Deep pockets , but barely comfortable with their lifestyle

Deep pockets , but barely comfortable with their lifestyle

Tophatal

Well we’re a little over four months away from Spring Training , but already, the baseball world is a abuzz with the trade moves and talks of other potential moves , and the news that the active home run king , Alex Rodriguez will have to undergo hip surgery and will likely miss the entire Yankees’ Spring Training schedule with the New York Yankees as well as the first two months of the regular season.

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Given the fact that Rodriguez had a horrendous season in 2012 , of which his postseason might amongst the most historically low of his postseason career . As we know the Yankees bowed out of the postseason unceremoniously , without ever really showing any determination on the part of their players. Team owners , Hank and Hal Steinbrenner , have made the predetermination that the team’s salary will have to be pared down by 2014. Furthermore , with the team making the decision also to sell a minority stake (25 %) in their cable broadcast outlet YES Network to Fox Sports for a reputed $175 million . I would hate to think that this famed franchise has suddenly hit upon hard times financially . However, this unlikely to happen , as the ball-club has become one sports most profitable financial concerns . GM Brian Cashman , has seen fit to renegotiate the contracts of Andy Pettite signing the left-hander to a one year deal for $11 million , along with all-time saves’ leader , Mariano Rivera , to bolster an ailing and aging pitching roster that was headed by CC Sabathia.

Rumors are now rife that the New York Yankees are not prepared to stand pat, with regard to their roster lineup , with Brian Cashman still seeking to move a number of players he feels are superfluous to the team’s needs. And amongst the players who are now liable to be on the way out are Nick Swisher . Salary commitments for the team in 2013 will be approximately $168.3 million , with a quite possibly that figure moving lower , as the front office seeks to pare down the payroll , while promoting and bringing up players from within their farm(minor) league system , something I believe, that they will do , but not to the extent expected by a number of analysts and fans alike.

With Alex Rodriguez missing from the lineup , it will be incumbent upon the likes of Mark Teixiera , Curtis Granderson , Robinson Cano and Derek Jeter to be the mainstays of the Yankees’ offense for the upcoming season , as they were for a number of games during 2012. We have always known the New York to be an aggressive and active free agent player in recent years , but it remains to be seen the type of steps that will be taken by Hank and Hal Steinbrenner in conjunction with Brian Cashman. It has been a considerable time since the franchise has chosen to build their roster from within their farm system , as more often than not , in order to solve a problem they often sought to throw money at any issue that seems to have arisen.

Across town , the New York Yankees , have seen the New York Mets’ fall from grace and their season of sheer ineptitude in 2012. Granted , the team has seen the rise in the profile of their knuckle ball pitcher RA Dickey, their 2012 Cy Young award winner within the NL . Dickey’s astonishing season was capped with that win, and being the team’s best pitcher , as well as leading the NL in a number of pitching statistics . That if anything, had to be viewed as one of the few bright spots to the Mets’ 2012 foray.

Sandy Alderson , Paul DiPodesta and J P Ricciardi were brought in , in 2012 , to bring back some semblance of respectability to the New York Mets . And while one, has to accept the difficult predicament the franchise had been placed in , due to the complete mismanagement presided over by COO , Jeff Wilpon , team CEO Fred Wilpon , and SVP Saul Katz, it should be noted that no excuse should be sought as to the willful neglect , and heinous mismanagement that almost brought the baseball club to the brink of insolvency , and almost having to seek bankruptcy reorganization.

Having lost , $41 million last season and with the New York Mets projected to lose a great deal more in 2013 , it would appear that the front office of the organization has not learned from their mistakes of before . Within the past forty-eight hours the team has reached an agreement to offer a eight-year $138 million contract to third baseman , David Wright . Perhaps , I am mistaken , but what does this suggest from a baseball franchise that still has liquidity problems and who in April of 2012 were said to be seeking investors to buy a minority stake in the baseball team ? One such investor was billionaire venture capitalist David Einhorn , who initially wanted to purchase a 25% stake in the ball club for a reputed $250 million , with a view to increasing his stake at a later date , and also with a view , to seeking two seats on the board of directors of the franchise. Both Saul Katz and Fred Wilpon were said to have baulked at the idea, of having Einhorn , as a board member , because in essence all the Mets were said to be seeking at the time was a silent partner to provide the team with a cash-flow and clear their liquidity problems . Needless to say, Einhorn , none too pleased, having been rejected in part , bought a smaller stake in the franchise only to relinquish that stake several months later , when he could make no leeway in , increasing his investment. And I am to now believe that because Sandy Alderson and Paul DiPodesta have been brought in to provide the New York Mets with some stability , things are likely to get better ?

As I alluded to earlier , the team is an utter mess , and from a managerial standpoint , Terry Collins and managerial staff were, and are , still out of their depth . One patron , presumably a Mets’ fan suggested the way to lure fan interest would be to lower ticket , and concession prices for specific games, as well as for the vast majority of the games played at the now cavernous Citi-Field , in Flushing , New York, and the palatial home to the Mets. Built at a cost of $765 million , with the use of public funds , this massive edifice, which was referred to, as one of best baseball’s best venues, by New York City mayor , Michael Bloomberg. Now a year later after the franchise’s inaugural game , the New York Mets remain a hapless organization lacking financial and managerial leadership. Bloomberg, being the bumbling oaf he just happens to be , rarely visits the venue , even in the midst of the still questionable business dealings of Fred , and Jeff Wilpon , and business partner Saul Katz. In the midst of this all , Commissioner , Bud Selig , has remained extremely quiet about the apparent misdeeds of the Mets’ ownership group. Well , what else should we now expect , after Selig’s asinine handling of the Los Angeles Dodgers’ sale , and the rumors that suggested that the multi-billion bid lodged by the Magic Johnson syndicate group , was the only one favored , of the seven original offers , said to have been placed with US Federal Bankruptcy Courts, in the state of Delaware ? Connivance on the part of the MLB hierarchy , or simply the commissioner doing what was at the time said to be in the best interests of the game of baseball ? I’ll let you be the judge of that !

From my own standpoint , I certainly do not believe that David Wright is worth anywhere near the $140 million commitment that will be made by the New York Mets ! And while it could be said, that in the first half of 2012 , he was said to having a solid season , during the second half of the year , the player in essence was nowhere to be seen from a productivity standpoint .

To my mind the New York Mets seek to make David Wright, their answer to the New York Yankees’ Derek Jeter . But herein lies the real issue as it relates to David Wright , he has never shown himself to be a leader , of the Mets as a vocal leader , much less , actually lead by example , much as in the same way , Jeter , is actually known be. The franchise is simply settling for a rather poor man’s version of the Yankees’ short-stop , in the hope of catching lightning in a bottle. The issues of the Mets also goes way beyond their financial vulnerability , and from what I have read by the patrons within this forum who have tried to parlay their knowledge of the team, in reality , few if any have chosen to look beyond the player personnel issues to really try to succinctly explain the team’s present predicament . At the center of this mess , is the fact that the core of his roster, is aging , and with an ailing and overpaid , Johan Santana, it easy to understand the idiocy of the situation surround this franchise . The left-handed starter, beyond his no-hitter , in 2012 , offered the Mets , little if anything , by way of productivity , and the fact that they are burdened by his exorbitant contract shows that not much thought was placed in terms of financial expediency by then general manager , Omar Minaya. And even in the aftermath of the former executive’s stupidity financial expediency still has not raised its head within the Mets’ organization. Much like the asinine stupidity now being shown by the Obama administration and the US Congress’ handling of the nation’s debt crisis , there is no fucking common sense to be found whatsoever !

I certainly don’t see the New York Mets competing with any real urgency this upcoming season , within the NL East , as I view the franchise not so much in transition , but still, in a state of turmoil. They are e at least two to three years away , from where they need to be , and Terry Collins has yet to show that he has the managerial acumen to lead that team deep into the postseason , much less to a World Series’ title .

As one door closes , another one opens , and therein now lies the opportunity for the Tampa Bay Rays to make good , after the departure of BJ Upton to the Atlanta Braves as a free agent. Once again the merry-go-round begins , concerning the franchise , as they seek to “ penny pinch “ , simply in order to field a competitive team for the 2013 season. At this juncture it is hard to say what the makeup of the Rays’ roster will be for the upcoming season. GM Andrew Friedman , principal managing partner , Stuart Sternberg and the team’s manager , Joe Maddon, will have to make several decisions as it relates to a number of players on the current roster and whether or they are superfluous to the franchise’s needs.

One maneuver that the management of the Rays have sought to do , has been to secure the long-term future of Evan Longoria , by signing the player to a 6 year $ 100 million deal that becomes effective in 2016. If one takes into account the Longoria’s current contract , he will net an astonishing $136 million in salary , which does not include endorsements , of which the player now makes a sizable sum, as negotiated by his agent and legal representative , Paul Cohen . Given this situation, it was easy to understand, why there was very little chance , that B J Upton would have been resigned by the ball club, as there was little room for anymore financial maneuvers ,in allowing the franchise to retain both players .

Now while the Tampa Bay Rays , have made no real major moves , they have been available to avail themselves of one or two players in recent days . James Loney , a cast-off from the Los Angeles Dodgers was signed to a one-year deal by the organization, and he no doubt brings with him , it is hoped , some much-needed offensive fire power , to add the Rays’ somewhat inconsistent arsenal of noteworthy hitters. And though during 2012 , it was said to be the inconsistency of the hitting , that is said to have let the team down , it was the pitching of the Rays was in essence , the ball club’s real strength throughout the vast majority of the season. Leading the way in that endeavor , was the team’s very first Cy Young Award winner , David Price . The gutsy left-hander , along with James Shields , Jeremy Hellickson , Joel Peralta , Alex Cobb , and Matt Moore , who led the way for the team, in terms of its pitching.

In recent weeks there have been rumors suggesting that the Rays would be quite willing to part with their young pitcher Jeremy Hellickson . Having established himself in 2011 , as a middle reliever , it was not until 2012 that Hellickson became a full-time starter , and giving Joe Maddon on of the best starting lineups in all of baseball, and with it the statistics to match. Shields is also said to be a prime target for a number of teams said to be in the market for a bonafide starting pitcher.

Now, while I understand that the Rays would like to see their payroll drop significantly to where it will be an estimated commitment of $54.2 million for 2013. By comparison the payroll for 2012 , was a nominal $64,173,500 for last year . I believe that Andrew Friedman would be willing to listen to several hard offers , if it meant, he would be able to obtain some relatively good prospects for the aforementioned players mentioned ! The likelihood that both Hellickson and Shield could be now prime departures , while creating a great deal of disappointment amongst the fans, it should be noted that given the organization’s limited resources and the lack of a real marketing plan by the front office. This whole scenario for the Tampa Bay Rays while repetitive , it is becoming more acute with each passing season. I have always felt that Stuart Sternberg and Matt Silverman , simply have not shown enough ingenuity in seeking out an outside partner or rich benefactor, to either become a silent partner or a majority stakeholder of the organization , thereby insuring the Rays’ long-term future . And year in and year out , the same old question is also raised as where will the Rays play? Will it be in the city of St Petersburg , at the somewhat archaic venue of Tropicana Field , or at a new locale across the Gandy Bridge, in the downtown area of Tampa ? The bone of contention between the municipalities of St Petersburg and Tampa , as to who would serve the needs of the Tampa Bay Rays , though the battle has not been drawn out into an open conflict . It is now slowly brewing into something that could prove to be unsavory. Never mind the fact , that the county governments have also been drawn to this debate .

Personally , I am of the opinion that until the governmental agencies in question, have addressed their own fiscal dilemmas. I do not believe that public funds should be used to satisfy the egos of millionaire or billionaire sports’ franchise owners ! There’s this asinine belief that such instances serves the public’s best interest , of which there has yet to be any factual proof that such instances, a community does really profit from such an endeavor. Simply look at the naïveté shown by the city of Miami, after they were cajoled and coerced into building a new stadium to house the Miami Marlins.

In the aftermath of that franchise’s woefully inept 2012 foray , the ball club has begun a “fire sale” , jettisoning themselves some of their high-priced free agents that they had acquired prior to the start of this past season , and during the trade deadline . The city of Miami , is now under federal investigation by the US Justice Department , as to their actions in the vote that took place concerning the financing for the Miami Marlins’ Ballpark . Marlins’ executives have remained mute concerning any questions directed towards them concerning this issue , and Commissioner , Bud Selig , has directed all questions concerning this episode , to be dealt with by the league’s legal counsel (attorneys ). And does anyone believe that either the cities of St Petersburg or Tampa , have learned anything from that episode ? I will let you be the judge of that !

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This off-season, we will see a lot of positive moves being made by a number of teams . Meanwhile, there will be one or two transactions that will have been suborned by team owners and their front office executives alike , that will actually have the fans completely befuddled, as to, what the hell , were they think by way that particular trade ? They sale that baseball’s off-season , just happens to be their “ silly season” , with the teams making rather asinine trades , purely as a way of chasing after success without there ever being truly any thought being put into a great many of these moves . In some cases , large financial commitment might well be made , which could in effect handicap a franchise long-term . Whereas, in other cases , it may well be that “one small deal” that simply opens up an opportunity that presents itself for a player , to truly show his worth , while being able to lead a franchise to tangible success. Over the past five years which particular trades , do you believe has been of true benefit to a team or a number of teams ? Simply chime in with a comment on this or anything other topic you believe pertinent to this article . And as always , thanks for the continued support of this site , as it is greatly appreciated !

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(1) FILE – In this Saturday, Oct. 13, 2012 file photo, New York Yankees’ Alex Rodriguez throws out Detroit Tigers’ Andy Dirks in the second inning during Game 1 of the American League championship series in New York. The New York Yankees said Monday, Dec. 3, 2012, Rodriguez will have surgery on his left hip and will miss the start of the season and possibly the entire first half. AP Photo/Paul Sancya ….

(2) New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman answers questions concerning third baseman Alex Rodriguez at the baseball winter meetings on Monday, Dec. 3, 2012, in Nashville, Tenn. Rodriguez will have surgery on his left hip and will miss the start of the season and possibly the entire first half, the Yankees said Monday. AP Photo/Mark Humphrey ….

(3) FILE – In this April 25, 2012 file photo, New York Mets’ David Wright is greeted by teammates in the dugout after hitting a two-run home run during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Miami Marlins in New York. WFAN radio is reporting Friday, Nov. 30, 2012, that Wright and the New York Mets have agreed to a $138 million, eight-year contract that would be the richest in franchise history . AP Photo/Seth Wenig …

(4) National League Cy Young Award winner R. A. Dickey, of the New York Mets, answers questions before speaking at Lipscomb University on Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012, in Nashville, Tenn. The 38-year-old Dickey is the first pitcher who relies predominantly on a knuckle-ball to win the Cy Young Award. The player, it is being reported , is now being “shopped around” by the Mets’ organization as they seek to lower their present payroll . AP Photo/Mark Humphrey …

(5) Outfielder, B.J. Upton (L) and infielder Evan Longoria (3) of the Tampa Bay Rays watch their team against the Texas Rangers during Game Four of the American League Division Series at Tropicana Field on October 4, 2011 in St. Petersburg, Florida. Getty Images/ Andrew Marsh …

(6) (L – R) Saul Katz, CEO of the Mets, Fred Wilpon, president of the Mets, Sandy Alderson and Jeff Wilpon, chief operating officer of the Mets pose for a photo during Alderson’s introduction as the general manager for the New York Mets on October 29, 2010 at Citi Field in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. Andrew Burton / Getty Images North America ….

(7) Matthew Silverman, left, Andrew Friedman and Stuart Sternberg are overhauling the Devil Rays. photo appears courtesy of New York Times/ Phillip Diedrich ………………

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40 thoughts on “Deep pockets , but barely comfortable with their lifestyle”

  1. So here we are , the Mets are pulling the wool over the eyes of their fans with this asinine move to sign , Wright to an eight-year $138 million contract . Showing us how much of an asshole , Sandy Alderson just happens to be ! The Mets’ GM and SVP , Alderson was critical of Reyes , when the short-stop left the franchise to join the Marlins for a big pay-day .

    Granted after the Marlins’ meltdown in 2012 , they were never the same , and languished at the bottom of the NL East .

    “You can attract bees with honey , flies with shit , but here I am trying to clean up my predecessor and the owner’s fu#k ups” ! Mets’ GM Sandy Alderson

    . The Mets lost $41 million last season , and they’re on the way to quite possibly losing more for this fiscal year . And these lame @$$ Mets fans , are carrying on as if this deal makes the Mets something “special “ for the upcoming season ? Now the front office is said to looking to trade RA Dickey . So , how’s that going to work out for the team , in terms of their now p#ss poor pitching and offense ?

    “What do you mean we’re trading away either Hellickson or Shields ? How much ass do I have to kiss to make ownership realize we’re now in the Big Leagues ” ? Joe Maddon

    Penny-pinching , again , with the Rays , as they sign Loney for one year . but they’re shedding players , like a dog shed its fleas .

    “Hip surgery , Alex ? Really ? Are you sure it’s not penile implant surgery ” ? Torrie Wilson (WWE Diva) & her beau A Rod

    So A-Rod will need to have hip surgery ? Care to take a guess as to one of the reasons why ? ‘roids, when abused , can cause degenerative bone loss , which in all likelihood , is the cause behind the medical procedure that the Yankees’ third baseman will have to undergo .

    Tophatal ……………

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  2. So what will Sandy Alderson do next to prove to the Mets’ fans that he’s not about to sell the fans another “lemon/ bill of goods ” that’s not worth sh#t ? The last time the franchise did anything of note was in 2007 ., when the team made the postseason . Since then they’ve been cast out into the wilderness and their fans have readily accepted the mediocrity put forth .

    Mets’ payroll in 2012 and their projected payroll for 2013 . The team’s drafts pick in 2009 , their top prospects and from their farm system .
    And the possible trade of R A Dickey has me wondering what the hell the front office is now trying to do concerning this team ? . Especially when you consider how anemic the team’s pitching just happened to be in 2012 !

    The Mets’ finishing in the final month of 2012 and their final standing in the NL East should essentially tell you what direction this franchise was said to be heading in, at the time .

    Tophatal 2012/12/04 7:15 pm

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  3. Toppie, Alderson merely followed owners by the Wilpons and Katz. “Sign David Wright” they said. He’d have traded him, just as he is likely to do with RAD. Go easier on him. He has nothing to work with. He sent Beltran to SF for stud pitching prospect Zach Wheeler….look for him on the ML roster soon enough. The Mets have forever to travel on the road to respectability….and they may not reach it until the Wilpons have left the same highway….but Alderson, et al are the right guys to get them there.
    Nice pics Bro! and I don’t mean of the MLB scene…..

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      1. balleehoo/Jed

        I wouldn’t ” trust any member of the Wilpon family , much less Jeff Wilpon , Fred Wilpon , Saul Katz or any member from their investment firm Sterling Equities Inc to run a goddamn kids’ lemonade stand at a charity event , much less a professional sports franchise .,

        The vast majority of sports’ fans are not that bright, and are like sheep ,as they’d rather follow, than listen , and they are inherently stupid to begin with ! They’re simply not insightful enough to think for themselves , and they will gladly listen to the bull#hit being espoused by idiots such as Hannity , Beck , Matthews , Kurkjian , Olney and Joe Buck .

        When have you ever heard those guys within the field of baseball , ever address the grave financial situation of the game as it relates to the teams ? But yet, fans will gladly listen to an asshole like Bud Selig pontificate about the game and the fact he’s cleaning it up when it comes to rampant steroid use . How is that working out, when over 185 players at the MLB , and within MILB (minor league level ) have been caught in the past eighteen months ? . Selig can’t point to any real positives in the sport , at all !

        Tophatal …………

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    1. ballehoo/Jed

      One tends to follow an order when in the military , and in this case Alderson was brought in by the Mets’ ownership to provide them with his expertise and experience . So far all , he’s shown me , is that he is no better than his lame assed predecessor Omar Minaya !

      How the hell can Sandy Alderson , bitch and whine about Jose Reyes joining the Marlins for more money , and then he now goes out and offer David Wright that contract , bearing in mind the Mets’ still ongoing precarious financial situation ? Please explain that to me , succinctly ? Because , clearly the Mets fans are too frigging dumb to realize what’s happening within their midst concerning the Wilpon family and their misdeeds , which seem to be are being ever increasingly being countenanced and suborned by that ass wipe Bud Selig ! .

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      Wendy Fiore . How ’bout having Wendy giving you a sponge bath ?

      Laenn Amos

      “I’m just a man with my d#ck in hand , waiting to shove it up a fan’s a$s , your’s preferably. But if you prefer my index finger I can and will gladly use that as well ” !

      Bud Selig

      As to the pics , I loves me some tits-n-a#s ! Ain’t nothing wrong with the female form , brother ! Smack that a#s , as it’s healthy and does a body good .

      Tophatal 02:53 am 12/05/2012

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  4. Well the Rays made the trade with the Marlins for Escobar. They gave up a pretty good prospect for a decent shortstop who has a .282 career average. I’m still waiting for the other shoe to drop. Which pitcher will be dealt and which of the holes remaining in their lineup will be filled. Stay tuned!

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    1. aero

      If the Rays choose to send either Hellickson or Shields , if not both elsewhere , even with the remaining pitching and what they have at within their farm system , it still will not hide the fact that a big piece of the starting lineup will have been lost permanently .

      Yunel Escobar is a good addition to the team , but at the end of the day , fans have to ask the ultimate question , what direction does the franchise intend to go in ? Last year the team regressed from the season before , and it was there for all to see.

      Rays recorded record , in terms of their divisional standing between 2009-2012 , and their recorded results over that time frame . Anything as such , that stands out for you ?

      Tophatal ………….

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  5. What stands out to me is that the A.L.East is getting stronger by the day. The Rays can’t afford to stand pat. If they don’t get better they will get left behind. The team has at least seven quality starting pitchers,but they need to get deeper in the hitting department. Centerfield and the D.H. must be a priority. It’s time to play “lets make a deal”!

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    1. aero

      There’s no denying that as the Yankees’ roster is tepid , and therein lies a decline in team’s age and productivity . They’re now banged up and it’s hard to see how their current pitching roster will stack up against the AL East , much less the rest of baseball (MLB) .

      With regard to the Rays , while I can admire what they’ve been able to achieve in recent years , you simply can’t the fact their home games at the Trop are sparsely attended throughout their regular season schedule

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    2. aero

      The Rays need more ‘pop’ from the offense because there’s been a lack of consistent hitting at timely moments from this ball club for a number of years .

      Hitters one through five, will have to step up their game and hopefully the players now being acquired will go a long way in improving things for the ball club in comparison to last year .

      Dominique Storelli makes me want to do something ungodly to her body . Is there an “app” for that ? LOL,LOL !!

      Tophatal ……….

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    1. Chris Humpherys (@SportsChump)

      Would you say with the Rays , it addition by subtraction in terms of their projected moves with regard to the personnel ?

      Year in and year out, they face the same daunting task concerning the team’s payroll .

      Price and Longoria are about the only guys who are off-limits, as Andrew Friedman won’t trade away and face the fans’ wrath , given the current financial commitments to the duo , and the lack of real fan support and outpouring in truly trying to retain the organization within the locale .

      And in terms of the Mets , I think my comments to Blog Surface pretty much reiterates what’s wrong with that particular organization to begin with !

      Tophatal …………

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    2. Chris Humpherys (@ SportsChump)

      I don’t believe that the Rays have done themselves any favors with the trade they initiated with the > Royals ! Off goes Shields and Wade Davis into to baseball purgatory playing for the Royals , a franchise that hasn’t had a winning season in over a decade .

      In return , essentially the Rays got a bag of bolts and some nuts , all because they chose to shed the salaries of Davis and James Shields . This wasn’t a trade to make the Rays competitive but one of financial expediency . Simply the Rays’ front office pulling the wool over the fans’ eyes once again !

      Tophatal 12/10/2012 9:25 am (EST)

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  6. In terms of the Mets, the signing of David Wright poses a sign of stability in the next coming years. Now, whether the Mets are able to bring a championship, that’s a different story. The Mets’ have been going in the right direction, and while the team might not be competitive next year, they will be in 2 to 3.

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    1. Blog Surface/CDR

      So in your mind, signing David Wright to an eight-year $140 million contract is a sign of stability, while the ball-club is losing money annually (projected losses for 2013 $60-$65 million) , by the millions , and they are still facing financial imperilment ? How does that actually benefit the organization , might I ask ?

      The Mets aren’t being financially prudent , but they are being financially , irresponsible at this juncture . Look at their payroll for 2012 and their projected payroll for 2013 , and tell me what you see ?

      Clearly all you seem to be concerned with , is what’s happening on the field , which , when I last looked wasn’t a great deal to begin with , Mets’ fans are as clueless , as the ownership group !

      Mets’ record (standing) in the NL East and results in 2012

      As a way of cheering you up here’s a fine piece of a#s for you to drool over . It’s Eva Longoria . How ’bout them apples ? LOL,LOL,LOL !!!

      Tophatal 12/06/2012 1:32 am EST

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    2. Blog Surface

      You claim that the Mets will be good in two or three years time ? Based on what assumption ? Because of their top prospects , farm system and recent draft choices ? What do think that the rest of the baseball will be doing at the time in order to improve, as well ?

      You seem to forget that the Mets don’t possess the financial acumen to stand tall with the likes of the Dodgers or Angels , much their crosstown rivals the Yankees . The Mets are for all sense and purpose becoming a laughing stock to go along with their grandiose ideas that they’re relevant , If anything they’ve this past season , that they are irrelevant !

      The Alchemist … feat’g Nina Sky ….. ” Down ”

      Tophatal ……………………

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    3. Blog Surface

      There’s no one intelligent enough in the Mets’ front office to comprehend the meaning of the word stability much less be able to spell the damn word .

      For the ailing male Mets’ fans , here’s something to brighten up your day , rather than conjuring up hopeless pipe dreams of future success .

      Tophatal ……..

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  7. Can someone explain to me how it is that the trio of Bonds , Clemens and Sosa will be on the 2013 ballot for the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown , New York ? Apparently the league hierarchy submits a list of candidates eligible to the the BBWAA , who then go through the adjudication process of voting .

    Steroid stars on the ballot for Hall of Fame


    NEW YORK (AP)

    The most polarizing Hall of Fame debate since Pete Rose will now be decided by the baseball shrine’s voters: Do Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens and Sammy Sosa belong in Cooperstown despite drug allegations that tainted their huge numbers?

    In a month-long election sure to become a referendum on the Steroids Era, the Hall ballot was released Wednesday, and Bonds, Clemens and Sosa are on it for the first time.

    Bonds is the all-time home run champion with 762 and won a record seven MVP awards. Clemens took home a record seven Cy Young trophies and is ninth with 354 victories. Sosa ranks eighth on the homer chart with 609.

    Yet for all their HRs, RBIs and Ws, the shadow of PEDs looms large.

    ‘You could see for years that this particular ballot was going to be controversial and divisive to an unprecedented extent,” Larry Stone of The Seattle Times wrote in an email. ”My hope is that some clarity begins to emerge over the Hall of Fame status of those linked to performance-enhancing drugs. But I doubt it.”

    More than 600 longtime members of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America will vote on the 37-player ballot. Candidates require 75 percent for induction, and the results will be announced Jan. 9.

    Craig Biggio, Mike Piazza and Curt Schilling also are among the 24 first-time eligibles. Jack Morris, Jeff Bagwell and Tim Raines are the top holdover candidates.

    If recent history is any indication, the odds are solidly stacked against Bonds, Clemens and Sosa. Mark McGwire and Rafael Palmeiro both posted Cooperstown-caliber stats, too, but drug clouds doomed them in Hall voting.

    Some who favor Bonds and Clemens claim the bulk of their accomplishments came before baseball got wrapped up in drug scandals. They add that PED use was so prevalent in the 1980s, 1990s and early 2000s that it’s unfair to exclude anyone because so many who-did-and-who-didn’t questions remain.

    Many fans on the other side say drug cheats – suspected or otherwise – should never be afforded the game’s highest individual honor

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    ” I need to know if there’s anyone out there who wants me to suck ther c#$k” ? Because I know that I’ll look good doing it , while rocking your world ” !
    Bud Selig

    Now we all know why bull#hit has been such a joke, with Bud Selig , and his cock-sucking as#holes , and the baseball writers , who themselves have no fu#king credibility whatsoever . Both the hierarchy of baseball and the baseball writers have absolutely no credibility whatsoever !

    Tophatal ……….

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  8. Yea, a couple of trades are interesting so far. Napoli and Victorino have moved on to the Red Sox, and Michael Young to Philly. But there will be many more moves yet to come, including some by the NY teams. The Dodgers are still after Zack Greinke, and several teams will be remaking their pitching staffs…

    Good piece, Alan…

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    1. Steven Jeffries

      With all of the money that the Dodgers now has coming in , in terms of revenues , plus the $150 million per year via the Fox television deal (two decade long $3 billion deal) beyond the revenues derived directly from their day to day baseball operations , it will be interesting to see how they go about now spending that money terms of the trade acquisition of free agents , as well as the salaried playing staff already on the team’s roster . I’m sure that EVP & Head of Baseball Operations Stan Kasten will be directing GM , Ned Colletti on that front , with senior partners , Magic and Mark Walters keeping a watchful eye on the purse strings in terms of payroll .

      Tophatal ………

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      1. I believe they will spare no expense to get pitching. That’s their weakest phase of player personnel. They have been looking to deal away Capuano among others, looking for better…

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          1. Just wait, Alan. If the Dodgers ever get the bats working, they will turn the tables on the Giants. And, as for the Rangers, it’ll be an interesting season. No Napoli, no Young, and perhaps no Hamilton…

            Where are they going?

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            1. Steven Jeffries

              I think we all know what that Dodgers’ team is capable of doing from an offensive standpoint , but there was little evidence there , in the final 20 or so games of the season that they maintain their consistency , When that happens at any point during a season much less a series of games . it simply cannot be good for the moral of that team or any other major league ball-club for that matter .

              In the case of the Rangers , you may well need to sit down and have a talk with GM, Jon Daniels and team President Nolan Ryan , and raise your concerns with them , both . Have you got either individual’s e-mail or official address of the organization in Arlington , Texas ? Just a thought ?

              Once friends and business partners , Greenberg , left , and Nolan Ryan

              Nolan’s ego is the size of a ten gallon hat , the problem is , his business IQ fits into a pint sized mug ! He should never have pushed Chuck Greenberg out the door, as the former lawyer and sports’ agent , was the one who essentially oiled the wheels that saw Nolan Ryan win the bid approval that got him ownership of the Texas Rangers .

              Tophatal ………..

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              1. Geezzz…what is it about guys who own Texas based sports franchises? Is Ryan as bad as “JJ?” Hey, did you see where Jones had to be separated from Jay Ratliff in the Dallas locker room?

                It seems Jerry was “up in Jay’s face” about playing through his injuries. What a really nice guy that owner is! He really cares about his players and his overall investment doesn’t he!

                I’ll have my cousin, Shawn, (manager of the Padre’s Class A club) give Ryan a call. I don’t think Shawn ever homered off him…LOL!

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            2. Steven Jeffries

              The Dodgers have just made a commitment of $145 million (6 yr 24 million plus) to Zack Greinke , who over the past two-and-a-half seasons , has barely been average at best . Where’s the common sense with regard to this decision ? I know that the franchise has literally billions at their disposal but it doesn’t mean you go out and spend capriciously on marginal talent just because Greinke has a Cy Young Award on his goddam mantlepiece going back to 2009 . In the subsequent years what has he actually done to be deserving of that contract ? If that is the case the Brian Sabean should pay Zito an extra $25 million for his contributions to the Giants’ success this season !

              Giants regular season pitching in 2012 vs Dodgers’ team pitching in 2012

              And team pitching within the NL in 2012 .

              Overview of NL team pitching in 2012

              And for MLB as a whole (2012)

              MLB overview

              Tophatal ……….

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              1. Do you think the players would accept a rollback to salary levels of even 10 years ago, just to save the sport that “feeds them?” Would owners rollback ticket and merchandise prices for “the cause?” Of course not!

                Yet, Americans everywhere are being forced to cut many things, plus pay higher taxes, in order to perserve something of a future for themselves and their generations…

                “…all men are created equal…” Well, they were created equal, but they are sure not treated with equal consideration!

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                1. Steven Jeffries

                  Walmart does rollbacks , baseball doesn’t . The MLB hierarchy isn’t strong enough to take down the union. Even you should know that by now . Selig cowers in the corner each night his bedroom light is turned out or when the word union is mentioned within close proximity of him .

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                  1. Yep…there’s no “luv” anywhere in pro sports for the fans…just their $$$! I heard a union rep for the NFLPA on sports talk radio today…sounds like a dang politician!

                    Got no use for agents nor union reps. Guess it’d be different if I were a player…

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  9. Steven Jeffries

    Young being acquired by the Phillies was no big surprise as he gives the Phillies far more offense than Victorino was ever able to supply them with .

    Greinke will end up with the Dodgers , as that is a team in need of pitching .

    I see that the Rays initiated a trade , sending Shields and Wade Davis to the Royals . Not a maneuver that on the face of it that I see as of benefit to the Rays, as they’ve given up one of the team’s best pitchers over the last two years in Jame Shields .

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  10. I’d willingly pay a tax rate of 13.55% a year on my earnings , just like Mitt , And he believes that that type of a rate is an inducement for high wage earners to to reinvest in the economy. He’s an ass , as it gives them more money to invest elsewhere still taking advantage of the numerous tax loopholes out there , It was never mentioned in original stump campaigns until he was in the final stretch and even then he could explain himself succinctly with regard to the issue .

    Tophatal …….

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