Monday, February 06, 2006

The Toronto Juggernauts (or is it Argonauts, in which case, what the hell is an Argonaut?)

Jayson Stark's recent Useless Info article has some very interesting Super Bowl-baseball connected facts, worth checking out. Did you know that Antwaan Randle El and Hines Ward were both drafted in baseball, by the Cubs and Marlins, respectively. I love those players who nearly went into another sport. "Hey, remember Tony Gwynn?" "Yeah, didn't he play point guard for the Clippers for a few years during the '80s?" "Good call!"

Anyway, Bengie "I Fucked Myself Out of Lots of Money" Molina found a home, signing a one year deal with those free spending Blue Jays. "Oh, those Blue Jays are so outrageous, look at them getting all the superstars, move over Yankees and Red Sox!" I have never seen a team get more hype for not acquiring a single true top tier player than Toronto has this winter. Be that as it may. Molina is unquestionably an upgrade over Gregg Zaun, both at and behind the plate. The price is right, as he'll make $4.5 this year and gets a $500,000 if his $7.5 mil option for 2007 isn't exercised. So a good move by the Jays. I still maintain that they're short one more quality hitter, and even with this signing I'm not picking them over the Yankees or Sox. But they did get a little better by bringing in Molina, so kudos to you J.P. Ricciardi.

But wait a sec...the Mets offered Molina 3 years and $18 mil. The Jays are giving Molina $5 mil. Let me do some quick math here...yes, my initial assumption checks out, $18 mil is a lot more than $5 mil. Note to self: DON'T USE ALAN NERO AS AN AGENT FOR MY NEXT CONTRACT NEGOTIATION. And while I'm at it, other note to self: Upon purchasing my own major league team, MAKE SURE NOT TO EMPLOY OMAR MINAYA AS MY GENERAL MANAGER! Mike Piazza just signed with the Padres for $2 mil for a year. Molina has $5 mil for a year. But Checklist Omar showed everybody, he nabbed the immortal Paul LoDuca for TWO years and $6.5 mil each year! And he got to divest his team of one of those pesky things called "prospects." Whew. Nice work there, going with the worst possible option.

A February 6th b-day, another one of those crazy early 20th century names. A guy named Babe Ruth was born in 1895. I looked at his stats, apparently he both pitched and played the OF in his career. Very interesting. A poor man's Brooks Kieschnick you might say.


Blogger adam20ss said...

hit the nail on the head re: Omar

1:12 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I heard they named a candy bar after Mr. Ruth. He must have been a real good pitcher

10:30 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think you are wrong on the Piazza front. The Mets wouldnt have been able to get for $2 mil. Piazza wanted $8mil and would have accepted salary arbitration w/ the Mets which would have probably cost them more than what Lo Duca is making. Also Piazza wouldnt have helped the Mets.

11:18 AM  
Blogger Brian said...

Pronunciation: 'är-g&-"not, -"nät
Function: noun
Etymology: Latin Argonautes, from Greek ArgonautEs, from ArgO, ship in which the Argonauts sailed + nautEs sailor -- more at NAUTICAL
1 a capitalized : any of a band of heroes sailing with Jason in quest of the Golden Fleece b : an adventurer engaged in a quest

11:33 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I cant believe the Steelers won the Super Bowl and I didnt get a name mention, but the friend who can name the 4th string wide receivers did. I can name them too, I just dont flaunt that fact. But if it will get me a friggin mention, I'll say it too - Nate Washington and, um, well, some stupid Seahawk who lost the Super Bowl. So there.

11:53 AM  

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