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 Post subject: And then there's the insanity of the winter meetings
PostPosted: Thu Dec 07, 2006 1:24 am 
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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Barry Bonds and his entourage were seen scurrying through the hotel lobby with the slugger hardly uttering a word before disappearing onto an elevator.


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And then there's Gil Meche, signing for five years and $55 million with the Kansas City Royals. Easily the biggest franchise-crippling move of the offseason, more so than Soriano's.

One, Meche isn't very good.

Two, Kansas City doesn't have anything left to spend on anyone.

Three, this signing does nothing to help the Royals win.


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Wabberjocky wrote:
And then there's Gil Meche, signing for five years and $55 million with the Kansas City Royals. Easily the biggest franchise-crippling move of the offseason, more so than Soriano's.

One, Meche isn't very good.

Two, Kansas City doesn't have anything left to spend on anyone.

Three, this signing does nothing to help the Royals win.


The numbers for Meche in years and dollars were ridiculous, I agree.

But he's easily a No. 1 on the Royals, where he would be a No. 4 or No. 5 on a contending team. That was probably part of the motivation behind signing him.

And who knows? Maybe Uncle Bud sidled up to David (Wal-Mart) Glass at the most recent owners' meetings and said, "Looky here, Dave. Time to open the vault a bit and give those fans something to latch onto. Elsewise we might be talking about contraction real soon. Hate to see Kansas City pop up on the list."

On an unrelated note, too bad No. 25 got a contract. I was hoping he'd be left without an offer and have to threaten to take baseball to court to get a "job."

And if he's not indicted and/or jailed before he hits home run No. 22 next year, the night he does so in San Francisco (because you know he will sit out all road games once he gets close) will be the most anticlimactic "record"-setting night in the history of world sports. For the most revered record in world sports.

The only consolation is that A-Rod will one day supplant No. 25 as the all-time home-run champ, whether he stays with the Yankees or not. Dog in the clutch that he is, he is at the very least a clean-cut citizen who always hustles, and he does get his numbers every year. I think he is on pace to hit about 800.


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Agreed. Some small consolation to the Bonds hullabaloo is that he'll have the home-run record for only seven or eight years.

But then, of course, Alex Rodriguez will likely be an equally polarizing figure for fans and sportswriters alike. To me, he'll end up as the greatest player of all time — an obvious distinction when one accounts for his broad palette of defensive and offensive skills, his steady and surpassing growth and what will likely be his remarkable durability and sustained level of high performance.

Oh, yeah, and those apocalyptic career totals.

So what if people don't like him?


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Wabberjocky wrote:
To me, he'll end up as the greatest player of all time — an obvious distinction when one accounts for his broad palette of defensive and offensive skills, his steady and surpassing growth and what will likely be his remarkable durability and sustained level of high performance.

Oh, yeah, and those apocalyptic career totals.

So what if people don't like him?


Are you talking about A-Rod or Bonds?


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A-Rod.


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Sorry, I knew that ... just pointing out the similarities.


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Wabberjocky wrote:
Agreed. Some small consolation to the Bonds hullabaloo is that he'll have the home-run record for only seven or eight years.

But then, of course, Alex Rodriguez will likely be an equally polarizing figure for fans and sportswriters alike. To me, he'll end up as the greatest player of all time — an obvious distinction when one accounts for his broad palette of defensive and offensive skills, his steady and surpassing growth and what will likely be his remarkable durability and sustained level of high performance.

Oh, yeah, and those apocalyptic career totals.

So what if people don't like him?


Remember that A-Rod has a looooooong way to go in the longevity department. Many of us were saying the same thing about Junior at this age (31), before his body began failing him.


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The difference, to me, is that Junior was a notorious no-show in the training and conditioning department, and got a free pass for this in Seattle for the most part. He skipped most in-season drills, chugged along in second gear during spring trainings, sprawled on the couch during the offseasons and jaked it on the basepaths day in and day out — classic symptoms of a natural athlete who believed in his God-given body and talent to the exclusion of all else. His chronic harmstring problems are a logical result of a lifetime of nonchalance.

A-Rod, on the other hand, has always been among the hardest workers in baseball, in and out of each season. Like him or hate him, his conditioning and work ethic has never been an issue.


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Funniest line from the winter meetings, courtesy of Baseball Prospectus:

"Can the Yankees keep up with the Royals' free-spending ways?"


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