’d take three 10 million players everyday.  Read the subsequent paragraph.

Let’s take three average 10 million players (roughly, I am too tired and lazy to look at actual salaries.)  The premise is that three players can easily make up the 7 WAR that Pujols puts up while providing a higher overall premium as opposed to creating black holes in the field or at the plate.  Let’s take David Ortiz at first/DH with a WAR around 3.  30 bombs, 100 RBIs.  Rafael Furcal at short (I could go with Hanley or Tulo but want to make this fair). Around .300, 20 steals and an onbase threat and a plus defender.  WAR around 3 (up to six already).  Lastly, Tim Hudson (I really want to keep this fair.  Mediocre pitcher, WAR 3.5.

We spent a hair under 30 million on three players who provide pop, speed and pitching.  A #2 and #5 hitter and competent #2 starter, a combined WAR of 9.5 and two positions that don’t need to be considered.  would you rather have that or an awesome cleanup hitter?  It seems obvious.  Good luck John.  You’re screwed either way.

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Little Giant: Vote For Danny

Everyone’s favorite small white running back advanced in his quest to be on the cover of Madden ’12.

ESPN is hosting a NCAA Basketball-esque tournament and letting fans decide the cover.  Let’s show our east coast bias and vote him in!

Vote By Clicking HERE

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ESPN Predictions and My Own

Rut-ro.  Everyone at ESPN save Jim Caple and Tristan Cockcroft (whose identity I have no idea about) have picked the Sox to get into the World Series.  The consensus is that it’s almost a Red Sox – Phillies lock.  This makes me nervous and excited.   This year, while the powerhouses have strengthened themselves, there are also a few more up and coming teams this year.  Over the next few days, the Baseball Buffoons will be making their picks this year.  We encourage you to do the same.  At the end of the year, the closest guesses will be rewarded.  Also, subscribe to the blog.  This way, you can keep track of your progress.

Seth’s Picks

American League: Red Sox, White Sox, A’s (Rangers)

National League: Phillies, Reds, Rockies (Braves)

World Series Pick: Red Sox over Reds

MVP’s: Adrian Gonzalez, Joey Votto

Cy Young: C.C Sabathia, Cliff Lee

Fun predictions come tomorrow.

 

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Has Bonds Suffered Enough?

Barry Bonds, baseballs home run king* and arguably the greatest hitter of our time is currently on trial for allegedly lying to Congress. Save Greg Anderson (who is probably on the receiving end of millions) in jail, all of bonds friends, teammates and lady-friends have turned against him. His girlfriend has been talking about his diminished sex drive, there is rumors his nutters might be measured as well as his head and feet. Has his shame been enough of a punishment?

The whole steroids era was wrong, but we need to accept it, define it for history’s sake and move on. We can do whatever we want with it, asterisks etc. but we will never know the full scope of the era and there are perhaps hundreds of other players who juiced who we don’t even know about.  Moreover, we haven’t even taken into account procedures like Lasik surgery and other cutting edge routines that give today’s players a monumental advantage.  

What we can do is look beyond steriod use and gauge feelings based on admission and honesty.  We have only forgiven the honest players who admitted their wrongdoing and did not run from truth. Players like Andy Pettite, ARod, and McGwire have admitted their guilt and are beginning to be forgiven. Players like Bonds and Roger Clemens, who have clung to their innocence have further shamed themselves.

Bonds is wrong. He is a jerk. He was never friendly to the media and created hostility on his teams which never lead to wins. He brought all of this on himself. More importantly, he lied. Lying to us isn’t so bad. Players lie to the media all the time. They cover things up – they abide by the players code. But Barry, like Clemens, lied to congress. They committed perjury in a courtroom and have disgraced not only their game but their country.

Roger Clemens has more suffering to go and I am excited to see him writhe through it. The arrogance of Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens, the greatest hitter and pitcher of my generation, was incredible. Their insolence and assumption that they were better than the rest of us finally bit them in the ass.

My question to you: Should they serve jail time? Or is their humiliation in the public eye, time in court and likley omission from the Hall Of Fame enough punishment for two individuals who have punished the game?

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Sox making a trade?

Conflicting reports are surfacing about the Red Sox making a trade. The rumor stems from Joel Sherman of the NY Post, tweeting that a deal for Rockies minor league catcher Mike McKenry and Sox minor league pitcher Daniel Turpen is in place. ESPNBOSTON’s Gordon Edes cites Sox GM Theo Epstein saying that a deal has not happened yet. For what it’s worth, the trade would give the Sox catching depth in the minors if anything happened to Salty or ‘Tek.

Keep an eye out for updates over at MLBTradeRumors.

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Mugshot of the Day – Dentists – Not Just After Your Gum(s)

This recession is hitting EVERYONE hard.  Dr. Richard Ludwig, a dentist from Okemos, Michigan stole a credit card from a college kid…so HE could buy pizza!  Despite having $250 on him at the time and nearly $4 million in the bank, Richie Rich wanted to rip of a kid saving his own money for… pizza.

Over the weekend, Richard was watching his con play baseball in a tournament in Central Florida and stumbled upon a credit card in the parking lot at Publix (a grocery store).  He then proceeded to buy two large pizzas at a restaurant near where he found the card.  It gets worse…he ordered extra olives.

Soon enough, the ‘victim’ Harunn Majeed reported the card stolen and Dr. Dick was arrested waiting for his extra olives.  He was arrested and charged with a bunch of charges including credit card theft and forgery.  He’s going to need a lot of Novocaine to numb the pain he’s in for.

mug dentist arrested for theft K&M Mugshot of The Day #1: Dentists   Not Just After Your Gum(s)

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Hope in Pittsburgh?

For as long as I can remember, and probably for as long as you can remember, the Pittsburgh Pirates have been a joke. More than a joke. Some of their seasons have been so bad that I almost feel bad for those involved. Of course, some of this problem had to do with the players, some with the coaches, and a lot with cheap ownership.

This season, however, I see reason to think that they will be better. It all starts with Clint Hurdle. Once a successful manager with the Rockies, his style should fit well with a young Pittsburgh team. Realistically, they will not make the playoffs, but what they can do is begin to finally put the pieces in place to build toward winning seasons.

Let’s start with Andrew McCutchen. The kid is 23 and has all of the signs of being the next big thing for the Pirates. He’s got speed (36 steals last season) and he has a decent average (.286 both years in the majors). If Pedro Alvarez can strikeout less and get on base more, McCutchen will see better pitching and should improve his numbers. If Lyle Overbay can summon the remaining gas in the tank, the Pirates 3-4-5 hitters could be good. Not scary good a-la the Cleveland Indians in the mid to late 90s, but good. Their pitching needs work, and this is the reason why I don’t see them improving significantly this season. However, their top pitching prospect, Jameson Taillon, is only 19 and from all reports has the potential to be good. Baseball America has him as the #11 prospect in the country. He’s 6’6, 225, so he’s big. What does this mean right now? Nothing. But if he can figure out how to be an effective pitcher while in the minors, look for him to make a splash in the majors in the next few seasons. There’s reason for hope in Pittsburgh, and this season can be the beginning of something good. Now with this National League Central information in hand, go forth and make your friends look foolish with what you know.

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