Pete Rose Heartfelt Contrition Award of the Day
Aaron Boone, on violating his contract and blowing out his knee: “I’ve beaten myself up a lot over it. But at the same time I’m fine.”
Sold! Frank McCourt (no, the other Frank McCourt–”Angela’s Ashes” didn’t do that well) buys the Dodgers for $430 million, or $230 million less than John Henry shelled out for the Sox. That says something about the state of LA fandom.
Nice to have Murdoch out of the ownership game.
It’s hard to argue with SF’s analysis of the would-be Pudge contract (note: it could go to an even-more-ludicrous 5 years, $50 million). You have to assume that the calculus here is aimed beyond on-field performance. The Tigers are not likely to capture lightning in a bottle with the addition of Pudge, as the Marlins did last year. That said, they do have a brand new and largely empty stadium that needs filling, and bringing him in is a signal to fans (in the cheap seats and the corporate suites) and business partners that there is some kind of commitment to winning on the part of the franchise. The alternative is a prolonged and potentially unrecoverable slide from public favor and financial stability (see the Brewers). But as you note, aging catchers are not necessarily the most sound strategic investment.
Meanwhile, the Yankees have acquired the rights to journeymen infielder Tyler Houston, which puts the current crop of 3rd base wannabes at: Cairo, Wilson, Almonte, Houston, and Henson (plus—thanks, for the offer, but no thanks—Gary Sheffield). ESPN’s Rob Neyer speculates that a trade might be in the offing for Adrian Beltre. We’ll be happy w/ a solid fielder who can move a runner now and then.
If accurate, reports that Pudge Rodriguez is closing in on a $40M deal with the Tigers show one or more of several things:
1) The Tigers owners are morons, overbidding against noone (see Hicks, Tom)
2) Scott Boras is a mad genius, able to extract blood from a rock.
3) Accusations of collusion may be overrated
The Tigers are clearly counting that Pudge is the guy who can bring Maroth, Cornejo, et. al into prime time. But, if he ends up advising them from the DL (reasonable expectation), and they can’t insure the contract (which, for an aging catcher has got to be difficult to do) then this goes down as one ridiculous signing, another example of very poor risk management.
Baseball owners may be thugs, but NHL ownership requires a special kind of thug! ESPN.com news services NEW YORK — The NHL has suspended Washington Capitals owner Ted Leonsis for one week and the team has been fined $100,000 following an incident between Leonsis and a fan. Jason Hammer told The Washington Post that Leonsis placed his hands on his neck and tossed him down to the ground after the Capitals’ home loss to Philadelphia. Leonsis, a vice chairman of America Online, later apologized to Hammer, a 20-year-old Caps season-ticket holder who had taunted the owner.
While a certain ESPN columnist was noting MLB’s progress on globalization over the weekend, this article was published under the sports news radar in the international section of the NYT:
“Low-Wage Costa Ricans Make Baseballs for Millionaires”
As Tim Rogers reports, Rawlings, baseball’s official baseball concessionaire, produces its balls at a plant in Costa Rica where workers are paid roughly $2750 per year, or 30 cents for each ball manufactured (retail price: $14.99). Temperatures in the plant can reach 95 degrees, and repetitive stress injuries are, according to a local physician, common (Rawlings denies this). Rawlings pays no taxes and imports materials for the manufacturing process duty free. The article noted the average salary of the (unionized) MLB player is over $2 million. Rawlings revenues from baseballs are over $30 million.
Low as they may be, Rawlings wages are (barely) above Costa Rican minimum wage, and its factory is the only significant employer in a town that is otherwise in catastrophically bad shape. So the workers are, not surprisingly, grateful for their work and happy with the jobs.
Read the article in full at: http://www.nytimes.com/2004/01/25/international/americas/25COST.html?ex=1076065723&ei=1&en=c2e0186c83ff2d66
Monday, January 26th, 2004
A comment? Let’s just say YF wishes injury on no one, but the simple reality is that the news that Aaron Boone will not be on the field for the Yankees for the foreseeable future comes as a great relief. A case of addition by subtraction. It’s a shame that Joe Randa, a YF favorite who had been a free agent this winter, is now off the market. He would have fit in nicely. As for moving Derek to third…well, we’re happy with him at short and A-Rod out of danger in Texas.
Posted by YF on 1/26/2004 08:37:33 PM
YF wishes injury on no one, but–let’s face facts–news that Aaron Boone will not be on the field for the Yankees for the foreseeable future comes as a great relief. Addition by subtraction.
It’s a shame that Joe Randa, a YF favorite who had been a free agent this winter, is now off the market. He would have fit in nicely. As for moving Derek to third…well, we’re happy with him at short and A-Rod out of danger in Texas.
This on the matter from Yankees.com: BOONE INJURES KNEE – MAY MISS 2004 SEASON Aaron Boone may miss the entire 2004 season after suffering a knee injury — possibly a torn ACL –playing basketball last week. “I can confirm that the Yankees have been notified by his representatives that third baseman Aaron Boone suffered an injury to his left knee while playing basketball,” said Yankees general manager Brian Cashman. “We are currently evaluating the extent of the injury and expect to solicit multiple opinions before providing a complete diagnosis.” P
Posted by YF on 1/26/2004 08:35:12 PM
Good points. My point, or rather, my belief, is that if Rose’s status is reconsidered, then so should Jackson’s, Weaver’s, etc. I don’t believe that Rose’s status ought to be changed, just as I don’t believe that Jackson’s should either. But, if Rose gets reconsidered, so should the others. I just want a little consistency.
The sad reality that players like Joe Jackson–or in the 19th century, Joe Devlin–were not given the opportunity to make pennance and return to the game does not, imho, mean that no opportunity for redemption should be offered to modern players. The world and the game have changed. If there is some injustice in the case of Jackson, aren’t we just compounding the problem by holding new players to the same standard? Also, let’s face the fact that many old-time ballplayers were gamblers. Cap Anson certainly was. Tris Speaker and Ty Cobb were also known to bet on the game, but their infractions were brushed under baseball’s collective carpet. The historical record does not provide any clear precedent here.
Posted by YF on 1/26/2004 04:55:42 PM