Grumble, grumble, outrage!

Born in Southwestern Ohio and currently residing on the Chesapeake Bay, Brien is a former editor-in-chief of IIATMS who now spends most of his time sitting on his deck watching his tomatoes ripen and consuming far more MLB Network programming than is safe for one's health or sanity.

About Brien Jackson

Born in Southwestern Ohio and currently residing on the Chesapeake Bay, Brien is a former editor-in-chief of IIATMS who now spends most of his time sitting on his deck watching his tomatoes ripen and consuming far more MLB Network programming than is safe for one's health or sanity.

37 thoughts on “Grumble, grumble, outrage!

  1. So, Brien, now you care about whether an action violates federal law? When we were discussing steroid use and I made the comment that steroids were banned in baseball because their use without a prescription violated federal law, you dismissed that notion as unimportant. Why the double standard?

    I agree with you on this silly suggestion by Griffin, but I'd like to hear an explanation for your inconsistency when it comes to applying federal law to the MLB workplace.

  2. How is it bad that the Pirates are getting a pitcher that they want, but otherwise would not have been able to afford? Would it be better for the Pirates if a pitcher that they believe makes their team better was forced to be glued to the Yankees bench?

    The Yankees are going to end up paying $70 million for 1 good year and 2 poor years of AJ Burnett. That sounds like the Yankees are being adequately punished for offering a terrible contract, doesn't it?

    Also, what about all the times the Yankees rescued other teams from the terrible contracts that they've been under, giving those teams much-needed salary relief?

    "has always required the presence of better pitchers on his own staff to be most effective."

    This literally makes zero sense.

  3. Um…didn't Burnett sign a 5 year $82.5M contract, and not an $88.5M one? Secondly, how are better pitchers on the staff going to make him look more effective? Wouldn't that make him look by comparison? Look, Griffin, either you're effective or you're not. Plain and simple.

    Honestly, my favorite lol moment, other than his rampant disregard for logic and rational thought, was that he said Burnett was "barely .500." Nice to know where he stands on the stats argument.

  4. Nice catch, Brien. What a ridiculous article. Leaving aside the pseudological inconsistencies (like, if Roy Halladay was the reason Burnett was good in Toronto, why didn't Sabathia make him better in New York?), what really bothers me is the suggestion that Selig should wield autocratic power over the league, ala David Stern (who, at least, had a tiny bit of justification because the league owned the Hornets). Also, the suggestion that Burnett's was a contractual standard-bearer flys in the face of all evidence. There have been only four contracts as large or larger than Burnett's handed to starting pitchers since '09. Cliff Lee and Sabathia are obviously not comparable to A. J. Nor, in my opinion, is Jered Weaver. So, yes, the following season the Red Sox overpaid for John Lackey, but Lackey did have a far more consistent track record than Burnett at the time. I think, rather than arguing that A. J.'s contract raised the market on "inconsistent pitcher with great stuff," we could actually see it depressing it, as recent years have seen somewhat comparable pitchers (Edwin Jackson, Brett Myers, Erik Bedard, etc.) treated with extreme skepticism when they hit the open market.

  5. Don't worry about anything Griffin says… Toronto fans don't take him seriously either. At least not the ones who know anything about baseball.