Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Random Baseball thoughts

Yankee's, you want to win? Trade A-Rod! The season after the M's lost A-Rod to Texas, they won 120+ games. Didn't do anything after winning that many games, but were successful. I, overall, like A-Rod. He is a good player, but is struggling with the size of market that NY is for Yankee baseball. His personality and mood make ESPN Sportcenter, this guy is under the largest microscope ever. Signing the largest contract in the history of baseball might have caused that, but still, he is cracking. A-Rod is a distraction. He would do wonders in a place like KC or even southern Florida where baseball is not the biggest topic. Just as long as the new team has someone to "protect" his place in the batting lineup. If NY comes to it senses and losses some of the star power distractions and it’s aging starting rotation and brings in young, good players they would probably win a World Series...not that I want them too, but A-Rod is a distraction.

When Torre's job was in question, (which is every year the Yanks don't win the World Series) Piniella'a name came to the forefront of King George's mind. I think that Lou is the only one that could help A-Rod given a somewhat successful relationship in Seattle. With Torre staying on, there is only one more option for the Yankees.

A's fans have to be disappointed. Your team looked lousy yesterday. On field blunders along with leaving runners stranded with no outs. To the Tigers credit, Robertson pitched well. In the 4th inning, with runners on 3rd and 2nd, Jim Leyland made a visit to the mound. Not to pull Nate, but to chat with him. What does he do next? Strikes out the next 3 batters, leaving the 2 runners stranded in prime scoring position...job well done.

I am big Leyland fan. I have not been a fan of his teams, but it does not get much better than Leyland the manager. He was the chief during the Bonds/Bonilla/Van Slyke era in Pittsburgh, also took the Marlins to their first World Series title. He has been around decent talent during his MLB tour of duty, but always seems to get the job done when other managers have failed.

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