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Terrific! Forgive the OJ comparison, but it's the same idea. If you have money, you get off. The money means nothing to Talib, so there is virtually no penalty. Anyone without money is in jail for sure. Unfortunately, there is no real solution. If a victim fails to testify, no case.
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Agree with everything said about Maddon. But this is just as much the fault of management. While making all the right moves last season, they have made all the wrong moves this year. Every bullpen move has failed, as well as every position player move. Obviously, the stocks are failing, making every move financially motivated. So overpaying Kazmir & Burrell are disasters, which cannot be overcome, and which lead to other bad, but necessary moves like trading Kazmir. Which leads to bringing in one year wonders to the pen like Nelson, Shouse, & others, who have no track record of long term success. So ownership has to share the blame of the bullpen with Maddon, who definitely mismanages it. But this does not even compare with Maddon's blunder with Upton, first keeping him lead-off through part of August, and now making brainless excuses for him. But once again management blew it, by not arranging a Delmon Young type trade for him earlier, while he still had trade value. A trade for a good set-up man would have been possible even a couple of months ago. Now they will be stuck with him. And the worst move was falling for the one good year by Navarro, and not drafting Posey, who would already be their starting catcher. So a management sucks also blog would be most appropriate.
Toggle Commented Sep 10, 2009 on Ankle flares up on Upton at The Heater
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Not devastating? Would have been nice to win 2 out of 3? Glad Joe is not devastated. Makes me feel good all over.
Toggle Commented Sep 4, 2009 on Rays fall to Red Sox 6-3 at The Heater
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Is there a reason why Jennings is currently not the Rays center fielder? Or at least getting a shot in September? So what if he isn't that experienced. Upton is experienced and is one of the dumbest players in baseball. He will never to be able to maintain long term adjustments at the plate because of his lack of intelligence and will always make throwing and baseruning mistakes that will always cost the Rays. Time to make a change and trade him for at least a good set-up man.
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Nor crazy about manager bashing, but it has gotten rediculous. Verlander had 123 pitches, Niemann had 93 or so. Niemann outpitching Verlander and Maddon takes him out because of one double, with no sign of weakening. Worst on field manager I've seen since I've been a fan since 1959. He gets some credit for last year, but has sacrificed probably 10-15 games this year with bone-head moves. Lat year the pen came through to get him off the hook, but this season he was esposed. In the spirit of open-mindedness, I am willing to read anyone's logical reason for pulling Niemann, but it better be good. Well, guess I'm not that open minded.
Toggle Commented Aug 31, 2009 on Tigers 4, Rays 3 at The Heater
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John Lynch was right. Freeman should be the starter. Won't learn anything carrying a clipboard. And he was a mid first rounder like Flacco. Use the pick now.
Toggle Commented Aug 25, 2009 on No decision on Bucs QB today at Bucs Beat
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Simply put, both the team and the player got what they deserved, the player for hiring Boras, the team for drafting a Boras client as low as #30. It wasn't like he was a Strasburg or can't miss prspect. At #30, the Rays should have avoided Boras no matter what they thought of the player.
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If you don't want to spend the big bucs, why draft a Boras client? It's not like this guy was Stasburg or someone you want bad. He was a guy with a bum shoulder. Poor choice! And the 2nd round guy, they knew they had a slim chance from the start. Doesn't justify that you thought he was first round talent. The Rays are the only team to not sign their first 2 picks. Just means that next draft they will have to shell out double the money plus. No spin will work here.
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Why are people complaining about the Zahn trade? Yes, they gave up a lot, but anything to give Navarro more bench time is well worth it. I would have traded half of Durham to make that happen.
Toggle Commented Aug 17, 2009 on Rays 5, Blue Jays 2 at The Heater
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Actually, I counted 11 left on, but who cares.. it was a lot of base-runners. I used to get excited with hope after winning a home series, but I have become more cynical now. The Rays have to play well and win on the road to win now, which they don't seem capable of doing, especially against quality teams. On the road, they don't pitch well, field well, throw well, or think well. They seem very unprepared. I believe Kennedy had the answer when he pointed out that the Rays come out just 30 minutes before the game and just throw the ball around instead of practice. And they don't practice in places like Texas because of the heat. Coincidence? Make up your own mind, but I don't think so. How else do you explain their play on the road?
Toggle Commented Aug 17, 2009 on Rays 5, Blue Jays 2 at The Heater
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I can handle losing, but not the way they lose. After Crawford stole on 3-0 and Upton stole down 5-2, I had to turn it off. I don't blame Crawford or Upton. They are and have always been unintelligent players. It is Maddon, who gives them the green light to steal on their own. He has to realize these are not the Angels who have intelligent players. Crawford made 3 mental errors against the Angels the other night, and Upton makes them regularly. Maddon has to know that and adjust his policy, knowing who to trust. Those 2 have proven over the years that they can't be trusted to make intelligent decisions. But obviously, neither can Maddon.
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What to expect in trade for Upton? A solid set-up man like Frazor of Toronto. The Rays can expect no more at this point. To answer the question of why Maddon won't bench Burrell? I believe it is because of all the time he took with him in the batting cage last week. I believe there is a hint of arrogance in this apparently humble man, which is why it took so long to move Upton down in the line-up. It was in a way an admission of being wrong, which is why he can't bench Burrell, especially after working with him. Maybe I am projecting too much, but this has gone too far to spin this to just loyalty and patience. I hope I am wrong, for if I'm not, this team is in serious trouble in the future.
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Why does Maddon keep falling for the false superstar he thinks Upton will turn into? He gushes over his occasional great play or at bat, but refuses to acknowledge the many strikeouts, pickoff's, misreads and dumb baserunning mistakes that help lead to losses. And he and the announcers love to give all the advantages of Bartlett batting last, but ignore the lost at bats that Bartlett would give them instead of the at bats of Upton who hits 100 points lower. Maddon loves the speed of Upton and Crawford at the top, but doesn't realize that Bartlett is a far superior and smarter baserunner than Upton. Would love to see Jennings brought up play CF, but that will only happen with an Upton injury. Maddon will never admit that he was wrong about Upton and will be sucked in when Upton has another hot few weeks or month like June.
Toggle Commented Jul 23, 2009 on White Sox 4, Rays 3 at The Heater
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