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For A's, Giants, it all comes back to owners

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Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of pageLink to this message   By simplefan on Wednesday, October 06, 2004 - 10:02 am:

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2004/10/06/SPGS794EGS1.DTL


At times like these, when other people's ball teams are playing and yours isn't, the art of delegating blame becomes paramount.

Only here, where 91 wins gets you only a pants cuff drenched in spit, we always seem to seize on the same postseason topic:

Our cheapjack owners.

This year, it manifested itself most aggressively in condemnations of the two local bullpens, monuments of dysfunction built on the foundation of short payrolling.

In other words, it's Jim Mecir's fault for not being Frankie Rodriguez, and it's Dustin Hermanson's fault for not being Guillermo Mota, and Petey Magowan's and Steve Schott's faults for not being George Steinbrenner and John Henry.

Well, OK then. Whatever grates your cheese.

Then again, because we say on an almost daily (read: obnoxiously often) basis that Billy Beane and Brian Sabean are astrophysicists in sportier duds, even when they dunk one into the woods (see Arthur Rhodes and Edgardo Alfonzo, or Bobby Kielty and A.J. Pierzynski), whose fault should it be?

The managers? Too cheap an excuse. Besides, if you didn't like Ken Macha and Felipe Alou, where were you when Art Howe and Dusty Baker were in town? I know, I know. Bitching about the manager.

And the players? Well, they did the best they could, unless you think they had a sudden dose of what turned Pete Rose into Tom Sizemore, and started betting the other way.

So of course we're back to the owners. Hey, we've made a cottage industry out of John York and Chris Cohan and Al Davis piñatas, and we're about to get to Greg Jamison if the NHL continues its suicidally brainless lockout.

Now Schott is easy to understand here. The A's make great scads of cash every year (more than $17 million in 2003 when you factor in revenue sharing and the luxury tax), and because there are only two of them, and Schott's the 50 percent of the ownership that votes, point the finger at him when the A's come up short. They didn't commit enough money to the bench and bullpen ... again.

However, a strange sort of indemnification is being granted Magowan for doing the same thing because (and you'll love this) "the team is losing $15 million a year, and he has to answer to his investors."

And people say this while operating heavy machinery.

First of all, when things were going well, he didn't have to answer to investors, or so you would have to believe based on the Giants' traditional distribution of credit flow chart. First there's Barry Bonds, Gary Sheff's best pal, and then there's Magowan. That's how it's always been around here, and reality be damned.

Second, the only people claiming the Giants are losing $15 million are the Giants and their chorus of parrots. They don't have to prove that they're losing it, all they have to do is say it, and that's good enough for these gullible yokels? Unbelievable.

Third, if they really are losing this money, who do you think came up with this business master plan? Dennis Kozlowski? The Rigas Family? Kevin Shelley?

And fourth, why don't these investors who must be answered ever get named, let alone grilled for making Petey's life so gruesome by demanding all this answering all the time?

In other words, why is Harmon Burns such a cruel man? Why is Bill Neukom so mean? Why do Larry Nibbi and John Scully and Bob Sockolov always walk around demanding, well, answers to everything?

And don't get us started with KNBR and Channel 2, those amphetamine- engorged troublemakers.

You see the hole in the argument here, don't you? When times are good, there's no answering to be done, but when the playoffs are missed, someone else is responsible? Where do we sign up for a gig like that?

That's the aggravating thing about the Giants in failure, and, for that matter, the Giants in triumph as well. The credit goes one way, the blame another, and the folks who advance these excuses don't see the problem, or more accurately, don't want to do so.

At least with the A's, the buck stops with Schott, and we're not kidding. He might be a man with one-way pockets at the least-opportune times, but he doesn't go around saying, "My investors ate my homework."

So let's come back then to what's wrong with the A's and Giants. Put simply, it's this:

Their budgets aren't flexible enough to allow Beane and Sabean to be Beane and Sabean. I mean, if they're as good as they've been purported to be all these years (and they are, give or take the odd Neifi), they should be given the chance to show it in July and November, when the heavy lifting that makes a team a playoff team must be done.

And it doesn't take Vladimir Guerrero money, either, let alone Vladimir Guerrero. Just the simple acknowledgement that in baseball, stuff happens, and stuff needs to get fixed when it breaks. There are reasons that Sabean and Beane were quiet at the deadlines -- they were shown pants with the pockets turned out, in the traditional symbol for "Beat it, bub. We have to answer to our investors."

Yeah, that Nancy House always was squeaky with a buck.

Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of pageLink to this message   By kevink on Thursday, October 07, 2004 - 09:02 am:

No, Schott doesn't blame investors, he blames the fans instead!

Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of pageLink to this message   By goldtymer on Thursday, October 07, 2004 - 09:24 am:

Shott is full of assorted Feces.

Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of pageLink to this message   By simplefan on Thursday, October 07, 2004 - 03:29 pm:

GT

I will hand you the TP award of the year on that one!

"Assorted" just is WRONG! lol


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