More Bang For The Buck … Or Let’s Just Say Simply More Fizzle For The Money ………… !

More Bang For The Buck … Or Let’s Just Say Simply More Fizzle For The Money ………… !

It’s not strange to realize at this time of the baseball season fans are opining on how their teams are doing and where the letdowns appear to be if those ball clubs aren’t faring well. Much of that could very well be put down to the fact that certain players haven’t been playing up to par. And nowhere is this more apparent than when it comes to the highly paid players who’ve essentially been a bust over the course of the season.


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Nothing could be more apparent at present than the premise prescribed when you have players such as Vernon Wells , Jayson Werth , Alfonso Soriano , Carlos Zambrano , Adam Dunn and Barry Zito simply coming up firing a blank . Having read an article in the sports’ pages of Tuesday’s edition of USA Today I thought it only appropriate to look at Bob Nightingale’s article more closely . Wells the the Los Angeles Angels’ slugger has had a monstrous and unproductive season for the team . At this juncture I’m not so sure if Arte Moreno as the team owner had it to do all over again the front office would have acquired the player from the Toronto Blue Jays by way of a trade .

Vernon Wells is owed $63 million through 2014 and it’s apparent that any takers for such a contract would have to be willing to undertake that commitment long term . How and why Mike Scoscia and GM Tony Reagins would have sought to add Wells to the roster under the premise that he would add some potency to the the team’s offense must now have the Angels’ fans in something of a quandary ! And though the ball-club now seems to be out of contention within the AL West in mounting a serious enough challenge to the Texas Rangers , it has to be said that trade has proven to be a monumental failure . Money can’t always by happiness but most certainly can buy great deal of damn misery as the Los Angeles Angels are now finding out .

It’s pretty safe to say that the Chicago Cubs have pretty much underachieved this season as can be attested to in their standing within the NL Central . And if nothing else the fallout after Carlos Zambrano’s meltdown in the game against the Atlanta Braves where the player abruptly left the clubhouse bailing on his teammates and abruptly announcing his retirement . However, in lieu of that the player has since reneged on that announcement simply stating that he was angry. Team GM Jim Hendry has , however , suspended Zambrano without pay but a grievance has been filed by the player’s agent Barry Praver with the union (MLBPA) on the player’s behalf , which will be forwarded to the MLB hierarchy .

The failings of the Chicago Cubs have been well chronicled and given the ball-club’s lack of success in the postseason they can either be lamented or simpy chided for their complete mediocrity .

As prolific as Alfonso Soriano was said to be while with the New York Yankees it has to be said the player has been less of an asset and more of a liability with the Chicago Cubs . From one moment to the next one never simply knows what to expect from the player. And it’s not as if this season has proven to be any different for Soriano as we have seen the Cubs simply give up on the year . And for team owner Tom Ricketts and his family even with the multi million dollar refurbishment of Wrigley Field , the loyal fans still coming to the ballpark in droves it has to be said that the fans are still be short changed by the organization at large.

Can someone please explain to me how it is that Mike Rizzo can still remain the general manager of the Washington Nationals ? Isn’t it enough with the hooplah over the drafting of Bryce Harper and Stephen Strasburg the organization has nothing to show for it at all ? Building for the future is one thing but I doubt that the fans will want to become members of AARP before this team actually shows some semblance of being competitive .

Last season the hooplah was the furor was with the Nationals acquiring Jayson Werth from the Philadelphia Phillies as a free agent. The player lauded by the front office as being a leader and someone who would tutor the younger players on the roster , it has to be said that Werth has been a complete disappointment. And at seven years $126 million ($18 million a year), can we all agree that agent Scott Boras has found a way to con another idiotic general manager in baseball.

I’ve heard fans opine on the fact that when a marquee free agent hits a slump then he ought to be viewed as crap but what about the general manager who signed that player how should they effectively be treated ? Shouldn’t they also be denigrated and chewed out for their stupidity ? It appears the fans are not always willing to go that far but I would simply pose this question ….. why the fu#ck not ?

Another of Boras’ high profiled clients is Barry Zito and his season can be best described as being caked in utter bullshit ! To see the San Francisco Giants’ fall from grace though not quite out contention in the NL West divisional hunt or the wildcard berth is to witness a team that simply seems to have ran out of steam at present. As defending World Series champions it’s hard to imagine a team could be viewed as being self destruct mode . Zito , himself has $46 million remaining on a contract that if anything will be a boon for Brian Sabean and the organization at large .

If there’s to be an absolute baseline in mediocrity this season simply in terms of productivity from a highly paid player in baseball then that mantel would clearly belong to Adam Dunn ! Suffice to say his season productivity in terms of his BA ( .162 ) isn’t even in line with his own body weight . I am not about to lambast the player much less the Chicago White Sox organization at large . GM Ken Williams along team owner Jerry Riensdorf and manager Ozzie Guillen must’ve undergone a strange transformation of sorts , wherein , they felt that Dunn was still a valuable asset to this team at large . Clearly this season that simply has not been the case as the White Sox have simply struggled to remain competitive within the AL Central . Barely above .500 within the division with a 61-60 mark it has to be said that the team will have to fight tooth and nail to pass both the Cleveland Indians and Detroit Tigers who lay ahead of them within the AL Central .

One could be critical of the job that Ozzie Guillen has done this season but in reality the failings of this team are not simply Guillen’s alone . It has been a collective effort all round much of that blame has to laid squarely on the players who have simply not stepped up to the plate . Adam Dunn being the primary example of that with his meager productivity this season and that of his teammates . But that asides if Guillen’s only premise is to be verbose and simply use profanity as a way of instilling his wishes from his players then you can comprehend why it is that the team has as such failed to respond with resolve throughout much of the season.

It’s hard to try and explain the reasons behind the failures of the aforementioned players other than to suggest that they’re simply not as good as advertized or previously thought . One thing is definitely certain, any organization choosing to take any of players mentioned had better make sure to be diligent in the process , and know exactly what the hell it is that they’re doing . This much I do know , given the actions of the general managers of the teams in question who sought the services of these high priced free agents, it is obvious that they simply craved the idea of having what they thought was a productive asset but instead they’ve simply ended up with a dud !



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In light of the points raised within this piece and that of Bob Nightingale’s article do you feel that it is primarily a general manager’s responsibility or that of the player to actually prove their worth ? Do bear in mind however , the premise behind any deal is that the player is being rewarded based on his ability and the executive in this case is simply being rewarded for his professed astuteness in making a deal that’s said to be beneficial for both parties. Simply chime in with a comment as you see fit and thanks as always for the continued support as it greatly appreciated !

Alan aka tophatal ……

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(1) Los Angeles Angels’ Vernon Wells, a former Toronto Blue Jays, evades a ball from Blue Jays pitcher Ricky Romero during the second inning of their baseball game in Toronto, Saturday, Aug. 13, 2011. AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Chris Young ….

(2) Vernon Wells (10) of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim runs out a hit against the Toronto Blue Jays in a MLB game on August 13,2011 at the Rogers Centre in Toronto, Canada. Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images ……

(3) Jayson Werth (28) of the Washington Nationals walks to the dugout after striking out against the Cincinnati Reds at Nationals Park on August 16, 2011 in Washington, DC. Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images …….

(4) Alfonso Soriano (12) of the Chicago Cubs makes an attempt on a line drive against the Washington Nationals on August 11, 2011 at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois. The Cubs defeated the Nationals 4-3 . Photo by David Banks/Getty Images ………..

(5) Pitcher Carlos Zambrano (38) of the Chicago Cubs throws a pitch during the game against the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field on August 12, 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia. The player would be ejected during the game subsequently announce his retirement but would soon renege on the comment . However he has since been suspended by the club without pay for 30 days. The suspension of which he’s now fighting having lodged an appeal through the union which will be reviewed by the MLB hierarchy . Mark Zarrilla / Getty Images North America ………

(6) Adam Dunn (32) of the Chicago White Sox argues with home plate umpire Bill Miller after striking out in the eighth inning of the game against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on August 10, 2011 in Baltimore, Maryland. Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images ……..

(7) Dave Righetti (19) the pitching coach of the San Francisco Giants talks with Barry Zito (75) and Eli Whiteside (22) during the game against the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park on July 31, 2011 in Cincinnati, Ohio . Zito would then be immediately be place on the team’s DL with a sprained right foot . The player’s productivity this season can be best described as meager when one bears in mind he’s due $18.5 million this year . Getty Images North America / Mark Parrilla …………..


MLB news

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To read Bob Nightingale’s article in USA Today click on the link provided Zambrano contract among bad deals

Link provided … List of highest paid MLB players

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16 thoughts on “More Bang For The Buck … Or Let’s Just Say Simply More Fizzle For The Money ………… !”

  1. For the sort of money being paid out in terms of salaries it shouldn’t just be the players being corralled and lambasted but also these dumb ass general managers but the team owners as well !

    But perhaps it’s because the players , owners and gm’s are merely wanting to stay alive ?

    I wonder if Yurizan Beltran is a relative of Carlos Beltran ? Wha’ d’ya think ?

    tophatal …………….


  2. JW

    There’s a slew of these guys that are vastly overpaid ! You simply go down the list of the top 25 and at least 70% of them aren’t cutting ; the mustard as we Brits would like to say !

    As you can see this Carlos at his very best no wonder the Astros suck at present !

    As for Carlos Lee there was a gm simply dumb enough to sign off on the deal so what else is left to say ?

    tophatal ………………..


  3. I think you could add Carl Crawford to that list. I don’t think they gave him all that money to be the 7-8 hitter in the lineup! Another albatross contract is Alex Rios. I still can’t figure out why the White Sox picked him up off waivers…


    1. chappy

      With the money the Red Sox are paying CC it’s for the long term and hence the reason they acquired him. He wasn’t being asked to lead their offense this season as they’ve a plethora of players on this team now doing that . Where Crawford can be a real asset to this team is defensively as as we know that’s one of his biggest strengths ! He could be the decider in a double play that negates runs being scored .

      Ken Williams and the entire front office of the White Sox have been doin’ way too much salvia !

      ‘Beisbol been very good to me and my friend Jake Peavy ‘ ! Alex Rios

      Alex Rios is what you don’t want in a player …. lazy and more of a liability to a team rather than an asset !

      tophatal …………..


  4. Anyone of the opinion that Yurizan needs to get some pipe ?

    I need to get some in !

    She’s obviously not a relative of Carlos Beltran …….. she’s healthy and has had more hits than him this season season !



    tophatal ………


    1. al clements

      Money is money but in sports it’s not viewed as anything real, merely child’s play, as the owners and general managers feel that they’re playing with ” Monopoly Money “. And that’s the real inherent problem that’s now creating a waste land within the world of sports and indeed showing how stupid so many of these teams have become !

      tophatal ……………..


    2. al clements

      Perhaps the playing field could be leveled somewhat if the players’ salaries were actually based on their on-field performances and not simply based on presumed potential ?

      It’d make for an interesting season don’t you think ?

      Guess Emma’s stats and get your self the booby prize .

      tophatal ………..


  5. the Cubs have been underachieving ever since that dude caught the foul ball lol. Not a single Texas Ranger on the highest paid players list this season and their first in their division. That’s what I like to see.


    1. jgome

      Steve Bartman is to be appreciated for all that he’s done for the Cubs over the years . I’m sure that the fans in attendance at Wrigley Field each season commemorate his acts of stupidity !

      Consider the ineptitude shown by this ball-club over the years and now this season in particular ? This team has no heart much less pride in itself and they ought to feel ashamed of what they’re serving up to their fans at present !

      The Rangers mightn’t need to keep a close look over their shoulders because the Angels are not within close proximity of them within that division (AL West ) . But they had better not become complacent as Mike Sciocsia is known to be the type of manager that has been known to pull off the unexpected and get the best out of a team when least expected.

      The front office of the Rangers has the money to pay for major stars but why try and fix something when it isn’t broken ? And that’s the mantra being taken by GM Jon Daniels and the ownership group .

      Faith says hi !

      tophatal …………


  6. Just because San fran won the whole bananna last year doesn’t mean they will repeat. the Phillies haven’t won crap this year. The Bums may not make through to the World Series. This what the game is all about. Time will tell.


    1. Bobby Gee

      The Giants won last year because they hit a rich vein of form down the stretch run of the regular season and then made it pay dividends in the postseason by winning the World Series . That being said the team is basically in tact with one or two additions .

      As to the Phillies there’s a reason why this team is laying waste to the NL as well as the division . Reuben Amaro and the coaches knew that they had to build something for the long haul that would last well into the postseason . That being said you cannot deny their recent displays in playoffs. That’s why they were viewed amongst the favorites within the NL for the pennant and World Series .


      tophatal ………


  7. Yea there are a lot of bad contracts out there. I’m amazed that the Angels wanted to take on Vernon Wells’ nasty contract even if the Blue Jays are paying off $5 million of it per year. Rios is another brutal one from the J.P. Riccardi regime and we’re just glad he’s out of there. I’m surprised the Nationals haven’t learned from these bad $126 million contracts (i.e. Wells and Zito) but they’re going to be screwed for the next little while if Jayson Werth keeps playing this way. It really hampers team when they hand out these horrid contract.s


    1. Chris Ross

      That’s simply representative of the dumb ass GM’s in the game ! Tony Reagins and Arte Moreno must’ve felt that Vernon Wells had something to offer the Angels . Instead he’s simply given them crap !

      Even if the Blue Jays are said to be on the hook for part of Wells’ salary , look at Rodriguez’s contract and what it entailed the Rangers having to do after he’d been traded to the Yankees ? For the final 7 years of the contract they were still paying on a sliding scale up to 55% of his pay . You tell me how that makes sound business sense in type of commercial market place at all ?

      If JP Ricciardi were to shove his head up his own ass during the daylight he’d now swear to you at the time of the event it was done at night ! Now he and Sandy Alderson are now having to cast their eyes of the Mets and as we know that team in the offseason will be pared down to its bare bones ! David Einhorn may well have pumped $250 million for a stake there but they won’t be going anywhere anytime soon !


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