Friday, November 30, 2007

Nats 1, Mets 0

The Mets traded Lastings Milledge today to the Nationals in exchange for catcher Brian Schneider and outfielder Ryan Church. Yes, you read correctly; the Mets traded a 22 year old, high-ceiling outfield prospect for one of the worst regulars in baseball (Schneider) and a good #4 or #5 outfielder (Church).

Whether you want to believe it was because of some perceived attitude problem, or Schneider's exaggerated defensive reputation, or some infatuation with Church, the Mets made an awful trade.

However, in the grand scheme of things, it was not the worst choice on earth; in fact, I thought of a few worse potential choices:

1) Hiring Michael Vick as your dog-sitter
2) Mentioning "Billy Beane" or "Moneyball" in front of Joe Morgan.
3) Challenging Bartolo Colon to a pie-eating contest.
4) Trying to get Brett Hull to talk about something besides, well, Brett Hull.
5) Playing "Guitar Hero" with Joel Zumaya.

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

NL MVP Voting

I'm about sick of complaining about the voting tendencies of the baseball writers. This year, they got it for the most part right (A-Rod, Sabathia, Pedroia and Peavy). Even with the first one they got wrong, an argument could be made that Braun was a better choice than Tulo (although I'd go with Tulo because of his sick defense). The Gold Gloves are, well, a joke, so I won't even go there.

However, votes like today's NL MVP totals still bug the heck out of me. That Pujols and Wright finished so low is inexcusable. Congrats again to the writers for getting it wrong.

*Start slow clap*

Friday, November 16, 2007

The Indictment of Barry

In case you hadn't heard, or just slept through yesterday, Barry Bonds was indicted by a federal grand jury yesterday on perjury and obstruction of justice charges. It was the moment everyone was waiting for, even if it occurred later than expected. ESPN has actually had some decent coverage on this; Roger Cossack discussed the indictment on ESPN Radio last night, and Lester Munson has a piece on, which includes thoughts as to why the indictment took this long (the removal of the US Attorney from the start of the case, changes in the Justice Department, etc.). Although it seems unlikely Bonds would serve any long jail sentence, what with a clean criminal record up to this point, those who wanted their pound of flesh are about to get it.

I put myself in the Peter Gammons camp in reaction to this; it's a sad day for baseball. As a baseball fan, one of the main reasons you follow the game is the chance to see the next great player accomplish the next great thing. You watch the hitting streak to see if it reaches 56 games. You watch the perfect game going into the 9th to see if the pitcher can finish it.

Barry, for all his unpopularity, was putting up some amazing numbers; even with less playing time last year, he was one of the top handful of hitters in the game. He had broken the home run record, could have gotten 3000 hits this year (although that milestone is a bit overrated), and could have pushed the home record even further. Even before the allegations of steroid abuse, he was one of the top 2-3 players in baseball, a great hitter who was also a standout defensive left fielder.

Bonds was greatness, in a baseball sense, and now it looks like that could be over. While the man may be difficult to embrace, his contributions to the game are easy to see, and it's sad to think about what could have been.