Kitty: A Defense

A defense of Jim Kaat-as-announcer hardly seems like something that would be necessary at this point, but SF’s constant harping, culminated by this evening’s diatribe, unfortunately demands a response.

Let’s make this much clear: we don’t agree with every Kitty-ism. His misrepresentation of “Moneyball” tactics is a constant frustration. And there’s no doubt he has some curious ideas, especially when it comes to pitching. But these ideas are based in his own experience, and it’s worth remembering just how extraordinary that experience has been. How many lefties have more wins than Kitty? Five. Ever. He’s got 16 Gold Gloves, is the all-time record holder for sacrifices by a pitcher, and put in over 300 innings in two different seasons during a 25 year career that deserves a lot more HOF attention than it has received. Does this history color the way he understands the game? Absolutely. But an informed listener should know his record, and know what and what not to take with a grain of salt. The rewards are worth it, for there’s no more genial 9-inning companion than Jim Kaat.

5 comments… add one
  • Blah blah blah blah record for sacrifice bunts blah blah blah. His playing record does not excuse repeatedly simplistic and condescending analysis. He’s no Joe Morgan, the king of “I played, I know better”, but Kaat is not the cool rocking-chair grandfather you so rosily describe. His Pedro line tonight was a perfect example of the ability of a fluid and calm voice to fleece a listener with his supposed expertise; it was amateurish stuff, during tonight’s game, and any experienced fan would have known it.
    As for my “bile”, the “I’m going for Stirling next” comment should have given you pause; perhaps your predictably defensive nature about anything and all things Yankee disallowed you from seeing a tinge, however small, of humor?

    SF September 25, 2004, 2:49 am
  • SF,
    I see this a classic manifestation of misplaced aggression. SF, who are you really mad at, Pedro cause he’s not the same and he’s letting you down twice in a week, or Francona who must be the only guy who didn’t watch last year’s ALCS game 7? Kitty Kaat is a Yankee announcer, John ‘duhhhhhhh Yankees Win!’ Sterling is a Yankee announcer, they are for us YF’s, we love’em. Try to get the game on Sox radio and mute the TV.
    Better yet don’t watch the games, its gonna be to painful ;-)

    Joe (YF) September 25, 2004, 9:20 am
  • The thread was posted in the second inning, just so you know, it had nothing to do with Pedro, Fracona, etc. As for him being a homer, that’s fine, I have no problem with homers. But Kaat is extolled, in these pages and others, as the cream of the crop. I simply am pointing out a flaw, and an annoying one.

    SF September 25, 2004, 9:36 am
  • Give it a rest. Kaat pitched for 25 years, surviving more and more on his craft every year. Is he maybe reading his own history into Pedro’s? Probably.
    Fleeced? No. Condescending? Not to this listener.
    Lighten up.

    YF September 25, 2004, 9:43 am
  • Boston Sux

    Anonymous May 5, 2005, 8:11 pm

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