Peavy's demands could land him in…

….San Diego, of all places!

Translation: if you don’t give us [a] cut, we’ll exercise the no-trade clause. Peavy can use his veto power to make sure that he captures a good portion of the economic rents generated by his contract. And it sounds like he’s negotiating for more money, possibly through an extension or a salary supplement (I’m not sure
if the latter is allowed under the current CBA). When it’s all said and done, the prospects the Padres can expect might be so bad and few – as his salary demands rise – that the Padres decide to keep him on the roster. And hey, if he likes playing in San Diego so much, maybe the Padres should reconsider their desire to trade him. Jake Peavy didn’t agree to a below-market contract so that the Padres could enrich themselves by trading him.

Meaning: As Peavy demands more to sweeten his side of the deal (almost free agent-like), the less the Padres will get in return. That plays right into the Yanks (and other large market, big salary appetites) hands. When have the Yanks let a few extra dollars of “sweetener” get in the way of getting a deal done? Posada, sure. Mo, ditto. Contreras, Pavano, Wright….wait, nevermind. I feel ill.

I’ve said all along, I’ll believe the Yanks are out of it only when the ink is signed on some other team’s letterhead.

Tim over at MLBTR.com has the latest. Have at it.

UPDATE (10/28/08, 1:40pm): Buster’s update on the Peavy/Braves/Dodgers chatter:

The Braves want to keep their best prospects, like Tommy Hanson and Jason Heyward and Gorkys Hernandez, and unless Atlanta and the Padres can find some kind of middle ground in their Peavy trade talks over the likes of Yunel Escobar and Jordan Schaefer and some pitching, San Diego figures to look elsewhere. The Dodgers remain an intriguing possibility, because they have the kind of young pitching that the Padres would need in return for Peavy; L.A. might have to part with Chad Billingsley or Clayton Kershaw as the centerpiece of the deal for a division’s rival ace and Cy Young Award winner.

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Climbing the summit of HGH

Buried within this article about the Mets shopping the trade market for a closer that than pay thru the nose for K-Rod, we get this:

Major League Baseball will hold an “HGH summit” on Monday, Nov. 10, at UCLA. Chaired by UCLA doctor Gary Green, who works with MLB, the summit will feature a discussion on what must be done in order to add human growth hormone to routine sports drug testing.

Of course, by the time baseball and other sports test for HGH, the athletes will be on to some new drug. But there’s little harm in mounting a public-relations front.

More to come on this as I am totally on-board with storing blood/urine samples until reliable HGH tests are available, whenever that might be. Put the fear into these guys.

From MLB.com:

The world’s leading anti-doping experts and scholars will convene in Beverly Hills, California for the summit and will be chaired by Dr. Gary Green, Clinical Professor in the Division of Sports Medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and Major League Baseball’s consultant on Performance Enhancing Drugs. Entitled “Growth Hormone: Barriers to Implementation of hGH Testing in Sports,” the summit will attempt to identify the scientific, medical, legal and ethical issues that must be addressed before Human Growth Hormone testing can be considered a routine part of sports drug testing.

Said my main man, Bud Selig:

After the Mitchell report, one of my main goals was to bring together the leading anti-doping experts for an hGH summit,” said Commissioner Selig. “The effective regulation of hGH remains one of the foremost challenges for anti-doping efforts in all sports. This summit is a significant step forward, and Major League Baseball is pleased that Dr. Green, one of the foremost experts in the field, will head this initiative.”

We’ll see. I am really interested to see what sort of proactive stance they take. Continue reading Climbing the summit of HGH

Quick shots on last night's game

Everyone is all over the place on last night’s World Series game that didn’t reach a conclusion. Some quick thoughts:

  • Bud is like Charlie Brown; he just can’t seem to do right, and even when he does, he looks terrible doing it.
  • Should the game have even been started? Considering both teams agreed to give it a shot, the answer is YES. Unless, of course, the banks of meteorologists could tell with certainty that the weather would get worse before it gets better.
  • I think he did the right thing in postponing the game. I also like that he would have insisted that the game be played to it’s conclusion, no matter the date.
  • Why, if it was pre-determined that if a game was unable to be finished, it would resume at a later date, even if it was “official” by definition with a winner determinable, did we and the players did not know this?
  • If the managers knew that if the weather forced a postponement without truncating the game, why didn’t they (especially Maddon) protest to have the game postponed once it got really nasty out?
  • How on Earth did Upton get that big a jump on Hamels after Hamels threw over there a half-dozen times?
  • How can Upton wear pants that hang below his cleats with no elastic to keep them tight to the leg without tripping?
  • Complaining about the start times is redundant and fruitless. That bed has been made and we’re stuck with the pre-game lasting from 8pm EST until 8:30. Until MLB’s contract with Fox expires and they force the decision with the next network to start the games earlier, this problem will continue. Remember, it IS about the money, stupid!
  • Regular season games start roughly at 7pm. They are punting that start time (and by proxy FINISH time) by an hour and a half. If it was good enough for 162 games, why not keep it going in the post season? Would you rather have more viewers from 7-8:30pm or from 11:30-1am? Where are the more valuable viewers?
  • Considering that both teams are East Coast-based, shouldn’t that be a consideration with regards to start times? If it were an East/West coast match-up, I can better understand the later starts. But when both teams are in the same time zone, shouldn’t they have some preference?
  • My baseball-loving 8-year-old son goes to bed at 8:30. He has to mope his way to his room as the first pitch is being tossed. I have to leave him notes so he knows what happened when he wakes up. Way to get that next generation hooked, MLB/Fox.
  • I read this somewhere (can’t remember, sorry) and I thought it was a fun idea: Rather than being forced to listed to McCarver and Buck, why don’t they allow the home team to use their home town broadcasters for the game? Sure there are probably contractual hurdles, but the concept is pretty cool.
  • How different was this rain from the midges last year in Cleveland that swarmed on Joba? Couldn’t they have done this last year?

Your take?

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Thanks for the explanation, Charlie


Ryan Howard is a carrier. That’s somebody that can take your team and get big hits and knock in runs and carry you. Ryan Howard is a carrier. You can say what you want about him, but his numbers are right there for you.”

Gee, thanks Charlie. I had NO idea what you were talking about. That’s sooo much better. Did you consult John Maddon on that one?

That machine is a toaster. You put bread in it and it comes out toast. That is a toaster. ***

*** With a wink and a nod at the late genius Mitch Hedberg:

“I want to get a job as someone who names kitchen appliances. Toaster, refrigerator, blender….all you do is say what the sh*t does, and add “er”. I wanna work for the Kitchen Appliance Naming Institute. Hey, what does that do? It keeps sh*t fresh. Well that’s a fresher….I’m going on break.”

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NY Post missing the point

Bless their hearts, but the NY Post just has to take the low road, the caustic approach with the teams they cover. Rather than focus on what is the real story within this Joel Sherman article, they bury it behind the title and thrust of “YANKS’ DECISION LOOKING BAD“.

Sure, after Year 1, the decision to keep Hughes and others rather than deal them all AND pay $140 million-ish for Johan doesn’t look good. Who would disagree with that? But there is some harrowing scouts-take buried in here worth reading:

But scouts who have watched him in the AFL say Hughes’ delivery, command and array of stuff have not been impressive.

He started the Rising Stars game and permitted four runs (one earned) in three innings, allowing two homers and walking two. One scout who has seen multiple starts in the AFL by Hughes offered this report from the Rising Stars game:

His velocity was fine. He threw some at 93-94 (mph), but mostly he was in the low 90s, but the problem was that they were straight. He gave up two bombs and even the outs were mostly hard hit. He couldn’t command his fastball to the corners at all. Only about half his curves were good and only about one in four were in the strike zone. He is working to add that changeup (to use against lefties), threw three and all were up and out of the zone.

“I think the problem is that his elbow is too low so he is not commanding because he is not throwing downhill. His command stinks because his motion stinks. For example, his curve has good rotation and break, but I think because of that delivery it breaks early and so hitters pick it up.”

OK, that’s some good insight that we can’t see. But to focus on the deal not done is just plain lazy.

What we also have to consider is the fact that we still have Hughes, et al, and we now have the financial flexability to go after a younger CC Sabathia. Perhaps I am simply being foolish, but I’d rather have a younger horse like Sabathia than a slightly-older greyhound like Johan. We may wind up with neither and that’s the risk.

But they have to stop harping on the Johan non-trade. That ship is LOOOOOONG gone.

UPDATE (10/27/08, 12:50pm): Pete Abraham from the LoHud blog has a bit on the Shermanisms above:

But this is definitely true: Of the 120 pitchers in the Arizona Fall League, 108 of them are older than Hughes. That stat courtesy of Brian Cashman, who shuffled papers in his desk until he found it this morning.
……
Hughes is 22. Give the guy a chance to pitch before you decide whether he can or not.

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The Mayors' bet

I always think the annual bet by the Mayors of the two cities appearing in the World Series is lame. This year, it’s for sandwiches. Wooooo, risky! Here’s my idea, which just came to me as I was reading Shysterball’s entry about the bets:

The LOSER of the bet has to come to the city of the winning team –with his entire senior staff– and help clean up AFTER THE TICKER TAPE PARADE. It combines real risk along with real shame in losing, plus it makes for a great photo op with a sitting mayor of a major city, broom in hand, cleaning the streets with his/her senior staff as the victors celebrate with the winning mayor at City Hall.


This must happen. Continue reading The Mayors' bet

Peavy's choices: Padres or AL

Seems that the Padres are slowing down the process to keep Peavy in the loop.

“There’s certainly a lot of interest from other clubs,” Towers said. “But we’ve slowed it down the last three or four days because, after doing some fact-finding, and talking with other teams, I didn’t want to go further until I got the go-ahead from Jake.”

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What 19mph looks like

I recommend you taking a quick hop over to THT to check out Alex Eisenberg’s latest review of some of the recent draft picks. If you want to get a decent feel of what a 93 mph fastball looks like relative to a 74 mph curveball thrown by the same pitcher, wonder no more.

No wondering by me why I am behind a keyboard not winding up a long and servicable career in the Majors. Who can hit that stuff? And he’s just a prospect. Sheesh. Continue reading What 19mph looks like