Well, the big news so far today is that Mune Kawasaki is considering allowing his Toronto born son to play for Team Canada in the WBC in 20 years. It's an hour to game time in the Bronx and we'll fill that time with a live chat. Let's go.
by Richard Griffin 8/20/2013 4:03:16 PM
I don't think it's necessary. I don't think they can rehab his affection for this organization no matter what they do at this point. They lost his heart when they sent him down after his last spring start. They lost his heart when they trumpeted his mechanics as being the problem and brought him back for two starts before shipping him off to Buffalo. He later said it was a business and that he was surrounding himself now with people he can trust. Bringing him up in Sept. won't rehab the problem. If he pitches for the Jays again it will be for the name on the back.
by Richard Griffin 8/20/2013 4:06:03 PM
If Dickey can as he said get used to the AL East and the Rogers Centre, if Morrow takes that next step up he was supposed to this year, if Buehrle can comfortably be a 3-4 starter and not be forced into a 1-2 role, if Happ can become more efficient with pitch count and if Hutch or Drabek is rehabbed and better than they were then a definite maybe.
by Richard Griffin 8/20/2013 4:08:26 PM
Yes. I believe they knew exactly what would happen but never have they tried to downplay and make A-Rod look better. They have always tried to ratchet up the vitriol and ridicule that A-Rod is blithely unaware will happen because he has surrounded himself with people who tell him how he is right and everything he does is great.
by Richard Griffin 8/20/2013 4:10:04 PM
That's a great question, because I was quite comfortable with my logic of separating the pre-2004 and post-2004 cheaters in my own mind when it came to voting for the Hall-of-fame. His perspective of to hell with them all did get me thinking, but I don't think it will change my mind.
by Richard Griffin 8/20/2013 4:11:31 PM
I think trades are always better than free agency in terms of dollar value because with free agency yu are rewarding someone for the great statistics and value that he provided for someone else for the first six years of his career. When you re-sign yur own player to the same contract, you are rewarding him for work he did for you, which always makes more sense...and when you trade it's usually for a top-tier player with 2-4 years of service so you can get value and performance and then decide whether you want to pay him free-agent big bucks. Besides, these days if a team is letting their own player get to his sixth year then there's something wrong with him.
by Richard Griffin 8/20/2013 4:14:25 PM
In my time at The Star since '95, this and the '04 season have been the most disappointing. I think the '87 season with all those losses to the Tigers down the stretch would have to be up there. But in '03 they won 86 games and the Godfrey-Ricciard-Tosca triumvirate were predicting division or wildcard and they went for a huge dump in '04 and won 67 games. That team was definitely oversold because looking back, they weren't that good.
by Richard Griffin 8/20/2013 4:18:15 PM
In his early days of the Bronx Zoo before George Steinbrenner was suspended for consorting with gamblers and trying to find dirt on his own star player Dave Winfield and before he illegally contributed campaign funds to Nixon and before he became Captain America, the most respected owner and patriotic man on the planet, I believe The Boss would have released A-Rod and fired his GM for embarrassing the Yankee pinstripes.
by Richard Griffin 8/20/2013 4:21:41 PM
John Gibbons gets very upset whenever anyone suggests that lack of attention and poor decisions are never addressed. His response is "You don't know what goes on in here, Richard. You'll never know what goes on in here." I think he's saying that these things are addressed, but I won't know. That's just my journalistic instincts at work.
by Richard Griffin 8/20/2013 4:24:11 PM
Sorry I accidentally hit the button on a question that was posted for the April 3 Mailbag.
by Richard Griffin 8/20/2013 4:24:54 PM