By HR/non-GB, are you still only referring to balls in play? I mean, I assume that’s the case (while lumping in IFFB seems a little silly, including Ks is more like an issue), but that Beyond the Boxscore series on xHR reminded me that batted-ball taxonomies still aren’t “settled”.
Furthermore, in beating his wife in the face he joined the embodiment of the deplorable man-child temper-trantrum-having-because-he-didnt-get-own-way athlete who earns more money than 99% of the population, alongside Michael Vick and every other wife beater.
If you want to point out what’s wrong with America, its that men get paid millions to do one thing that has no importance in society while the rest of the nation struggles making America run, while making under $40K, or less than a days salary of said idiot with a rare skill that pays too much.
Even if we accept your premise that we aren’t interested in off-field conduct or questions of character… to the extent that the post addresses front-office interest, contract valuation, and career history, I would say that the history @byron mentions is relevant.
Did Alex White’s DUI make the Rockies more inclined to flip a potential starter for a known-quantity reliever? Did character questions affect Yunel Escobar’s 2012 and then his offseason? Maybe and absolutely, respectively.
Actually, he joined the group of sub-humans who try and control their partners through fear and violence. That’s slightly worse than receiving fair-market-value for the services that generate billions of dollars in revenue.
Mr. Myers forced a rattle into young Brett’s right hand, even though he showed a preference for left when he popped out of his mother’s womb. Which may explain the reverse platoon split, wife-beating in public, and high home-run to non-groundball rate.
This pitching staff has some pretty interesting characters. Myers, the wife-beating starter/reliever. Bauer, the head-case prodigy. Ubaldo, the guy who plunks former teammates in spring training. Perez, the guy who hates his own fans. All they need now is Rick Freakin’ Vaughn.
Comment by Highball Wilson — January 2, 2013 @ 3:53 pm
Despite my feelings as Myers as a person, if they can sign Marcum, then trade Ubaldo for anything, but preferably a DH (are the Royals dumb enough to trade Butler for Ubaldo? All signs point to yes, unfortunately), or even just trade him for 19 year old prospects and sign Thome or Berkman to DH…they will have a pretty formidable roster. Love their bullpen and can’t wait to see Bauer finally get to do his thing instead of AZ trying to ruin him.
No team won a trade more than when they got an everyday plus-D CF, a ready-now elite prospect who’s ceiling is an ace and two very good relievers for Choo and non-essential AAAA guys (Did anyone even know Lars Anderson was on the Indians?). The Jays made the most noise with their deal, but they gave up very good prospects. The Indians filled 4 holes while getting rid of Choo, and replacing him with virtually the same player in Swisher. Very heady moves by Cleveland this year, can’t wait to see how they pan out. They could easily be the Orioles of 2013.
I’m hoping they get marcum too. You can never have enough pitching.
This is your starting point. Injury and innefectiveness is bound to play a part in a long season.
if masterson proves that 2012 was not a horrible fluke, ubaldo continues to be all over the place, marcum shows his injury plagued 2012 is not behind him, McAlister isn’t any good and myers shows he belongs in the bullpen – well, that would suck.
To me though it looks like a solid group with carrasco and bauer waiting in the wings should any of these guys falter or break down.
I’m sure the myers addition will fuel more chris Perez rumours, but I am pretty sure he will be the tribe closer on opening day. Not because they desperately want to keep him. Which team is really in great need of a mouthy expensive closer?
What about all the fans that beat their wife when their team loses? Reports of domestic violence increase by 10 percent in areas where the local NFL team lost a game it was expected to win.
Society CARES about sports. My opinion is that people care way too much about sports but that is not the point here.
The reason these “idiots” get paid so much is because they entertain millions of “idiots” who are paying too much money to watch a sport that has “no importance in society”. There are stadiums packed with “idiots” “overpaying” to watch a ballgame in person. There are millions of “idiots” commenting on sports blogs and playing in fantasy leagues thus stirring up even more controversy and interest in the sports that the “overpaid idiots” play. There are millions of “idiots” spending their days watching the games on TV and driving up ratings that earn the teams better TV deals and more money to pay their “idiot” players. You are most definetly one of the “idiots” that help the “idiot” athlete get overpaid in the first place.
Next time 60,000 people show up to watch you do your job , I’m sure you won’t mind being an “overpaid idiot” as a result.
Myers spent almost three years in Houston, and he was, by all accounts, a solid citizen during that time. The volatile personality that seemed to bother him previously didn’t create problems. If anything, he seemed to enjoy the role of mentor for the younger players. Myers may have had temper problems early in his career, but it appears that he has may have undergone some changes that make the “character issue” less of a concern for front offices.
Comment by CJ in Austin, TX — January 2, 2013 @ 7:15 pm
This team lost 94 games last year, and the only real additions of consequence are Bauer and Myers (Choo/Swisher is roughly a wash). Those two guys will help, but the starting pitching was realy bad last year (5.1 WAR, *combined*)
They made some smart moves, but I think they’ve got a ways to go.