Wednesday, December 29, 2004

Yankees' Luxury Tax Exceeds Tampa Bay's Payroll

Saw this article in the P.I. today. I suspect that Sweet Lou had a few choice words when he saw it.

Monday, December 27, 2004

R.I.P. Johnny

Just a few words concerning the passing of Johnny Oates.

I will always have fond memories of watching Johnny in the dugout whenever the M's faced the Rangers. For several years in the 90's, the M's absolutely owned the Rangers, no matter where they played. Johnny would get the most forlorn expression on his face when things were going badly for the Rangers. One couldn't help but feel sorry for him, even though he was managing the opposition. R.I.P.

Thursday, December 23, 2004

Happy Holidays!

I suspect there won't be too much baseball news to discuss for a bit, so please allow me to wish each and every one of you Peace, Joy, and Prosperity.

I would be remiss if I didn't mention Derek's new gig at the P.I. - way to go!!

Friday, December 17, 2004

The Afterglow

The M's certainly made my Christmas a lot brighter yesterday. As step 2 of the BB and company plan, I couldn't have asked for anything better than Adrian Beltre. The infield suddenly looks to be quite solid (even with Jose Lopez at SS). It will also be quite nice to see some thunder in the M's lineup once again.

So how many days until pitchers and catchers report?

Update: It's official!.

Thursday, December 16, 2004

Beltre To M's?

That's what Ken Rosenthal says.

Awesome if true.

Update: Also being reported on ESPN. Great news - especially following the Sexson deal one day later. If it took signing Sexson at inflated dollars and years to secure Beltre, then I'm okay with it. Now if only a certain pitcher named Perez should happen to fall into our laps....

Wednesday, December 15, 2004

Back To Daily Blogging

Looks like I will be back to mostly daily blogging now that the M's have completed a big deal.

My thoughts on the Sexson signing:

  • Probably important to view this deal in context with the plan that BB and company have in mind. Taken in isolation, it appears to be too long for too much money.
  • Signing Sexson leads one to believe that Delgado becomes less of a target - seems to be more sensible to go full speed ahead after Beltre.
  • Looking forward to seeing Sexson launch one onto Royal Brougham.

Sexson Is Signed

According to the Times. Press conference at 4pm PST. Stay tuned.

Update: Here's the Official Press Release.
Update: According to the P.I., this is a $50 million dollar deal. Yikes!!

Murky Situation

It's apparently still to early to tell what is really happening with the M's alleged signing of Richie Sexson. Time will tell.

I don't think much of the Renteria signing. My brother-in-law will probably be ecstatic.

Would the M's sign Josh Phelps? It would be an awesome move - but it remains to be seen if BB can think that far out of the box.

Millwood or Perez? Put me down for Perez.

Still waiting for that good news....

Monday, December 13, 2004

The Sexson Deal

I'll have to reserve judgement on the Sexson deal until I hear the terms. If he passes the physical, and if the terms are favorable, and if this is part of a bigger plan, then I am okay with it. On the other hand, if this is a signing just to be signing somebody, then I won't be okay with it. The GM has been talking about making the club better not only for 2005, but for 2006 and 2007. Still waiting to see evidence of that.

Friday, December 10, 2004

Monday, December 06, 2004

Peter Gammons Speaks

Please read this piece by Peter Gammons concerning the steroid issue. As he points out, this isn't really about steroids - it's about honesty and winning at all costs. Great read - highly recommended.

Friday, December 03, 2004

Friday Thoughts 12.03

DMZ has an awesome post over at USS Mariner today concerning the steroid issue. I remember feeling disappointed when I learned that Pro Wrestling wasn't real - kinda feel the same way now - disappointed.

Looks like nothing is going to happen until the Winter Meetings. This is my least favorite time of the year with regard to baseball - waiting for something to happen.