OAFC BBS - All Topics: Archive: Goodbye Jason
Bowen came from the Pods for Michael Barrett (following the Zambrano altercation). Bowen has been squeezed for playing time by Koyie Hill, who the Cubs really like. Bowen only had 9 starts for the Cubs in his month with the team.
I'll miss ol' scrappy..
LOL. I will hold out hope that Beane gave ol' scrappy a chance to go to the Cubs as a "rental" and participate in the playoffs as a bit of an enticement for him to return to Oaktown next season to tutor our very raw Mr. Suzuki. Quid pro quo.
"I could care less about the cash considerations (I figure it's $1 million or so).
and 11 million was too much to sign miggy this org is a joke.
Wow, Goood Laud that's a lot of money. I guess our scouts think Blevins is Cy Young reincarnate.
The way this team operates, I'm surprised they had $4 mill in the petty cash box.
Our youngster behind the plate is demonstrating tonite just how raw he is.
He has a LOT to learn...
Susuki fails to execute the perfect pitchout call (probably by Lach) to open up this big crappy inning.
This is one of the ugliest games I've seen in a long time. Mental errors, physical errors (throw by Kennedy, Crosby butchers a play). At least Suzuki has an excuse.
I blame Aaron Brown for the botched pitch-out, not Suzuki. You've got to give the kid a pitch-out that he can handle if you expect him to throw somebody out. Kurt had to reach for the ball, which required an extra step, then he had no chance.
Is that why Aaron Brown was fired by CNN?
I never leave a game early, but last night, I left in the eighth inning...brutal.When we were tied 3-3, I thought just maybe we can do it. As usual, by the seventh we stunk.
Likewise, I turned the television off in the 8th. Only a masochist would have stuck around for that.
Kendall story from Chicago:
Boy we really wanted Suzuki to get the on the job training now. 4 million to the Cubs, geez.
The Pirates gave the A's 5.5 million towards Kendall's salary this year, so the A's actually make money on this deal.
finley ... Swindall was owed $13.5 mil overall for this year ... the Piros paid $5.5 mil ... the A's were on the hook for $8 mil, so if JerryO1's numbers are right ... the A's Don't make any money on this.
From Slusser's notes today in the Chron:
why does the ESPN box score keep showing Kendall's .221 average? It's supposed to start over when a player changes leagues. As far as I know, and I have been following closely, he has not gotten a hit since going to the Cubs so his average should be .000.
He's 0-12 so far including his one AB today.
He's 0-12 so far including his one AB today.
Kendall has hit .313 with a .410 OBP for the Cubbies. Seems to have returned to his pre-A's
It's the fastball league, remember?
That is annoying as hell - not to mention puzzling. I can't buy the argument that it's just the difference in leagues. There is plenty of movement by pitchers from league to league.
Well the A's tv production put up his #s against NL in interleague a few months ago and they were much better than his #s in the AL which isn't really saying much.
The gap has closed somewhat with re to the increased movement in pitching btw. the leagues. But it hasn't closed as much as you might think ... "annoying as hell" or not. As of 4 years ago, according to BP (and they had the examples to prove it), there was about a 30-40% (in some cases, close to 50%) difference ... AL players moving to NL, whose averages fattened considerably (the only exception at the time was Griffey Jr) and NL players dropping in some cases as much as 47% and even more (if I'm recalling correctly) when moving to the AL. So, if you find it annoying, too bad, because it doesn't look to change significantly any time soon; gradually? Yeh, I would guess. But it is what it is .. so be annoyed. And it's still happening.
It also should be pointed out, that the DH in the AL also causes pitchers to change patterns more, making it even tougher for NL players who come over.
I like Kurt's arm more and more!
Maybe we could move Chavey to the NL?
Well Blevins was called up who was the minor league LHRP we got in the Kendall deal and he was DEALING in the minors as he had a 1.63 ERA in 77.1 IP in the reg season with both the Cubs and A's high level minor league teams.
I think that time will prove out in the long run that Beane did a tremendous job in 07 in face of an injury riddled season, first, cutting his losses with Bradley/Kendall and acquiring Brown, Blevens, and Bowen and then, picking up Cust, Snelling, Hannahan, and Lugo.
Supposedly, Blevins has has a 93-94 mph fastball that moves and him coming at the hitters ... all arms and legs doesn't hurt. He evidently has a good slider which he throws hard as well; clocked some at 91 mph.
agree renobill. .500 with this group is a good season. more excited about tbuck and barton and suzuki than 4 you mentioned, though. trades vs farm of course. fwiw, you look up and it's crazy to notice we have become a "colorless" team.
"you look up and it's crazy to notice we have become a "colorless" team."
Actually, white is the absence of color; black is the presence of all colors.
and Lugo and Dee Brown.
Well is Robnett the only legit positonal prospect that's black in the minor leagues?
Don't think Lugo counts, sacto, as he's hispanic, as is Casilla. Most of the multi-athletic African Americans choose basketball or football because the big paydays (no minor league systems) come much sooner. The few African Americans (now only 7% representation in the mlb) who are choosing baseball are mostly too talented for the financially challenged A's. Sadly. And I do believe Robnett is the only African American legit prospect in our system.
I might add, that we had Bradley only because ... well, Bradley was Bradley. We only had Frank Thomas and Shannon Stewart because they were coming off severe injuries and nobody else wanted to take a chance, otherwise, we sure couldn't have afforded them. They both showcased well with the A's and were able to price themselves out of our market. I'm assuming, that is, that will also be the case with Stewart.
A's gave long term deals to both Long and Dye, both busted so it's not like Beane doesn't look to keep black ballplayers.
Casilla and Lugo are Afro-Latin whereas Scut is Euro or Cacasian-Latin there is a difference.
OTF, Beane tried very hard to sign Stewart to a multi-yr contract (translated, I guess, to two years), but Stewart insisted on only the one year. This was in one of the articles a couple weeks ago. I think sfgate, but can't remember.
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